Where are you in your publishing journey?
Looking to make more industry connections? Have a manuscript and want to map out your next steps? No matter what stage you’re in, Roadmap Authors has you covered.
Roadmap Authors advocates for authors of all kinds to help you achieve your career goals. Our tiered Career Authors Program offers exclusive opportunities to workshop your query, pitch, and manuscript development with different agents, editors, and publishers in both private and roundtable settings.
"After attending writers conferences and taking a variety of writing courses by other companies, I can tell you that Roadmap offers the best opportunity for connecting with professionals within the publishing industry. As any emerging writer knows, the process of sending out query letters to publishing agents is a painful process full of rejection...or crickets. Roadmap’s Author Program put me in the “room” with agents so I could pitch, interact, and receive feedback which ultimately led to gaining representation. Through the Roadmap Authors Program, I was introduced to my wonderful agent, Renee Fountain. If you’re interested in moving faster than the molasses-slow process of sending out queries and are sick of filling out long forms with too many text boxes on QueryTracker, you owe it to yourself to check out Roadmap Authors."
- Craig Holland, Author (Signed with Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management)
"Working with Roadmap has been a real pleasure and a treasure trove of good writing. I attend many writers' conferences and workshops and have gotten lots of pitches. I find that the authors who have been vetted and referred to me by Roadmap are very talented, much more than at other venues. I have signed one author who I met through Roadmap and submitted her work to publishers. But there have been many more who have the talent that I am looking for but rarely find. I hope to be doing more work with Roadmap in the future."
- Andy Ross, Agent
"I am highly impressed by Roadmap and the way they come alongside writers to help them hone their craft. Roadmap has a great program set up, and that any writer would benefit from the feedback and training they get."
- Megan Burkhart, Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite
Accelerate toward your writing goals and connect with industry professionals.
This month-long program includes a Query Letter Bootcamp, to help you craft a new query letter or polish the one you already have. You'll also have a Unique Critique material review session where you'll get feedback on your pages.
Other program highlights include our Synopsis Clinic, where you will discuss your one page synopsis with an agent to make sure it’s in tip top shape.
Additionally, you'll meet seasoned professionals from the publishing world in our Five Minutes of Fame roundtable session. This is your chance to share who you are as an author, pitch the written story you're focusing on, and receive exec feedback to help elevate your pitch moving forward.
The goal of Top Tier is for you to sign with a book agent and get on your way to publishing!
A Top Tier author is “on the verge” with polished manuscripts and strong pitches ready to go.
Prior to your two 30-min one-on-one exec sessions, the exec of your choice will read the first 3000 words of your manuscript. Have an informed discussion about your manuscript and establish a rapport.
In addition to pitching your projects to execs, authors will also have material review and pitch practice sessions with their peers to make sure both are as polished as possible. You'll also have weekly check-in calls with your program mentor to take the mystique out of the publishing industry!
Towards the end of the program, you’ll then hear from Roadmap Writers' CEO, Joey Tuccio, about next steps for marketing your material.
Gain actionable insights on your manuscript from a book agent to elevate your work!
Want advice on how to make the opening pages of your manuscript pop? Sign up for an Author General meeting and an agent of your choice will read the first 2 pages of your manuscript and the synopsis. After reading, the agent will have a 30 minute General Meeting with you to discuss the marketability of your premise.
After you sign up, you will receive an email with a Material Submission Form for you to upload your materials and availabilities. The turnaround time to hear back from the agent after submitting your pages is 3-4 weeks and you will hear directly from the agent to coordinate scheduling your meeting.
Select from a roster of 12 different book agents!
Looking to consult with a professional on your manuscript?
Submit the first 60 pages of your book plus a 1-2 page book proposal (if applicable) and receive an in-depth, one-hour private story notes call with the executive of your choice. You’ll receive specific advice on how to elevate your book's prose, pacing, characterization, tone, and marketability. See Available Execs!
Learn to navigate the publishing industry with focused, personal training and attention that will ensure your projects, pitches, and collaborative ability are at their best!
What makes Roadmap different?
We focus on quality of education rather than quantity of numbers in our programming. We pride ourselves on getting to know each writer individually and doing our best to develop programming that will cater to their individual needs. Because it takes so much investment, time, and care to champion and launch a writer’s professional career, we focus our work on Career Writers over hobbyists. Roadmap is the only writing organization that has a fully guided step-by-step program that will help you build an incredibly strong foundation for lasting career success. Each program is taught by passionate working editors, agents, and other execs with a proven track record.
Who teaches our classes?
Our instructors are all working executives and industry professionals from the publishing and literary world. By learning from working execs, you are able to benefit from their real-world, hands-on experience and knowledge of the current marketplace. We have relationships with a number of top companies in the industry and work with executives that are highly vetted and genuinely invested in helping authors grow.
Where do our classes take place?
Our programs take place 100% online (most utilize video conferencing software ZOOM). You can participate from anywhere in the world! The only requirements are a camera, a microphone, and a decent internet connection. The online classroom also provides high-quality recordings of each class so that you can review the session at a later date.