So you won NaNoWriMo. What's next?
So you won NaNoWriMo 2021. What's next?
Take your brand-new manuscript to the next level with early feedback from an industry expert.
What you get:
- A thorough editorial report (5+ pages) from a professional editor
- A followup 30-minute Zoom or phone call to discuss your revision plan
- Enrollment in two of our online courses: novel outlining and querying
About the editorial report
One of team members will read your new manuscript with the understanding that this is a very early draft—and everything that entails. Our editors are industry experts and award-winning writers, so they are quite familiar with the many stages a manuscript must go through on its way to becoming a shiny, polished novel. That means you can expect fair feedback and guidance as you hammer out a revision plan for your next draft.
An editorial report comes standard with our narrative assessment and developmental editing services. You can expect a critique of five or more pages, single spaced, with specific suggestions to help you level-up your manuscript. Our editors pay special attention to:
- Immersiveness—how effectively your scenes draw the reader in with concrete details and action
- Emotional draw—how effectively your story creates a sense of anticipation in readers, such that they want to know what happens next
- Voice—the ways in which your story, at the sentence level, convey a unique storyteller with a compelling tale
About the included courses
Not everyone loves the idea of outlining a novel. Sometimes you have to write by the seat of your pants! But once all is said and done, you still need to make sure that your narrative structure serves the story.
We've had many authors enroll in this course for the purposes of outlining a novel from scratch, but we've had even more clients use Best-Laid Plans as a revision tool.
When you get to the end of your first draft, you are in a much better position to see your story structure as it played out—from your brain onto the page. A revision outline is a great tool for assessing your draft and deciding what you need to do next.
You've just finished the first draft, so querying literary agents is still a ways off. However, it's never too early to start figuring out this part of the publishing world.
Many writers find it daunting to query agents, and the many "rules" can seem convoluted. With the help of this course, you will be able to wrap your head around what makes a solid query and synopsis, as well as what agents are looking for in your sample pages.
Both of these courses come with a series of activities as well as a ton of resources.
Ready to get started?