I’m no writer but had a story I needed to tell. If you have a book “inside” you and you have determination then catch a ride. Sarah's wealth of knowledge on the craft of writing, the industry, and process and the motivation around it all was priceless.
Costa Carastavrakis - I am Costa, From Meths to Marathons 2019
I run a six month personal mentorship to finally get your book written. I have a proven method and process to get your book commercially publishable - and over 200 published authors will show you that it works. I take 4-6 authors on a mentorship at one time.
At the end of our process, and if you really commit to it, you will have a final book ready to publish
"The demands and trends in contemporary publishing mean authors need to be aware of reader requirements. We write a book for many reasons; to share a journey, to entertain, to build a brand or to highlight a cause. I like to make sure your book is the best version it can be. For me, that means well-structured, edgy and authentic."
"Over the last 15 years I have mentored over 200 authors who have publishing deals (scroll lower on this page). I have lectured on the craft in classrooms, run writers retreats and pilgrimages, worked very closely with publishers and run online classes."
Now, I like to work personally with fewer authors over a longer time, and to work with authors who want to build a powerful brand and take their stories to a bigger audience."
Storytellers ought not to be too tame.They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise. If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys." Ben Okri.
Talk - What publishers want 2021/22
DATE MONDAY 1 February at 4pm GMT / UTC
Link to register is here
Publishing are now looking to fill 2021/22 catalogues.
We do this talk twice a year where we interview agents, and publishers to find out what they want, what is hot and what books are getting attention in 2021/22.
We can tell you this.... novels are having a resurgence (we will share what genre novels are BIG), there is an interest in poetry again, and non fiction has some fun new calls for publishing.
Join us on this call, packed with info writers need to know.
The more you know what publishers are looking for - the more you can understand reader trends, hone your writing, be "genre smart" and ace those proposals to get a deal!
Join our February Writers Talk and find out what you need to know.
March 2021 Blast your Book Group
This is madcap creative PUSH to get your book to the NEXT LEVEL!
** PREFER TO PAY IN ZAR? Click here
You will commit to a 30 days programme to put some love and attention back into your dream having a book.
You could use this month to:
- Tackle and finish any writing project in your heart
- Push your book the the end.
- Do an entire rewrite
- Write your second draft to make it the best version possible
- Finish your book proposal and pitch deck
- Send your book out to publishers
- Build your author brand collateral
- Take the plunge and self publish
- Commit to blog content
It may have been years ago when you started your writing journey on a course, or it may that you are at the start.
We know how hard it is to keep walking down this path as a writer. We are going to make sure you do. This is the next level. This is our very best way to support and nudge you along the path to follow your dream to become a published author. Or perhaps you want to finally have that book to give to your family.
You know in your heart what you need to do, but sometimes it is not that easy to put LIFE aside and do it. We consistently find that what writers need most is to be held accountable. For someone to set a deadline, watch that you actively work towards it and hold you to your promise.
That is what we do best - we are both strict, coupled with oodles of love. Join us on this ONE MONTH commitment to your writing.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- We start kick off on the first day with a live call to set you up with your writing goal
- You set a clear, specific and measurable weekly goals
- You will join a Whatsapp group of fellow writers on this journey
- You get tasks, video or audio lessons every day via Whatsapp
- We expect an update on your progress every Monday and Friday
- We have set writing times you can join online in 4 hour writing slots
- We will challenge you to give up some stuff (heads up, social media detox alert)
- We have live Q&A call in week 3 to ask experts your writing questions
- A close-out call where we check your goals.
WHAT WRITERS SAY
"I have been trying to get this baby out for a decade. I set a word count with the help of Kate and Sarah, I met it. The focus and discipline I found with the lessons and prompts below my mind," Geri McMahon, Ireland.
"This 30 days was the most incredible anchor. I had fallen out of the writing zone with my second book and this kept me going. The daily lessons, audio, quote and notes just pushed me and pushed me. It was unstoppable," Catherine Glennie, No More Push Push
"It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
"My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done."
"I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
"This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
"The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
"I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny .
"The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Italy.
