The Successful Novel

The Successful Novel: Everything You Need to Write, Revise, and Publish

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Set Up Your Novel For Success.

Wherever you are on your novel writing journey, if you want to move forward with confidence and share your story with the world, then The Successful Novel is for you.

Writing a novel doesn’t have to be daunting, and you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or uncertain by the process. You need a clear guide to success: the core practices and perspectives that you can count on to move your novel smoothly through writing, revision, and publishing, and into the hands of happy readers.

In The Successful Novel, we’ve gathered the best advice on novel writing, revision, and publication from’s expert novelist instructors, plus actionable publishing industry insights from working literary agents. You’ll learn how to approach each step of the process with clarity and confidence. Tell your story beautifully!

In this course, you will:

  • Find confidence and motivation throughout your novel writing journey.
  • Nourish and hone your unique voice.
  • Connect with other writers for writing community, support, accountability, and feedback.
  • Learn how character and conflict interact to create story.
  • Develop story structures that honor the moral dilemmas at the heart of any great story.
  • Craft powerful and well-rounded protagonists—and antagonists.
  • Write clear and impactful prose.
  • Learn exactly what literary agents are looking for when they receive a manuscript submission.
  • Avoid common mistakes that first-time novelists often make.
  • Learn proven editing and revision strategies.

All these benefits are evergreen: you’ll have lifetime access, for every novel you write.

You’ll get:

Here’s what you’ll get as part of The Successful Novel:

Multimedia Chapters

Over two dozen chapters on the key topics in novel writing: everything from character development to story structure to developing your unique voice. These chapters come with concise key takeaways, clear examples, and engaging exercises.

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Video Workshops

  • Over seven hours of in-depth video workshops by expert novelists:
    • Anatomy of a Premise Line and How to Avoid the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story with Jeff Lyons;
    • How to Write Beginnings and Endings with Sarah Aronson;
    • How to Edit Your Novel with Donna Levin; and
    • The Surprising Sentence with Jessie Roy.

Novelist and Agent Interviews

  • You’ll get interviews with five award-winning novelists on how to find confidence, craft, and creativity in novel writing, and candid interviews with four literary agents on what they look for in a novel manuscript.

Resources and Guides

  • Exclusive templates and guides for everything from character development to writing synopses.

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In-Depth Advice from Expert Writers and Agents

The Successful Novel channels the expertise of nearly a dozen literary professionals, with one question in mind: How can you make your novel a success?

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Literary Agent Martha Wydysh
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Literary Agent Heather Carr
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Novelist and Instructor Donna Levin
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Novelist and Instructor Jessie Roy
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Literary Agent Jessica Errera
Sarah Aronson on the "Three I's" of Writing
Novelist and Instructor Sarah Aronson
Novelist and Instructor Barbara Henning
Jack Smith
Novelist and Instructor Jack Smith
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Literary Agent Sulamita Garbuz
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Instructor Lucy Berrington
Novelist and Instructor Jeff Lyons

This self-guided multimedia course lets you learn at your own pace, on the novel writing topics that matter most to you.

If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase for any reason, we’ll refund it in full. Offer is good within 14 days of purchase.