Facts

Demand for excellent ghostwriters higher than the supply

Most profitable career for 21st century writers

UPECA 2018 Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award

Graduates report annual income increases of 50% to 150%

100% of 2019–2021 participants rate faculty as Excellent

Unique, comprehensive curriculum

Stats

Instruction: 60 videos (16.5 hours)

Live Q&A/demo: 43 weeks (64.5 hours)

Independent Action Steps: 6 steps (10 hours)

Creative Analysis: 4 non-literary ponderings (8 hours)

Total commitment required: 2-10 hours/week

Benefits

Empowering real-world results that can be applied immediately

Cutting-edge research, trends, and skills

Committed to inclusive and diverse environment/student body

Online instruction structured for working adults


Curriculum


Unit 2: Structure

Welcome Back: Theory: GPDP scope and expectations

Structure: Theory, Strucure: Slinky flow, auto read, and the nonfiction structure and fiction architecture process.

Chart and Map: Mechanical Skills: Reading-for-purpose, nonfiction charting, and fiction  mapping.

2nd Pondering: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Critical thinking, debate protocol, abstract reasoning, and focused ingenuity applied to an uncomfortable topic/situation.

Mine for Gold: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Identify and consisely state a manuscript’s strongest industry-oriented sales points.

BISACs: Professional Skill: The Book Industry Standards and Communications system to categorize books into major subjects and branches.

Markets: Theory: How a title moves through the sequence of market, sales, and audience.

Nonfiction Templates: Creative Skill: Most common templates used to covey nonfiction material.

Nonfiction Content Disruptions: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: The most common issues that disrupt reader attention and/or a manuscript’s forward motion and why ghostwriters do not dwell on them in client communications.

Nonfiction Deal Breakers: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Most common nonfiction issues that turn off agents, publishers, and reviewers, why they occur, and how to fix them; the most common memoir deal-breaking issues, why they occur, and how to fix them.

Nonfiction Project: Choose a nonfiction exceprt and prepare a book blueprint comprising all of the above for it.

Fiction Parameters: Theory, Ghostwriting Psych: The differences between writing and ghostwriting fiction, the 3 types of novelists and the scope and limitation of ghostwriting fiction.

Plot & Characters: Creative Skill: How to extract Perspective, Motive, and Agenda from character action, and how to impose those attributes to rectify implausibilities and sequence-of-events v. plot issues

Meet in the Middle: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Insider technique to create a plausible, dyamic plot outline or remedy plot holes.

Fiction Disruptions & Deal Breakers: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Most common fiction issues, their causes and solutions, and the ghostwriter’s limitations for fixing them,

Convert Movel to Novel: Professional/Creative Skill: Identify movel elements, recognize industry & reader issues with movels and why they occur, and how to fix them.

Fiction Project: Choose a fiction exceprt and prepare a book blueprint comprising all of the above for it.

Unit 3: Analysis & Recommendations

A&R Purposes & Outcomes: Theory: Wambtac’s proprietary, multi-function sales tool.

Ghostwriting Psych: Theory: The human-nature elements of the A&R, ghostwriting in general, client relations, and project management.

Snapshot: Mechanical Skill, Creative Skill: Blueprint data’s effective presentation and how to craft an industry-standard one-sentence pitch.

The Analysis: Creative Skill: How to befriend, impress, and establish authority and value without selling yourself.

The Recommendation: Creative Skill: Explicit, easy-to-follow instructions for fixing deal breakers.

Close and Format: Mechanical Skill: Most effective A&R closings and formatting.

Unit 4: Ghostwriting Technique

Ghostwriting Theory: Theory, Ghostwriting Psych: Parameters, purpose, A&R/blueprint application, and the multi-layered creative process of ghostwriting a book.

Voice: Mechanical/Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych:Recognize author tells, intent, flavor, and perspective.

Chart to Chapter: Mechanical Skill: Use blueprint elements to organize/outline, impose chapter breaks, clump-and-dump, establish chapter theses, and develop individual chapters.

Write Nonfiction: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Variables of creating/revising nonfiction book content.

Nonfiction Drafts: Mechanical Skill: Steps to take before submitting a nonfiction assignment.

3rd Pondering: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Apply citical thinking, debate protocol, abstract reasoning, and focused ingenuity to an uncomfortable topic/situation.

Map to Chapter: Mechanical Skill: Use blueprint elements to organize/outline plot-action sequence, impose chapter breaks, clump-and-dump, impose PMA, and develop individual chapters.

Prompt to Chapter: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Use raw transcripts and blueprint elements to organize/outline plot-action sequences, impose chapter breaks, clump-and-dump, impose PMA, and develop individual chapters.

Fiction First Chapters: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: The elements of an effective, page-turning opening chapter for a novel.

Ghostwrite Fiction: Creative Skill, Ghostwriting Psych:The various corrections we can make while staying within the limitations of ghostwriting fiction.

Fiction Drafts: Mechanical Skill: Steps to take before submitting a fiction assignment.

Unit 5: Musical Line Editing (MLE)

Note: This unit is currently under revision

Words and Music: Theory: The musical equivalent of MLE illustrated by Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag.”

Introduction to MLE: Theory: Parameters, purpose, and literary decisions of MLEing nonfiction or fiction.

Ghost-MLE Bridge: Theory: MLE remedies for specific manuscript challenges.

More Techniques: Mechanical Skill: Basic Writing Conventions as they apply to MLE.

4th Pondering: Creative Analysis, Ghostwriting Psych: Apply citical thinking, debate protocol, abstract reasoning, and focused ingenuity to an uncomfortable topic/situation.

Unit 6: Submissions & Sales

Return on Investment (ROI): Theory, Ghostwriting Psych: Books’ various sales channels/typical ROI ranges.

Proposals #1: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Book Contents, Details, Author Bio, and Promotion parameters, purposes, and guidelines.

Proposals #2: Professional Skill, Ghostwriting Psych: Market, Competition, Overview parameters, purposes, and guidelines.

Fiction Proposal: Professional Skill: Synopsis, fiction proposal elements parameters, purposes, and guidelines.

Submissions: Professional Skill: Query letters, agent/publisher research, submission-log tool.

Bestseller Strategy Plans: Mechanical Skill, Professional Skill: Wambtac’s proprietary added-value tool for word-of-mouth, bulk, and high-volume sales.

5th Pondering: Creative Analysis, Ghostwriting Psych: Apply citical thinking, debate protocol, abstract reasoning, and focused ingenuity to an uncomfortable topic/situation.

Unit 7: Business & Professionalism

Business Model: Business Skill (Solopreneurship): Parameters of the ghostwriter’s business model.

Bids: Professional Skill: Parameters and templates for project proposals/sales tool.

Options and Alternate Bids: Professional Skill: Parameters and templates for optional and add-on ghostwriting project proposal/sales tool.

Contracts: Business Skill: Wambtac’s vetted ghostwriting-project agreement template.

Business Plan: Business Skill: Parameters for creating a business plan with standard and ghostwriting-specific considerations.

Sales Funnel: Business Skill: Wambtac’s 6-step sales funnel from first introduction to closing the deal.

Ready, Set, Launch: Business Skill: Six steps to opening a ghostwriting business.

Apprentice Program: Business Skill: How to do your first gig with Wambtac Ghostwriter mentorship,

Final Words: Theory: Last thoughts to chew on and encouragement from our founder.

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