FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does it matter if I've never written a book before?


No, not at all. The beauty of our courses is that they are designed for all abilities, skills and levels of knowledge. The group workshops operate with a maximum of four participants which means you will get plenty of 1:1 time with your tutor as well as the chance to bounce ideas off others in a similar position. No judgements will be allowed in the course environment and all attendees are expected to provide encouragement and support.




Are there any hidden costs?


No, none. The price you pay for your course or package includes everything stated within the specification. You are not expected to make any additional purchases.




What will I get at the end of the course?


At the end of the Introduction to Fiction Writing Course we expect all students to have achieved at least one chapter of their book which is the goal we work towards. All necessary tools and encouragement will be provided to ensure this is the case. Additionally you will receive an audiobook sample of your work, a downloadable short story ebook and a certificate of completion as well as tons of knowledge, motivation and enthusiasm to carry forwards!




How are you qualified to deliver these courses and packages?


At present, all courses and packages are delivered by AnnMarie Wyncoll who is a successful self-published author. She has been writing for around ten years and has five completed manuscripts, two of which she has self-published. In addition she has one short story book available as an eBook. In terms of training, AnnMarie has completed a Creative Writing Course with The Writers Bureau plus several further education courses in all aspects of writing including editing, marketing and cover design. She has been published in magazines and has successfully mentored several writers in both a fiction and non-fiction capacity. As well as all of this, AnnMarie has planned and executed an overwhelmingly triumphant book launch which benefitted the Wiltshire Bobby Van charity. She is an accomplished speaker and has delivered lectures to Women's Lunches and WI groups as well as smaller book groups and library audiences. The most important thing that AnnMarie gives is her passion. She loves her work and to bring this to others is what drives her day in and day out. She cried when she got her first box of books in print. She will help you to find the book hidden inside so that you can cry too.




What if I'm worried about my grammar and spelling?


Don't be! Not only will your tutor be on hand to gently guide and advise, we will also use several simple tools that you will be able to continue to use at home. These will greatly assist you when it comes to grammar and spelling. (And by the way, most famous authors have their own editors for a very good reason!)




How long will it take to write a book?


This is a difficult question to answer because so much depends on your idea, how much time you have available to write, the length of book you are aiming for as well as genre and audience. That being said, the average fiction novel should come in at around 80 - 100,000 words and a fiction novella at around 50,000 words. Generally non-fiction tends to be shorter. On a typical 'good' writing day you can expect to compose between 1 - 3,000 words, so if you were to write every day and were aiming for an 80,000 word novel, the actual writing would take between 1 and 3 months.




Do I need to find a publisher?


This really is down to personal preference and what your end goal is for your book and writing career. It is different for every writer which is why we always spend time discussing publishing options on both our courses and in our packages.




How do I know if my ideas are any good?


Firstly, would you be entertained by them? If you would then that's a really positive start. When you are going through the writing process, especially with us at Begin-A-Book, there will be plenty of opportunity to review your ideas and work with peers and other writers. Ultimately, once your book is almost complete, you will have a crew of 'beta readers' who will give you constructive feedback. Again, this is something we cover in our courses and packages.




What are the benefits of a Begin-A-Book course?


The benefits are numerous but we would say that the most important part of our courses and the way we work is the support and encouragement you will receive. Not only that, you will be guided every step of the way which means you can spend your time writing rather than worrying about what to do next, who you need to speak to, what you are going to do about your cover design etc. We explain all of the options available to you and work in collaboration with other professionals which means you don't need to go searching for answers. We're a one stop shop if you like.




What about editing and other components?


All of our packages include some level of editing based on word count. These can be topped up with one of our pic-n-mix editing options. We also have access to additional editors should we be unable to meet your requirements.




Can my book be made into an audiobook?


Absolutely! The audiobook market has really taken off over the last couple of years and having your book in audio is a great sales tool. At Begin-A-Book we have access to professional narrators who will be able to provide a quote for this service at specially secured rates.




What happens if I need help outside of my lessons or 1:1's?


Simple. Just drop us a line at info@beginabook.com and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.