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Ink & Angst is excited to Host 2 amazing ladies, Jill Corcoran and Martha Alderson, on our blog today, along with the FABULOUS program they have put together to help authors get their book published and to learn how to revise their own novels in a manner that will make manuscripts shine!!
“Not only are these ladies brilliant, they’re fun. They take the time to make a difference. They’re genuine, the real deal.” P.K. Witte
First, check out this program!
Jill and Martha offer writers two video series with more in production!
1) PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month
8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises
Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from beginning to end. When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and rewrite what you’ve written into a novel that agents, editors and readers will devour.
Writing a great plot involves craft and skill and know-how. Before you undertake a major rewrite, first consider your story from all angles with the help of step-by-step instruction and daily exercises. You know you’re ready to rewrite when you’ve checked all the essential elements for creating an exciting story with compelling characters and a meaningful plot.
2) How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot
7 videos explain how to plot, write and sell picture books + provide exercises on how to immediately integrate the concepts into your own unique story. Learn about all the different kinds of picture books, examples of character-driven and action-driven picture books, how to develop winning picture book concepts, what are the major turning points in every great picture book with a plot, writing, voice, character goals and motivation, how to revise, testing your theme and take-away, who to submit to and so much more…
Here’s How the Video Series Work
Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story. Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction.
Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Sign in and watch video lectures, complete homework assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.
Reviews of the series
“The amount of time, heartache, frustration, and hell that these videos are saving me from is immeasurable.” Kirsten Walgren Tulsian
“Don’t wait until you have a first draft to get the video series. If you have an inkling of a concept, get the video series. The videos will show you how to define your energetic markers. You’ll learn the difference between crisis and climax. The 8 videos constitute a ‘top to toe’ writing course.
Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson, thank you for giving me the opportunity to call myself a writer with pride.” Dolly D Napal
“I have been writing, writing, writing, and reading about writing, but I knew I was still missing the mark. How I write and rewrite books will be forever changed for the better. ” Wendy McLeon MacKnight
“I felt overwhelmed with my latest revision. I feel like a weight has been lifted and I’m just on day one.” Rick Rowe
* The 1st draft you let yourself write any old way. Now revise your story from every angle
* Can’t seem to #finish your #novel? Ready to give up? Before you do, revise!
* I’m finding the revision process FUN! Did I actually say that? Loving this process, thank you! * Friends don’t let friends #revise alone
Now, Let’s introduce Jill and Martha!
Jill Corcoran is the founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and co-founder of A Path A Publishing.
Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, is known as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the founder of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month and the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer
These ladies not only brought us these amazing author tools, but also offer another service with 2 levels of Participation (Participants and Observers):
2nd Thursday of every month
Active Participants and Observers
ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: 8 authors each have 15 minutes to work with The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran on whatever you want help
with. Read part of your manuscript, query, discuss energetic markers, concept, brainstorm plot, characters, etc and receive feedback you can immediately apply to your work.
Active participants must watch either Plotwrimo: Revise Your Novel in a Month or How to Write & Sell a Picture Book Videos. This gives us a common language and baseline
understanding of underlying plot and story concepts for better communication.
Receive a critique of your First Pages, Query, Concept, or get help with your Characters, Where to Start your Story, Crisis, Climax, etc. It is your time…your choice
***OBSERVERS: 15 observer spots. As an observer, you do not participate/read your work, but listen and learn from others during these sessions.Active Participants and Observers
SO MUCH HARD WORK FROM THESE LADIES! LET’S SEE WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THESE VIDEOS AND SERVICES
“Hanging out with Jill & Martha via APTP is almost as cool as having lunch together. They are that accessible and friendly!” P.K. Witte
Here’s the scoop from folks who’ve shared their thoughts about their APTP experience here at Ink & Angst…
Keep reading till the end to find something VERY cool.
Wendy McLeod MacKnight
How did buying the Revise Your Novel in a Month videos and the Advanced Revisions Workshops change my writing life? How didn’t they change my writing life? For months before I stumbled upon Jill – who in turn led me to stumble upon Martha – I had been toiling away, writing, writing, writing, and reading the odd book about writing. I participated in a local small critique group. But for some reason, my work didn’t seem to hang together. I would revise with no understanding of what revision really was – wasn’t that just grammar and spell-checking? And if my beta readers were confused by my plot holes and leaps of illogic, well they could get in line – I was confused, too! And then these two ladies appeared on my computer screen and I realized that almost every single thing I had done to date was wrong. I had queried too early. I had no mastery of my plot or my characters. Wasn’t the universal story supposed to be for, well literary works surely not my work????? I remember thinking, about ten minutes into the video: I don’t have a clue what I am doing. And then magically, as if they had heard my strangled cry from the woods up here in Canada, one of them acknowledged that I (see I hadn’t even found everyone else yet, at least not really so it did seem as if they were talking just to me!) probably didn’t know what I was doing and that was okay. Phew!
And then there were scene grids and gorgeous plot planners and debates and perilous and thrilling pitch sessions and at the end, I felt like I had taken the best, the most practical, course on writing ever. Even this month, as I churn out my NaNoWriMo draft, I feel this great sense of calm whenever I hit a major bump or when I realize I don’t have a clue what my characters are doing. Don’t worry, Wendy, I tell myself. You’ll watch the videos, you’ll reread all of the places you highlighted in Martha’s books, every scene will address the 7 major points. You will use your plot planner and all will be well.
