Holly Lisle's 7-Day Crash-Revision Workshop
Professional, Simple Block Revision for Pros on Tight Deadlines, and Beginners on Tight Budgets
MAYBE YOU HID THAT MANUSCRIPT IN A BOX UNDER YOUR BED, or in the bottom of a drawer.
Maybe it's tucked away in the back of your closet, or on a hard-drive file marked HOPELESS.
It might be a short story, last year's NaNoWriMo novel, or the the story of your dreams that somehow fell apart...and you've been trying to fix for the last year, or five, or ten.
Maybe it's the story you hoped to self-publish, to get yourself started on a writing business, to cut loose from the day job, or to invent a job because you can't find one.
ONLY SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOUR STORY, and you don't know how to fix it.
You've tried removing adjectives and adverbs, replacing weak verbs with strong verbs, using better nouns—all the usual advice—but the story is STILL broken.
MAYBE you've even found your way to my HOW TO REVISE YOUR NOVEL: Get The Book You WANT from the Wreck You Wrote course, which is only available twice a year...
Only you missed the deadline, or right now money IS an issue, and no matter how much you want that course, the budget won't bear it.
You've been looking for a short, lean, basic revision course that actually WORKS.
That will teach you how to FIX the story, not just move words around. That will teach you how to get your work out to editors in a hurry, or hit your own deadlines so you can create your self-published work faster.
This workshop started as a bonus class for my How To Revise Your Novel students
I'd described the challenge I had getting calls from editors who needed me to get my book ready when a big-name writer missed a deadline. If I could hit the othe writer's deadline, I would get that writer's front-list placement and much bigger marketing budget.
I ALWAYS hit those deadlines.
Doing an editor's revision (a revision of just the problems the editor finds on a manuscript you've already revised and turning in) on a tight turn-around deadline is a critical commercial writing skill.
A group of my pro students wanted to learn how to do this, so I built a workshop specifically for them.
I've revised, expanded, and adapted that writing workshop into THIS workshop.
If you're a pro...
...this workshop still includes everything you need to know in order to hit a nightmare deadline on an editor's request for a speedy revision.
HOWEVER, if you're not a pro...
...while someday you may want that pro-level quick turn-around course (and it's still in there), RIGHT NOW what you NEED is to learn the basics of block revision---the system I developed for my OWN use.
And to make sure it works, you also need:
- instructions on how to adapt the techniques to include short fiction revision,
- revision for self-publishing,
- and first-draft revision,
- worksheets to show you how to keep your revision organized and make the steps easier to understand,
- checklists so you can remember what you needed to look out for on the second and third blocks,
- and included permanent membership to the workshop, the private 7-Day Crash-Revision Workshop Forum, all the general boards so you can take your time, go through on multiple manuscripts, talk to other folks working their way through the exact same frustrations and challenges you are...
IN other words, you want a solid but VERY BASIC "fundamentals of revision" course.
The 7-Day Crash-Revision Workshop isn't everything AND the kitchen sink. (How To Revise Your Novel IS.
But while I was living on a shoestring budget, and tearing apart my first novel with scissors and tape and pen time after time after time, trying to figure out not just how to fix it, but what was wrong with the damn thing in the first place...
...THIS is the workshop I wish I'd had.
That first novel?
But with what I learned from tearing it apart again, and again, and again, the second one I wrote sold the first time out, to the first place I sent it.
ONE MONTH from the day I mailed out the manuscript.
And it won me the Compton-Crook Award for Best First Novel, too.
So this is what you're getting here.
Yes. "Inexpensive" is CRITICAL to me right now.
But if this is going to be your first REAL revision, you're probably thinking...
"Wait...Quick?! I can't revise a novel in seven days. I'm just getting started. I need TIME."
I thought you might. And I've got you covered.
Your lessons on Targeting, Write-In, and Type-in will land in your classroom on the first day of this workshop... but they will wait in your classroom until you're ready for them.
The whole system is there immediately to give the pros with tight deadlines time to get each block done before moving on to the next—to give them just enough time to wrap their heads around the system while doing the work.
But if you're NOT a pro, each lesson will sit on its page, patiently waiting for you as long as you want before you download it and start working through it.
Because this is a self-paced workshop, NOT a live workshop, you don't have to be in class on a specific day at a specific time, trying to keep up, working against a clock that runs out at the end of the week.
You can spend a month on this class, or a couple of months. You can use it for each manuscript you need to revise. Login, go to your classrom, and get to work.
If you're new to this, that's a real advantage.
"I prefer learning on my e-reader to printing out PDFs."
I understand. Spiffy, aren't they? So this course is available in PDF (which works for everyone), in Mobi format for Kindle owners, and in ePub for folks with iPads, Nooks, and most other ereaders.
Please understand that when I say this teaches BASIC revision, I mean it.
This course is 112 content pages spread across three lessons (not including worksheets).
How to Revise Your Novel runs 200,000+ words (not including handouts and worksheets), is 22 weeks long (not including bonus courses), and printed out, it's a bit smaller than an old VW Bug.
I called up everything I'd learned about revision in more than twenty years of writing, revising, and selling fiction to create it, and built that experience into a system that has helped many, many writers get their work into print.
How To Revise Your Novel isn't $37, though (or anywhere near that).
7-Day Crash-Revision Workshop IS.
This workshop will allow you to make a HUGE improvement in your ability to revise your work. It will get you through a complete revision.
IF you have not revised your work before, it will not—it CANNOT—give you everything you need to know to come out the other end of the process with a polished, submission-ready manuscript.
I cover workarounds that will allow you to create manuscripts with the biggest problems repaired.
If you're willing to do a couple revisions, you'll end up with something pretty decent.
And when the money starts coming in, and you can afford to upgrade to How To Revise Your Novel, you can apply 100% of the cost of THIS course to that course.
Why? Because this course is included for free for my HTRYN students. So I'll make sure that if you join, it will be free for you, too. (You'll just rent it for a while.)
Buy now, and be in class in about 5 minutes.
Dig that broken story out of your drawer on the box under your bed and dust it off. THIS time, if you follow my process, your revision IS GOING TO WORK.
"I'm ready to learn the basics of fixing my broken story."
7-Day Crash Revision Workshop
Clear, step-by-step lessons to show you the stripped-down basics of a functional revision
Diagrams and worksheets to walk you through the revision
Lessons in Kindle, ePub, and printable PDF formats
Downloadable, printable worksheets
(retake this class alone or with other
writers as often as you like)
Forum Discussions, Brainstorming, and Help
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