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Ready to Launch Your Writing Career with a Submission to an Editor or Agent?

 This course tells you how: I Have a Draft! Now What?

Pilot Course Beginning This Fall!

What’s wrong with this picture?

You're not in it.     Yet!

Here’s a familiar scenario (for aspiring authors):

  • You’ve always wanted to write a book
  • A story is burning in your mind
  • You read articles or stories and say, “I could do better than that!”
  • The idea of becoming a writer won’t leave you alone
  • Your friends/teachers/colleagues keep telling you that you should write

What’s keeping you from pursuing writing? Here are some of the usual suspects:

  • Too many obligations
  • Not enough time
  • Lack of supporters 
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success

Yes, fear of success is really a thing—but it’s not terminal. Read on to find the cure.

Leave the past behind

Let’s borrow from an olde favourite old favorite to illustrate: A Christmas Carol. This time we’ll make it about you. (That’s not to imply that you’re stingy.) I know, it’s the wrong season, but let’s see what we can learn from the ghosts. (Apologies to Charles Dickens.)

The Ghost of Your Past

Some invisible (or not so invisible) force has kept you from forging ahead with your dreams. You’ve read everything you could find on a writing career. You’ve attended writing conferences and joined a critique group. You may even have sent off pieces to publishers. Maybe some of them were even accepted. But somehow you haven’t been able to commit for the long term.

What’s holding you back from making that next step? Let’s look at the present you to find out.

The Ghost of Your Present

You’ve made a decision. You’re determined. NOW is the time to make it happen. That doesn’t mean you’re not terrified. What if I’m not good enough? What about writer’s block? What about rejection letters? What about critics? What about . . . ?

You know the drill.

But it doesn’t need to stay that way. The actions you take now will influence that future you.

The Ghost of Your Future

You’ve made it happen. You’ve set your goals. You’ve written and written. You’ve rewritten some more. You’ve recruited beta readers for feedback. You’ve proofread and polished. You’ve done your market research. You’ve persisted.

Your future author-self is informed, confident, productive, skillful and persistent.

You’ve achieved success. Maybe. Maybe not. Definitions of success are uniquely determined by you. But if you’re a writer, you write. That in itself is a measure of success.

That happy future begins with what you do today.

Here are some writers who made a successful start.


Darcy Neils

Jeanette's contributions to a new author’s writing comes from her [own experience and] knowledge of our language. Without her clarity and direction, my manuscript would have not made it to an editor's desk.

Darcy Neils

Dr. Alvarez

Working with Jeanette is a very smooth process from beginning to end. I was very lucky to have found her! Once you contact her it triggers a smooth journey helping you with your needs and project. If you are a looking for someone reliable and very capable you will not go wrong by working with Jeanette. Courteous, attentive and reliable, Jeanette will make sure you are happy with the results although you will not have to do much due to her high-end final outcome. I trust her completely with my projects.

Guillermo Alvarez, M.D.

My Own Ghosts

Let me tell you a little bit about my own ghost of the past. I’ve been teaching since . . . well, last millennium. I often taught high school and college English courses. I was teaching what I loved, but, bear in mind, I was teaching a required course. Many of my students were there only because they needed the credit to graduate. Not the enthusiasm I had hoped for in my subject matter.

I was doing a bit of freelance writing on the side and had some pieces accepted. Then I discovered my true passion was writing novels, and I began self-publishing a series of mystery novels.

Eventually, I decided to marry the writing and the practical application by teaching aspiring authors. I began giving workshops to beginning writers. While researching for my workshops I encountered an interesting statistic: more than 80% of Americans say they want to write a book. Unfortunately, only about 2% actually carry through.

Source: Huffington Post 04 March 2013

Giving workshops put me in contact with a large number of people who were writing books—or planning to. I soon saw that a generic workshop would not meet the individual needs of writers. To answer that need I developed an author’s apprenticeship so I could work one-on-one helping writers to polish their writing and prepare their books, articles, or short stories for the marketplace. Many opted for self-publishing but others preferred to submit their work to traditional publishers or agents as well as to magazines, newspapers, and websites. Covers from a few of the successful authors are pictured below.

I realized that one of the things that made my workshops and mentoring so effective was the personalized and customized attention I gave to each student writer and their interaction with other writers in the group. As an educator, I was aware that people learn through different learning styles and I adapted my methods to accommodate individual differences. I’m working towards providing that same customization and camaraderie in an online venue. The newest technology can make that a reality.

Keys to success as a writer:

Be confident. Be informed. Be skillful.

Here’s how this course will help you become a competent writer:

  • Questions answered in a private Facebook group, Avid Authors
  • Short bite-sized lessons
  • Recommended resources
  • Video lessons
  • PDFs with step-by-step explanations
  • Checklists
  • Optional “homework” with instructor input
  • Online quizzes to check your understanding
  • Personalized feedback from instructor
  • Peer review from classmates
  • Individual questions answered by instructors and classmates

What will we learn about? I’m glad you asked.

You'll learn what the publishing industry from the manuscript you submit for consideration. You'll go through the steps of finding the right editor or agent and presenting your writing in the best light.

Head on over and check out the Free Trial for more details on the exciting proposed content!

What's included?

3 Videos
1 Survey
15 Texts
6 PDFs
1 Presentation
Jeanette F. Chaplin, Ed.D.
Jeanette F. Chaplin, Ed.D.

About the instructor

I've spent a lifetime writing, self-publishing, and learning and teaching about writing. Researching and keeping up with the latest technology alone require hours of commitment. This course will help you move more quickly from the first tentative steps to a published manuscript.

For a more complete picture, keep reading!

Workshops for Authors

  • Hands-on instruction in a variety of aspects of writing and self-publishing
  • Venues: Libraries in Iowa, Arizona, and Oregon; community college in-service sessions; author days for children and youth; Elderhostel classes
  • Special events: Chocolate Affaire, Write Path workshops (Arizona Authors Association), and Women’s History Month

Academic  Teaching (high school and college)

  • English composition, grammar, literature, and argumentation and research
  • Spanish teaching and curriculum development

Academic Presentations

  • Papers presented at professional  conventions in subjects such as language, literature, and popular culture


  • Doctorate in Teaching College English
  • Masters in Spanish
  • Undergraduate degree in education

Informal Education

  • Iowa Summer Writing Festival: Fiction, Iowa State University
  • In-house training: Web Based Teaching and Learning, Grading and Writing across the Curriculum
  • Too many writers conferences to mention


Are you ready to join the 2% who actually write a book?

You'll get step-by-step guidance throughout the process!

Course begins November 27. Register for a look at the Free Trial.

Enroll by Small Business Day (11/25) for an extra special price of $15.

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