ENROLL IN BLUEPRINT FOR A BOOK TODAY

Our next workshop starts Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blueprint for a Book goes beyond simply plotting your book. Under the direction of a book coach, you will spend 6-7 weeks, depending on genre, drilling down into the most important elements that will drive your story or argument forward. Without these in place before you start writing, you could risk YEARS of frustration and a book that goes NOWHERE.

make sure your foundation is strong so you can write forward with confidence

SPECIALIZED COURSEWORK FOR FICTION, NONFICTION, AND MEMOIR

FOR FICTION WRITERS

  • What's the point of your story?
  • Who is your narrator?
  • What does she want?
  • Where does her story begin?
  • Where does her story end?
  • What happens in the plot?
  • Who is your ideal reader?

FOR NONFICTION WRITERS

  • What are you trying to say?
  • Why are YOU the best person to say it?
  • What is the best structure for your book?
  • Who are you trying to reach?
  • How will you reach them?
  • What books do they already love?

FOR MEMOIR WRITERS

  • What's the point of your story?
  • Which "you" is your narrator?
  • What does this former self want?
  • Where does your story begin?
  • Where does your story end?
  • What happens in the plot?
  • Who is your ideal reader?

I'm on my fifth week of Blueprint for a Book. Love it! It has helped focus my efforts on my novel.

- Pam Van Dyk

Take the next step

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

Complete our Blueprint for a Book application now. If you are a good fit for the workshop, we will notify you within one week via email and send you a link to submit your payment of $300.

The low-down on the application: This is NOT about the quality of your idea or your writing. This is ENTIRELY about whether the course will be a good fit for you. Blueprint for a Book is a fantastic program for new writers, writers with new ideas, and writers who want to rescue a story that's not working. It is not appropriate for someone who wants to crank out a lot of pages fast, or someone who has a complete draft that they feel is working.


Blueprint for a Book Workshop Overview

YOUR BLUEPRINT INSTRUCTOR

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YOUR CURRICULUM

Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a program that brings professional book coaching to writers in all genres. She is a private book coach whose authors regularly land top New York agents and book deals with publishers including Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Hazeldon, Norton and Random House. Several of her writers have also recently won national self-publishing awards.

Blueprint for a Book is a strategic program Jennie developed through many years of guiding writers to start, finish, revise, rescue, and sell books. She has hand-picked all Author Accelerator book coaches and trained them in her Blueprint system.

Jennie is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and counting.

Week 1: Why are you writing this book? What are you trying to say?

Week 2: Who is your narrator? What is the structure of your book?

Week 3: Design a "Two-Tier Outline" of your whole book.

Week 4: Sketch your first scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction).

Week 5: Sketch your last scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction).

Week 6: Who is your ideal reader? How will you reach them?

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Week 7 (for science-fiction and fantasy writers only): Between Weeks 2 and 3, you will spend a week on world-building. The rest of the weeks will follow according to the schedule above.

 

 

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

The application deadline is March 5, 2017. Don't delay!

The low-down on the application: This is NOT about the quality of your idea or your writing. This is ENTIRELY about whether the course will be a good fit for you. Blueprint for a Book is a fantastic program for new writers, writers with new ideas, and writers who want to rescue a story that's not working. It is not appropriate for someone who wants to crank out a lot of pages fast, or someone who has a complete draft that they feel is working.


WEEKLY FEEDBACK & SUPPORT

My short experience during this workshop of working with a book coach like Kemlo and Deb has so far been invaluable and truly eye-opening. A great teacher makes all the difference, and you guys are beyond great!! Thank you deeply!

- Romano Palenzona

When you sign up for an Author Accelerator program like Blueprint for a Book, you’re going to get the dedication, support and feedback you need to help you write forward.

We use your application to pair you with the best book coach to fit your needs. We consider genre, writing level, publishing goals, and personality. We want you to LOVE your coach and feel comfortable sharing your story with them.

During the course, you’ll have assignments to complete each week. At the end of each week, you’ll submit your assignments directly to your personal book coach. Within 72 hours, your coach will send you their feedback and thoughts.

This feedback is included in the price of the course.

 

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

The low-down on the application: This is NOT about the quality of your idea or your writing. This is ENTIRELY about whether the course will be a good fit for you. Blueprint for a Book is a fantastic program for new writers, writers with new ideas, and writers who want to rescue a story that's not working. It is not appropriate for someone who wants to crank out a lot of pages fast, or someone who has a complete draft that they feel is working.

Don't forget: The application deadline is March 5, 2017.


WHAT you will take away from the BLUEPRINT course

Blueprint for a Book introduction with Jennie Nash

It sounds silly, but I feel like a kid in a candy store when [Amy’s] feedback comes in, [her] thoughts and insights help me see where the holes are and every week I feel like I get to know the story a little bit better.
— Kristen Coon regarding her coach, Amy
  • A one-line pitch for your book
  • A polished draft of your book jacket copy
  • A working title and subtitle
  • A clear structure or plot outline for your book
  • A table of contents (nonfiction)
  • A fleshed-out portrait of your story's world (for science-fiction and fantasy)
  • A draft of your introduction (nonfiction)
  • A draft of your first scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction)
  • A draft of your last scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction)
  • A portrait of who your ideal reader is and how you will reach them
  • The beginnings of your marketing plan
  • A habit of spending time on your book each week
  • Experience of working with a professional editor
  • The confidence to write forward

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

Complete our Blueprint for a Book application now. If you are a good fit for the workshop, we will notify you within one week via email and send you a link to submit your payment of $300.

Don't forget: The application deadline is March 5, 2017. 

The low-down on the application: This is NOT about the quality of your idea or your writing. This is ENTIRELY about whether the course will be a good fit for you. Blueprint for a Book is a fantastic program for new writers, writers with new ideas, and writers who want to rescue a story that's not working. It is not appropriate for someone who wants to crank out a lot of pages fast, or someone who has a complete draft that they feel is working.

Blueprint for a Book is manna from some kind of writerly heaven. - Kate Kimball

*NOTE: The Blueprint Sneak Peek does not include feedback.

What's the difference between Story Genius and Blueprint for a Book?

While Story Genius is an intense and structured 10-week workshop, Blueprint is more fluid and flexible, and shorter. Blueprint for a Book is designed for ALL genres as opposed to just fiction. This course is perfect for busy writers! With an average input of 2 to 5 hours a week, you'll be able to get through Blueprint (and get clear on your book!) at a comfortable pace.