MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL

Revise your memoir draft and make it a page-turner ready for professional submission with Manuscript Finishing School!

ENROLL TODAY!

YOU’VE DRAFTED YOUR MEMOIR… NOW WHAT?

You’ve drafted your memoir manuscript, but you don’t know what to do next!

❌ Should you send it off to be professionally edited before you submit to a publisher? (NO)

❌ Should you give it to your sister / mother / best friend / dog to read for feedback? (ALSO NO)

❌ Should you start pitching to a publisher because won’t they have their own professional editors who can look for typos? (HARD NO)

❌ How on earth do you know when it’s ready at publication standard?

You’ve scaled the first mountain: You wrote the first (agony) draft!! Now learn the professional process so you can…

✅ Ensure your manuscript has a compelling beginning, middle and end

✅ Revise, assess and edit your manuscript from a chapter and scene level so your agent keeps turning the pages!

✅ Understand your narrator’s character arc particularly for memoir

✅ Learn a professional editor’s process to write you a feedback report & write your own!

AHH the sweet sense of completion on a manuscript…

  • KNOW your memoir manuscript ticks all the boxes for a compelling and sellable story
  • Take your rough draft to a polished and professional book which publishers will value
  • FEEL the puzzle of your story fall into place as you learn the secrets to re-structuring a story
  • Save time, energy, confusion and money by learning the exact process a professional editor would follow to revise your work!

There’s a big difference between the first draft and a polished manuscript that keeps the reader turning the pages – I’m here to teach you the steps so you can take your writing to the next level!

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ENROLL & RECEIVE THESE BONUSES !

✔️ BONUS: Synopsis writing guide to save you time on your pitch & proposal
✔️ BONUS: Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs e-book
✔️ BONUS: Archetypes masterclass to learn the 6 characters to include in every compelling memoir
✔️ BONUS: Hero’s Journey playbook
✔️ BONUS: VIP Facebook community with extra resources & support

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Louisa Deasey is one of the best teachers around, an absolute master in the process, craft, and publication of memoir. I return to the lessons again and again!

Alice Lundy, Alice in Authorland

With other programs I’ve been a little left behind because I didn’t know the basics. I didn’t need to worry because you cover everything!

Kate Morell, Sunsets for Kate

This memoir program lived up to its promise and more. I finished my memoir in the first week, instead of the last week. Then, somehow, I reviewed all 20 chapters and reduced 1M+ words to a mere 285K in a single ‘book’ document by the end of the course. AND I have a hook, plot points outline/table, query and synopsis. After twelve years working on my memoir, this was quite incredible!

Carolyn Barnabo

MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL IS A SELF-STUDY EDITING AND REVISION PROGRAM TO TAKE YOU FROM ROUGH DRAFT TO POLISHED MANUSCRIPT

WHAT MAKES MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL BETTER THAN PAYING AN EDITOR?

Most first-time authors don’t realise that you don’t pay an editor to revise your work: if you really want to get your manuscript to a professional standard, you need to learn the methods to revise and self-edit from both a structure and a craft level as well as looking for grammar and copy errors.
Yes, when you are signed to a traditional publishing house, they will assign you an editor, but to get to that stage you need to have a manuscript as good as you can possibly get it on your own.
In Manuscript Finishing School I teach you a process that I’ve used to edit my own manuscripts before submission.  You also learn valuable tools and techniques to save you time in the revision process and make you a much better author to work with when you’re assigned to a publisher!

ENROL TODAY & GET YOUR MANUSCRIPT READY TO SUBMIT!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL

World class step-by-step training & curriculum

✔️Revise your manuscript using the 3 Act Story Structure and the 12 stage Hero’s Journey framework
✔️ Learn valuable craft lessons to polish your memoir from a chapter and scene level
✔️Write yourself an editorial report and be your own editor
✔️Learn valuable copyediting techniques to save you time and embarrassing typos before you submit for publication

Bonus Trainings to uplevel your writing

✔️My synopsis writing template (and commissioned example)
✔️ Archetypes Masterclass specifically for memoir
✔️Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs e-book
✔️Hero’s Journey playbook

Private Client-Only VIP FB Group

Literary community is so important. This is where you’ll connect with the other members of this program, surround yourself with writers on the same upward path as you, ask questions and get support. You’ll meet new friends, grow and support each other.

