Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That.

Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That.

Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That. 

Hey there, Writers and muse daters. Many dream of becoming a successful author. Few ever make it. So where do they go wrong?

In order to become an author–let alone a successful one– you have to do a whole lot more than write. The path to publication is long and there are many, many places to get lost.

That’s why our VIP programs are designed to walk you through the whole process–or just the part you’re stuck on, if that’s what you need. 

We give you the coaching, support, knowledge, and support you need to go from struggling writer to published author.

We work with writers at three different phases:

  • Write or finish a novel in eight weeks
  • Revise novel to publishable and find an agent
  • Expand author platform and sell their book

We’ve gotten many authors in different stages of the writing process, to published. 

Sounds like something you’re interested in?

The Writing Gym is accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors.

If you’re serious about publishing in 2020, let’s chat. Drop yourself into my calendar here to talk to a member of our team.

Until next time. Happy Writing. 

Five Fast Facts About the Writing Gym

Five Fast Facts About the Writing Gym

Five Fast Facts About the Writing Gym

Ever considered joining a writing program, but not sure what it’s really like?

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things that happen in our program, the Writing Gym:

      1. One of the first writers to publish through the Writing Gym program now offers retreats based on her book of inspirational poems.
      2. Writing Gym members get access to frequent guest sessions with NYT bestselling authors, top editors and literary agents.
      3. We’ve had members from the US, India, Australia, and England.
      4. Each May, our writers attend a retreat to a manor house on the coast of England for a writing-intensive. This year we had an amazing virtual retreat!
      5. One of our writers  has received two full manuscript requests, from two of the top agencies including an undisclosed Hollywood opportunity. 

Here’s what some of our writers have to say about the Writing Gym:

Lauren:

“The Writing Gym provides authors with knowledgeable, insider industry information, knowledgeable feedback and a true understanding of how the writing process works so that you can be your best writer.”

Jeanne:

“Having a group of people to work with, sometimes feels like a competition. Like, ‘How many people got the most rejection letters today?’ We joke about these things and it helps to take the sting out of our own personal rejections.”

“Especially because you know your fellow Writing Gym members are so talented, so it really helps to know you’re going through the same things as other very good writers.”

Barbara:

“[The Writing Gym] made me believe that I could be a novelist, and actually complete a book which I hadn’t done in the past.” 

Our writers love the Writing Gym, and have found great success. Will you be next?

If you’re serious about publishing in 2020, let’s chat. Drop yourself into our calendar here to talk to a member of our team and learn more about our program. 

Until next time. Happy writing.

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Free Resource Guide to Agents and Publishers

Free Resource Guide to Agents and Publishers

Free Resource Guide to Agents and Publishers

Finally. All the Writing and Publishers Answers You’ve Been Looking for, All in one Place. Easy and Free. 

Does publishing ever feel impossible? Confusing? Even secretive? 

Have you ever wished you could get inside the head of an agent or publisher and pick their brain? You could see your manuscript through their eyes, ask them all the questions that have ever kept you up in the middle of the night:

  •  Is my work good enough? What do I need to improve?

  • How do I know when my manuscript is done? 

  • Is my idea marketable? 

  • Is my query okay? 

  • What do I need to do differently?

What if you could get in-depth answers and guidance to all these questions, straight from top agents and publishers?

Becoming an Author would be so much easier. You wouldn’t have to wander around in the dark anymore. You’d finally have direction. You’d know what the next steps are, and make real progress toward your publishing dream with 100% confidence you’re on the right track.

Even a 5-minute conversation with an agent or publisher can change a writer’s life. Unfortunately, most writers don’t have access to this kind of opportunity. Let’s face it, that’s why you go to writing conferences. You’re hoping you can steal just two minutes with an agent to ask them for advice. Even if you could do that, it’s  not going to provide you the type of in-depth guidance you need.

But we do.

At Date With the Muse, we’re connected with some of the top agents, publishers and authors in today’s market. We’re determined to get in their heads and ask them all the burning questions we know you have about how to write, revise, publish and sell a bestselling book like a pro–and to deliver that value to writers eager to be in-the-know.

