Write the Freakin’ Book
The book writing programme for badass girls
You’ve got the perfect idea, a story inside you that you absolutely, positively need to share with the world.
You get crazy-excited about the idea of seeing your words in print.
You dream, in vivid detail, of being hailed as the go-to girl in your chosen field, signing copies of your book for adoring fans.
The thought of making money AND starting a revolution with your words makes you jump-in-the-air happy.
Yet, despite having muttered/scribbled in your journal/written on your ‘to do’ list the words ‘I’m going to write a book one day’, that day has never quite arrived.
You’ve thought about it.
You’ve talked about it.
You’ve scribbled down ideas; in fact, there’s a chance you’ve even started it.
You’ve been so juiced up about the idea you’ve spent crazy-amounts of money on book writing courses (but not opened a single email), or maybe you’ve read every book written about the art of writing (read them? Yep. Put what they’ve said into action? Not so much), or you might have attended seminars where you’ve taken notes and been so fired up you even bought new stationery – not that a girl ever needs an excuse to buy new stationery – yet you still haven’t written the freakin’ book.
I hear you. Before I wrote my first book, I did exactly the same. I had journals full of ideas of the books I was going to write if only I had more time, if only I understood the publishing industry. I’ve still got entire writing courses unopened on my laptop.
I wanted to do it, but I was a busy girl, it was hard to find the time.
I wrote in my journal, but it was hard to think I might actually be good enough to write a book.
When I did have days of inspiration, it was hard to get my head around how I’d write it, and that’s even before I started to panic how hard it would be to then sell it.
Hard. Hard. Hard.
We’re led to believe that the process of writing and publishing a book is hard work. It’s time consuming; the publishing world is changing, it’s harder than ever to get a deal.
It has to be hard, otherwise everyone would be doing it, right?
Book writing doesn’t have to be hard.
In fact, if it is hard, you’re not doing it right.
Fast forward seven years, and I’ve written the Lola Love series, ten self-esteem boosting books for teen girls published by HarperCollins. I’ve been nominated as Queen of Teen – I got a tiara and everything! – I’ve appeared at the Edinburgh Book Festival and still get super-excited when I’m asked to sign a copy of my book. Because I wrote Think Pink, the first book in the Lola Love series, Sugar magazine proclaimed me the Queen of self esteem, I got asked to be the agony aunt for Mizz magazine, I deliver workshops for the Dove self-esteem programme across the UK and have appeared on TV and radio as a teen-self-esteem advocate.
As well as making my pink-tinted dreams a reality, I’ve written over 15 books as an author-for-hire, earned over £75,000 in advances and royalties, I’m now a freelance writer and editor for a number of different publishing houses including HarperCollins, Parragon and O Books, and my first book in the SASSYology series, SASSY: The go-for-it Girl’s Guide to becoming mistress of your destiny, has just gone to print and will go on sale in September – wohhhooo!
That’s what happens when you make the decision to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK.
Writing your book should be like going on a hot date with your all-time favourite crush. You should be giddy with excitement, cartoon hearts should surround you as you write and you should want to rip open your laptop and get down and dirty with your story as often as possible. You should positively need, not just want, to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK.
You sit down at your computer; tell yourself what an awesome writer-girl you are, and you write. You write YOUR book. You love how easy it is to write without fear, you’re head over heels in love with what you’re writing, words flow with ease, you spend as much time as possible with your new love, and things that might have previously seemed important, become somewhat irrelevant. You cancel appointments because you want to write, and in six months, or sooner, the idea that was in your head has now become a ready-to-print book.
Yes, I love that! How do I make it happen?
If you have an idea that you are desperate to share with the world, a story that needs to be told, if you want to build your brand, or transform people’s thoughts, actions and lives with your words in the next six months, WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK is your call to action.
Ohh, I feel like a superhero.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to discover, and unlock, your writer-girl superpower – we’ve all got one, we just need to find it and flick the switch to ‘on’ – and use it to lasso your passion into print (and e-books), make a profit – which is always rather lovely – and start revolutions. My personal favourite.
Tell me more.
Okay. When you sign up to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK you will have access to everything you need to turn awesome, life-changing thoughts in your head into awesome, life-changing words in a book.
- Get clear. Know what you’re writing and who you’re writing for.
- Create a structure. I have a fail-safe secret weapon (I’m a superhero writer-girl too, you know!) that will turn the thoughts in your head into a book outline in just one session.
- Banish the demons. Everything from writer’s block/blank screen/procrastination demons – it IS possible. Honest.
- Tap into your writer-girl super powers. We will use the womanly arts – SASSYology – to discover your YOU-nique writer girl power, to find your authentic voice, and create a way of writing for you that will have you cancelling all sorts of social arrangements so you can spend some serious smooch time making out with your book.
