Hi again! Sorry, I’m late posting this because I had the worst trilogy of days EVER at the end of last week and couldn’t get to the computer to let you know, but Holly’s How To Revise Your Novel course is OPEN!! It’s closing on December 15 at 11:59pm US EST, so you have a couple of days to think about it still 🙂 Remember though, if you miss out this time, it won’t be open again until about this time next year (unless there’s enough interest, in which case there /might/ be another intake in about 6 months :)), and if you sign up in this round, you get the spiffy bonuses listed in bold below as a thank you from me 🙂
You guys, the size of this course is EPIC. I was in the very first intake, back in 2009, and I have not regretted it for a moment. I loved How To Think Sideways, but How To Revise Your Novel more than anything else I’ve read on writing before or since changed the way I work for the better. The course is huge and it takes a long time – it’s a 5 or 6 month course, one module a week (I say 5 or 6 because it was supposed originally to be 4, became 5 when I took it with that first intake, and I’m pretty sure Holly has added enough bonuses over the years to make it a 6 month course now) and it is a LOT of work – but it’s the ONLY course I’ve EVER seen that take the whole editing and revision process and breaks it down into small, manageable chunks.
No theory: it’s completely practical and hands-on experience, designed to capture as many problems with your novel as humanly possible in ONE SINGLE EDIT. I know authors that have slaved away writing 7, 12, 22 drafts of their novel; How To Revise Your Novel is specifically designed to help you cut down on the number of drafts you need to take your story from rough draft to finished product. (This is, of course, dependant on you having a clear idea of what you want your finished product to look like – but the course teaches you how to develop that, too ;)).
Look, I love this course. It’s hands-down the best writing resource I’ve ever read/used/taken, and I could rave about it for hours. If you have questions about the content, shoot me an email through the contact form (link in the menu above) or on twitter (@inkylaurens) and I’ll happily rabbit away to you about it 🙂 And even better: Holly offers a no-questions-asked cancellation. When you sign up, you pay each month upfront, but if you cancel at any point during the month, she’ll refund you pro-rata for the lessons you haven’t received yet, and you keep access to the lessons you have received – as well as membership in the forums so you can still hang out with your classmates and build your writerly connections 🙂
Holly’s copy is included below so you can see what she has to say about the course, but before I go I wanted to let you know about some special bonuses you’ll receive from me if you decide to join up through my link. As a thank you, you’ll receive:
- A free ebook copy of my forthcoming book on worldbuilding, From The Ground Up (Oct 2016);
- A free ebook copy of Krista Ball’s What Kings Ate And Wizards Drank;
- A free critique of your FIRST 20 PAGES once you’ve completed the HTRYN course;
- A free ebook copy of Holly’s Strange Arrivals, the textbook for the free How To Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck course (also an excellent course – and free!!);
- A free ebook copy of Holly’s How To Write Page-Turning Scenes; and
- One free book, e or print, of your choice, from Inkprint Press (worldwide postage included). 🙂 🙂 🙂
So: are you ready to sign up? I really think you’ll love it 🙂 (Also, if you happen to be currently taking, or have graduated from, Holly’s How To Think Sideways, you get a discount on the course – your link is this one, and it will ask you to sign in with your current log-in details.)
Finally, because I believe so strongly in this course, I want you to have the opportunity to buy it even WITHOUT using my links. So, this link here is a non-affiliate link; if you sign up by clicking anywhere on this sentence, I won’t receive a thing (but you also won’t get my bonuses ;)).
That’s it from me. Holly’s copy for the course is below. I hope to see you in the classroom!! 🙂
It’s been a bumpy road getting here, but How To Revise Your Novel has just gone live.
For the next seven days, UNTIL 11:59 PM on TUESDAY, Dec. 15, you can register for the class that has been teaching writers how turn rough, lumpy, awkward, and sometimes just outright BROKEN first drafts into professional-quality fiction since Nov. 23, 2009.
The class started out back in 2009 having two registrations a year. I changed that at some point, but when I did, the vibrancy of the community of writers that developed in the classroom (a sort of war-buddies-who’d-shared-
Limited-time registration is back.
Once again, How To Revise Your Novel is only going to be available either one or two times a year.
I promise the course will be available to a new class once a year.
I’ll only make How To Revise Your Novel available a second time in any given year if I have enough students waiting to register to fill a second class.
Once you own How To Revise Your Novel, you can use the classroom and (soon to be added) forum year-round, retake any lessons, go through the initial process and then the streamlined process with every book (or story, screenplay, biography or any other fiction or personal nonfiction you write).
I’ve even had students tell me it helped them with their nonfiction. The class is NOT focused on that, though.
If you do a NaNoWriMo novel a year, then next year you’ll already have the class. And the year after that. And the year after that.
If you write a book every two months, you’ll have everything in the classroom waiting to help you make every one of those books better.
If you write a story a day, what you’ll learn in this class will show you how to make those short stories better, too.
And if you just want to write one or two novels, but you want to make them great?
How To Revise Your Novel will be there for you for them, too.
Being a working writer who creates great stories that readers love isn’t some magical gift of the gods. It is a learned skill. It takes a lot of words, and a lot of work.
But YOU CAN DO IT.
Any writer willing to put in the work can learn the necessary skills, and if you’re willing to apply those skills to every word you write, YOU CAN get good.
How To Revise Your Novel is not an easy class.
You cannot learn how to revise your work by READING lessons.
THERE IS NO THEORY in How To Revise Your Novel.
Every bit of it is practical, step-by-step instructions.
You have to actually print out your manuscript, print out the worksheets, and DO the work.
And with your first professional-process revision, there is a LOT of work.
Here’s the good news.
The first REAL revision you do will be the MOST PAINFUL, MOST DIFFICULT, MOST AGONIZING and occasionally, the MOST HORRIFYING revision you will ever do.
How is that GOOD news, you’re asking?
(If somebody told me I was walking into pain, you better believe I’D ask.)
So here’s why it’s good news.
Discovering during your first revision everything you do wrong over and over in your writing teaches you not to make those mistakes anymore. Your writing becomes better when you revise, and your NEXT first-draft manuscript will be better from the beginning.
So your next novel’s revision will be EASIER to do. Usually, it will be a LOT easier.
Trust me, with each new manuscript, you’ll invent brand-new mistakes that you’ll only discover in your next revision.
Ask me how I know…
But learning to do a real, solid, step-by-step one-time-through revision will make you a better writer, and every book you revise from then on…
…will also make you a better writer.
So, if this sounds like what you’re looking for, go now, and join me and the next class of writers getting ready to get GOOD.