Authors Publishing On-Ramp Program (August 2021)

Career Writer Program

Accelerate toward your writing goals!

Here's a little secret: being the most talented writer in the world will only take you so far.  So how do authors get published? Through connections! This industry is about relationship-building and connecting human to human first. Savvy authors are excellent at expanding their network while producing sharp work and enticing introductory material. Roadmap brings a unique program to not only introduce career authors to industry professionals, but to build an ongoing rapport.

From these programs, authors have signed with Trident Media Group, The Seymour Agency, Metamorphosis Agency and more! 

In the Roadmap Writers Publishing On-Ramp, we provide authors with educational tools, collaboration opportunities, promotional strategies to help take your craft to the next level, and a safe environment to practice while also expanding one's network.

On Ramp is a month-long program that you have the option to do one time OR repeat monthly, as the execs available refresh each month. Also, just by participating in the monthly program, you'll receive access to bonus sessions, exclusive discounts, and secret executives not available to the general public. 

"I am highly impressed by Roadmap Writers 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." - Agent Megan Burkhart @ Cyle Young

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Week #1: Query Letter Bootcamp

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A query letter is your introduction to an agent or an editor. There's a specific format, but you must also demonstrate your originality within that.  How do you follow the rules and also stand out? Whether you're new to crafting this all-important letter, or you're looking to refine, you'll come away with keen insights and inspiration to get your query ready for the industry! Returning On-Rampers may share their revised query letter or work on a brand new one. 

Cassandra Rodgers - Literary Agent, 5 Otter Literary

A literary agent with The Rights Factory for over seven years, Cassandra and two colleagues have recently started their own agency, 5 Otter Literary.  She has worked with a diverse group of clients on both adult fiction and non-fiction works.  Her clients’ books have been featured in publications such as Oprah, The New York Times, and USA Today. Focused exclusively on adult work, she is looking for up-market commercial fiction, historical fiction, and suspense. On the non-fiction side, she is looking for fresh views on topics such as politics, history, science, finance and sports.  Inspiring and meaningful memoirs are always on her wish list.

Week #2: Unique Critiques

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You only get one shot with a particular agent or editor. How do you know your manuscript is ready? This opening pages clinic will give you insights on how to make your specific beginning the strongest it can be, and it will give you the tools to thoroughly analyze the rest of your manuscript!


As a member of the Roadmap community, you agree to be respectful to all execs, RoadCrew staff, moderators, and fellow writers. Remember to keep any advice and notes offered to your peers constructive and actionable—and aligned with their vision for their story. Please be mindful when making comments about sensitive experiences and identities with which you yourself do not have personal experience.

Selene Castrovilla - Director of Authors Programs, Roadmap Writers

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning author and publisher. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. Selene lives with rescue cats and nature on a Long Island lagoon. She loves hanging with writers, discussing everything from synonyms to Shakespeare.

Week #3: Synopsis—WTF?

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One word in particular tends to strike fear in the hearts of writers: Synopsis. There can be so much mystery surrounding its purposes and how to create a version that will grab attention.  In this clinic you will learn how to craft an effective one-pager, and then it will be workshopped to make sure it really shines.  

Week #4: Five Minutes of Fame

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In this roundtable setting, you're face-to-face with a seasoned exec in the publishing industry. You'll get to pitch the story you've written—and yourself, and learn how to effectively build a relationship with an industry connection from the ground up. Get actionable feedback on your pitch, and build the confidence you need to soar!


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)

How it Works

After registering, your confirmation email will include a link for you to access your syllabus for the program, which will include any prep work & resources, class dates & times, join links, assignments, and other instructions.

All interactive sessions are conducted face-to-face via video conferencing software Zoom. While the ability to call in by phone does exist, we strongly recommend taking full advantage of the face-to-face nature of these programs, so you should plan to attend your sessions in front of a computer or stationary tablet at a desk or table in a well-lit room. 

Please ensure you are familiar with our Code of Conduct.

The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.