The following info will give you a detailed idea of how our Write Your Novel in 4 Months Program works (for Complete, Essential, and Independent plans):
When can I start the program?
Right now! The moment you sign up, you receive your first email containing the link to our secure Member Area where you will access your first lesson, downloadable files, and a link to our private Facebook group where you can chat with other writers in our community.
Complete & Essential Program: you will be matched with your mentor at the beginning of the second week. In your private team in our editors’ platform, you can chat, upload files, and schedule your weekly or bi-weekly mentor meetings.
What if I already have a draft or have written books before and don’t need the program but still want one-on-one support from a writing coach & editor?
Absolutely- please visit our Writing Coaching & Editing page for further details and to contact us about the work you’re looking to do. Our Writing Coaches & Editors work with authors of all levels and interests on their creative projects, from learning the basics and staying accountable, to providing developmental feedback on existing pages, all levels of editing, proofreading and help with submission materials as you aim for publication.
May I choose my mentor?
All of our mentors are writing coaches & editors from the One Lit Place Writers & Creative Team. Each is a published author, holds either an M.A., MFA and/or PhD in writing and literature, has worked many years as a writing coach and editor, and consistently provides valuable, compassionate, and educated service to our creative, academic, and business clients of all writing levels and genres. (You can see some of the amazing reviews our clients have left us HERE).
You will be matched with a mentor on our team whose availability, area of specialization, and any other criteria match yours; however, if you would like to request one of our team specifically, we will do our best to accommodate you!
What is the benefit of a weekly or bi-weekly mentor meeting?
Continuous, regular contact with your mentor and/or fellow writers in our private Facebook group is what sets this program apart from others. The chief reason writers fail in their novel writing is lack of consistent, dedicated support from a fellow writer or editor.
Our Complete Program’s schedule of weekly mentor meetings (16 30-minute meetings) and our Essential Program’s schedule of bi-weekly mentor meetings (8 30-minute meetings) ensure you are partnered with an invested mentor, who is alongside you to ensure your success.
These meetings will enable you to develop a relationship with your mentor, who can come to know your book, your process, and you personally. This intimacy ensures you get the exact support you need in ways that are most relevant. It’s like having a direct hotline to your own seasoned literary professional!
Further, once you have your completed draft, you’ll automatically have a trusted editorial partner and guide who knows you and your work and is most effectively able to easily step in and get to work with you.
Naturally, if you cannot make one of your meetings, you are welcome to reschedule or double it up with another meeting (see Terms and Conditions or your Mentor Relationship Sheet (located in your private team in our editors’ platform)).
Independent Program: If I feel overwhelmed doing this program on my own or I’d simply like to consult a mentor for some advice and strategies, may I buy individual hours with a mentor?
You bet! We’re happy to support you however you need. Individual mentor hours can be purchased in any amount, and all participants receive a 15% discount off the hourly rate. You’ll have access to your discount code once you’re enrolled, and you can add as many hours with a mentor as you need.
What’s also nice is all program participants receive a 15% discount on writing coaching & editing following your program, which will help you launch right into the revision process!
I want to write my novel, but 4 months is too fast/too slow. Can the time frame be changed?
The reason we designed the program to take place over 4 months is to balance a reasonable length of daily writing given most people’s lifestyles and keeping the pacing energetic and motivating, so you can see the finish line not far in the distance.
That said, if you’re a teacher who has the summer off, have particular job or family parameters, or you simply require a shorter or longer time frame (2, 3, 5, 6, or even 8 months), we’re happy to adapt the program to suit your needs. Please contact us, and we will accommodate you with a tailored program length.
Lengthening the program: If you find you will be unable to maintain the pace of the daily writing (3 pages/day) and need to reduce your page number to 2 or even 1 page/day, you may continue with your program but rather than it taking 4 months, it will stretch out into 5-6 months.
Complete and Essential participants may wish to spread your remaining Mentor meetings wider apart to continue receiving consistent support or you may like to purchase a few additional hours to bridge you to the end of your new program length.
Independent participants: as you will continue to have access to your lessons and the Writers Lounge, you can continue to enjoy and lean on the craft, instruction, and ideas-sharing amongst your fellow writers for guidance and support for the longer period.
Shortening the program: if you’ve come into the program with a deadline and need us to cinch the program so it can be completed in 2 or 3 months, you will still have access to the full program but in an accelerated time frame.
How does the payment plan work?
The program begins with a FREE 7-day trial, and on the 8th day, your credit card will be charged the first of the 4 program payments. Each month of the program thereafter, your credit card will be billed until all 4 payments have been made.
If you wish to make private payment arrangements with us or pay for the program in full, please contact us. If you wish to change your payment method or credit card information, please visit this page for instructions.
What if I have to take a break from the program? May I pause it and return at a later date?
Yes, we well understand that life can get in the way (or that you may have fun plans that will take you away from your computer for a while). You will have a full year of access to the program materials and mentor meetings* from the date of your enrollment, so if you need to pause your program for a spell, that’s no problem. Simply let us know approximately how long a break you’ll need, and we’ll regroup at the end of that time to get you back to work!
*Need more time? No problem. Just let us know.
What if I need to cancel my program entirely?
We would be very sorry to see you go, but we understand that sometimes life has to take precedence over writing a novel. You may cancel your program at any point in the program:
- During your 7-day FREE trial, you may cancel your program and no fees will be incurred.
- After your payment subscription begins, you may cancel your program by stopping future monthly payments.
Please see our Terms and Conditions and Terms of Service for details.
In all cases, we are happy to chat with you about how we can best accommodate you, so you can continue to work on your novel and see your book become a reality.
How does the payment plan work?
The program is billed in a 4-month subscription format. Payments begin on the 8th day, after the free trial week, and your credit card will be billed for 4 equal payments, one per month. After the initial payment, you may complete the remaining payments in full or change your payment method at any time. Please contact us to let us know how to help you adjust your billing.
Can I get a refund if I cancel the program?
Your satisfaction is very important to us! The free trial period is designed to give you a comprehensive taste of the program. If it’s not what you’re looking for, you may cancel for free any time during that week, PLUS keep all of the materials.
After your monthly subscription begins on the 8th day, no refunds will be provided. Your monthly payment subscription may be cancelled at any time, which will stop all future remaining payments of the subscription and cancel your program.
Do you offer this course for other genres like memoir or self-help/business?
Yes! For Memoir writers, we have our Write Your Memoir in 4 Months Program and for entrepreneurs/thought leaders/academics writing hybrid books for mainstream audiences, we have Write Your Business/Self-Development Book in 4 Months.
How do I make sure I receive all correspondence from you?
We will be sending you emails to alert you to each new lesson and other important info, so it is very important our emails reach you.
Moments after you sign up, our “Welcome!” email should arrive in your email inbox. If you do not see it, kindly go to your spam/junk/promotions folders to see if it landed there. If it did, please move the email to your inbox and add “email@example.com” to your contacts.
If our “Welcome” email never arrives, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org straight away so we can troubleshoot and fix the issue.
We are very happy to answer any questions you may have about the Write Your Novel in 4 Months program or any of our other writing coaching and editing services. Please reach out any time!