In this clear, concise writing resource by award-winning editor and book writing coach Brad Wetzler you'll learn the six elements every great story must have to move readers. This book will also teach you how to integrate each element into your own writing process. "How to Tell a Great Story" is more than a booklet. It's a virtual personal writing coach. It will become a trusted dear friend on your journey to becoming a published author of memoir or nonfiction.
Through my "Be Fearless" Memoir Writing Course, I help writers of all abilities fulfill their dream of writing and publishing a memoir or non fiction book. And through my “Write, Lead, Serve” Nonfiction Writing Course, I help aspiring authors write and publish their “big idea” nonfiction books.
Writing a book can be difficult and complicated--even overwhelming. With Brad as your guide, the process of writing, editing, and publishing will be simplified as you benefit from his expert knowledge and experience.we know how to remove the mental barriers that prevent aspiring writers from achieving the success they desire. Brad's mindful, competitive methods are proven and fool-proof. He and his clients are fueled by their passion for storytelling and turning big ideas into engaging prose that inspires readers to act, grow, and change.
Because Brad has helped more than a thousand writers get their stories down on the page and into the world as published books and articles.
Brad Wetzler is a true, seasoned expert at helping people to tell their stories with grace, power, and heart. As a staff editor, Brad edited stories by or worked alongside some of America's finest nonfiction writers, among them Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiessen, Tim Cahill, Bob Shacochis, Daniel Coyle, Michael Paterniti, Hampton Sides, Ian Frazier, and many more. Wetzler conceived, assigned, and edited "Into Thin Air," Krakauer's award-winning work of longform nonfiction. That article won Krakauer international recognition and a National Magazine Award. "Into Thin Air" was later expanded into the book and television movie of the same title.
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Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to write your book? My "Be Fearless" Memoir Writing Course will guide you through all phases of writing a memoir: planning, writing, and publishing. Memoir Academy will help you write and publish your memoir in 100 days. We provide the resources, knowledge, and expertise to help you write the story only you can tell and add "author" to your resume!
And through my “Write, Lead, Serve” Nonfiction Writing Course, I help aspiring authors write and publish their “big idea” nonfiction books. This course aims to help thought-leaders, positive-changemakers, entrepreneurs, outdoor athletes, leadership experts, and wellness professionals such as life coaches, psychotherapists, alternative healers, and yoga teachers.
Do you dream of writing a memoir or nonfiction book? Have you begun to write a book but haven't been able to finish? Would you like an expert's support to finally write and publish your book? Writing and publishing a nonfiction book or memoir grows your influence and impact, generates business leads and more income, and transforms your career and life.
After your book is written, and you have a finished manuscript, the next step is to polish the
edges of your story and get it ready to send to publishers. You need to have your book edited by an experienced book editor.
Our editorial experience makes this part a breeze for you. We offer editing solutions for every phase of your book project. We offer developmental editing, line editing, copy-editing, and proof-reading. We are used to working on deadlines, too. Click the below link to learn more about Brad's many editing packages.
Did you know the average memoir has 80,000 words or more? Writing a memoir takes time and work. If you desire to have your story published but you're too busy building your business, helping clients, or living out loud in other ways, let Brad write your memoir for you. We ghostwrite memoirs and nonfiction books. Click on the button below to learn more about Brad's ghostwriting packages. We have experienced ghostwriters on staff ready to write your memoir for you.
With Brad's help, you can have it all, but you don't have to write it all!
We start by having a 30 minute call via phone or Zoom to talk about your goals. In that time I will be able to tell you if and how I will be able to help you.
If you only need a little bit of help or a lot of help, we will know how many sessions will help you reach your goal after our 30 minute call.
You are ready to start the process and fulfilling your dream of becoming a published author!
I help writers of all abilities, backgrounds, and levels of experience.
A big yes! I know what it was like to be starting out as a new nonfiction writer. I remember pitching and writing our first magazine articles and journal articles. I remember pitching and writing our first books. I remember editing our first books, and seeing our clients become first-time published authors. We know the steps that must be taken, and the order they must be accomplished. I know the hurdles beginning writers must cross over, and we know the advice that will help writers cross over them. I help new writers pitch articles and books. We help writers develop solid reporting and writing skills and habits. We help beginning writers create nonfiction book proposals that get noticed by agents, editors, and publishing houses. With my guidance, you will realize your dream of becoming a published nonfiction writer.
Yes. Nonfiction Academy helps writers who have a manuscript in two ways: manuscript reviews and developmental edits. In a manuscript review, an editor reads the full manuscript and writes a three- to five-page letter of critique. This letter addresses the manuscript's overall strengths and weaknesses, as well as helpful advice that might help the author find a publisher and/or reach her intended audience. The manuscript review does not include written comments in the margins of the manuscript. The critique letter addresses big-picture issues such as structure, character development, plot, narrative momentum, and story coherence. The letter also includes helpful advice for revising the manuscript. A developmental edit is similar to a manuscript review in that it also addresses big-picture issues. However, the difference is in how the feedback is given. In a developmental edit, the editor writes comments in the margins rather than in a letter.
Affirmative! I served as senior editor at major national magazines, and, later, I served as contributing writer for various national magazines. I understands the challenges that journalists face in telling important stories in limited space. I help journalists find the most compelling story and then he shows them how to increase conflict, suspense, narrative momentum. My journalist clients get more assignments and make more income.
Book writing coaching happens via phone or video conferencing. The focus is on helping the writer create the first draft of their book. In the early stages of coaching, the coach helps the author get clarity about the topic they are writing about and how to structure their book. Next the coach teaches the writer effective strategies and tactics for completing the book. These teachings include key information about the craft of book writing as well as strategies that will help the author build habits and make consistent progress on--and ultimately finish--their book. The third thing book writing coaches do is provide accountability for the author. They create writing goals and provide frequent check-ins so that the author has the support they need to write, finish, and publish her book.
An editor's feedback is given on the page in the form of written comments and corrections.
Learn more about the art and craft of fearless memoir writing on my Fearless Memoir Blog.