Is there a fast track to publishing? 


Let’s think about unknown places. When you live somewhere and lived there for a while, you’ll know that there are shortcuts you can take to potentially avoid traffic. I was stuck in traffic at this one particular road leading to a highway but I knew, due to experience, that I could avoid that traffic by taking a different road. How is this situation like getting published?

I was speaking to graduate from our Writing Gym VIP Program about her frustrations in the past about her submitted manuscript getting rejected. Looking back after graduating from the VIP program, she has a newfound sense of why the agents had rejected her manuscripts before. She realized that even when she was working with editors, these editors did not have an “in” on the publishing industry standards. She was kept in the dark the whole time for working with people who were not talking to agents on a regular basis. 

Her frustrations mimicked how I would feel driving from Colorado and getting stuck in traffic. I might be in that line of bumper to bumper cars all the way up over the hill into the highway, not knowing that everyone else is waiting to get into the highway. Because I’m from out of town. I don’t know that I have been sitting on the wrong lane. I want to go somewhere that does not lead to the highway, yet because of my lack of knowledge of the town, I end up being on the lane that leads to this highway.

So many writers that I know have been frustrated because they have been sitting on the wrong lane. They’ve been working with people who do not have inside knowledge of the industry and so they have been keeping themselves, unknowingly, from getting on the fast track to publishing. 

I believe there are no shortcuts to publishing, but there is a faster way to get there. You have to work with someone who is directly connected, directly communicating with agents and publishers to get on this fast lane. 

I was having lunch with agents in New York and we talked about the frustrating things that writers do and writers experience. Many writers have the potential to be successful. The only mistake is not getting the right people to edit their work. 

If you are a writer hoping to traditionally publish and would like to get on the fast-er lane to publishing, to get an inside look of the industry, and to know more about what editors and publishers are looking for let’s talk. I would love to chat with you about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. 

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