ONGOING SURVEY for Authors Academy

ONGOING SURVEY for Authors Academy

As some of you know we have opened up Authors Academy for anyone interested in starting their authoring career. I would like to take this moment to ask of you a favor. Namely to visit our Landing Page and comment.

If you were looking for help on your writing would you sign up?

Do you find the content compelling?

Do you have any criticisms?

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor, 5 being great or awesome) rate the page.

I understand I may hear comments I don’t really want to hear. However, marketing is an evolving process even as writing. I am interested in hearing anything that will make my marketing better.

I promise to read your comments. Who knows, I may even accept and act on your advice!

 

Thank you,

R. Frederick Riddle

What is TR Authors Academy?

What is TR Authors Academy?

That is a good question and the short answer is that TR Authors Academy is many things to those seeking to learn to write. But the longer answer is explained below.

Perhaps the most important aspect of TR Authors Academy is that it has been my dream to write and later to teach writing for a good portion of my life and a calling ever since I got saved in 1973. It is my dream because as a young wannabe author I was limited in the availability of resources I could tap into for instruction on what makes good writing. There were resources available but they were not free or inexpensive. So I was forced to learn at the school of hard knocks!

In fact, it took me almost forty years after dropping the course to write my first book. I learned a great deal about writing during those years, but it was slow and frustrating. This school of hard knocks took me down some interesting roads, but none resulted in writing a novel. It wasn’t until I was sixty years old that my first book was published. What an exciting day that was!

Today the literary world is a different picture altogether, yet at the same time similar. There are certainly free mini-courses out there which are designed to give you just enough information to entice you to sign up for the more expensive courses. And if you are pleased with the mini-course on writing and can afford the more expensive course then I say go for it. These mini-courses usually amount to about three videos or lessons which give the participant an overview of certain aspects of writing. They are generally good (some by famous authors) and offer good points that you can use. But they are not the complete package. You don’t get the complete package until you have signed up for the higher priced course.

But my dream has been to offer a complete course of all three aspects of writing (writing, publishing and marketing) for a moderate sum that enables the would-be author to develop his or her talents to the fullest potential. It has also been the idea of a self-teaching course where the students have the lesson material at hand, but they control the learning pace. They also learn how to edit and critique their own work, a valuable tool in itself for the serious independent writer.

TR Authors Academy fulfills that dream. Moreover it offers self-teaching lessons on:

      • Finding and knowing your genre.
      • Plotting.
      • Writing scenes.
      • Developing characters.
      • Editing.
      • Proofreading.
      • And more

In addition to that there is training in publishing and marketing. Among other things you are taught about being an independent publisher (Indie Publisher) and independent marketer (Indie Marketer). The would-be author gets the option to write a novel from scratch and develop it through the course which results in ultimately publishing and marketing it. This involves editing and proofing their manuscripts, as well as performing the duties and opportunities of an publisher.

This course also goes into setting up your office space, establishing your business as a legal entity, organizing your time, and more. In effect, it teaches you to be an independent business person and gives you the basics you need to be successful.

At the beginning of this blog I stated that the Authors Academy was both a dream and a calling. What I mean by “calling” is that I was born into this world with the gift to write, but that is not what makes me a writer. It is God’s calling and gifting when I got saved that transformed me from struggling to write my first novel to now having written five novels and several non-fiction books.

God’s calling is not just for service in the church, but is always for the furtherance of His Gospel. Some people serve in the church (I do) and some serve in other ways. While I do volunteer work for the church, it has been my writing wherein God has guided, equipped, and provided me with the necessary tools and insight. He has a plan for me and I am just a part of that plan.

So writing can be a calling from God. If it is, you will never be asked by God to write anything that violates His Word but it can take many turns before you are certain of the direction. I started out writing and still am writing novels that are primarily based on Biblical events. But it didn’t stop there. Now I write fiction based on American history and non-fiction books that cover different subjects.

Over the years God has used me to teach Sunday School and Masters Club, thus learning how to pass knowledge along to others. And the Academy itself, I believe, was implanted in my mind by God in 2014. Not only my mind but my wife’s as well which led us to co-partner in establishing TR Independent Books, which is the parent of TR Authors Academy.

Please don’t misunderstand me. You don’t have to be a Christian to take this course. It is not a religious writing course but will have a Christian flavor since I am a Christian. Anyone can take the course no matter their religion. We don’t prejudge or insist on any credentials other than a willingness to learn.

This course draws from my own experience as an author plus the knowledge that I have learned through research and application. It is a course that could easily be marketed for hundreds of dollars, but that is not what I wanted to do.

So why do I Market it for less than $10 a month? I do so because I realize that there are talented people out there waiting for the opportunity to write but they simply cannot afford to go to college or to participate in an expensive course. By keeping the price low I am able to give them their best opportunity now!

The Authors Academy is now accepting students. To learn more and to have the opportunity to subscribe to this course simple go to http://www.rfriddle.com/TRAcademy/?page_id=894.

Authors Academy

Authors Academy

You may remember that in the past I have discussed the idea of opening an academy where both beginner and established writers can learn the craft of being an author. Well, that day has arrived.

Beginning Sunday morning the Authors Academy will be open for business. And would-be students don’t have to break the bank to take advantage of this offer. Designed with a self-teaching format the course doesn’t require the hiring of teachers or other professionals. Instead, I serve as the writer of the course to which students can contact if they run into problems.

It took a lot of time, research, and effort to build the site, but it was worth it. I only wish someone would have done this when I first started writing. Instead of trial and error, I would have learned the basics of writing, plus the basics of publishing and marketing.

When we first approached this idea I wanted the price to be kept low. Although we could charge $150 or more, we at first thought about offering it for a one-time fee of $49. But that could still be a little high for some people.

So instead of a one-time fee we moved to a subscription fee. This allows the students to try out the course and stay as long or as short as they desire. And instead of $49, we opted for $7 per month.

The beauty of this is not only is it inexpensive but a writer can keep the subscription going for as long as they want – even after completion of the course. And there will be reasons for staying. For example, as time goes forward we will undoubtedly update and expand the material, including adding new material. Furthermore, the student will have access to any new tools that are provided free of charge.

If that is not enough, we also provide a free subscription to Writers World newsletter, which at the moment is free to anyone. But even if the newsletter someday has a price associated with it, it will always be free to active subscribers.

We have not started the actual advertising campaign yet, but anyone reading this blog, our website, Facebook page, or newsletter can subscribe now by going to the following to this site: Why Authors Academy? Once there you will learn more about the academy and how to sign up.
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