This was the most incredible experience. I started my book a while ago and completed the most awful first draft when my kids left to go to University and boarding school. They came home during lockdown so there went my writing. I grabbed your challenge with gusto and undertook to complete my second draft with major editing by the end of the course. Jenny McGregor
The power of crazy deadlines makes me crazy and ecstatic simultaneously! Book already being read around the world – Kate
This month has given me the gift of being on a fast creative train and I am in love with life! Gulistan Dhyan
I have mapped out 40 scenes and written 25,000 words of a new novel this month, so I’m still happy with where I’ve gotten to. I’ve found myself hitting a groove of writing every day Drew Schapper
The accountability of the group clicked in & held me, in a vice grip, to keep writing irrespective. And Kate and Sarah's informative and motivational tit bits on the way. brilliant. it worked! I finished my rewrite on Sunday. Catherine Glennie
I loved the ZOOM bumtime sessions, I am grateful for this group process which helped me to focus, commit, write and affirm that I know enough to do this. Deep gratitude for your daily support, prompts, deadlines, candid self-reveals, humour, anecdotes, quips and quotes, and constant encouragement. Linda Glass
I have been trying to get this baby out for a decade. I set a word count with the help of Kate and Sarah, I met it. The focus and discipline I found with the lessons and prompts below my mind," Geri McMahon, Ireland.
This 30 days was the most incredible anchor. I had fallen out of the writing zone with my second book and this kept me going. The daily lessons, audio, quote and notes just pushed me and pushed me. It was unstoppable," Catherine Glennie, No More Push Push
It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done."
I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny .
The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Italy.
Pitch to Published Bootcamp
8 - 9 May 2021 8AM - 4PM GMT / UTC
This is an advanced two-day online bootcamp that will get your book ready to pitch to publishers.
You need to have a completed and solid final draft in order to join. We are taking both novels and non fiction / memoir books this time (no children's books or illustrated)
This is a unique opportunity to work with this top coaching team to get your book polished, ready to submit to publishers.
Be prepared to work hard so book out the entire two days in your diary.
Each hour has the following structure:
10-15 minute MENTORING process
40-minute DOING session
5 minute break.
Over two days we will work closely together online to:
- Write, perfect and refine your proposal.
- Zone in on your reader
- Refine your title and subtitle to readers trends
- Add edge, voice and attitude to your book
- Clean up and tailor your first 5 chapters
- Build your author brand documents.
- Get all your marketing material ready and get your brand collateral ready.
- Hone a list of target publishers
- Get professional as well as peer feedback on your book, pitch and presentation.
We work with writers all over the world and often find that writers stall on this critical step. Because we are both SUPER STRICT, and we want to see your book get out into the world, we are prepared to push you all the way... with some expert guidance. It also pushes you to understand your author brand and to start to build it with guided support.
WHAT WRITERS SAY
Bootcamp is the name of the group and bootcamp it is. Be prepared to be flat out working on all the different tasks, but by the end of it, you will have a better manuscript and a professional proposal as well as the tools and steps for what to do next. Clear your diary and make time and space for it as it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your book as polished and preened as you can and the best chance of finding a publisher at the end of it all.
Ani Naqvi, author The Wave that Changed My Life
If I had not met both Kate and Sarah this MS would never be turning into a future book. They have taught me a great deal not only about the how to improve what was a very poor MS and have given extensive insight into what the next steps will be. They have always been clear that it won’t be an easy ride but knowing that we have their support as we take the next steps. Being a part of a writing group is so empowering, watching others bring out their books and giving me hope that mine will manifest soon.
Sandra Aquino, author Secrets from Above
Together they bring the right balance between gentle pushing/cheering and kicking butt to go, go, go!! The critical feedback they provide is also valuable and hightly professional. This is not for a "wish I could write" crowd. It is for the people who want to, and will, do it!
Robbyn Lane, author Kissing the Muse
This course is a bootcamp by two extremely knowledgeable ladies, they are a duo of energy and love, with just the right amount of pepper to let you really taste your morsel. They drive you hard, with a loving hand, and keep the energy high, always with encouragement, tips, advice and mostly a powerhouse of knowledgeable experience. Being on this bootcamp was like being beaten by two sadistic Mistresses, it doesn't matter which way you turn, you have two butt cheeks and four very willing hands to smack you into shape. And I love a good spanking!
Raiyne Beau, author Secrets of a Sado-Masochist Mistress
Pound for pound, the best investment I have ever made.
I did the pitch to publish course during the end of last year. It was hard work. We were given many tasks, Each week you had to take accountability for your own progress. I have to admit I often wondered if all of this was relevant to my goals.
Now, a few months later, I am so glad I stuck with the program. I'm a motivational speaker looking to established myself in what is a very competitive field. It seems that around every corner, I make use of the tools I created as part of the course, Whether it is my one pager, using social media, building a brand, a professional headshot or using helpful apps, Kate Emmerson and Sarah Bullen is hiding behind it all.
