MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL

Polish & revise your memoir draft before submission to give it the best chance of publication!

My memoir made it to the publishers acquisitions meeting! Learning about the unconscious desire and your process around the Midpoint Reversal, helped me completely revise my memoir draft.
Marlane Ainsworth

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 relief of knowing what your story needs to flow!

  • SEEING what your story needs to show in the beginning, the middle, and the end, to make SENSE!
  • TAKING your draft from unclear to compelling – and that it has the right STRUCTURE to SELL
  • FEELING the puzzle pieces of your experiences fall into the right shape to flow seamlessly from one point to the next
  • Saving time and energy by becoming a better writer and author, without the need for opinions or critiques – because you TRUST and KNOW you have the keys to succeed!

MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL SHOWS YOU HOW TO TAKE A FIRST DRAFT OF A NARRATIVE NONFICTION TO SUBMISSION STANDARD IN 6 STEPS…

WHAT MAKES MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL BETTER THAN PAYING AN EDITOR?

Most first-time authors don’t realise that published authors don’t pay a separate editor to revise their work: to develop the necessary skills to become a published author,  every writer needs to learn professional methods to revise their work on their own.
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. And sending your memoir draft out too early – is the most common reason most memoir writers don’t reach their dreams of publication.
In Manuscript Finishing School I teach you the process I’ve followed to edit my published memoir manuscripts before sending them out on submission, giving you guides, templates, examples, walk-throughs of different techniques. It’s an editing course JUST for memoir authors! You also learn valuable tools and techniques to save you time  and make you a much better author to work with when you’re assigned to a publisher!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL

World class step-by-step training & curriculum

✔️Revise your manuscript using different plotting and structural techniques such as the 3 Acts, the Midpoint Reversal, and more.
✔️ Learn valuable craft lessons to polish your memoir from a chapter and scene level
✔️Learn how to assess your own manuscript objectively, knowing what to cut and keep
✔️Learn time-saving copyediting techniques to avoid embarrassing grammatical errors

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 Storytelling Guide

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.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL DO INSIDE MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL
You’re going to learn to objectively assess and structurally revise your memoir manuscript so that you never need to pay for a critique or a feedback report!
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. 

MANUSCRIPT FINISHING SCHOOL IS FOR YOU IF YOU’VE FINISHED YOUR MEMOIR DRAFT AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT BEFORE YOU START SENDING IT OUT ON SUBMISSION

  • MODULE 1: Your manuscript as a whole

✔️Learn how to objectively assess your memoir manuscript from the big picture

✔️ 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 12 stages of the bestselling Hero’s journey framework in your memoir manuscript with the masterclass, exercise & guide

✔️ Using the case studies and examples, spot any gaps in your manuscript that need filling out before you submit your work for publication

  • 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 so you don’t send out your manuscript with a ‘flat’ middle

✔️Assess every single chapter with a professional tool-kit so you know EXACTLY what it needs to include before you send it out!

  • 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

✔️Learn what goes into a RIPPER START for your memoir sample chapters so you can confidently send it out on submission!

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

✔️  Character Archetypes in Memoirs masterclass (with bestselling memoir examples!)

✔️ Downloadable Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs & Hero’s Journey Storytelling Guidebook

✔️Synopsis writing guide, examples, template to save time & manuscript submission checklist

PROGRAM VALUE:

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

  • To send out your memoir for feedback when it’s not ready will cost you time AND heartache

  • To study professional writing and editing at College / University (like I did! And I teach you the book publishing techniques I learnt) would cost you anywhere upwards of $100 000 (and take years!)

  • To pay for editorial critiques, feedback or proofreading of your manuscript (which is never a good idea with memoir) will cost you between $2,000-$15,000

  • My two traditionally-published memoirs, 5 years studying Professional Writing & Editing academically and years spent editing and revising thousands of print and digital manuscripts for publication I conservatively value at $250 000 and I teach you this process in this step-by-step, easy-to-follow programme you can take anywhere in the world.

Learn professional techniques to assess and revise your own memoir manuscript to reach your potential in the traditional publishing world.
Your investment: $1000[or 3 X $370] all prices in usd

CHOOSE A PAYMENT PLAN THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU:

PAY IN FULL for the best price!
  • Lifetime and immediate full access to the online programme and curriculum so you can log in and learn wherever you are in the world!

