“I’m having a great experience with Pathway to Publication,” says Sylvia Cavanaugh, who’s writing a novel with help from writing coach Christine DeSmet.“I feel that my writing is already improving with Christine’s guidance. She is incredibly supportive and helpful, and I’m so glad to have embarked on this journey.”
“Pledging to participate in the Pathways to Publication program is the opportunity I needed to finally make the act of completing my book a priority,” says Christine Schultz, who is working on a nonfiction manuscript with writing coach Laurie Scheer. “When someone wants to get serious about accomplishing anything that requires discipline and effort, they have a coach to hold them accountable and push them to that success. My coach is making crossing the finish line less scary, more exhilarating, and most importantly, achievable!”
Take advantage of our EXCLUSIVE publishing opportunity for attendees of the 2019 Writers’ Institute.
This opportunity is available as a 6-month or one-year program. There are two prerequisites; the first is that you attend the 2019 Writers’ Institute, April 4-7, 2019, and the second is that you have a strong will and desire to complete, edit, and polish your manuscript and prepare the selling materials for the publishing marketplace.
Those who take advantage of these pledges and plans of action will be part of our PATHWAY TO PUBLICATION SUCCESS PANEL at the 2020 Writers’ Institute.
This special panel features those who have successfully completed their publishing pathway. The tried and true Writers’ Institute Success Panel is a separate panel.
2020 is your year to complete your manuscript and/or publish.
Register for Writers’ Institute now to qualify; this program is open to 40 exclusive writers.
Beginning a week after Writers’ Institute, you will be assigned your coach. Goals are set and you and your coach check in once a month.
You’ll compose your story idea, logline, plot points, list of complications, list of characters, plus an opening page and a “set-piece” scene for anywhere in the book to get started and continue writing your novel pages throughout the duration of the six months. (FICTION)
Writers with ideas for memoirs and nonfiction books will compose your book Overview, Author Page, Competitive Titles segment, Target Marketplace and Author Platform segments, and write your sample chapters and continued pages throughout the duration of the six months. (NONFICTION)
You will receive personal coaching from your writing coach. Your pages will be critiqued during this time.
Beginning a week after Writers’ Institute, you will be assigned your coach. Goals are set and you and your coach check in twice a month.
You’ll compose your story idea, logline, plot points, list of complications, list of characters, plus an opening page and a “set-piece” scene for anywhere in the book to get started and continue writing your novel pages throughout the duration of a year. (FICTION)
Writers with ideas for memoirs and nonfiction books will compose your book Overview, Author Page, Competitive Titles segment, Target Marketplace and Author Platform segments, and write your sample chapters and continued pages throughout the duration of a year. (NONFICTION)
The deadline to be involved with our PATHWAY TO PUBLICATION program is May 1, 2019.
Early bird rates apply – register between April 8 and April 15 and the fee is $600/$1200; between April 15 and May 1 the fee is $640/$1240 for the 6-Month and full year program.
Author of Note to Self – 2016 Foreword INDIE Awards Winner, Self-Help/2016 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal Winner, Personal Growth and 2017 BMS Book Awards Finalist, Self-Help and The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace – 2017 International Excellence Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards Finalist:
“The first time I attended the Writers’ Institute I was impressed by the immediate return on my investment. I learned about great beginnings, meaty middles, and endings that deliver. I discovered that it’s not only a writer’s job to inform, instruct, educate, and persuade, it’s their job to entertain. I found out how to establish tone, create empathy, and hook the reader with a story-worthy problem. I learned about creating plots for page-turners, and different types of journeys: physical journeys and journeys of the heart.
Every time I attend I receive more bang for my buck than I expect—and I have high expectations. This isn’t just true for the academic takeaway, but the networking connections and pitching opportunities as well.
As I learned more about UW–Madison writing programs, I realized critique services would be useful in developing my book. I sent the manuscript to instructor Christine DeSmet, who helped me with mechanics and style. Even more important, Christine pushed me to make readers laugh, cry, protest—in other words, to make them care.
I can tell you with certainty that if I hadn’t invested in myself and my writing with critique services, I wouldn’t be published today. The insights I gained—both tangible and intangible—have served me well on my publishing journey. People who avail themselves of the writing programs at UW–Madison and apply what they learn are on the road to success.”
Author of Carpe Diem, Illinois – Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year Award for Non-traditionally Published Fiction, finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards, runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Independently Published Book, and Illinois and God on Mayhem Street.
“In 2011, I attended my first UW–Madison Writers’ Institute and have attended every year since. During those first years, I honed my writing by participating in workshops on plotting, characterization, and editing, and I pitched to agents and found them to be human! At the 2013 Institute, I was considering independently publishing my manuscript when I met Kristin Mitchell of Little Creek Press while moderating the Local Publishers and Small Press Panel. We made an instant connection and so, with Kristin’s help, I was proud to debut my novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois at the 2014 Writers’ Institute Book Fair.
Carpe Diem, Illinois went on to win the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, which I happily announced while participating on the Success Panel during the 2015 Writers’ Institute Luncheon. Since then, Carpe Diem, Illinois has placed in two more national awards and, through Little Creek Press, I published its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, in 2016. As I work on my YA trilogy, I look forward to gaining further knowledge, inspiration, and support at future UW–Madison Writers’ Institutes. Thank you, Laurie Scheer!”
Author of the Special Agent Poppy McVie Series, a bestselling, over 10,000 copies sold series
“I’d come to the conference to learn what I could about the publishing industry. John Vorhaus was the keynote speaker. He spoke of the (then) current climate in the publishing world and casually mentioned that publishers were no longer marketing for individual authors, now expecting the author to take on that responsibility. Having run several small businesses, I understood what that meant. It was all I needed to know. I sat up straight. What good are they, then, I said aloud.
I dove in, head first, learning all I could about the indie path and what it would take, researching what others were doing successfully, connecting with other indies. I’ve never looked back.
More importantly, what the Writer’s Institute gave me, was a circle of supportive friends and colleagues. In this biz, there is nothing more valuable.”
From Rose Bingham
Author of Buy the Little Ones a Dolly – published late 2017
“The path to publication is a journey with a beginning and an end. Mine was a five-year journey. The stepping stones along the way are the ideas you have for a book, the daily words you write, the workshops you attend, the writers you network with, the agents you pitch to, the proposal, 50 pages, or full manuscript you send out, the rejections—yes, rejections do propel you forward, and the ultimate finish line of being published.
Writing was the easy part. The new journey was the development of a website, planning marketing strategies, frequent consults with publisher and getting excited when she would update me on the status of my book. I remember when I was sent three designs for the book cover. It was like picking out new clothing for a child.
BELIEVE. BELIEVE. BELIEVE.
You are a writer. The annual UW–Madison Writer’s Institute will guide you on the pathway to publication.
The publisher of my book is HenschelHAUS Publishing. The title is But the Little Ones a Dolly. It is an inspirational memoir in which I share my journey through life after the disappearance of my mother when I was 15. My mission in life was maintaining contact with my six siblings even when split between five foster homes.
All this is possible even at the age of 80.”