Theresa Robberts author Blind Broken, Brilliant
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has dreams of publishing. It turns a dream into a real possibility and set me on a path to feeling like my book would have the best chance of being published. The course is run by experts who give freely of their time and expertise and it makes the course so worthwhile. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has dreams of publishing. It turns a dream into a real possibility and set me on a path to feeling like my book would have the best chance of being published. The course is run by experts who give freely of their time and expertise and it makes the course so worthwhile. Sue Adams author
A definite must for all new authors who are committed to submitting their manuscripts, to get all the do’s and don’ts.
This is truly amazing for those who are focussed and motivated to move forward with their books. It really is a bootcamp because of all the momentum you get when you're part of it.
Pitch to Publish Bootcamp is a terrific mentorship by two of the most vivacious women. I would recommend it to any author who is stuck after writing their first draft or who needs to strengthen their voice. It has taught me more about myself, my flaws and how to improve that I ever thought a writing course would. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, get it done and get on board this mentorship. You will not regret it. Zeandri Rautenbach
Loved the clear and systematic process, the group support. It made me really look at my book from a publisher’s point of view and question pre-conceived ideas about myself, and helped me detach myself from the process of ‘getting out there’ Thank you thank you thank you!! Robyn
Kate Emmerson and Sarah Bullen, you rock! I would be ignorant of the process of getting it out there had I not joined PITCHED TO PUBLISH. What a ride. A difficult/ wonderful/ honest/ testing course that I highly recommend. RB
I have just completed the mentoring group with Kate Emmerson and Sarah Bullen and would like to thank Kate, Sarah and all the group members for their inspiration and amazing support! I went from starting to edit my first draft of my novel, to completion of the manuscript, with an updated Facebook page and new look website created along the way to share me and my ideas with the world. So very exciting. I ended with submission of my book proposal to nine publishers, and..... had the most thrilling news last week.... one of the first publishers I submitted to asked me to send my complete manuscript for further consideration.
Dr. Leda Van Der Post
My entire book writing journey with these two ladies has been amazing. The bootcamp just pushes you to get finished. It really is seeing you all the way to the submitting of a proposal to possible publishers stage. Their guidance, encouragement and positive/constructive feedback is wonderful and the support of the whole group is uplifting & motivational. Enjoyed every minute.
Build your Book for Publishers: Bootcamp One day intensive
19 FEBRUARY 8AM - 4PM GMT / UTC
An intense day to build a professionally structured book outline: Define your BIG idea, genre, TOC chapter structure, ideal reader & more. This is for non fiction or memoir only.
About this Event
We will practically walk you through a step-by-step process to BUILD your book. Hone your idea and structure your book properly and professionally from the get go, so that both publishers and readers want it.
This is a hands-on guided process with 2 experienced coaches and mentors.
The 8 hour intensive is a combination of both learning and practical doing. We walk you through each step, one by one and then you DO it by working on your book. Once you have structured your entire book, you have the blueprint to sit down and complete your first draft. It all starts with the right structure to focus your idea and thoughts into a publishable product.
Each hour has the following structure:
10-15 minute MENTORING process
40-minute DOING session
5 minute break.
There will be a 45-minute lunch break to replenish your energy!
At the end of this one-day intensive bootcamp day you will have the following under your belt:
• Your entire book will be structured and outlined - it all starts here!
• Focus your book for reader trends and what publishers are looking for
• Think Big! Design your big idea to hook your reader
• Tighten your book niche and genre – the starting point of great books
• Create your full Table of Contents (TOC) /Scene list
• Target your ideal reader and WHY will they read your book
• Brainstorm titles and subtitles that sell
• Complete a chapter- by - chapter (scene by scene) breakdown
• Crafted your back of book ‘blurb’
• Penned your Author Profile
• You will now be ready to WRITE YOUR BOOK and complete your first draft
Having a structured outline will make the writing and completing of your first draft 500% easier as you will simply be fleshing out all the chapters / scenes in lne with your book outline. Know that you will have done the right prep work up front to save time, money and energy later!
Are you ready to point yourself and your book idea in the right direction?
Limited seats to ensure all our writers are looked after and supported on this intense day bootcamp.
Writing Room Sprint Sessions
Join our weekly dedicated four hour online Writing Room sessions and get your writing locked down and in progress.
You can join for one hour, or all four and can be working on any project (writing or book related).
In theory, this isolation time should be good for writers. Writing is solitary. You sit alone at your desk for a year. But too much alone is not good for anyone. We have all started to crave the company of other crazy writers for connection and support, feedback, a giggle or a moan. That's why we have started to write together in weekly 'bum time' sessions online. It is powerful and productive. I invite you to join in those sessions and just write with a global family.
We start at 11am GMT (please convert to your timezone)
The first 15 minutes we will take questions and connect,
Then all writers will mute audio, put off their cameras and write.
