Guided questions and exercises to help you decide
Outside resources to expand your learning
Covers each piece of a book proposal
Case studies and examples
Option to get feedback on your work from a book coach
A list of Author-Accelerator approved experts and organizations that can help you self-publish your book. We are not affiliated with all of these resources, but we highly recommend each of them!
Your manuscript is finished and polished, so you can start working on getting your book published.
This is an exciting time, but it can also be a confusing one. We are here to help with step-by-step guidance from our dedicated book coaches.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a traditional publisher or to publish the book yourself (either all on your own or in conjunction with a hybrid publisher).
Publishing guru Jane Friedman has a fabulous resource that lays out the general things to think about when making your choice.
These simple pro/con lists are also helpful:
From Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn
From Writer's Digest
Get a clearer sense of which path is right for you.
Get a clearer sense of which path is right for you.
If you need additional help deciding, we have a self-study course called Navigating the Path to Publishing. The course is one of our rare programs that does not include feedback.
It is designed to help you with the following:
Understanding the publishing universe: What do the various publishing paths look like, and how do they differ?
Understanding your publishing goals: Why do you want to publish? What does wild success look like?
Understanding where your book fits in the marketplace
Understanding your need for creative control: Do you want to be a team member, or the leader?
Additional resources to help you make a decision
FOR WRITERS INTERESTED IN TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING
Writers seeking self-publication can go right into production (for resources, scroll down)
For writers who want a traditional publisher, this is a 9-step course that you can go through at your own pace. We have versions of this course designed specifically for fiction projects, with memoir and nonfiction versions coming in 2017.
Note that most nonfiction projects would require writers to develop a marketing plan. Some memoir writers may choose to write a marketing plan as well, and we can help you make this decision once you begin the Pitch Track.
The goal of the Pitch Track is to put together all the elements you need to entice agents to want to represent your book. Pretend you're going on "Shark Tank"! You're making an argument. A pitch. And you want it to be great!
Whether or not you actually meet your goal of landing an agent depends in large part on the kind of book you have written, and on luck and timing. We are not going to pretend that luck and timing don't matter here — they do. But what is certain is that if you DON'T make this effort in preparing a great pitch, luck and timing won't do you any good whatsoever. Luck and timing need you to do your part!
We'll make sure you have all the elements of a book proposal that an agent might request.
If an agent asks for a summary or sample chapters, you want to make sure you have those ready to send. There’s nothing worse than getting a call from an agent and not having what they want. You end up telling them to wait a day or a week or three weeks, and that is not the way to make a professional first impression.
What might agents ask for?
Author biography: Also includes any publishing credits and relevant career experience.
Book overview or synopsis: A one- to two-page summary of the entire book. This document is critical. It needs to both explain what you are doing in the book – what the content will be – and give a powerful sense of the benefit to the reader. Think of this as a pitch for your book. At the end of the summary overview, an agent should know exactly what you are doing, why, and for whom.
Sample chapters: For fiction, you will submit the first one or two chapters, depending on length. Make sure they are polished and perfect!
Supporting materials: Any articles, interviews, links, or materials that might help an agent understand your work. The best way to present this kind of supporting material is on a professional author website. You don't have to spend a lot of money, but you do need to make a good impression.
Marketing plan (an option for memoir and nonfiction writers only): Who is your target audience? What is your plan for reaching them online and in person? What other authors are already reaching them?
An agent pitch list
Customized query letters to attract the agents you have targeted
A pitch plan so you know how to proceed
Feedback on all of your Pitch Track work
Feedback on revisions to your Pitch Track work, available after you receive your first round of feedback
A polish edit of other elements of your proposal, including your sample chapters, query, and synopsis
A full manuscript evaluation
Ongoing support: Check in with your book coach once a week while you're pitching. You can discuss any rejections, feedback, or offers of representation that you receive.
We want you to have the knowledge and confidence to pitch from a place of strength! We know that pitching can be traumatizing but we also know that you can do it! Knowing exactly what you are doing – and why you are doing it – should be a huge help. To achieve this, we offer you the option of having all of your Pitch Track work reviewed at the end of the course. You will receive edits, notes, and advice from an expert book coach on revising each element of your proposal.
The Pitch Track is a 9-step self-study course. It is hosted on Ruzuku.com, an online classroom where you'll find the lessons, assignments, and extra resources for the course. There will also be a workbook you can download to draft your assignments. Once you sign up, you'll be given full access to the course materials, and they will never expire. You can go through the course at your own pace, with the option to purchase feedback on your work at any time.
How do I get feedback on my work?
When you sign up for the Pitch Track, you'll be given the opportunity to purchase feedback on your work up front. At the end of the course, you'll be given instructions on how to submit your work to Author Accelerator and we'll ask you to fill out a Q&A that tells us about you, your project, and your writing process. We will use that 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.
If you'd rather wait to purchase feedback on your work until you've seen what the course is all about, that's totally fine. You can purchase feedback at any time through the course classroom.
Pitch Track writers also have the opportunity to add on additional editing services. Add-ons include:
Week 1: Prepare for success. (What do you want in an agent? What is your genre? Who is your ideal reader?)
Week 2: Write your synopsis.
Week 3: Write your query letter.
Week 4: Revise what you have so far.
Week 5: Research agents.
Week 6: Develop a pitch strategy.
Week 7: Navigate contests and conferences.
Week 8: Make sure everything is pitch perfect.
Week 9: What to do after you pitch.
What will I come out of the course with?
For an additional fee:
Price of the Pitch Track: $449
We don’t currently have a course for writers who want to self-publish, but we do have a list of proven vendors that we recommend.
CreateSpace | createspace.com
BookBaby | bookbaby.com
Lighting Source, Ingram | lightningsource.com
SheWrite Press | shewritespress.com
Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn | thecreativepenn.com
Lulu | lulu.com
Blurb | blurb.com
Xlibris | xlibris.com
Dog Ear Publishing | dogearpublishing.net
Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer | thebookdesigner.com
The Write Assistants | thewriteassistants.com
Smashwords | smashwords.com
Archway Publishing | archwaypublishing.com
David Gaughran | davidgaughran.wordpress.com
Mill City Press | millcitypress.net
Standoutbooks | standoutbooks.com
Damonza | damonza.com
Scarlett Rugers | booksat.scarlettrugers.com
BadStar Media | badstarmedia.com
Jan Marshall | jan-marshall.wix.com/thebookdesigner
GoOnWrite | goonwrite.com
Six Penny Graphics | sixpennygraphics.com
WordsZWorth | wordzworth.com
Mae I Design | maeidesign.com
Design For Books | designforbooks.com
Designs Done Now | designsdonenow.com
Christine Van Bree Design | christinevanbreedesign.com
Cover Me Darling | covermedarling.com
Pink Ink Designs | pinkinkdesigns.com
Fiona Raven Book Design | fionaraven.com
totencreative | totencreative.com
Najla Qamber Designs | najlaqamberdesigns.com
Okay Creations | okaycreations.com
Creativindie Book Covers | creativindiecovers.com
Bookfly Design | bookflydesign.com
Book Stylings | bookstylings.com