Full Aug-July GPDP, Units 2-7

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Registration opens July 31, 2019

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ghostwriting. These units take you through the entire process from top to bottom. They’ll provide the foundation you need to command $35,000+ fees.

  • Unit 2: Structure (5 weeks)

    This unit covers how to deconstruct, fix, and restructure any manuscript for optimal author and reader satisfaction. Topics include:

    Structure Theory
    How to discern (and tweak, if necessary) nonfiction thesis and fiction premise; how BISAC classifications impact a manuscript’s structure and language tiers; how to determine work-in-progress BISAC Subject Headings; and why Slinky® flow is so important.

    Markets v. Booksellers v. Audience
    The vital differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary placement, promotion, and sales classifications.

    Structure Tools
    How to develop nonfiction/memoir charts and fiction maps; and how to extract character studies from story and infer perspective, motive, and agenda from action.

    Nonfiction Structure
    How to recognize concept disruptions and deal breakers; how to rectify those issues using the chart; and how to determine and impose one of 5 nonfiction (or 1 creative-memoir) templates.

    Chart to Chapters
    The progression of: chart to outline to chapter breaks, to chapter theses; and chapter charts to mechanical deletions and substantive gap fill-in.

    Introduction to Fiction
    The author’s process vs. the ghostwriter’s process; how to “grok” with fiction clients; how to mesh the elements of story with industry expectations and ghostwriting limitations; and how to keep your vision of the story off the page.

    Fiction Structure
    How to determine architecture and implausibilities from the plot map; how to use a meet-in-the-middle workaround to “fix the middle”; and how to integrate PMA to rectify one-dimensional-characters/sequence-of-events storylines.

    Meet in the Middle
    How to use an old Hollywood tool as a workaround to “fix the middle.”

    Map to Chapters
    The progression of: map to outline to chapter breaks; and character studies to deletions and substantive fill-in.

  • Unit 3: Creative Analysis (8 weeks)

    This unit covers the deepest-held secret of professional ghostwriting—the “intuitive” skill vital for every aspect of professional ghostwriting, from concept development through landing the gig. Topics include:

    Creative Analysis
    The reverse-engineered progression that lets you view manuscripts (and clients) critically, objectively, and favorably.

    Critical Thinking
    How to see the intent, perspective, and flavor behind the written word, not just the emotional reaction it tries to provoke.

    Debate Protocol
    How to strengthen a nonfiction title by understanding every facet of a theory, including opposing arguments; how to unpack a fictional antagonist’s perspective, motive, and agenda (PMA) to add depth to their protagonist’s quest.

    Abstract Reasoning
    How to expose a nonfiction’s missing and extraneous information; how to recognize and troubleshoot character/plot disconnect and/or implausibilities.

    Focused Ingenuity
    How to combine critical thinking, debate protocol, and abstract reasoning to find the “gold” in any manuscript (or problem), to recognize and accentuate everything that works, to reveal what will make the manuscript even better, and to identify how that change will transform the manuscript into a marketable literary property.

    How to reimagine manuscript issues as Improvement Opportunities.

    Analytical Creativity
    The 6-step deep-thought sequence used to develop a written analysis from
    ➀ a critical or developmental-editor’s report, to
    ➁ a positive review, to
    ➂ inspired remedies that will produce
    ➃ reader/market results, delivered in
    ➄ a personable Slinky flow
    ➅ in which every line resonates with purpose for the author.

    Analysis Drafts
    The progression of: find the issues, find the gold, personalize the analysis, convert issues to improvement opportunities, connect to market or reader, take yourself off the page, tweak for Slinky flow.

    Nonfiction Analysis
    Elements to consider: focus; structure; thesis and sub-theses; supporting arguments, examples, and illustrations; outcomes and conclusions; and tone, flavor, and effectiveness.

    Fiction Analysis
    Elements to consider: premise; intent and aspiration; plausibility, plot/character integration; canon; author intrusion/editorial; and climax, denouement, and resolution gratification.

  • Unit 4: Ghostwrite (8 weeks)

    This unit dissects the various aspects of ghostwriting a book-length nonfiction, memoir, or novel. Topics include:

    Ghostwriting Theory
    The difference between pacing and drive; how to distinguish nonfiction editorial from narration and fiction stage directions from action; how to assuage yet work around pride-of-authorship; how and why to excise “but the reader needs to know!” material.

    “Tells” Technique
    How to discern author voice, spirit, and flavor and maintain it while fleshing out ideas with nonexclusive material.

    Balance Expectations
    How to balance author vision with industry needs and reader expectations.

    Ghostwrite Nonfiction
    How to transform cerebral presentations to trade manuscripts; how to support examples with illustrations; when and where to place or replace editorial; how to frame chapters within a template.

