Is the 8-Week Book Writing Intensive right for me?

For the past four years, I've been hosting my popular 8-Week Book Writing Intensive every January, and it's starting soon on Monday, the 16th! This has become my most sought-after program to date, and many participants have gone on, not only to finish their books but to publication as well!

Perhaps you have considered enrolling in the program and are wondering if it's right for you. Below I've added a list of FAQs to answer our most commonly asked questions, and below that you can read what others have had to say about the 8-Week Book Writing Intensive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does the program work?

A. The course officially begins on Monday, January 16, 2016. Each week you'll receive a new module of content to walk you step-by-step through the book writing process. The content is delivered to you inside the course platform. You'll gain lifetime access to the course materials so you may work through the action steps at your own pace or stay on track with the weekly lessons. 

You'll also gain access to the full-time support of our private Facebook community of peers and Intensive alumni where members can share their writing, collaborate, swap tips and ideas, offer support, and much more. Our popular Facebook community is a great resource to help motivate and keep you on track! Plus, I'm active in the group daily to answer your questions and lend support.

We'll have bi-weekly teleclasses to get your questions answered in real time and make sure that you are implementing successfully. These calls keep you on track and offer accountability throughout your book writing journey. The teleclasses will be recorded, and the replays will be available for those who cannot attend the live calls.

Throughout the course, bonus materials and resources will be added to the membership site to aid in your success. At any point during the Intensive, you may submit your opening chapter for review. I will review up to ten (10) pages of your manuscript (plus your outline) and offer constructive criticism and feedback to ensure you are on the right track.

At the end of the Intensive, those who finish the program will receive a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to submit a book proposal for a chance at publication. One lucky participant will walk away with a complete publishing package awarded by Transcendent Publishing!

 All alumni receive ongoing publishing opportunities and offers from Transcendent Publishing. Our alumni have attended our writer's retreats, been published in our compilation books, received publishing and coaching offers, and much more!

Q. What if I don’t plan to publish my book but just want to get started writing? Is this program for me?

A. Absolutely! I realize not every writer has the same publishing goals; in fact, I urge you to research as many publishing options as possible. The opportunity to pitch a book proposal for publication is an added bonus of the program. Participants are not required to submit their work or a book proposal at any time. Those options are available to participants but not mandatory for participation or certification.

Q. I have a vacation planned and might miss a week. Should I wait until the next class?

A. Not unless you want to wait another year for the next enrollment. The course is only offered once per year, and you are welcome to work through the program at your own pace, so even if you have other obligations, you will have lifetime access to the program and all the course materials. The first week is a light intro week so participants can get acclimated and prepared for the journey ahead. Additionally, I usually add a break week between weeks 4 and 5 so participants can get caught up or just take a break from the program.

Q. I’m shy and don’t feel comfortable working in groups. I’m trying to build my writing confidence, that’s why I’m considering this program. Is this program right for me?

A. Shanda understands that writers are often introverted by nature. Although she sees the Facebook group as a great asset for applying an accountability factor, participation is not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Although we all start the program on the same date, participants are welcome to work through the modules at their own pace.

Q. You mention the opportunity to submit a book proposal for a chance at an awarded publishing package. What does that entail?

A. The awarded publishing package will include professional cover design, interior layout and design, publishing of both print and digital edition, professional editing, and a partnership in marketing efforts—all clearly defined within the publishing agreement and awarded by Transcendent Publishing.  

Q. What if I fall behind, should I just remove myself from the group?

A. Absolutely not! I understand that each writer works at a different pace from others. That’s why I offer lifetime access to the Facebook forum as well as to all the modules and resources in the course platform. There will be a wealth of information for participants to refer back to at any time. Additionally, all participants have the option to join all future 8-Week Book Writing Intensives at no additional charge. If you lose your confidence or fall behind, you will always have access to the information when you are ready to jump back in.

Q. Are eight weeks enough time to complete a book?

A. Yes, it's plenty of time to complete a first draft of a book as long as you have the desire and commitment. In this program, I coach you on the importance of developing a daily writing habit, whether you are writing a 300-page work of fiction or a 100-page How-to eBook, I will show you how to develop a targeted daily word count and stay focused on the task at hand. And remember, you'll gain lifetime access to the modules and resources and have the option to work through all future Intensives if you'd like to take more time to craft your book. You do not have to finish your book in eight weeks, but by the end of the program, you will have the tools and resources to complete the book writing process.

Q. What all is covered in the course?

A. In this 8-Week program, we'll work together to develop your story idea, brainstorm and outline your manuscript, develop your writing skills, sharpen those writing skills, build an author platform, learn about the many publishing options available and how to choose the one that's right for you, and finally, how to launch and market your book upon publication.

You'll also learn how to tackle the polishing and revision process with ease so you may submit your opening chapter to me for feedback to ensure you are on the right track. And, as an added bonus, those who complete the program will also have the opportunity to pitch their book proposal for a chance at publication!

Q. Is there a payment plan option for enrollment?

A. YES! You may pay in full and save 10% off enrollment, or take advantage of the 3x or 5x monthly payment plan option.

Hear from a few of our course alumni...


"This was just the motivation I was looking for. I realized that I actually could become an author, and even better a published author. Writing a book has been a dream for many years, and because of this course, I know it is possible, and that I am not alone in the concerns, worries, or fears I had about writing a book. There was an abundance of tools and resources, Shanda over-delivered, giving me everything I needed from a technical standpoint, while also creating a wonderful space of connection, guidance, and support. I highly recommend this course!" ~Melissa Corter, author of Nudges From Your Spirit

"I have never written a book before so I really didn't know anything when I started. Shanda was incredibly patient and presented the information in a way that everyone can follow. She was very much interested not only in the story we were telling, but us as authors as well. I am very thankful that I met her." ~Misty Thompson, author of A Sister's Sacrifice scheduled for publication in Spring 2017

"I have been dreaming of writing my book for 3 years but continuously run into a brick wall! This course is exactly what I needed to get past that wall once and for all! I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to write a book but seems stuck!" ~Christine Martin, winner of the 2013 awarded publishing package for her proposal for The Gratitude Project scheduled for publication in Spring of 2017

"Publishing my book with Shanda has been a process of empowerment as well as seeing my words in print and realizing a dream. Through her 8-Week Book Writing Course, I became involved with a community of writers that kept me motivated and on task. Shanda is tireless in her endeavor to be up-to-date with the latest publishing trends and delights in sharing her knowledge with us. She stresses the importance of author platform and shares the different options of publishing. This puts us in a good position to know what approach suits our needs best. I have learned so much from Shanda and would recommend her course to those that want to learn more about the writing and publishing process, and to realize their dream of being an author."  ~Tonia Browne, Amazon bestselling author of Spiritual Seas

Are you ready to join the 2017 8-Week Book Writing Intensive?

What are you waiting for? Secure your spot HERE today! Registration closes tomorrow, so this is your last chance to enroll in 2017. I look forward to connecting with you!