Next program begins on January 7, 2023. 6 writers only!
In this 6-month program you will receive personalized weekly feedback on your writing from an experienced literary agent who knows both great writing and the publishing industry. Most weeks also include live, 2-hour video discussions.
You'll enjoy the accountability of writing and submitting pages every week, get unstuck, and finish your book.
And you'll do it in a fun community that motivates you to write; in a forum for dialogue, where you can have all your writing questions answered.
Plus, learn invaluable writing and publishing skills (critiquing, outlining, writer psychology, editing, and querying) from expert guest lecturers.
At the end of this program you will have the opportunity to pitch your book to a panel of literary agents from various companies for additional feedback and direction.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“I had a wonderful experience participating in the six month-program New Year: New Book, with the invaluable feedback from Sam Hiyate and other writers in the program and the special sessions with other experts in book writing and publishing, as well as the opportunity to get in front of agents with our query letter and book synopsis. Also, the strong impetus of the weekly writing accountability structures meant I got far more writing done than if I was on my own.
Sam’s decades-long experience in the publishing business and as an agent gives him invaluable insights into what works and sells in today’s markets. He’s always full of well-thought-out suggestions for improving your manuscript and helpful resources. He’s both encouraging and challenging— an ideal combination for a book coach. Working with Sam always helps me bring my non-fiction writing up a notch, and this six-month program was instrumental in that way.”
- Katie Curtin, Multidisciplinary Artist, Creative Mentor and Coach. katiecurtin.com
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.