Should you have someone read it before you revise?
Or perhaps you've shared it with people, and their feedback has confused or discouraged you.
Do you need to pay someone to edit your manuscript...and who?
How can you make sure that you're making your manuscript better, not worse?
If you're facing any of these questions, hi! Read on...
...an approach to revision that prioritizes the "big" stuff first, ensuring that you don't waste valuable time tweaking what you then discard.
...a process that honors your vision without getting mired in others' feedback.
...a user-friendly, templatized process that enables you to visualize exactly how and where you need to revise.
It took me six years to write my first novel and two to write my second—the difference is that when it came to the first one, I didn't know how to revise.
I paid people a lot of money only to disregard 90% of their feedback because it didn’t suit my vision. I confused “revising” and “editing,” investing hours and hours in tweaking my manuscript at the sentence level only to discard the edited material once I turned to structural revision (which should have come first). I was sending my book out to agents and receiving rejections, so I assumed I needed to overhaul the manuscript; I would buy a book on writing and revise my book according to its advice—only to submit the new draft to my writing group and hear a universal, “We liked it better before…” I rewrote the book based on what one person (an agent who rejected me) said. (Don't do this!)
How did I get better at revising?
By learning from my mistakes and gleaning from the courses I took and books I read what worked for me. This course is a distillation of my favorite revision tools—you’ll learn exactly what I do in revision and why I now look forward to revision.
Revising doesn’t have to be stressful or even entirely analytical. It can be fun, and at times as creative and thrilling as writing.
My goal with this course is two-fold: to save you time and a headache, and to help you revise well—in other words, to revise in a way that improves your work the most in the least amount of time.
Finish your draft and send it out—with my guidance for a full year.
Over 4 weeks, you will get:
+ + PLUS + +
You will end the course with:
MODULE 1 | The Future Book Review & Gut Read
MODULE 2 | The Book Review Take Two & Reverse Outline
MODULE 3 | The Revision Rubric & Revising "Big"
MODULE 4 | Revising from Big to Small
LIVE WORKSHOP | Getting an agent
I have never written more or better than when I was working on my writing with Mary.
— Joselin Linder, author of The Family Gene
I cannot recommend her enough as a creative writing instructor.
— Alex Difrancesco, author of All City and Psychopomps
"Tart, sweet, poignant, and rich with humor; completely irresistible.” — Library Journal (starred review)
"I mean like, crazy funny. The offbeat story about love, family and mortality really sticks with you. The ideal summer read." — A Cup of Jo
“I loved every word.” — Meg Cabot
"When You Read This feels miraculous and leaves a lasting impression long after its final moment.” — Val Emmich, author of The Reminders and Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
If you don't feel you've become equipped with the tools to successfully revise your novel by the end of the course, you are welcome to join the next cohort of students for free. Plus, you and I will meet for a one-on-one coaching session to troubleshoot your concerns.
How does this work?
Once you purchase the course, you will receive an email with log-in instructions. As soon as the course begins on February 10th, you will have access to the first week's course materials. You'll also receive, via email, details about the live workshops and instructions on attending them.
Do I need an Internet connection?
Yes, you will need an Internet connection to watch the videos.
What if I don't finish revising my novel in four weeks?
No worries! You will continue to have access to the video content for a full year, and all of the content that is not video-based you can download for lifetime access.
Can I take the course if I'm writing a memoir/nonfiction?
This course can absolutely work for nonfiction.
Can I watch the videos on my phone?
You sure can!
Do you offer refunds?
Sure! You may request a refund within 7 days after the course opens on 2/10/20—just shoot us a quick email. After 7 days we don't offer refunds, but you are still entitled to the Course Guarantee.
Copyright 2019 Mary Adkins