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Boost your motivation in a supportive peer group
There is no better motivation for writers than to share your work and get instant feedback. In this program you will share your work (up to 20 pages each week) and receive helpful feedback and guidance from Literary Agent Sam Hiyate and your writer peers.
This is a kind of “Writer Boot Camp” (but fun!) that will build you into a better writer, help you finish your book faster, and create the best, most polished product at the end of 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 guided numerous authors to bestseller status over a 30+ year career in publishing, like Literary Agent Sam Hiyate, who will lead this coaching program.
Because this program is limited to 6 writers, everyone will have a chance to share their work each week and receive critical written feedback to revise and improve their manuscript, both from Literary Agent Sam Hiyate and their peers.
At the end of the 6-week program you will have part a book or book proposal written, and you will be well-positioned to publish, either traditionally or by self-publishing.
Anyone with an interesting life story to tell through memoir.
Professionals with unique knowledge or experiences to share with the world.
Writers who are passionate about subjects like business, self-help, spirituality, biography, cooking, or history.
Leaders who want to publish a book that will generate more leads or sales.
Writers who plan to self-publish, but still want to learn how to structure, position, and market their book, and build their audience.
Writers who want to accelerate their progress toward publishing in a 6-week, intensive coaching program, under the guidance of an expert literary agent.
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 who mainly want to improve their writing craft.
Writers who are unwilling to make potentially major changes to their book.
Writers who are primarily interested in learning how to land a publishing deal.
Writers who are unwilling to write and submit new work weekly.
Results You Can Count On
Picture holding the first printed copy of your book in your hands, on store shelves around the world, and thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon. This 6-week intensive mentorship will help you get there.
This program is led by Sam Hiyate, a literary agent with more than 30+ years of experience in the publishing industry. He’s published multiple bestsellers, and he knows great writing and what publishers—and readers—are looking for.
In this program you will go 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 Sam Hiyate, who will provide feedback on your writing and guidance on your project.
Most Weeks: 2-hour, live group video chat sessions with Sam and your peers.
(Dates subject to change.)
November 5: Introductory video chat and first sharing & feedback session
November 12: Video session
November 19: Slack session
November 26: Writing catch-up week (no session)
December 3: Video session
December 10: Slack session
December 17: Video session
In this program you will improve your writing, create the best version of your book, and get published faster, all under the guidance of an expert literary agent with more than 30 years of experience, in a supportive, motivating environment surrounded by your peers.
The cost for 6 sessions and ongoing engagement via Slack is USD $795.
Not sure if this program is a fit for you? Schedule a casual, 15-minute video chat with one of our Writing Consultants (who are also writers) to discuss your project, goals, and suitability for the program.
Or email us with your questions. We try to accommodate all special requests!
Our consultants (who are also writers) will meet with you to discuss your project, goals, and suitability for the program.
Or email us with your questions. We try to accomodate all special requests.
"I can’t remember a more enjoyable and informative presentation. Sam's stories from the world of publishing vividly illustrated his points. His ability to focus on each person’s work and rearrange elements showed directorial genius… I am very glad I attended and look forward to querying Sam when I am further along in [my writing].”
— Tim Christian, Victoria
"I had a wonderful time with Sam yesterday. Could you please extend my appreciation to him for his time and all his invaluable advice? I cannot thank you and Sam enough for organizing this unique opportunity for new novelists such as myself. I hope to have another meeting with him in the future."
— Yale Wang, Toronto
“What I love about working with Sam is that it gives me a greater understanding of the industry. You can try to study creative writing in a class, but it's hard to learn what will set you apart until you work with someone who sells books for a living! If your goal is to eventually publish, I think Sam's advice and support is invaluable. He has added tremendous value to my near-finished manuscript.”
– Amy Dixon, Toronto
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 outstanding 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.