Demystify the Publishing Process and Create Your Best Speculative Fiction Book
Are you an aspiring author who writes fantasy, science fiction, or horror? Do you have a story idea that you've begun to write, but can't find the drive to finish? Or, maybe you have finished a first draft but have no idea what to do next?
Are you struggling to world-build, create authentic characters, or pace your book in a way that will engage readers?
Writing a book is hard enough. Constructing an entire universe as you develop a compelling plot line—not to mention deliver it all in beautiful prose... well, that's for a special sort of writer.
But you're committed to your craft and up for the challenge. You're meant to do this!
At the end of this 6-week program, you’ll use the feedback you receive from an expert literary agent, and your peers, to raise your writing and your book to the next level, and move toward publication.
There is no better motivation for writers than getting instant feedback on your work. In this program, you will share your writing (up to 5,000 words each week) and receive helpful feedback and guidance from literary agent Beth Marshea and other writers in the program.
Consider this program a kind of “One-Stop Shop” for building your speculative fiction writing career. It will turn you into a better writer, help you craft your query letter, finish your book faster, and create the best, most polished product at the end of the 6 weeks.
How will this program kick-start my writing career?
From our experience helping hundreds of writers with their books (and being writers ourselves), we know that writers improve fastest when they share their writing, get feedback, then incorporate that information into their work.
The best kind of feedback is from an expert in the field—someone who has helped publish many authors as a literary agent—someone like Beth Marshea, who will lead this coaching program.
Because this program is limited to 6 writers, each participant will get to share their writing each week and receive critical feedback from an industry expert and your peers, which will help you revise and improve your manuscript.
At the end of the 6-week program, you will have all or part of a book written, and you will be well-positioned to publish, either traditionally or by self-publishing.
Beth is the owner and Lead Agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She has a BA in Literature and a Masters in Business Administration and is always looking for new and exciting ways to bring more diversity into publishing and beyond.
Beth has had the pleasure of representing many clients, including:
• V Castro (Aliens: Vasquez, The Haunting of Alejandra)
• Catherine Adel West (Saving Ruby King, The Two Lives of Sara)
• M Shelly Conner (Everyman)
• Cody Luff (Ration)
• Nneka Okona (Self-Care for Grief, The Little Book of Self-Care)
• Loretta Brady (Technology Touchpoints)
• Harshita Jerath (Eva's Sweet Recipe, The Leaping Laddoo)
• BL Radley (Strictly No Heroics)
In addition to agenting, Beth presents at conferences across the United States including Writers Day Conferences, Atlanta Writers Groups, Metro West Writers Group, Futurescapes and many more.
She teaches regular classes at her local community center and is always looking for ways to reach out and uplift writers. She is passionate about all writing but has a soft spot for mysteries and thrillers in all age categories.
“The Dabbler”: Writers who have some chapters written.
“The Finisher”: Writers who have a completed manuscript.
Speculative fiction (sci-fi, horror, fantasy fiction) writers who are willing to write & revise up to 20 pages weekly to share for weekly feedback.
Writers who want to accelerate their progress toward publishing in a 6-week, intensive coaching program, under the guidance of an experienced literary agent, and former editor.
Self-published authors who were not happy with the success of their previous book(s).
Who is this program NOT for?
We have designed a program that’s meant to support writers who are at many stages in the writing process, but this is not for everyone. The format and approach will likely not suit the following writers:
Writers with a completed manuscript who are unwilling to make potentially major changes to their book.
Writers with a polished manuscript who are primarily interested in learning how to land a publishing deal.
Traditionally published authors who are already familiar with writing process challenges including finishing multiple drafts, seeking peer feedback, working with an editor, querying an agent, and landing a book deal.
Writers who are unwilling to write and submit new work weekly.
Writers who are NOT writing speculative fiction.
Results You Can Count On
Picture holding the first printed copy of your book in your hands. Picture seeing it on store shelves around the world. Picture pulling it up on Amazon and seeing hundreds of five-star reviews.
This 6-week intensive mentorship will help you improve your craft,crack your writer's block, boost your self-confidence, and give you the expert feedback you need to there.
This program is led by Beth Marshea, a literary agent with years of experience in the publishing industry. She knows great writing, but also what publishers—and readers—are seeking.
In this program you will go from confused about character development, worldbuilding, voice, and pacing to clear on how to construct a universe and write authentically for your readers, while holding their attention...
From overwhelmed by the publishing process to clear on the exact steps needed to get to bookstore shelves...
From writing inconsistently to producing 10 or 20 quality pages per week...
From unsure if your writing is any good to confident that readers, agents, and publishers will compete to get your book...
From writing alone in a vacuum, to writing in a supportive, enlightening, motivating, and fun community with talented peers and curated resources, under the guidance of an experienced industry insider and a team of experts.
Weekly: Slack check-ins from Literary Agent Beth Marshea, who will provide feedback on your writing and guidance on your project.
Most Weeks: 2-hour, live group video chat sessions with Beth and your peers.
Program Schedule, February-March 2023
(Dates subject to change.)
February 9: Introductory video chat and first sharing and feedback session
February 16: Video session
February 23: Slack session
March 2: Writing catch-up week (no session)
March 9: Video session
March 16: Slack session
March 23: Video session
In this program you will receive weekly feedback that will help you improve your writing, find accountability and motivation, and join a fun, supportive community so that you can produce your best short story and get published faster—all under the guidance of an established literary agent.
The cost for 12 sessions and ongoing engagement via Slack is USD$795USD $955.
"A talented agent and editor who made observations that other people missed. I hope to follow her recommendations. I grew to respect her greatly for her help."
— David Woodard
"Beth is the agent I always wanted: an eager, no-nonsense advocate of my work. I feel lucky to have her support."
— Jamie Yourdon, author of Froelich's Ladderand The Space Between Two Deaths
"Beth offers many helpful insights and always does thorough work. Her help was much appreciated."
— Terri Fitzsimmons
"First off, I got to say WOW!! I NEVER give 5 star reviews but I would give this collaboration 6 stars if I could. Working with Beth was more than ideal. My first experience and she hit it out of the park. She helped me get my query letter to where I loved it, and now it's out there working for me. Thank you, Beth! I heartily recommend you to all folks searching for excellent precise and insightful editing."
— Gabrielle Reynolds
"Beth Marshea is like the best of stories. She is curious, given to the profound, hungry for the superb, and cheerfully tireless. As an agent she has discovered the mystical balance business acumen and tireless respect for the creative. She reads deeply, believes strongly, and carries good writing through this world like a torch."
— Cody Luff, author ofRation
"Beth takes on work that she is passionate about and then makes sh*t happen. She is driven, intense, smart, funny, and about as loyal a human as you’ll ever find."
— Tammy Lynne Stoner, author of Sugar Land
Our Guarantee, and Refunds
We stand by our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee if you are unhappy with the program. We also realize that life happens. If you are happy but still need to withdraw from the program early, here are our refund policies:
• 50% refund before session 4
• No refunds after session 4
Final decisions about refunds are at the discretion of So You Want to Write? Inc.