What I know for sure is that maybe, without Jill and Martha and the videos, I might have eventually written a book that hung together, I might have eventually found a literary agent, but they gave me a wormhole that, with some elbow grease, allowed me to zip forward light years. And who doesn’t want to zip forward light years? So you may wonder if the cost of the course is worth it, but I’m here to say: six months after finding Jill and Martha I began to have agents requesting full manuscripts and now have a literary agent. And that is all thanks to Jill Corcoran and Martha Alderson and these wonderful tools they are offering us!
APTP has been a complete writing experience for me. I am excited to revise my book, a process I have never felt excited about before. The Plot Revision series of videos has completely changed the way I am revising my novels. I am sequencing challenged, so the plot planner has been exactly what I needed to visualize my story line. I have a huge plot planner on my wall, making it easy to follow the story and make changes as I need to. Each video helped me think about a different aspect of my book. My characters are deeper and richer than I ever could have imagined. I highly recommend purchasing the series, it will help grow writers, no matter their skill level. The APTP Facebook group has become my writer support group helping with everything from “how do I decide who my main character is while writing my concept statement?” to “ugh, I’m having a day of distractions, help!” Both Martha and Jill are often available to answer question directly on the FB page. And finally, Martha’s Plot Whisperer gave me the tools I needed and a great reference guide for any question I have. The whole APTP experience has been amazing.
Jill and Martha’s programs are on par with the industry standards. Everything they teach in their videos and classes is taught in snippets by other agents and speakers at the various SCBWI conferences. You get the whole picture on writing picture books or novels through their programs.
The plot whisperer classes are superb. Jill’s and Martha’s positive attitudes keep the classes upbeat. It is a conducive learning environment. They accurately vet your concepts; then with dollops of kindness in tow, they are brutally honest about what works or doesn’t work in a manuscript. Their suggestions to bring a story to perfection are excellent.
I was fortunate to stumble upon their classes. Anyone who has taken their classes or watched their videos, knows their lectures and advice are spot on.
Dee Hare Keymel
I found Jill Corcoran a few years ago while searching for a MG agent and she was with the Herman Agency. She didn’t accept my book (now I see why) but I didn’t give up on her. I also found Martha Alderson and watched a few of her videos on YouTube. Again this was several years ago.
When these two women got together, it was the best thing to happen to a want-to-be-published writer like me. I have watched the complete set of videos and they have done wonders for my story. I am on my first re-vision but I see my story has more depth, scenes are more connected, and my characters are emotionally changed and charged.
Thank you, Jill and Martha.
Dolly D. Nepal
I was stuck with an uncompleted YA manuscript since 2006. Being on a small rock in the Indian Ocean doesn’t allow me to attend conferences or live workshops as I would like to. With their video series, online workshops, and ongoing support on the APTP Facebook page, Jill Corcoran and Martha Alderson provide us with all the tools we need to work from the CONCEPT, through the ENERGETIC MARKERS, to the end of our project. Hopping onto the APTP ship has been the best decision I’ve ever made.
A Path to Publishing finally shone a light on the writerly things I thought would always be difficult for me. Energetic markers are the end of the ‘mushy middle’! Their pitch workshop was wonderful as well. I cannot thank Jill and Martha enough.
I’ve learned so much this year when I discovered these mavens of story telling; They’ve raised the quality of my tv and feature scripts as well as my YA graphic novel. They re nurturing and supporting, fun and entertaining.
Check out more amazing APTP features!
A PATH TO PUBLISHING services. A Path to Publishing Workshops: http://apathtopublishing.com/
“We often tailor-make advanced workshops for writers who have watched the series to ask questions and receive feedback on your own individual story.” ~Jill & Martha
Watching PlotWriMo & having an educational blast with Jill & Martha.
A Path to Publishing Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/apathtopublishing/
Everyone is welcome to join A Path to Publishing Facebook group created by Literary Agent Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson as safe, smart, fun alcove for writers and illustrators to share and learn about the craft of writing and the book biz. This is NOT a place to sell your books but a wonderful forum for us all to advance our skills, our creativity, and our dreams plus learn about what Jill and Martha are up to at A PATH TO PUBLISHING.
Be sure to follow along and see what others are saying about these services and how they have helped them! Read individual reviews and more information about how this video series can help you.
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And there you have it. Everything you need to know to get started at APTP. Check it out. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did!
Okay, obviously you still want more. Here’s a peek at something cool and practical…
APTP folks learn how to design Plot Planners !
Check this out. Then you’re done. Really. For real.
APTP Writers benefit from a visual representation of the plot and structure of their stories. The Plot Planner shows how the 3 essential elements of plot rise and fall together – the Dramatic Action and Character Emotional Development create Thematic Significance. When you begin planning your plot, the route you determine is likely sketchy with lots of gaps and dead-ends, but these will be smoothed over and filled in as you come to know your story and characters better.
Okay, Martha’s Plot Planner is just plain cute!