From MNM to International Bestseller
Presenter: Amy Stuart
Please note: This event is included in your 2021 Muskoka Novel Marathon Registration and, if registered, you do not need to purchase this ticket. To get access to this event, you must have registered for the 2021 Muskoka Novel Marathon (at least 2 days prior to this event) or purchased a ticket to this event separately below.
About this Session:
In 2010, I signed up for the Muskoka Novel Marathon with the idea to write a few short stories to add to my collection. But in the week leading up to the event, inspiration hit: What if a woman gone missing somehow found herself searching for another woman in the same situation? That was the premise. I put together some notes and showed up with my laptop to write as furiously as I could.
I emerged from that weekend with about 50 pages of a manuscript. I was thrilled when my pages won the Fiction category, but more than that, I felt buoyed and inspired by the other writers I’d met in that room. Over the next two years, I worked to finish the manuscript. How did I get from that finished first draft – my first novel, Still Mine – to, several years later, that novel hitting #1 on the bestseller list? It was a combination of timing, good fortune, advocacy and hard work.
In this workshop, I’ll take you through the steps that got me from the writers’ room at the MNM to the bestseller list. The key is to focus on what you can control and to accept what you can’t. It’s about understanding the industry, listening humbly to the experts, learning as much as you can, and of course, writing the best novel you’ve got. I’ll provide you with practical steps and advice and answer any questions you have about my career, and yours!
About our Presenter:
Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still Mine, Still Water, and Still Here. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy is the founder of Writerscape, an online community for hopeful and emerging writers. Her first Muskoka Novel Marathon was in 2006, where she started a YA novel that still lives in a drawer. She participated in a few more after that, starting her first novel Still Mine at the 2010 event. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.