  • Module 1: Assessing your Manuscript as a whole

  • Module 2: Your Manuscript & The Hero’s Journey

  • Module 3: Revise from a Chapter & Scene Level

  • Module 4: Your Narrator’s Character Arc

  • Module 5: Write yourself an Editorial Report

  • Module 6: Copyediting techniques & Preparing sample chapters for Submission

  • BONUS Character Archetypes in Bestselling Memoirs masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide to save you time!

  • ONE PAYMENT OF $1K

START TODAY for $370
  • Lifetime and immediate full access to the online programme and curriculum so you can log in and learn wherever you are in the world!

  • Module 1: Assessing your Manuscript as a whole

  • Module 2: Your Manuscript & The Hero’s Journey

  • Module 3: Revise from a Chapter & Scene Level

  • Module 4: Your Narrator’s Character Arc

  • Module 5: Write yourself an Editorial Report

  • Module 6: Copyediting techniques & Preparing sample chapters for Submission

  • BONUS Character Archetypes in Bestselling Memoirs masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide to save you time!

  • THREE PAYMENTS OF $370/month

Manuscript Finishing School will help you prepare ANY memoir manuscript to the high standards of traditional publication, so you can use it again and again – that’s why you get lifetime access to the program!

Hi! I’m Louisa…

I’ve been writing, editing, teaching and getting published for over 20 years 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 writing, pitching, editing and selling my books and stories to media and publishers. I’ve published two memoirs: Love & Other U-Turns (Allen & Unwin, 2010) and A Letter From Paris (Scribe, 2018). I did not pay for edits, critiques or workshop the drafts of either of these memoirs, and I firmly believe every writer needs to learn to objectively assess and revise their own work – particularly for memoir, more than any other genre.

By learning my step-by-step process, you can save time (and the heartache of rejection!) in your own memoir 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!

CHOOSE THE PAYMENT PLAN THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU:

PAY IN FULL for the best price!
  • Lifetime and immediate full access to the online programme and curriculum so you can log in and learn wherever you are in the world!

  • Module 1: Assessing your Manuscript as a whole

  • Module 2: Your Manuscript & The Hero’s Journey

  • Module 3: Revise from a Chapter & Scene Level

  • Module 4: Your Narrator’s Character Arc

  • Module 5: Write yourself an Editorial Report

  • Module 6: Copyediting techniques & Preparing sample chapters for Submission

  • BONUS Character Archetypes in Bestselling Memoirs masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide to save you time!

  • ONE PAYMENT OF $1K

START TODAY for $370
  • Lifetime and immediate full access to the online programme and curriculum so you can log in and learn wherever you are in the world!

  • Module 1: Assessing your Manuscript as a whole

  • Module 2: Your Manuscript & The Hero’s Journey

  • Module 3: Revise from a Chapter & Scene Level

  • Module 4: Your Narrator’s Character Arc

  • Module 5: Write yourself an Editorial Report

  • Module 6: Copyediting techniques & Preparing sample chapters for Submission

  • BONUS Character Archetypes in Bestselling Memoirs masterclass

  • BONUS Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs

  • BONUS Synopsis writing guide to save you time!

  • THREE PAYMENTS OF $370/month

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 draft of your memoir to work with (or most of it!)

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 is NOT a memoir (this program will not work for fiction or nonfiction that has no narrative)

  • You haven’t started writing the draft yet (take a look at my programme Map Your Memoir if you need help getting started!)

THERE ARE STRICTLY NO REFUNDS FOR THIS OFFER. READ THE FULL REFUND POLICY HERE.

YOUR QUESTIONS… ANSWERED!

What happens after I join?

Once you pay your enrolment fee – either one payment or on the payment plan – you receive an email with your course login just a minute or two later. You can get started within minutes of joining if you have internet access!
You also receive emails with bonus content for six weeks, and links to further trainings. Once you join, you get access to all future updates to the programme, too!

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 draft to worth with.

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 3 hours to watch and there’s about 10-12 downloadable guides for you to keep. Each Module could take you a few hours or a few weeks to complete, depending on your own process. You’ll 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 a few times.

How long do I have access to Manuscript Finishing School?

You get lifetime access to the digital program! So you can log in and re-take the course again and again, which many of my students do!

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. You learn what goes into the sample chapters of your memoir submission in the final module of Manuscript Finishing School.

What currency is the course price?
The course is priced in USD.

Get answers to all your payment FAQs here.

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

In short, no. There are strictly NO refunds for any of my digital courses because you receive all the material as soon as you join. You can read the full refund policy here.