Templates, Checklists, Guides & More.

Each template, checklist, guide and download has been strategically curated to save you time. These downloads are yours to keep and you will use them for any future books you prepare for submission.

ENROL TODAY & DIVE INTO THE MODULES IN MINUTES!

HERE’S WHAT WE DO IN THE PROGRAM
You’re going to learn to structurally revise your memoir manuscript with both the Hero’s Journey and the 3 Act Story Structure, and then you’re going to level up your writing craft by polishing each chapter from a scene and story level. Next, you’ll assess your narrator’s character arc to make sure there are no developmental pieces missing. Then, you’ll learn to write your own editorial report and seriously uplevel your editing skills! Lastly, you’ll give your manuscript a copy sweep to ensure no nasty typos trip you up in the manuscript submission process.
Included in the final module is my ripper start checklist: all that the first 50 pages of your memoir needs to include to get a response from an agent or editor. 

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MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL IS PERFECT IF YOU’VE FINISHED A MEMOIR DRAFT THAT YOU WANT TO REVISE BEFORE YOU START THE SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • MODULE 1: Your manuscript as a whole

✔️Learn what goes into Act 1, Act 2 and Act 3 and how to structure your plot accordingly

✔️ Includes step-by-step exercise and guide to find your 3 Act Structure

  • MODULE 2: Your manuscript & The Hero’s Journey

✔️Learn to identify the key stages of the journey in your memoir manuscript with the masterclass, exercise & guide

✔️ Using the case studies and examples, plot your own Hero’s Journey & fill in any gaps to the full framework in your manuscript

  • MODULE 3: Revise from a chapter & scene level

✔️Learn craft and plotting tricks to improve your manuscript from a chapter & scene level

✔️ Learn how the all-important Midpoint Reversal interacts with the 3 Act Structure to keep the reader compelled

✔️Ensure every single chapter includes important plot must-haves, with masterclass, guidebooks, case studies, downloadable spreadsheets & more

  • MODULE 4: Your narrator’s character arc

✔️Understand your narrator’s character arc from a personal development perspective

✔️ Spot any gaps in narrator’s arc so the story is both compelling & believable

  • MODULE 5: Write yourself an editorial report

✔️Becoming a dream author by learning to write your own editorial report!

✔️ Learn what a professional editor looks for & write your own ‘report’ you can then use to revise your manuscript

  • MODULE 6: Give your manuscript a copy sweep

✔️Learn time-saving tricks and techniques to fix grammatical and spelling issues

✔️ Identify language and tense issues that might prevent your reader from enjoying your story

✔️Use the shortcuts to fix mistakes in record time so you can start the manuscript submission process!

  • BONUSES: All the extra support you need to succeed!

✔️VIP Facebook Community

✔️ Masterclass on Archetypes in Memoirs

✔️ Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

✔️Synopsis writing guide & manuscript submission tips

PROGRAM VALUE:

  • To pay a ghost-editor to work through your manuscript you could expect to pay $2 000 – $10 000

  • To submit your manuscript before your ready could cost you a potential book deal!

  • To study professional writing and editing at College / University would cost you anywhere upwards of $100 000 (and take years, instead of months)

  • To pay for editorial critiques, feedback or proofreading of your manuscript (when you may not be ready) would cost you between $2,000-$15,000

Instead, learn the complete process to revise your manuscript for submission for $999!

ENROLL TODAY AND START REVISING!

CHOOSE A PAYMENT PLAN THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU:

PAYMENT PLAN
  • 6 Modules (each with video masterclass & downloadable guides)

  • BONUS Archetypes Masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide

  • BONUS VIP Facebook Community

  • 3 MONTHLY PAYMENTS $333

3 PAYMENTS OF $333
PAY IN FULL 
  • 6 Modules (each with video masterclass & downloadable guides)

  • BONUS Archetypes Masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide

  • BONUS VIP Facebook Community

  • ONE PAYMENT OF $999

ONE PAYMENT OF $999

Manuscript Finishing School is designed to make things simple and be used again and again on any future books – that’s why you get lifetime access to the program!

