The one hour author - first draft to published author

Simple steps from no content to first draft and onto published author
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Get your book written, edited and published

How do you get from your outline to final draft? Write and write some more. There is more to the process than that and this course has been created to support you from no content to published author.

Come with me and lets get your first draft written. After which edit to final manuscript and ready to publish.

Get ready for the big WRITE and the big EDIT. You have your outline and your chapter framework, which means that you have a plan and a book you want to publish.

The objectives of this course is to help you to:

  • Get into the right mindset to start the big write and write your first draft
  • Create an editing plan, which makes getting to final draft easier
  • Understand the rules for first, second and final drafts
  • Learn how to re-write (perfect) your first draft so that it is ready to publish
  • Learn how to write so that you keep your ideal reader engaged
  • Design a brilliant cover specification so that your book stands out
  • Get your book self-published and ready to sell

This course helps you with your writer's mindset and focuses on how to successfully help you get your book written, edited, perfected and published

If you have got the first draft blues or need some help to get past first draft stage then this course will help you get out of the doldrums and turn you into an editor who loves to create alchemy with their words.

First drafts always 'suck', they are rubbish and that is perfect the magic is in the editing

When you write to first draft, it is usually an unconscious download. What happens next is magical. Using a different part of your brain, you take the bones of your book and turn it into something you would be proud to put your name to.

This course is about helping you to edit your book to sell and helping you to learn how to engage with your reader more effectively.

Once you get to final draft, hand your book over to a professional proof-reader, then come back to do all of those other things to get your book ready for publication.

What are the requirements?

  • Are ready to start writing their book
  • Have a book outline created
  • Have a book that they want to edit through to final proof
  • Taken the course 'Plan your non fiction book in a weekend' so that you are prepared and ready to write

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get to first draft quickly
  • Turn their first draft into a final draft
  • Have a book ready for publishing
  • Get into the right mindset for editing their first draft
  • Edit with the reader in mind
  • Create an editing plan which will see them getting their book edited ready for the proof reader

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is ready to write their book
  • Anyone who needs support to complete their non fiction book
  • Anyone who has got a first draft book and wants to know how to edit it to sell

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and welcome

Welcome to 'From first draft to final proof'. This course has been designed to help you create magic in your first draft.

I will be taking you through a process that takes your first draft onto something you can hand to your proof-reader. Once you book has been proof read it will be ready to be published.

First drafts are always rubbish. Please do not give up. Write to first draft, take some time out and then come back and sprinkle some magic editing dust on your work.

Who am I to be teaching you?
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Do everything in one hour chunks. 

Why? Because getting from no words to first draft and all the way to final draft is a big job and it is far easier to do it in ONE HOUR chunks.

Please connect with me and ask questions. If there is something extra you would like added, ask me. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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Quick check in to access where you are with your writing

Section 2: Getting to first draft

What things ‘get in the way’ of your writing?

To be able to get a book written and published requires a lot of hard work. In order to complete what you set out to finish requires a writers mindset. A writer’s mindset is not just attitude; it is about the right emotional state and taking action to fix your mindset on success.

Getting to know first draft rules and then writing your first draft

Once you know the rules, the rest, as they say, will follow. Rules for getting from the first draft to publication is a game you have to play with yourself. A game that makes it easier to get to the part where you write – ‘the end’.

Section 3: Formatting your book - Things to think about before you start

The standard book size I use when publishing on CreateSpace (Amazon) is 6 x 9. I also set a book up for 5.25 x 8, especially when I use a printer direct. In this video you get a basic understanding of book and page sizes and why it is important to think about it before you start writing.


I always set my WORD workspace up before I start and there are certain things that I like to see as I am working. In this video I share those with you. Also included is a WORD 6x9 template and a document which has links to some free WORD training. This training will help you to get the most out of WORD and put you in control of your interior formatting and how you book will look.

Section 4: Editing for success
Creating and using your editing plan and style guide

First drafts are, usually, rubbish; the words were after all a download. We write every day, blogs, emails, Twitter and Facebook, but how many people read what they have written before pressing send? Writing is a skill that we get better at, because we pause, reflectand edit before pressing send.

What if there was a way to make editing easier for you? An editing plan enables you to create a methodology (a way of working) which makes the whole editing process easy, which means you can get to second and final draft with ease.

The plan makes sure you do not miss any editing steps out and will provide you with the way to have a polished manuscript to either self-publish or to pass onto a professional editor (different to a proof reader) for the finishing touches. Editing also gives you a chance to rethink your content, how it flows and fits together. You are reminded of its purpose and how it connects to your reader.

Your style guide will remind you of any nuances of style that need to be accounted for by you as an editor and your proof reader.

How to make more sense of what you have written

Now it's time to start sifting through your writing and starting to ensure that it flows. You will be looking at:-

  • Is it clear and does your writing flow?
  • Does your chapter framework work for you?
  • Does your writing create bridges and links between theory, stories and exercises?
  • Does it ask questions to get your reader thinking and exploring?
  • Have you included, key messages and call to actions?
Making sure it's checked and proofed

Next it's the nitty gritty and checking for punctuation and grammar. It is very important that you do not skip this stage. Your proof-reader will do the final check, however, it is a great step in improving readability.


In this video I share a brilliant WORD add in called Grammarly. This tool helps you to not only focus your writing, but it tells you about poor grammar and offers suggestions about how to improve what you have written. It is available as a subscription.

Working with a copy editor

At this stage some writers may want to give their work to a copy editor, who will work with you in a variety of ways to help you get to final proof.

