Blueprint for a Book goes beyond simply plotting your book. Under the direction of a book coach, you will drill 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



  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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?

Blueprint for a Book Options

HOW the blueprint program WORKS

I owe it to you ... you really are great at not just the writing but the marketing and figuring out all that stuff BEFORE you write!
— Paolina Milana, author of 'The S Word'

Dig Into Your Story

Blueprint for a Book is 6 or 7 weeks long depending on your genre. (Fiction writers with stories that contain sci-fi or fantasy elements will spend an extra week world-building: defining the rules of the world they are creating for their characters.)

Get Personalized Feedback AS YOU WRITE*

You will be paired with a book coach with expertise in your genre. Your coach will guide you through each element of your book concept with detailed feedback and support. You can expect a summary note and comments on your pages within 72 hours. Comments range from the big picture structure to detailed questions about character.

Establish Great Writing Habits

You will get a new lesson and assignment each week, and a submission calendar invite so you'll always remember your submission date.* We'll give you a weekly workbook to draft your assignments, so all you have to do is send the completed workbook to your coach at the end of the week. They'll give you their feedback right on those pages!*

Prepare for Success

At the end of the course, you will have the following:

  • A solid working title and subtitle to help focus your thoughts
  • Book jacket copy to guide you as you write forward
  • A draft of a first scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction), with editorial feedback* to revise it and make it even stronger
  • A draft of your final scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction), with editorial feedback* to revise it and make it even stronger
  • A simple but powerful outline of your whole story
  • The seeds of a marketing plan
  • A habit of weekly deadlines
  • Professional feedback on your work*
  • Clarity and focus for the writing tasks ahead
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*NOTE: The Blueprint Sneak Peek (free) and self-study course (priced at $199) do not include feedback. Self-study writers will have the option to purchase feedback at an additional cost.

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 already working.

Blueprint for a Book Overview




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?


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.


  • 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


Jennie Nash has found in her work with writers of all levels that brainstorming and solidifying these elements can save you literally YEARS of frustration. Get your book out of your head and onto the page. Join our Blueprint for a Book course today.

Jennie Nash is my guru. When she talks, I listen, take notes, stick stickies all over my laptop. Here is yet more proof of her down-to-earth you-can-instantly-use-it brilliance.
— Lisa Cron, author of 'Story Genius' and 'Wired for Story'

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