 

These are more than a 5 minute Q&A at a conference. We spend more than half an hour in intimate conversation each week with high-level industry experts, so you can get an in-depth look into the elusive world of publishing.

Download our free resource guide to get access to four full hours of interviews with leading publishing industry experts including:

  • Jeff Kleinmann – Literary Agent Founding Partner at Folio Literary Management on what literary agents really think about your manuscript
  • Margaret Riley King – Top Agent at William Morris Endeavor on what goes on inside a literary agent’s head
  • Kel Kade – New York Times Bestselling Author on how to score a major (think 6 figures!) publishing deal

This guide includes twelve 30-minute interviews about writing, revision, publishing, and marketing. So wherever you are, you’ll have the expert insight you need to take the next step towards becoming a published author. 

Highlights

How to Write and Publish a Book | Author Manny Wolfe (22 min)

  •  How to choose a title for your book
  • How to know where to end your book
  • How to figure out your writing process

How to Fall in Love with Your Writing Again | Lauren Barker (17 min)

o   How to appreciate your own writing again

o   How to finish your novel (for real this time)

o   How to get into the writing momentum

How Can I Find the Time to Write? | Allie Powers (20 min)

o   How to find quality feedback for your work

o   How to meet your word count goals

o   The connection between neuroscience and writing

How to Optimize Digital Marketing for Your Book | Chris West (24 min)

o   How to use digital marketing as an author

o   How to increase your following on social media

o   How to use various digital marketing channels to advertise your writing

How to Land Your Ideal Literary Agent | Jeanne Covert (18 min)

o   How to find the right editor for your manuscript

o   How to get your query letter to the front of the line

o   How to write better marketing materials

How to Land Your Ideal Literary Agent | Jeanne Covert (18 min)

o   How to find the right editor for your manuscript

o   How to get your query letter to the front of the line

o   How to write better marketing materials

What Literary Agents Really Think About Your Manuscript | Jeff Kleinmann (21 min)

o   The most important elements of a query letter

o   What makes an agent pass on a query letter

o   How to know if you’re right for traditional publishing

o   What agents are looking for in a manuscript

What Goes on Inside a Literary Agent’s Head | Margaret Riley King (20 min)

o   How to make your query letter stand out

o   What NOT to do when sending queries to agents at different agencies

o   The day-to-day life of a literary agent

 

How Our Authors Get to the Front of the Submission Line

How Our Authors Get to the Front of the Submission Line

How Our Authors Get To the Front of the Submission Line

Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to get your query to the front of the line and out of the slush pile?

Let me tell you about how Mary Murry, one of the Writing Gym VIP Writers, got her manuscript past the submission pile altogether–and directly into agents’ hands. 

Mary has been working on perfecting her historical fiction manuscript for years. She finished it in our writing bootcamp and while on our England retreat, and was ready to publish it and live the author dream. 

Like many writers I know, the publishing process felt even more daunting to Mary than writing. After so much success in our bootcamp, she decided to take the next step and enroll in our Publishing Mastermind course. 

Step 1 was to send Annalisa–our resident writing coach and editor–her manuscript. Annalisa read the manuscript multiple times and worked with Mary to perfect her craft–and make sure that it’s in alignment with the current industry standards and trends. 

Step 2 was to sit back, relax, and let Annalisa call agents in our network on Mary’s behalf. Annalisa connected Mary with agents who are particularly interested in Mary’s genre (historical fiction), and that have a track record of publishing our authors. 

And that’s it. In just two steps, Mary had gotten her manuscript to the front of the line and in the hands of the right agents. 

That’s the kind of work we do for our writers, so they have more time to focus on what’s really important: writing and living the author dream. 

Want to learn more? 

The Writing Gym is accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors.

If you’re serious about publishing in 2020, let’s chat. Drop yourself into our calendar here to talk to a member of our team and learn more about our program. 

How To Overcome Self Doubt and Get Published

How To Overcome Self Doubt and Get Published

How to Overcome Self Doubt and Get Published

Hey there writers and muse daters. Today I want to talk about an extraordinary Writing Gym member, Lauren.

