Blog Tour | Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson’s A Path to Publishing

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I am excited to host two amazing ladies on my blog today, to tell you about  the fabulous program they have put together to help authors get their book published and to learn how to revise your novels in a manner that will make manuscripts shine!



We offer writers two video series with more in production:
1) PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month

8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises

Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many

writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from

beginning to end. When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and

rewrite what you’ve written into a novel that agents, editors and readers will devour.

Writing a great plot involves craft and skill and know-how. Before you undertake a major

rewrite, first consider your story from all angles with the help of step-by-step instruction

and daily exercises. You know you’re ready to rewrite when you’ve checked all the

essentials elements for creating an exciting story with compelling characters and a

meaningful plot.


2) How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot

7 videos explain how to plot, write and sell picture books + provide exercises how to

immediately integrate the concepts into your own unique story. Learn about all the

different kinds of picture books, examples of character-driven and action-driven picture

books, how to develop winning picture book concepts, what are the major turning points

in every great picture book with a plot, writing, voice, character goals and motivation,

how to revise, testing your theme and take-away, who to submit to and so much more…

Here’s How the Video Series Work

Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to

consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story.

Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction.

Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the

exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take

more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even

the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework

assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.

Shout Outs:

**The 1st draft you let yourself write any old way. Now revise your story from every angle

**Can’t seem to #finish your #novel? Ready to give up? Before you do, revise!

**I’m finding the revision process FUN! Did I actually say that? Loving this process, thank you!

**Friends don’t let friends #revise alone

Let’s introduce you to Jill and Martha now!!

Jill Corcoran 
Jill Corcoran is the founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and co-founder of A
Path A Publishing
Martha Alderson


Martha Alderson, author of The
Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
, is known
as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the
founder of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month and the award-winning blog The
Plot Whisperer

These ladies not only brought us these amazing author tools, but also offer another service with two levels of Participation (Participants and Observers):
Office Hours

2nd Thursday of every month

9:30-11:30 am Pacific

Active Participants and Observers

ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS: 8 authors each have 15 minutes to work with The Plot

Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran on whatever you want help

with. Read part of your manuscript, query, discuss energetic markers, concept, brainstorm

plot, characters, etc and receive feedback you can immediately apply to your work.

Active participants must watch either Plotwrimo: Revise Your Novel in a Month or How

to Write & Sell a Picture Book Videos. This gives us a common language and baseline

understanding of underlying plot and story concepts for better communication.

Receive a critique of your First Pages, Query, Concept, or get help with your Characters,

Where to Start your Story, Crisis, Climax, etc. It is your time…your choice


***OBSERVERS: 15 observer spots. As an observer, you do not participate/read your

work, but listen and learn from others during these sessions.



Reviews of the series:

“The amount of time, heartache, frustration, and hell that these videos are saving me from

is immeasurable.”

“Don’t wait until you have a first draft to get the video series. If you have an inkling of a

concept, get the video series. The videos will show you how to define your energetic

markers. You’ll learn the difference between crisis and climax. The 8 videos constitute a

‘top to toe’ writing course. 
Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson, thank you for giving me

the opportunity to call myself a writer with pride.” Dolly D Napal

“I have been writing, writing, writing, and reading about writing, but I knew I was still

missing the mark. How I write and rewrite books will be forever changed for the better. “

Wendy McLeon MacKnight

“I felt overwhelmed with my latest revision. I feel like a weight has been lifted and I’m

just on day one.”
Last, but not least, these ladies offer a fantastic workshop to help people actively learn from the

A Path to Publishing Workshops:

We often tailor-make an advanced workshop for writers who have watched the series to

ask questions and receive feedback on your own individual story.

A Path to Publishing Facebook Group

Everyone is welcome to join A Path to Publishing Facebook group created by Literary

Agent Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson as safe, smart, fun alcove for

writers and illustrators to share and learn about the craft of writing and the book biz. This

is NOT a place to sell your books but a wonderful forum for us all to advance our skills,

our creativity, and our dreams plus learn about what Jill and Martha are up to at A PATH


Be sure to follow along and see what others are saying about these services and how they have helped them! Read individual reviews and more information about how this video series can help you!

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10 Comments on “Blog Tour | Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson’s A Path to Publishing”

  1. Hallee Adelman

    As a pantser, the lessons of Jill and Martha seemed to contradict my usual writing style. However, these lessons were the best I have ever learned thus far. Not only did I buy the video series, I also saved up to be able to buy them for my writing group for the holidays!! #bestgiftever

  2. Mikey Brooks

    Great post! Jill and Martha are amazing AND so is this wonderful video series. I think all writers should watch these and participate in A Path to Publishing!!

  3. Gayle C. Krause

    I too was a panster, like Hallee, but the videos have changed my writing style. Anxious to see if this new novel I’m writing gets more thumbs up from editors following APTP. Thanks Jill and Martha.

  4. Martha

    Hallee, you are the most generous person ever! To share techniques and ideas you find helpful with others is big-hearted. You take the act of sharing even further by not simply telling others how to find the prize, you actually place the gift right into their hands! People like you make this world a better place! You’re the #bestgiftever

  5. Martha

    Thank you, Mikey. For anyone who doesn’t know, Mikey is our benefactor and responsible for this blog tour. Talk about generous! I’ll forever be grateful to you.

  6. Martha

    And this message is about Jordan: Jordan and I just last week or perhaps it was this Monday? losing track of time… we turned in chapters for our Deep Scene resource for writers to be published by Writers Digest next fall — a book I believe every writers will one day have at the ready! Not only that, this year we partnered for our first ever Writer Path Retreats and are joyfully watching as writers flock to sign-up for the 2nd annual the weekend of May 1st 2015. I love that you jumped in and took part in this blog tour for Jill and me! Thank you, Jordan. loving you always…

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