We connect again at the top of each hour, take a 5 min break and check in on our progress before sprinting the 55 min writing session.
You can join any time and pop in and out.
When you sign up you will be sent a link to join.
Write your NOVEL in 100 Days Online Course
This is a 3.5 month mentorship with writing coach Sarah Bullen that will prompt, push and hold you to your promise to write your NOVEL.
First up you need to know that I am a huge fan of structure and plotting. I am book editor and literary agent as well as a writing coach so I know that all stories need the architecture to hold them for the length of a full novel. I will want you to give your story into a rough outline, so my first step is to get that down on paper. I have a very tight plotting method we will use.
I know most writers need a few things to make real progress in their writing:
- An experienced mentor to give you the right advice.
- Someone to hold you accountable and make sure you get it done.
- A place to ask experts questions when you get stuck
You are getting these three key elements in this mentorship. I set the targets and deadlines and show you how to move forward and write with clear focus and intent. This is the first step all writers must take down the path to publication. Without your first draft, you cannot progress to the next stage. So the first few weeks (yes weeks) are spent plotting and working out your plot points. Then you write to targets.
In 100 Days you will end up with up to 80,000 words if you do the work as it is laid out in the course. I have been running this course for eight years in various forms and I can honestly say it is just fantastic. It will teach you to write a novel and push you the entire way to your first draft with daily emails, lessons and deadlines.
HOW DOES IT PRACTICALLY WORK?
* Every day for the first month you will be given a short 2 min lesson via email to read, or to watch.
* Each day has exercises that takes you systematically through how to plot your book.
* At key points you will be asked to send some work for feedback and review.
* The lessons will show you how to plot your story, step by step, beginning to end, going over what the story is about, who the characters are, where the story starts, how it reveals itself and how it ends.
* The format of the course will make sure your story is set up right (the beginning hook) and has the dramatic momentum (the middle build) to carry it through to a fulfilling ending.
* You start actually writing after Day 10 and then the course will take you deeper into advanced plotting, storytelling, characters, dialogue, style, theme, genre and writing.
* Each stage of the mentorship has a task and word count targets for you to reach.
* You are part of our closed FB group of writers in various stages of the publishing process where you can get advice, support or a reader
* You block book your own writing time when it suits you, using the prompts that I send you to know how far your writing should be at each point.
This is the course I did in 2008/9 and I wrote my first novel. I was sick of thinking about writing a novel and making false starts for years, so I took a week off work and did this course. By the end, I'd trashed the novel I'd been wheel-spinning on, and had a new idea. A month later I had a very dodgy first draft, which later became A Million Miles from Normal, published by Penguin Random House in 2010. Today I'm working on my 9th novel, and pretty much still using the same techniques Sarah taught me.
So, if you're thinking of doing a writing course, stop thinking about it and do it. I can't imagine you'll regret it. Paige Nick, Million Miles from Normal
“This was a very useful course to do, particularly the early modules that actually got me plotting and writing in two weeks. I had no clue how to even start writing and the clear information that you provided just mapped the way forward.’
Maria Phalime, author of Second Chances and Postmortem: The Doctor who Walked Away - Winner of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award in 2013.
Six Month Personal Book Mentorship with Sarah Bullen DEPOSIT
If you have landed on this page it is because we have chatted, or you have applied and you have been accepted into a six month book mentorship with me. This to pay your deposit towards the full amount of $3,495
If you want to get the discount of $3,200 and pay in full upfront click here rather
Once you have paid that your place is confirmed. You will have 5 more payments due in months 1-5 and that will be sent to you via Paypal before you start.
We will work closely together to get your book out of your head and into the world.
At the end of our process, and if you really commit to it, you will have a final book ready for submission to publishers, or to publish yourself.
If you are starting with just an idea and some planning you can use this coaching process to produce a solid first draft of your book.
If you have a completed first draft, this process can take you through your edits to get you to a final version, a pitch deck, an author brand and a book ready to send to publishers, or self publish.
IN PAYING YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All sessions must be taken over 6 months from the start of the mentorship.
- All fees paid are totally non-refundable for any reason whatsoever
- Acceptance on the mentorship does not guarantee publication, or representation
- The full mentorship cost is $3495 and this is a deposit with 5 more installments payable in MONTH 1, MONTH 2, MONTH 3, MONTH 4 and MONTH 5.
Just some of my published authors
Writing a book is a long and magical journey. It takes time, hours of work and a good writing strategy. It takes a deep calling to share a story. We can start at any point in the writing process. Most often I work with an author for 6-12 months to get a book from IDEA to publication. Some books take longer. Some take less time. The way I work is initially over 6 months.