How To Fast Track To Publishing With The Writing Gym
This week I received a manuscript in the mail from one of our Writing Gym members, Mary, and I’m so excited to take a look over it. Let’s take a moment to congratulate Mary.
She has written so many pages with us in the Writing Gym, and has entered the next stage of the process by joining the Publishing Mastermind.
People ask me all the time, “How is it that you work with authors?” “What is it that you do?”
Once someone joins the Publishing Mastermind, I begin to lay down the foundations for you to become a published author.
For example, Mary is about to enter the Publishing Mastermind’s reading period. During the reading period, I read her entire manuscript not once, not twice, but several times. In addition to reading her manuscript, I’ll help Mary tell the best story she can while maintaining her voice and integrity as an author. But, I’ll also be looking at her manuscript from an industry perspective.
What exactly does the industry perspective entail?
Well, it includes what types of books are selling now, and what kinds of conversations I’m having with publishing house editors, acquisitions editors, and agents.
When a manuscript is ready, I pick up the phone and start calling agents I know are interested in this kind of thing.
Let’s use Mary’s work as an example, as I happen to know it’s historical fiction set during World War 2. I’m going to start calling agents I know are interested in historical fiction and say, “Hey, I’ve got this manuscript set in World War 2. Here are some things that Mary’s doing. What are your thoughts on that? What are you seeing in terms of what is being acquired right now, and how can we position this?”
What happens with these conversations is those agents become interested in that novel once we’re finished revising it.
We set up a system where Mary will get to the front of the line with her manuscript, because of the conversations with agents and the foundation I’m lay for her.
Once I finish reading the manuscript, I begin working with Mary in the revision phase, and finally, we can pitch it to the industry.
Mary has gotten the attention of an agent, and has gotten to the front of the line because of the conversations I’ve been having with industry professionals on her behalf.
There’s no shortcut to publishing, but there is an accelerated way.
And that’s what we do over in the Writing Gym: getting you connections based on a quality manuscript that publishing houses and literary agents are looking for.
Do you want to accelerate your progress?
Are you tired of getting rejection letters from agents?
Are you unsure if it’s your query, your manuscript or synopsis holding you back?
Are you ready to do something that works?
If that sounds like you, I’d love to chat with you.
I’ve made some time in my schedule next week to chat with writers who are serious about getting traditionally published. Let’s chat.
Until next time. Happy writing.