I met Lauren at a writing conference. She had been working on a novel for years, but kept getting caught up in destructive circles of doubt that prevented her from ever finishing. At times, these negative feelings were so overwhelming, just sitting down at the keyboard felt impossible. 

Weeks would go by where Lauren didn’t touch her writing at all. “I was afraid of my own writing at times,” she told me. “I felt like I was walking down a dark hallway without a flashlight. I had this story that I wanted to tell really, really badly, but I didn’t know how to do it. And I was scared of doing it wrong.”

Like many serious writers, Lauren was determined to overcome this fear so she could pursue her writing career. She tried various DIY solutions; she read what felt like a zillion articles and books on writing, and even tried a different writing program, but nothing seemed to be getting to the core of the problem. All she was getting was conflicting feedback which only left her more confused.

As you can imagine, this only led to more negative emotions, which only inhibited her writing even further.

“I was worrying myself to death, I was really getting in my own way and getting really frustrated.”

Lauren and I touched base a few times in the years after that conference. Every time we did, she would tell me about her latest effort–a writing class, a book on writing, another writing conference. Each time, she hoped she had finally found a solution to her writing problems. Yet months later, on our next call, Lauren was still stuck.

All that changed when Lauren decided to enroll in the Writing Gym. She began working her way through our instructive modules, which armed her with a new arsenal of writing techniques. She met weekly with our personal trainer, Gretchen, who helped Lauren to restructure her mental approach towards writing. I met with her weekly, took a close look at her writing and gave her personalized feedback.

But that wasn’t the only support she got. The weekly salons in the Writing Gym “transformed my writing,” Lauren says. Salon is a weekly writing workshop we hold among our Gym Rats, in which we spend an hour writing together in a supportive, fun, productive environment. Using neuroscientific principles, this activity rewires the brain to overcome the inner critic, and fall into creative flow.

Lauren summarized the value of her experience in the Writing Gym:

“The Writing Gym provides authors with knowledgeable, insider industry information, knowledgeable feedback and a true understanding of how the writing process works so that you can be your best writer.”

This robust combination of encouragement and the means to discover HER best writer was the secret to Lauren’s final breakthrough. She quickly transformed from a reluctant, self-doubting writer to a prolific and confident author.

She told me after just a few months:

“I didn’t realize the Writing Gym was going to so thoroughly revolutionize the way that I write. I don’t want to say that I didn’t love writing already, but the Writing Gym has made it so much more enjoyable to write. I didn’t expect that. I thought that writing is always scary and it’s always going to be scary. I had no idea that the Writing Gym would help me to get really, truly excited about writing again.” 

Lauren’s new attitude and approach to writing brought quick success. With her true creativity unlocked, she began to produce original, inspired work, and publishers took notice. Here are the results she began to see:

  • Lauren had a short story published in an anthology just months after joining the Writing Gym.
  • Lauren won a writing contest and her story is now featured on Alexa device.

Like many writers, Lauren had always had talent and originality, it was just buried under her own limiting beliefs. Tragically, however, most of these writers don’t take the steps Lauren did to shed these beliefs and unlock their greatest writer. Neither themselves, nor the world ever gets to witness their full creative potential.

Lauren says her only regret is not joining the Writing Gym sooner.

“If there was a way for me to tiptoe back in time, to when I met you two years ago, I would show myself the reel of all the needless trouble I put myself through. That’s what it was–two years of pointless turmoil when what I really needed was already right there. I just didn’t realize it. I wish I could condense the two years between then and now.”

If you resonate with Lauren’s story, if you know that you possess deep creative potential, we can help you bring it to the surface. But a word of caution: this is only for serious writers, writers who are tired of solutions that don’t get them where they want to be, and are ready NOW for change. To go through the Writing Gym process, you need to be ready and determined to publish your work.

If that sounds like you, book a call with our team so we can talk about how to unleash your best writer, and help you to reach–finally– your publishing goals.

Until next time. Happy writing.

 

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