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Steps in the Writing Process

Speaking with experts on your behalf, and accumulating their combined knowledge, we've grouped together four key stages that a writer goes through

Stage 1 – Starting Out

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  • You want to write and you're keen to succeed but need to find out where to go and what to do.
  • You have written informally for ages and want to take it to the next level.
  • You have written half a book and recognise you need help.
  • You have written informally for ages and just want to get on with it yourselves.

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Stage 2 – Half Way There

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  • You will have been writing for a while and have written at least 60,000 words of a book-length manuscript.
  • You will have been writing for ages, are several drafts into your story and are grappling with the weight of your material.

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Stage 3 – Selling Your Story

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  • You've completed a final draft of your manuscript, and are wondering how you approach the next phase of selling it in.
  • You've completed a final draft of your manuscript, and want to be sure it is in tip-top shape before you move on to be published or self-publish.

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Stage 4 – After the Writing

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  • You've sent in your submission to countless agents and heard nothing positive in response. You want to understand what you can do differently, how you may have gone wrong and what your options are next.
  • You've secured an agent but no publishing deal is forthcoming. How can you promote yourself better?
  • You've secured a publishing deal, now what can you do to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.

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