Are you a writer with a manuscript?
It's a tough market out there - in particular for debut and mature-age writers. Here's what we're doing about it.
If you have a manuscript you believe is finished and you're interested in taking your work through to the next level, ready for submission to a publisher, you might benefit from our suite of Masterclass Advanced Writing Tutorials - 7 sessions in all. Jen Hutchison has presented these direct and valuable techniques to writers in Australia, the United States and France, to very positive feedback. These advanced techniques are best applied to a completed but unpolished manuscript and involve close collaboration between the writer and the editor as an intense copy edit is undertaken.
Each process takes about two months and there are no shortcuts. We accept a limited number of manuscripts each year for this advanced attention.
If you're interested in making your work the best it can be—drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have a conversation about the process and the price. There is considerable work in this for both editor and writer, so it's not for the faint-hearted. It requires an open mind and preparedness to work further on writing you thought was finished.
Journeys to Words' core audiences for our books and authors are in libraries, within community groups, at gatherings in book stores, and at writers' festivals. These have all been hit hard in 2020 and 2021. When we can get out and others can gather safely, our book release activities will resume and our manuscript submissions will open again. In this current space, we are assisting advanced writers and manuscripts-with-potential with these masterclasses. You could be part of that.
Author Michelle Johnston has completed the tutorials...
"I held forth over zoom, it was an incredible process, a true journey to words. Not only has the manuscript had the grime scraped off to let the pith of it shine, I have learnt a great deal about writing (and editing) in our travails. I’m honoured to write a testimonial. I agree, that this sort of thing is for more advanced writers, who are ready for a polish and a battering."