Working with a copy editor

A copy editor will take your raw text and:-

  • Will consider if your language is suitable for your intended audience
  • Will do a structural edit where they look at the structure and flow
  • Will do a line by line edit, looking at grammar, missing words or words are being used in the right context
  • Will make general comments, look for overused words, and ensures readability
  • What they do will depend on the kind of copy editor they are and your book

Where to find one

Find one through your network. Go into forums and ask for a recommendation.

How to make sure you get the right one for you

  1. Give them a sample chapter to edit
  2. Ensure that they are a detailed person
  3. Ensure that you feel comfortable working with them


They will look at your book and quality and then give you a price. A copy editor will charge more then a proof reader. Your copy editor and proof reader are different. Your proof read will go through the final copy of your book.


Decide if you want one and then ask for recommendations. Budget it in. Create a plan for working together.

Section 5: Engaging with your reader
Flexing your style so that you can communicate more effectively and engage with your reader

Rapport is the unconscious “connection” you establish with another person, which we also describe as being “on the same wavelength” We are all unique, and so are your readers. Some will like the big picture and some lots of detail. Some like to get a visual and other will want to get a feel for your work. Some want steps to follow; others want to try a what-if?

No matter how wonderful your insights and information are, if it is not written or presented in a way that engages your reader, what you are trying to say may be completely lost on them.

This guides you through some helpful communication pointers.

What else can I do to make my book more engaging?

It is important that you make your book as inviting as possible. These final aspects will invite your reader in and help you to connect to them from the word go.

Making sure you create a cover that sells

It is important that you make your book as sexy as possible so that it will sell. If your book were on a shelf with many others what would make it stand out? If someone were surfing the internet what would make them choose your book and buy it? Why would they buy it from you? What do you notice about how you select books to read? These are things that you need to pay attention to so that you can learn how to make your book stand out from the crowd.

The cover is one of the most important parts of your book. It along with the blurb is what creates the invitation to treat. So it is important to spend some time and cash on getting it right. Your cover doesn’t need to cost a lot. If you are not a designer, please make sure you use an expert.

Section 6: Your proof book
The final steps to final proof

These last few steps are critical. Holding a proof book in your hand is evidence that you are indeed a short way from becoming a published author. Once you have proofed your book, and your beta readers have given you feedback you can hand it onto your proofreader who will check that it is ready for publishing. There are some final checks for you to make, but for now you are on the home run.


In this video I run through some of the final checks I make before heading over to Amazons CreateSpace and creating a proof book. In the video I do not cover everything you need to check as I want to consider what you think you should be checking and making your own check list.

The document in the resources does cover a few more items and can be used as part of your check list.

To upload your book onto CreateSpace go to the next section where there is a document that will guide you through the process.


In this lecture, I talk about how you use the proof book that you now have back from the printer.

My process is:-

  • Read the book with no judgement and reflect
  • Read and make notes and then reflect
  • Get your editing plan and systematically go through your book editing
  • Using your style guide ensure that it meets your specification
  • Amend and print another proof, give this to your proof-reader and beta readers
Printed proof books is a fantastic way to read your book as if you were your reader.
Section 7: Let's get self published
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This document acts as your checklist for getting your proof book onto Amazon's CreateSpace. Print it out and follow the steps.

Start to become familiar with the CreateSpace platform and be sure to read Amazons resources.

Section 8: Congratulations and what next

Congratulations for getting your book edit and off to your proof reader. Please do get in touch and let me know that you have published. I would love to interview you for my blog.

What help do you need?
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Instructor Biography

Jacqui Malpass, Author, book coach and personal brand strategist

I adore working with inspirational, enthusiastic, energetic people with strong messages. People who want to make a difference. I would love to become part of your onward journey, the one that sees you finding your voice, writing an amazing book, becoming the best version of you and rocking that out to the world.

My passion is helping you to discover the book inside of you, and help you to be come a published author, so that you can leave your legacy, heal, share your inspirational message, have fun, and build a personal brand that really rocks.

So, you want to write a book and turn it into a course...

I am an expert at getting your story out, and really finding the essence of what you want to say. And then saying it so that it is engaging and makes someone want to pick up and read your book.

I will take you from idea (or no idea) to outline, from planning it out to make writing easier, first draft to really enabling you to engage with your reader, and helping you to create something bigger than your book. My book 'Plan Your Non Fiction Book in a Weekend', really helps writers to find their idea and get it planned so that writing and publishing becomes easy.

For those people who are stuck with their personal story, my book 'Writing to Heal' helps you to transform through writing, we go on a journey from journaling, reflecting and on into creative life writing.

I used my book Stolen Petals which is a healing memoir as inspiration for supporting others to write memoirs.

I have a background in professional training and personal branding and I additionally combine these skills to teach you how to turn your book into a course and how to build your personal brand.


Not only do I believe that words heal, I am also very passionate about health and well being. I am a crystal healer, Reiki practitioner, NLP practitioner and fascinated by food as a source of supporting our lives.

So who am I?

I have been described in many ways - enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world.

For as long as I can remember stories have been inspiring me. I no longer play out my stories in the garden being both the princess and the warrior.

These days you can find me listening to your stories and working out how I can help you to discover the part you want to play in the success of your life and business.

Please connect with me for:-

  • Book coaching and mentoring (non-fiction & memoir)
  • Writing retreats

In between drinking peppermint or Earl Grey tea, eating raw chocolate goodies and walking the the loves of my life - Ferdy dog, Marley Moo & Angel, I can be found writing non fiction and soon my first children's book. And I do a bit of abstract arty stuff with wire and wool.

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