Hi! I’m Louisa…

I’ve been working in writing, editing, teaching and publishing since graduating from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Professional Writing & Editing program in 2001. I’ve written thousands of articles for publication and edited magazines, newspapers, websites, digital publications, books and more. But what has taught me the most has been preparing my own manuscripts for publication.

By learning the step-by-step process I’ve been using for short pieces and large manuscripts, you can save time (and the heartache of rejection!) in your own publication journey.

BEFORE Manuscript Finishing School

  • You have the messy bones of a manuscript draft, but you don’t know what to do next to make it publication-ready

  • You’re considering paying someone to edit your work because you don’t know how to do it yourself (please don’t!)

  • You’re ready to give this manuscript to someone else for their opinion because you don’t know how to assess whether it ‘works’ or not

  • You struggle with story structure and knowing what to cut and keep

AFTER Manuscript Finishing School

  • You’ve successfully revised your manuscript (and it reads 100 times better!)

  • You’re confident that what you’re sending out to publishers is ready for readers

  • You’ve learnt revision and structural techniques you will use for future storytelling books again and again

  • You know the difference between craft, structure and grammar & will be a dream for publishers to work with!

GET YOUR MANUSCRIPT READY TO SUBMIT WITH MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL!

CHOOSE THE PAYMENT PLAN THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU:

PAYMENT PLAN
  • 6 Modules (each with video masterclass & downloadable guides)

  • BONUS Archetypes Masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide

  • BONUS VIP Facebook Community

  • 3 MONTHLY PAYMENTS $333 / MONTH

3 PAYMENTS OF $333
PAY IN FULL 
  • 6 Modules (each with video masterclass & downloadable guides)

  • BONUS Archetypes Masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide

  • BONUS VIP Facebook Community

  • ONE PAYMENT OF $999

ONE PAYMENT OF $999

Investing in your program was the BEST thing I have ever done for my writing and was the absolute highlight of my year!

Lani Foulger

The program was amazing and it has pushed me to finally finish my book!

Courtney Lacomblez

NOT SURE IF YOU’RE READY FOR MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL?

MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL IS FOR YOU…
  • You want a bestselling author & professional editor to teach you their own method for revision and self-editing

  • You’re ready to learn and develop and want to seriously improve your writing & editing skills

  • You have a finished first draft of your memoir to work through with the program

MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL IS NOT FOR YOU…
  • You want someone to critique your work and give you feedback (I teach you when you’re ready to send it out to beta readers – and it’s NOT when you’ve just finished the first draft!)

  • Your book draft is NOT a memoir (this program will not work for fiction or other types of non-fiction such as a cookbook)

  • You have a very unique structure in mind that won’t work with the 3 Acts or the 12 stage Hero’s Journey

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR THIS PROGRAM

YOUR QUESTIONS… ANSWERED!

Do I need a finished draft to take this course?

Yes! The program is designed to take you through a step-by-step revision process which requires an actual manuscript to edit.

How much time do I need to commit to the course?

The program is delivered to you with videos and downloadable guides via a digital membership site, so you can work at your own pace. The videos will take you about 2 hours to watch and there’s about 10-12 downloadable guides for you to read. Each Module could take you a few hours or a few days to complete. And you will want to repeat some of the steps after each revision! Some students like to binge-watch the content before getting started, and then repeat each lesson when they do the exercises.

How long do I have access to Manuscript Finishing School?

You get lifetime access to the digital program!

Do you teach us how to write a book proposal?

No, this program teaches you how to revise your manuscript and write a synopsis before you start the submission process. It is NOT a book proposal workshop – if this is your first memoir / book, you will need to write the entire manuscript before you get a book deal anyway.

What currency is the course price?
The course is priced in USD. For Australian students, your GST is included in the course fee.

What if i don’t like the course? Do you offer a refund?

In short, no. My programs are digital products which means they can’t be returned. You get access to hours of my teaching and all my digital property upon enrolment. You can read the full refund policy here.

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