I’m guessing a story burned inside that you longed to share with the world.
Maybe, like me, the joy of losing yourself in a favorite novel made you want to create your own world, characters, and story.
Maybe you even dreamed of a career as a novelist.
Whatever the spark, it ignited in your mind a vision: holding in your hands a published book that would reach droves of readers and put you on the map.
You may have even started writing your novel. But if you’re like thousands of writers I’ve met over the decades, something discouraged you, stalled you, kept you from finishing:
Or perhaps you actually finished a manuscript, but now you worry it’s nowhere near good enough to publish.
Believe it or not, these roadblocks — varied as they seem — are rooted in the same problem. Let me show you what I believe that problem is and how you can solve it, reignite your passion, and actually finish your novel.
But first, let me introduce myself so you can decide whether I know what I’m talking about. 🙂
I’m Jerry Jenkins, author of more than 200 books, two-thirds of those novels — including the bestselling Left Behind series. (The Great American Read, a PBS TV series, ranked it among America’s 100 favorite novels of all time.)
But I was anything but an overnight success. The first of my 21 New York Times bestsellers was my 75th published book. And Left Behind was my 125th.
I began as almost every author does — unknown and unpublished. And I battled every obstacle I listed above and more.
All I had was a dream, but I would not be deterred. I had a wife, young kids, and a full-time job, so my only choice was to approach novel-writing the hard way — learning everything I could through voracious reading, trial and error, and heavy self-editing.
I couldn’t find the time to write; I had to make the time. Though I’m a morning person, for years I wrote from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Knowing what I know now, I’m confident I could have shaved years off my learning curve had someone experienced in the craft shown me the way.
Imagine going from unpublished to successful author as a journey. Most of the trials you’ll face could be eliminated if someone ahead of you simply pointed out the pitfalls to avoid and the shortcuts to take.
Mentors already far down the path could easily reveal to you in a matter of minutes the many obstacles they had to overcome when they started, even if that part of their journey took them five years. Imagine making massive progress like that, avoiding the pain and frustration of trying to navigate the writing journey while wondering whether you’re still even on the right road.
Good mentors answer questions you don’t even know to ask, so you don’t have to struggle alone to come up with a novel idea or polish the one you have. They help you find your writing voice, create a gripping plot, come up with memorable characters, craft dialogue and description, inject conflict and tension, and do everything else necessary to finish a novel better than you ever imagined.
A mentor not only teaches you the skills, but also trains you in the discipline to become an effective novelist. Staying motivated and confident is as critical to your success as learning the secrets of the writing trade.
That’s why I’ve created a hands-on novel-writing program — so I can be that mentor, walking you through every step and helping you finally get the results your story and message deserve.
Put simply, this is a proven, A-to-Z system for planning, writing, and finishing your novel — whether you’re starting from scratch, have tried before, or have a work-in-progress.
The goal? To get agents, publishers, and ultimately readers to say those magic words: “I couldn’t put it down.”
Let me tell you — that doesn’t just happen. No one can promise you’ll produce an award-winning novel that sells tens of millions of copies, but I’ll guarantee this: Apply my proven methods, and you’ll write the best novel you can imagine.
Your Novel Blueprint reveals my repeatable novel-writing process in its entirety.
I lay out for you every writing session step by step, so you’ll always know exactly what to do next — regardless of genre.
That’s right, Your Novel Blueprint works for novels from Crime/Detective to Fantasy to Historical, Horror, Humor, Inspirational, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Western, you name it. You follow my process, but for your own novel.
The program consists of dozens of video lessons that walk you through every step of writing your novel. Each video includes everything I would tell you if I were sitting right next to you, mentoring you through the entire process.
We start with your story idea — help you come up with one, then help you create a structure and outline. We cover plotting, crafting an opener you’ll love, maintaining tension that keeps readers with you through what I call the Marathon of the Middle, and how to construct a compelling ending that drops the curtain with a satisfying thud.
Your Novel Blueprint removes the fear factor and guesswork that may have demoralized you in the past.
Each time you settle in to work on your novel, you log into the website for a brief training video that walks you through your next step. That way you always know what to do.
Best of all? You advance at your own pace, fitting the curriculum to your own writing schedule — which I also help you design, based on your calendar and lifestyle.
In this section, I help you avoid problems typical first-time novelists face: Fear of failure, not knowing where to start, hitting a brick wall after 30 pages or so, you name it. Imagine how much more confident and motivated you’ll be after laying the proper groundwork for your story.
