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Conquer The Impenetrable Fortress Of Publishing

Let's be real: the traditional publishing industry is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a query letter.

What are the steps to get from book idea to the bookstore shelves?

What are readers and editors looking for? What do I do when I finish my book?

Who do I pitch? How do I query? How do I build my audience?

Answers to all of these questions and more will be revealed as you write your book during this 6-month program.


Slay The Dragon of Resistance

Why haven't you finished your book yet?

Are you having trouble getting started? Lacking motivation? Procrastinating?

Perhaps you're struggling with your own doubts, fears, or perfectionism?

You are perfectly normal, and we are here to help.

We know you: NOT writing is NOT an option. When you can't write, you lose a part of yourself. You need to express yourself through your words, and want to publish your story and leave a legacy for the world.

This program will do that for you.


I Was Where You Are

In 2011 I wrote my book about backpacking across Africa, but had no idea if it was good or bad, or what to do next. With no community or resources to support me, I stopped writing.

Fate brought me to my writing coach, Sam Hiyate, who turned me into a powerful writer, and I started publishing my work as a freelance writer.

Sam and I created So You Want to Write? because the world needs your story, too. Since 2017 we have helped hundreds of authors improve their work and secure book deals with top publishers.

—Mike Pietrzak, So You Want to Write? co-founder


Meet Your Writing Guides

This program is led by Sam Hiyate, literary agent and president of The Rights Factory, an international literary agency based in Toronto.

In his 30+ year publishing career he has launched the careers of numerous New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling authors.

He teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and publishing at Ryerson University.

He will be supported by expert guest lecturers (to be announced) who will help you bolster your skills in crucial aspects of your writing journey. Guest lecturers will include:

  • An expert on outlining your book.
  • A creativity/mindset coach to speak about writer psychology.
  • A professional editor for guidance on polishing your book.
  • An expert on querying literary agents and securing a traditional book deal.

At the end of the course you will have the option to pitch a panel of literary agents for feedback on your book.


What to Expect in This Program

Here's a look inside one of our past writer coaching programs...


We Are So You Want to Write? has been helping writers improve their work and publish books since 2017.

Each month more than 20,000 visitors read our writer tips blog, and we have 4,000 active subscribers.

Hundreds of writers move through our training programs each year, and many go on to publish books.

Become our next success story—apply to our New Year, New Book program now!


About The New Year, New Book Program

This is an application-based program for intermediate to advanced writers (newer writers may wish to check out our writer coaching programs). 

Not all who apply will be accepted, and there are seats for only 5 writers.

Here's how to apply:

  • Prepare a 5,000-word sample of your best writing.
  • Fill out this application form. We will carefully review applications and provide you our decision as soon as possible (usually within days).
  • Once you are accepted, we will ask for a deposit to hold your seat. See the fee schedule below for more details.


Results You Can Count On

  • 1 Get Motivated: Beat procrastination, get unstuck, and find the accountability to produce new writing each week.
  • 2 Finish Your Book: Get invaluable weekly feedback from a trusted literary agent with 30+ years of experience, plus learn from expert guest lecturers. Find out what's working in your book, and how to fix what's not.
  • 3 Publish Your Book: Improve your chances of getting a book deal with a publisher. Graduate the program with a “next steps” plan tailored for you, and even pitch your book to a PANEL OF LITERARY AGENTS after the program is completed!


Stop Struggling With Your Book

Look, you’ve struggled long enough with being stuck, letting life's responsibilities and setbacks get in the way of your writing.

Sure, you could try to write your book on your own, but without this program you might never find out what's not working with your book.

You could keep querying without success, and stay confused about the path to publication.

You could keep attending free critique groups with amateur writers at your local coffee shop.

You could get yet another writing degree or certificate that you don’t need.

...But we'd rather help you leave a legacy for the world in the pages of your book!


Your Transformation

In this program you will go from unsure about your book's structure to prepared with a clear and detailed outline that tells the story that you truly want to share...

From confused about 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.



Course Format

  • 2 days ahead of each weekly session you are invited to submit up to 5,000 words (about 20 pages double-spaced... but 5 or 10 pages is fine, too!)
  • In each session you will receive written feedback from Sam and your peers. We use Slack for uploading submissions and text-based discussion.
  • Note: there is no obligation to comment on all your peers' work each week; your first responsibility is to your own writing!
  • Most weeks will also include live video discussions with Sam and your peers through the magic of Zoom.
  • Some weeks will also include mini-workshops with subject matter experts, live on Zoom.
  • Zoom sessions will take place on Sundays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (NYC/Toronto).


Course Schedule, January-June 2022

(Dates are subject to change.)

Jan. 9, Session 1 (Zoom)
  • Introduce yourself and your writing goals
  • Lesson: How to critique others' writing
  • Share your first 20 pages for feedback and live video discussion with Sam Hiyate and peers
Jan. 16, Session 2 (Zoom & Slack)
  • Lesson: Advanced Book Outlining Techniques (Zoom)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Jan. 23, Session 3 (Zoom)
  • Submit your book outline for feedback and live video discussion with Sam
Jan. 30
Feb. 6, Session 4 (Zoom & Slack)
  • Lesson: How to Handle Stuckness with a Creativity/Mindset Coach
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Feb. 13, Session 5 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Feb. 20, Session 6, (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Feb. 27
Mar. 6, Session 7 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Mar. 13, Session 8 (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Mar. 20, Session 9 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Mar. 27
Apr. 3, Session 10 (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Apr. 10, Session 11 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Apr. 17, Session 12 (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
Apr. 24
May 1, Session 13 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
May 8, Session 14 (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
May 15, Session 15 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
May 22
May 29, Session 16 (Slack)
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
June 5, Session 17 (Zoom)
  • Live video discussion with Sam & your peers
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
June 12, Session 18 (Zoom & Slack)
  • Lesson: How to Edit Your Own Work with our professional editor.
  • Written feedback on your weekly pages from Sam
June 19
June 26, Session 19 (Zoom)
  • "Next steps" session with Sam—receive a personalized roadmap to continue writing and editing after the program, and persist to a publishing deal.
Agent Pitch Session: Date to be determined, Session 20 (Zoom)
  • Pitch your book to a panel of 3 to 5 literary agents for feedback!
  • Agents will read your query and synopsis in advance
  • 10 minutes per writer


Fee Schedule

  • If your application is accepted, we ask for a US$495 deposit (20% of total) to hold your seat.
  • A second payment of US$500 is due prior to the first session.
  • 3 additional payments of US$500 will be due prior to sessions #5, #10, and #15.
  • Total program cost is US$2,495.
USD $4,995.00 USD $2,495.00


Our Guarantee, And Refunds

While we go to great lengths to ensure that each writer succeeds in our programs, we recognize that sometimes "life happens". To accommodate unforeseen challenges, we will allow you to withdraw at any time without charging the remaining fees, no questions asked.

This policy ensures 0% risk and 100% flexibility for you.

Refunds on fees paid will be decided on a case-by-case basis by So You Want to Write?, but we aim to be reasonable about refunds.


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