classes

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Query Bootcamp

Queries matter. Fail to dazzle an editor with a fresh idea and well-thought-out pitch and your query will go straight to her trash folder.

Your queries may be getting rejected because the idea has no “wow factor” or the pitch is off target. Perhaps the number one reason you’re not generating more work – or landing lucrative assignments – is because you’re not sending queries at all. (We’ve all experienced “I-have-no-idea-where-to-start” or “How-will-I-ever-fit-this-in” phases)!

Whether you’re just starting out or need support to give your freelance career a boost, Query Boot Camp can give you the tools and inspiration to go from pitch to publication.

In this six-week class, you’ll get:

  • Engaging videos with helpful information about successfully querying editors at consumer, trade and custom publications
  • Help ideas into packaged pitches that sell
  • Tips for writing queries that shine
  • Detailed critiques to increase your chances of acceptance
  • Ideas to expand your businesses through targeted queries and letters of introduction
  • Friendly competition (and a few prizes) to encourage you to meet your goals

How it works:
You’ll receive a new video mini class and assignment every Monday morning for six weeks (January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23)

Submit one query before noon EST every Friday (January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 and 27) and you’ll receive a detailed critique and suggestions of possible markets by noon EST the following Monday.

Sign up for the premium version of Query Boot Camp and you’ll also benefit from three 30-minute calls to give you one-on-one support to help you achieve your querying and freelancing goals.

$199
Premium/$299
Travel Writing: Write Your Way Around the World

Travel writing is a job most people dream about – learn how to make that dream come true. This class will help new writers learn how to develop ideas, approach editors, write articles and travel the world for free. In-class exercises and thoughtful critiques will help you hone your writing skills and get one step closer to getting published.

Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location:   Elemental Healing (5200 Park Rd., Charlotte)
$125

mentoring

Mentoring is not just about explaining the meaning of FNASR and critiquing queries. I help tailor ideas, identify possible markets, share contacts and squelch doubts. I also help celebrate successes – and the writers I’ve worked with have a lot to celebrate. My clients have published articles in Natural Health, Parents, EatingWell, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Breathe and Charlotte Magazine; a former student landed his first book contract after taking my class.

If you’re ready to stop thinking about being a writer and start working toward your goal of getting published (or if you’re already freelancing but want to amp up your earnings), mentoring is the
kickstart you need.

You’ll benefit from mentoring if you:

  • Dream of writing for magazines but have no idea how to get started.
  • Want to turn a passion for words into a lucrative career.
  • Need support to create a plan for freelance success.
  • Want help tailoring your ideas to appeal to editors.
  • Need someone to hold you accountable for making your publishing dreams a reality.
  • Desire an experienced guide to help you move through the publishing process, answer questions and provide support along the way.

Mentoring Available:

One-on-One Coaching

No contracts, no commitments. Just the support you need for as long as you need it.
$100/hour

Prepare for Publication (3 months)

Are you ready to stop talking about getting published and ready to start doing the work?

Are you already writing articles for magazines and websites but not earning the income you want?

This program is for you.

We’ll work together for three months.

In addition worksheets, samples of successful queries, resource materials to help you launch your freelance career and four audio files (The Secret to Coming Up With Ideas that Sell, Reading Between the Coverlines, Crafting the Query and Boosting Your Bottom Line) you’ll benefit from:

  • Support to create and execute a plan for freelance success
  • Materials to help you define your niche, target markets and boost your success rate
  • One 30-minute call per month to help you hone your ideas, target markets, write compelling queries and successfully negotiate with editors
  • Detailed critiques of two queries, essays or articles per month
  • Access to a private online group with other mentoring clients to ask questions, get inspired and seek support

Profit Acceleration (6 months)

A six-month program to help you:

  • Define your writing goals and create a plan to achieve them
  • Be clear about what you offer – and how to offer it – for maximum results
  • Develop a solid, sustainable income stream
  • Get immediate feedback on your ideas and answers to your questions

The package includes:

  • Worksheets, samples of successful queries, resource materials to help you launch your freelance career and four audio files (The Secret to Coming Up With Ideas that Sell, Reading Between the Coverlines, Crafting the Query and Boosting Your Bottom Line) you’ll benefit from:
  • Two 30-minute calls per month to help you hone your ideas, target markets, write compelling queries and successfully negotiate with editors
  • Two 60-minute calls over the course of the program (scheduled as needed) for in-depth support to develop a marketing plan, work through blocks, execute query blasts or set long-term goals
  • Detailed critiques of four queries, essays or articles per month
  • Unlimited email support, responses to questions when you need them
  • Critique of your website
  • Access to a private online group with other mentoring clients to ask questions, get inspired and seek support

Book Launch (3 months)

Get the personalized support you need to write a book proposal, land an agent and secure a publishing deal. You’ll also receive one-on-one coaching to:

  • Develop your idea so it’s attractive to agents and editors
  • Write and practice an “elevator speech” to present to potential agents and publishers
  • Build your confidence to sell your idea
  • Write a polished book proposal
  • Decide which publishing path is right for you – and take the next steps to make it happen

A three-month session includes:

  • One 30-minute call per month to create and execute a plan, review progress and address roadblocks
  • Critiques of agent query letters
  • Comprehensive critique of all elements of your book proposal, including introduction, sample chapter, competitive analysis, author credentials, marketing plan