The Self-Directed Book Writing Program
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Here's How It Works
The Curriculum
There are three modules in the program. Each module has 14 lessons:
◦ Module One: From Concept to Concrete Plan
◦ Module Two:
Write Without Ruts
◦ Module Three: Polish and Perfect

Accessing the online writing course
You will log into the exclusive client portal and access the online material, which includes high-quality HD instructional videos, handouts to download and reference during the lesson, and your writing homework to complete before the next lesson. These online tools are available to you at any time of day or night and are accessible for a full year!

This is a self-directed online writing course for nonfiction books, and you progress through the three Modules on your own time and at your own convenience. 
What You Can Expect
The Curriculum
If you've been looking for a step-by-step program that will take you from your initial idea for a nonfiction book to a finished manuscript, then this program is for you! There are three modules and each lasts 14 weeks:

Module One:
From Concept to Concrete Plan
14 weeks

You only have to have an idea to get started, and in this step-by-step process you take your idea and develop it for the specific market you want to reach.

In Module One, you'll build the foundation of your book, crystallize your message, and then build out two BookMAPs, which are the visual representation of everything that will be in your book. Once you have these BookMAPs, you'll write your book brick by brick in Modules Two and Three of the online writing course.

Module One also teaches you about the overall publishing process, and you'll complete some preliminary exercises to prime the market to receive your book.

At the end of Module One, you'll have detailed BookMAPS to follow when you write and a framework marketing plan.


Module Two:
Write Without the Ruts
14 weeks

Now that you have your completed BookMAPs from Module One, you have a concrete plan for writing your book. In Module Two, you use those BookMAPs to build your book brick by brick and produce your first draft.

This is where I put on my "professor" hat and teach you how to write compelling creative nonfiction. You'll receive valuable writing instruction, and will learn some fantastic writing tools that accelerate the process and keep your manuscript organized.

This is where you pour everything out and get it all down on paper.

At the end of Module Two, you will have completed the first draft of your manuscript.


Module Three:
Polish & Perfect
14 weeks

 In Module Three: Polish and Perfect, you begin the challenging work of making your manuscript ready for publication. All of your time will be devoted to polishing your work and getting it as close to perfect as you can before you engage a professional editor to give it that final spit-shine.

And get ready to read and re-read your manuscript, because you'll do  a total of five times! If you want your book to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the other great books on the market, the key is in the editing.

You'll spend some time expanding your scenes and will then divide your manuscript in sections to do the granular editing to activate the language, ensure consistency, balance the message, and polish the grammar and punctuation.

At the end of Module Three, you will have a manuscript that you developed, organized, written, and polished. You will have finished writing your book!

Nancy’s encouragement can be felt within each weekly lesson which makes the Self-Directed program inspirational and a realistic option for anyone with a dream of publishing their story!

Laurie Hellman, upcoming author 
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The program lasts 42 weeks.