- Plan a writing schedule. To make sure you book doesn’t simply become yet another thing on your to-do list, you’ll need to date and romance it like the total chunk o’ hot loving that it is – I’ll show you how.
- Write the freakin’ book. Consider me the whip-cracking mistress of accountability. (Insert whip crack here.) Once we’ve revealed your writer-girl super-power and created a structure and time frame that works for you, you’ll write, and together, we’ll work through any icky negative vibin’ that may occur during the process – I can’t write! What if no one buys the book? I’ve not got any original ideas, it’s all been done before so why should I bother? – The last one? That usually kicks in around the 30,000 words point for me. Every time.
- Get the chop. I provide you with two edits. A complete manuscript edit of your first draft with editorial feedback, and a ready-to-print edit where final grammatical and spelling errors are picked up before going to print. We’ll also have a 60 minute Skype convo between edits to discuss changes, content and how to make sure your manuscript is rock and rules and is reader-friendly and ready to go out and be an awesome book in the world.
- The proposal. Together we will create a book proposal – a map of the book, your bio, market research (i.e. where does this fit? Who will read it?), marketing (how will you and the publisher sell the pants off it?) and choose which chapters to use as samples to prove you really can write more than a proposal.
WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK is delivered over six months, so yep, in just six months from now, you will have written, and have in your hands, a ready-to-print copy of your book – wohhhoo.
How will it work?
When you sign up, I’ll ask you to date me. I’m forward like that.
For the next six-months, you and I will hook up, once a month, via Skype, for 60 minutes, and I will coach the ass off you. We will connect, we will probably laugh a lot, but most importantly, each call we will work together to make sure you have all the seriously SASSY fall-in-love-with-the-book-writing-process tools you need to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK.
I will send you a downloadable WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK playbook. It’s a thing of absolute wonder. Filled with over 100 mojo-enhancing badass tools and techniques to use between calls, you will wonder why you’ve ever read any book on writing that isn’t this one.
You will have FREE direct email access to me throughout the six-month programme. So if you have a wobble, need a cheerleader or have a question, email me. I give good email.
You can also become part of the WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK community online at Facebook, exclusively for signed up members of WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK. Where you can discuss what you’re working on, where you might be finding resistance, rave about how awesome your playbook is, or share your superhero writer-girl powers.
Basically, what I’m saying is, if you want to write, publish and sell your book, I’ve got your back.
Why I’m your go-to girl…
Not only am I a coach o’ SASS who helps ladykind to love themselves and make big, amazing dreams actually happen, I’m a writer and editor too. I’ve written 10 books in the Lola Love series for teen girls published by HarperCollins. My first adult book, SASSY, is out in 2012 published by O Books, and for the past 7 years, I have written and edited books to brief, both in Europe and the US, for a variety of publishers, ranging from children’s fiction and annuals, to self-help and personal development books for public figures.
Basically, I know my stuff.
When you work with me, I get as excited about your book as you are, I love words and books with all my big thumpity heart, I also know the industry, how it works, how it’s changing and what it’s looking for. So, if you want to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK, then I’m your girl.
FYI: I am also the best person to go on a road trip with, so think of WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK as the most juiciest, fun-filled adventure. We’ll be like Thelma and Louise, but without the whole driving-off-a-cliff ending.
To discuss WRITE THE FREAKING BOOK, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a FREE consultation. We’ll spend 30 – 45 minutes chatting about your book – the idea, where you’re at with it, and why you’d like to write it. This session itself will help you get so much more clarity whether you sign up for the programme or not – happy times all round!
Not only will you get to work with, and be coached by a kick-ass author and publisher, that’s me, you’ll have access to amazing knowledge and insights into the book writing process and publishing industry, and your finished manuscript will be professionally edited and ready to be turned into a book with a pretty cover and sell a gazillion copies.
If you want to WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK right now, choose which payment plan works for you, then click that pretty ‘pay now’ button below to make it happen! When you sign up you’ll receive a writer-girl welcome pack o’ awesome and you’ll be given insta-access to my diary so you can book a start date that works for you.
This investment in your future, is totally tax-deductible by the way – high fives to that!
I LOVE this package so much.
Mainly because I get to work alongside you, hold your hand, be your number one cheerleader and whip cracking mistress of accountability at EVERY stage of the process. I want you to have a truckload o’ fun and enjoy how easy writing a book can be.
I want you to fully embrace your writer-girl super-powers and ensure that your book has the best possible chance of reaching the right people, in the best format, filled with the most amazing words o’ wonder and selling HUGE amounts – is that cool with you?
Books change the world. Be a world changer, and WRITE THE FREAKIN’ BOOK.