Victory Academy

Take your writing game to the next level, learn how to wrangle Word, and just make life easier.

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Writing Craft

Manuscript Makeover

Manuscript Makeover

Self-editing strategies for authors. Grab these tips and tricks and learn to take your manuscript to the next level! 

Refine Your Lines: A Self-Editing Master Class

Refine Your Lines

Like attending a writing conference where you've chosen all the presentations in the self-editing track. Full of awesome, and best of all you don't have to fly halfway around the country (or put on pants)!

He Said, She Said—Writing Dialogue in Fiction

He Said, She Said

Dialogue is, unarguably, one of the most important aspects of a good story. It’s what breathes life into your characters. Learn how to make your dialogue shine.

Genre Wars: Urban Fantasy vs. Paranormal Romance

Genre Wars: Urban Fantasy Romance vs. Paranormal Romance

There may be a lot of overlap between these two subgenres, but make no mistake—they're different, and reader expectations reflect that. We'll cover the different conventions and tropes in both subgenres, how much romance / heat is expected, and how to effectively build a series arc in either genre, because both of them are fantastic for building your list.

Wrangling Microsoft Word

Working with Track Changes in Microsoft Word

Working with Track Changes in MS Word

Looking at a sea of red when you open your manuscript can be pretty daunting. Here's a quick look into how to manage your revisions without going crazy.

How to Use Styles in Microsoft Word

Setting Up Styles for Your Manuscript

If you're like me, you may pick a skill up quicker if you can see it being done. I'll walk you through how to set up styles for your manuscript. This is one skill you'll be glad you learned—it's going to save you time and money. Trust me!

The Business of Writing

Great Editing Expectations

Great (Editing) Expectations

Indie authors wear a lot a of hats. But just because you're self-publishing doesn't mean you have to do it by yourself. Team-building is important, and your editorial support is paramount.

Word Nerds, Unite!

Grammar Boot Camp

Grammar Boot Camp

Grammar is a critical skill, whether you're an author, a student, a businessperson—doesn't matter. But sadly, grammar isn't really being taught anymore. Schools are teaching to tests, and that's leaving a serious gap. And then, not all teachers are created equal. Mrs. Matthews may have put you to sleep rather than instilling a love of grammar.

Life in the Freelance Lane

Putting the PRO in Professional

Putting the Pro in Professional

Are you ready to take your freelance business to the next level? Or just getting started and not sure what to do next? I'm here to walk you through it. We'll cover all the things that will let you spend more time IN the business, doing what you love, rather than working ON the business and dealing with admin and other necessary but evil, time-sucking duties.