IT'S NOT EASY TO WRITE A NOVEL, WHICH IS WHY IT FEELS SO GOOD WHEN IT'S DONE.
But then the doubts creep in:
How do you know if what you have written is any good?
Will anyone want to publish it?
The simple fact is that very few writers succeed without professional help and feedback before pitching to find an agent.
INTRODUCING JACQ BURNS
Jacq Burns was commissioning editor at Random House & Editorial Director at Harper Collins where she edited classics such as Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus, Who Moved My Cheese, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Toddler Taming - which have sold millions of copies.
She is the author of Write a Bestseller, published by Hodder, and a bestselling series of successful books for Random House, under a pseudonym. Jacq has also ghostwritten a number of well-known titles and co-founded The London Writers Club. She is also a literary agent for authors.
- 4 Group masterclass Days with Jacq Burns.
- Pitching to a guest literary agent on the fourth and final masterclass.
- Advice, exercises, tutorial and practical writing at each masterclass.
- A review of your three chapters and pitch materials.
- Private Facebook group for sharing and buddying.
- Accountability – you will get your pitch ready and pitched to an agent!
NAIL YOUR CONCEPT & YOUR 'ONE THING'
You may think you know exactly what your book is about but does your pitch do it justice? Is it good enough to make an agent buy?
Most pitches do not demonstrate that the author knows what their book is about. Sound unlikely or even crazy? This is something every agent speaker at Jacq's London Writer's Club mentions as a key reason for rejection, so these masterclasses are your opportunity to get this right, ready to pitch to a literary agent in Stage Four!
Pre-work: Submit your one-page outline and at least one sample chapter prior to the first masterclass.
The Masterclass: This is all about making your manuscript stand out.
You’ll learn everything you need to know about ensuring you have a compelling concept, are clear about your novel’s premise and have a strong story which you can pitch successfully.
You’ll learn how to improve your novel to make it commercial. Jacq will help you identify what is good about your novel and what needs fixing.
She will help you get clear on the one thing your book is about; the one thing that agents will love.
Stage One Homework: Review your sample chapters. In the masterclass you will have identified what needs fixing in your novel, so you can start to edit with purpose and clarity and make it really count. You’ll be ready to keep working on this with Jacq in Stage Two.
EDITING AND REVISING YOUR THREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS
Pre-work: To have edited your chapters as suggested in Stage One.
Masterclass: On this day we will roll up our sleeves and get on with editing the three chapters needed for your pitch package. This will be in line with knowing our One Thing from Stage 1. They have to be as perfect as can be, and Jacq will help you get there.
Stage Two Homework: Carry on editing at home ready to discuss with Jacq in the next session. Begin to write your pitch and any other tasks agreed.
PUTTING YOUR PROPOSAL PACKAGE TOGETHER
Pre-work: To begin to write your pitch and any other tasks agreed.
Masterclass: Building your pitch. Does your pitch respect and reflect your manuscript? What is your hook? Why should this agent represent you and your work?
Stage Three Homework: Refining and perfecting your pitch
1-2-1 feedback: Working through your pitch together to decide on final adjustments.
The big day has arrived, the day you get to pitch to a leading literary agent – exclusively in your supportive group
Pre-work: To have an impeccable pitch ready.
Masterclass: In the morning we will practice our pitches and keep making them better. The agent will then join us for lunch and listen to our pitches.
In the process you’ll discover the agent’s thought processes: how they decide which books to represent. You will get invaluable feedback which will be recorded for you.
We conclude with a round-up of what you need to do next to launch your book.
- You need to have at least one sample chapter ready before we start* (if you need help before the mentorship starts you can book an additional face-to-face session or skype call with Jacq.)
- Be prepared to write or edit at least for at least 8 hours per week over the 4 months.
- Consider the feedback and do the tasks agreed during the masterclasses.
*As an add on, a full read and review of your entire novel is also available.
The programme includes:
- 4 x mentoring masterclasses
- 2 x break out 1-1 feedback
- Feedback on your three chapters and proposal
- Introduction and pitch to a leading literary agent in masterclass 4.
The full fee is £1475.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
To book a time to find out more or to reserve your place on the masterclass series please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org