    How to Ghostwrite Nonfiction
    Book thesis; chapter thesis/development; I/Thou vs. You/They; memoir parameters; business parameters; self-help parameters; family & relationship parameters.

    Nonfiction Drafts
    The progression of: info dump, rearrange, delete and fill-in, tweak for Slinky flow, segue or cliffhanger.

    Ghostwrite Fiction
    How to reconstruct or eliminate script elements; how to utilize PMA to rectify implausibilities and strengthen character arcs; when and why to change/not change point of view (pov); how to intrigue/titillate rather than reveal (author intrusion); how to frame scenes; ghostwriter vs. author fiction elements; important genre specifics.

    How to Ghostwrite Fiction
    Story premise; scenes vs. chapters; PMA vs. editorial; stage directions and settings vs. narrative.

    Fiction Drafts
    The progression of: info dump, rearrange and delete, impose PMA to correct implausibilities, tweak for Slinky flow, cliffhanger or break.

  • Unit 5: Musical Line Edit (8 weeks)

    This unit explores the apex of editorial revision: music, rhythm, and impact. Topics include:

    Musical Line Edit (MLE) Theory/Technique
    Introduction to the “auto read” concept; how to eliminate unnecessary passive verbs and prepositions; how to use the MLE to correct structure, content, and ghostwriting issues; how to use the MLE to drag and accentuate drive.

    Ghostwriting vs. Editing
    The differences between freelance, publisher, and MLE liberties and restrictions.

    MLE Drafts
    The progression of: eliminate passive/static phrases, rearrange for Slinky flow, compound tight ideas, stand alone impact.

    Applied Nonfiction Technique
    Real-time Nonfiction MLE demonstration.

    Applied Fiction Technique
    Real-time Fiction MLE demonstration.

  • Unit 6: Submit/Publish (4 weeks)

    This unit delves into selling the final analyzed, structured, written/rewritten, and musically edited property to literary agents, traditional publishers, and supply-chain entities. Topics include:

    Proposals & Strategies
    The differences between Book Proposals and Bestseller Strategy Plans (BSP); and how to use each.

    Proposals # 1
    How to create the Book Contents, Book Details, Author Bio, and Promotion sections of an industry standard Book Proposal.

    Proposals #2
    How to create the Competition, Market, and Overview sections of an industry standard Book Proposal; how to arrange and package a Book Proposal for submission to literary agents and acquisition editors.

    Bestseller Strategy Plans
    How to create the Overview, Author Intro, Action Plan, Competitive Loglines, Q&As, and Book Details Checklist for a self-publisher’s Bestseller Strategy Plan.

    How to write an industry-standard synopsis; how to create an industry-standard fiction proposal and BSP.

    How to write an effective query letter; where to research agents and non-agent-required publishers; how to create submission and BSP-implementation logs.

  • Unit 7: Business/Professionalism (6 weeks)


    This wrap-up unit explains how to put all your knowledge, skills, and tools to use to create, sustain, and grow your ghostwriting business. Topics include:

    Analysis and Recommendations
    A full-course review; how to create a compelling, “gold” oriented Analysis & Recommendations (A&R).

    Proposals & Strategies
    The differences between Book Proposals and Bestseller Strategy Plans (BSP); and how to use each.

    Bestseller Strategy Plans
    How to create the Overview, Author Intro, Action Plan, Competitive Loglines, Q&As, and Book Details Checklist for a self-publisher’s Bestseller Strategy Plan.

    Bids & Fees
    How to price your services per gig; how to write an effective Project Proposal (bid) with and without an attached A&R; important deal closers.

    How to write an effective, equitable ghostwriter contract.

    Business Plan
    How to create your business plan; best practices for approaching your circle of influence. Mindset transition from freelancer > entrepreneur.

    How to develop and stay on track with a pre-launch checklist. Mindset transition from one of several competitors > in a class of your own.

    Launch Your Business
    How to formally launch your new enterprise; how to assess projects and clients; the 5-step negotiation/close sequence; how to establish and maintain your authority.

    Final Words
    A recap of the mindset transitions; how to use the Elliott Wave principle and metaphysics to support your new career; and parting words.

  • Graduate!

    On successful completion of the entire GPDP program, you’ll receive:

    Professional Ghostwriter Certificate
    Signed by the Dean of CPIE/CSULB

    Digital Badge
    Displays your name, the year you earned your certification, and the unique knowledge, skills, tools, and mindset transitions you acquired in the course. Post it on your website, SMN profiles, email signature, and any other digital media or location

    To join CertifiedGhostwriters.com for continuing education, news, resources, and community with other Certified Ghostwriters.

    One-on-one coaching through your first (or any) professional gig via Wambtac Ghostwriter’s team-oriented ghostwriting.