Authors Top Tier (November 2021)

Career Writer Program
$425.00
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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance 2 weeks after the start of the program to the email address you use to pay the deposit. Balances must be paid in full prior to the end of the class unless prior arrangements are made. Failure to pay invoices in a timely manner will result in the forfeiture of your spot and you will not be permitted to complete the program. Questions? Email info@roadmapwriters.com.

Top Tier Authors is Step 3 of the Career Author Program.  Writers must first complete Step 1: Publishing On-Ramp to be considered for the Top Tier Authors Program.


Top Tier is for polished writers who pitch confidently and clearly, as authors in this program will be meeting with agents, publishers, and editors.

Top Tier is where many of our success stories are made. It includes: 

GENERAL MEETINGS: Select ONE EXEC who will read up to 3,000 words from your manuscript before meeting with you on zoom for 30 minutes. These meetings allow you to get specific feedback on your work from an industry professional, to pitch, and allow the exec to get to know more about you and your story in case they'd like to keep in touch and read more material from you. 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES:  Send 10 pages of your manuscript to Selene Castrovilla, the Director of Authors Programs, who will provide you with feedback in a roundtable with your peers. Each writer receives about 20 minutes devoted to their work during the roundtable. Authors will attend multiple critique roundtables to learn from and support their peers, but each writer will be assigned one roundtable to receive Selene's feedback on their work. 

WEEKLY CHECK-INS: Connect with your peers and Selene, your program mentor, in a roundtable setting to discuss your progress, challenges, and strategy moving forward.

TARGETED MARKETING: Near the end of the month, Joey Tuccio, CEO of Roadmap Writers, will contact you about potential next steps for marketing your material through Roadmap's network of industry professionals. 

TOP TIER MARKETING EMAILS: Joey shares the details of selected companies' exclusive needs with Top Tier authors. The email subject line will read "Top Tier Marketing."

You'll also be welcome to participate in weekly Top Tier Accountability sessions (that are separate from your weekly check-ins). 

If you feel strongly that you are ready for Top Tier without having completed Step 1 or 2, email 15-20 pages of manuscript to selene@roadmapwriters.com for evaluation, along with your one-page synopsis.

 

Orientation

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Welcome to the Top Tier Program for Authors! Join Selene Castrovilla for a run down of what to expect from the month, best practices for your sessions, and how to get the most out of the program. 

Host:
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.

Pitch Prep

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Each writer will have a chance to practice your pitch with Selene for feedback. You will learn from the personalized feedback you receive plus the feedback given to your peers. 

Check In One

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Selene will host Zoom check ins with the group throughout the month. Come in ready to discuss execs, feedback, writing and marketing strategies, and any questions about how to maximize your meetings!

Unique Critiques One

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What makes your story unique? What elements could be improved? Selene will use her twenty plus years of critiquing experience to hone in on where to focus in your next draft, and give you constructive feedback like you’ve never received before. Each of you will have 20 minutes where Selene will give specific and actionable notes on your prose. Your peers will also receive your submitted pages and may offer up constructive feedback as well. You will walk away from this session with concrete knowledge about what works well and what needs attention in your manuscript, and how to optimize your revision. By reviewing your peers’ work, you will also sharpen your own skills.

Unique Critiques Two

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What makes your story unique? What elements could be improved? Selene will use her twenty plus years of critiquing experience to hone in on where to focus in your next draft, and give you constructive feedback like you’ve never received before. Each of you will have 20 minutes where Selene will give specific and actionable notes on your prose. Your peers will also receive your submitted pages and may offer up constructive feedback as well. You will walk away from this session with concrete knowledge about what works well and what needs attention in your manuscript, and how to optimize your revision. By reviewing your peers’ work, you will also sharpen your own skills.

Check In Two

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Selene will host Zoom check ins with the group throughout the month. Come in ready to discuss execs, feedback, writing and marketing strategies, and any questions about how to maximize your meetings!

Unique Critiques Three

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What makes your story unique? What elements could be improved? Selene will use her twenty plus years of critiquing experience to hone in on where to focus in your next draft, and give you constructive feedback like you’ve never received before. Each of you will have 20 minutes where Selene will give specific and actionable notes on your prose. Your peers will also receive your submitted pages and may offer up constructive feedback as well. You will walk away from this session with concrete knowledge about what works well and what needs attention in your manuscript, and how to optimize your revision. By reviewing your peers’ work, you will also sharpen your own skills.

Unique Critiques Four

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What makes your story unique? What elements could be improved? Selene will use her twenty plus years of critiquing experience to hone in on where to focus in your next draft, and give you constructive feedback like you’ve never received before. Each of you will have 20 minutes where Selene will give specific and actionable notes on your prose. Your peers will also receive your submitted pages and may offer up constructive feedback as well. You will walk away from this session with concrete knowledge about what works well and what needs attention in your manuscript, and how to optimize your revision. By reviewing your peers’ work, you will also sharpen your own skills.

Check In Three

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Selene will host Zoom check ins with the group throughout the month. Come in ready to discuss execs, feedback, writing and marketing strategies, and any questions about how to maximize your meetings!

Wrap Up/Post Mortem

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Join Selene and your classmates to discuss how your pitches and exec interactions went this month, and how you plan to move forward. Discuss actionable ways to improve your pitching, and talk out your marketing strategy. 

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.