(And that's all in just Part I of four parts! See how much you need to know even before you start writing, so you don't end up feeling lost 30 pages in?)
Here we spend a few sessions on your first page alone — where many novelists get hung up. We’ll get yours to where you’re thrilled with it, so you’ll be motivated to keep rolling.
Here, I bring you through your first 100 or so pages — and I share my best secrets to help you cement the habits that will carry you through the full novel-writing process.
You’ll also learn:
By the time we reach the last section of Your Novel Blueprint, you’ll have confidently written roughly the first quarter of your manuscript and reached the Marathon of the Middle. To finish well, you have to do more than just endure the middle. You must thrive there and keep things moving for the reader’s sake. I give you everything you need to complete the marathon and drive toward the finish.
So Part IV is designed to see you all the way to the end. That’s why I’ve peppered it with a truckload of guidance and encouragement to help you through some of the toughest parts of your novel.
By the end of this course, you’ll have a novel manuscript you can’t wait to shop.
How would it feel to have a tribe of loyal readers discussing your story online, eagerly awaiting your next book?
What would it be like to receive emotional fan letters telling how your novel changed people’s lives?
Imagine being interviewed, signing books, and becoming a favorite of your audience — while spreading a powerful message that could even outlive you.
Every year, unknown and unpublished writers get their first publishing deals and become authors. I won’t sugarcoat it — not many break through. Why? Because most manuscripts submitted to publishers are awful.
The good news is, agents and publishers are looking for quality novels. They want you to succeed.
I can’t guarantee a bestseller or a lucrative contract, but I will tell you this:
Use my proven Your Novel Blueprint system, and you’ll write your best manuscript ever. I’ll show you exactly what it takes to make it all it can be. It’s up to you to follow the steps and do the work.
Whether you land a traditional publishing contract — where they pay you rather than the other way around — or choose to self-publish, your novel will have the best chance to resonate with readers.
If that makes it worth hearing more about this program, read on...
It’s not easy to put a price on the most powerful start-to-finish resource I’ve ever put together. I believe it’s on par with a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in fiction writing. A quick web search shows MFA degrees cost upwards of $30,000.
And while those degrees come from impressive universities with celebrated faculties, I don’t apologize for offering after half a century as a writer and more than 135 novels
MFA degrees aside, even short college creative writing courses are advertised online right now for as much as $3,531 (a 5-week writing workshop at Emerson), $3,556 at Northwestern for a course that counts toward an MFA, and $2,880 for a beginner-level course (Introduction to Creative Writing) from Boston University.
Now hear me, I’m not disparaging any of these courses. No doubt they’re worth the investment.
But my Your Novel Blueprint is designed to result in a finished manuscript you’ll want to confidently pitch to agents and publishers. More than theory, it's practical, hands-on training, based on a proven system.
So shouldn’t I charge at least as much as those college courses?
I could, but I’m not so old that I can’t remember what it was like before I was published. So I want you to be able to access this course for less than all those.
My team and I settled on a one-time investment of $1,997 — and that gets you a lifetime membership, so you can use Your Novel Blueprint again and again to write as many novels as you choose.
But because I want to make this as accessible as possible, I’ll let you start today for just $197.
My team and I have opened a plan so you can join this start-to-finish program for 12 monthly payments of $197. And if you want to save $367, you can pay in full with a one-time payment of $1997.
I know even that bargain price requires a serious commitment from you, so I want to reward your decision with five amazing bonuses that come with your membership. But first, a promise:
If you decide for ANY reason this isn’t for you, even if you just don’t like the sound of my voice or the colors on the website, simply email my team any time within the first 30 days to say you want out, and we will issue a prompt, full refund. No guilt trip, no pressure, no questions asked. That’s my personal guarantee.
That gives you a risk-free way to discover whether Your Novel Blueprint is as good as I’m saying it is. So jump in, study the first few lessons, take a look at all the bonus material, and if for any reason you find it’s less than what I promised, cancel within 30 days for a full refund — period.
I’ve removed all your risk from this decision because I’m confident that you will make so much progress on your novel in the first 30 days that you’ll be happy to stick with us.
If you’ve ever wished for a thorough evaluation of your writing from someone in the business who knows what publishers want, this course makes that wish come true.
You get to submit your first 10 pages to one proven expert from my stable of handpicked veteran novelists I’ve worked with for years.
One such author already waiting in the wings is DiAnn Mills, an award-winning novelist and writing coach. So your thorough critique will come from a veteran in the business who knows exactly how to get where you want to go.
