Analysis and Recommendations
Analysis and Recommendations (A&R), an essential proprietary tool, is an effective way to qualify projects and clients. It serves as a dynamic sales tool and a source of income. This sequence of 5 separate modules includes parameters, techniques, and analytical strategies for nonfiction, memoir/narrative, and fiction A&R.
- Fiction and nonfiction analysis
- Fiction and nonfiction recommendations
- Recognizing and remedying deal breakers
- Author vs. reader perspective
- First vs. second draft
Structure is the #1 reason manuscripts get rejected and published books go unread—and perhaps the most overlooked element of rewriting. This module covers nonfiction memoir, narrative, and fiction.
- Principles of structure and logical template known as “slinky flow”
- Nonfiction and memoir structure/restructure templates, parameters, and techniques
- Fiction plot-mapping, character studies, and plot/character integration
From the author’s point of view, ghostwriting is all about maintaining their voice. From the ghostwriter’s perspective, the endeavor is a bit more complex. This module covers nonfiction, memoir/narrative, and fiction.
- The principles of voice, intent, and perspective
- Interpretation, deduction, and manipulation
- Premise vs. theme
This vital but seldom-addressed edit enhances the manuscript’s music, drive, energy, and rhythm. This module covers nonfiction, memoir, and fiction; and requires a basic understanding of syntax, grammar, and punctuation. Students and instructors will line-edit in real time during class sessions.
- Passive and static writing vs. active prose
- Pacing for effect
- Author intrusion in fiction
All nonfiction books are sold by proposal; all novels and non-celebrity memoirs are sold by synopsis, once the full manuscript is completed. This module covers nonfiction, memoir, and fiction.
- Nonfiction proposals
- Novel synopses
- Compelling, effective query letters
Transitioning from editorial freelancer to professional ghostwriter takes a change in perception, attitude, stance, appearance, overture, and delivery. This final, wrap-up module prepares the student to enter the marketplace as someone who commands a professional-level fee for professional-level service.
- Your professional presentation and marketing plan
- Fees, bids, and contracts
- Troubleshooting common client problems