Your critique will show you:
Once you’ve settled on your book concept in an early lesson, you can submit it for a personal video evaluation from a published author, one of several I’ve worked with over the years and whom I handpick to give you this feedback.
They’ll tell you how they believe agents and acquisition editors would respond — and suggest ways to make it the best it can be. Our goal is to give you confidence that the foundation of your book is rock solid before you spend months writing the rest of your manuscript.
Here you can interact directly with me and ask questions about any aspect of the course or your novel. You'll also form bonds with fellow students, share your experience, and share tips with each other as you all work toward the same common goal.
Already, members have developed valuable friendships, formed small groups based on genre, traded reading and critiquing each other’s work, and even found accountability partners.
I love dropping in at least once a day to interact or just see them encourage each other.
Once you finish your novel, I want you fully prepared to pitch it to publishers. So I’ve included this special package with your membership so you can see exactly what I’d do if I were pitching your book to agents or publishers.
What you get:
This short guide is designed to help you connect confidently with agents and publishers. It tells you what each decision maker is looking for and how to make your work stand out. I also show you 28 revealing tweets from industry insiders to give you a look at what they actually want — and what annoys them!
These proposals were prepared for manuscripts that went on to become New York Times bestselling novels. Feel free to appropriate their many great ideas and apply them to your own proposal.
Writing winning queries and proposals before you write your novel can save you hours of wasted effort.
This training is based on everything I’ve learned over several decades in the business — for which authors have paid thousands at writers conferences. If you’re serious about getting published, you’ll find this invaluable.
By the end of it you’ll know:
When you’ve finished the program, you deserve something special.
So you’ll be invited to a FREE day of group coaching and discussion about your writing — an entire daylong Mastermind session. I can hardly wait!
This novel-writing blueprint is to the Guild as a microscope is to a wide-angle lens.The Guild is a community of nearly 2,000 writers of all genres who get live and recorded training every month. Many Guild members have taken advantage of this special offer, because Your Novel Blueprint is a laser-focused, deep dive into fiction, designed solely to help you write a novel from start to finish. It even has its own dedicated website and Facebook page.
Another difference is that the Guild carries a monthly or annual membership fee, while the one-time tuition investment gives you lifetime access to Your Novel Blueprint. Even when we update or enhance it, you never pay another dime.
My aim is not to have you knock out a novel as fast as humanly possible. While you should be able to do this in six to nine months, as long as you commit to at least 6 work hours each week, my aim is to help you write the best novel you can imagine. Beware hucksters who emphasize speed above all else. Speed is not the point. Quality is the point.
The more time you carve out to write each week, the sooner you’ll finish — but the goal is a manuscript you’ll be proud of and eager to shop to agents and publishers.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, which allows you plenty of time to try several lessons, interact with fellow writers in the private Facebook community, and make progress on your novel.
I know that means someone could go through a large chunk of the course, planning to get all their money back on Day 29. But I’m more interested in rewarding honest authors than in cracking down on those who would take advantage.
I’ve removed all your risk from this decision because I’m confident that if you engage with the lessons you will make so much progress on your novel in the first 30 days that you’ll be happy to stick with us.
But if you find Your Novel Blueprint is not for you and let us know within the first 30 days, my team will immediately issue you a full refund — no pressure, no questions asked.
We welcome writers of all types of fiction, except children’s picture books. What I teach applies to the entire spectrum of fiction from Middle Grade to Adult.
I’m here to make you better. Let me teach you the skills, and your talent will grow. As with any craft, your ability will increase in direct proportion to the amount of time you spend building your writing muscles and honing your skill.
You can always improve, regardless how talented (or not) you think you are now.
I believe you’ll see a huge difference in just months — shaving years off even the trained writer’s learning curve.
I know what it’s like to be where you are right now.
You long to improve. Long to finish your book. Long to be published. Long to get your message out.
You don’t lack desire or passion. You just want to know, How do I actually do this?
I’ve designed Your Novel Blueprint as the bridge from where you are now to where you want to be.
That’s why I’ll give you 30 days just to see if it feels right. Give it a shot and if you don’t feel you’re making progress, I’ll give you a full refund.
Where might you be a year from now with 24/7 access to this proven, step-by-step plan?
How confidently could you write with support and feedback from this type of community?
How would it feel to hold in your hands a finished manuscript, knowing it’s the absolute best you’ve ever created?
Better yet, how will it feel to hold in your hands your published book, with your name on the cover?
Join Your Novel Blueprint before this short enrollment period ends on Friday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m. Central, and let me be your consultant on the greatest building you’ve ever constructed.
Jerry B. Jenkins