Celebrating the Power of Revision

Celebrating the Power of Revision

 Celebrating the Power of Revision

I want to celebrate Emily and her writing journey. She is one of our writers from the Writing Gym program, currently writing a novel set in ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom period. 

“I’m an elementary school teacher and I had this vision two years ago to write a novel set in ancient Egypt, because I studied and taught the theme,” Emily states. “I have a real story to tell about the artist’s life in Egypt. What it’s like working on the temples, working on tombs and more. It was a very respected lifestyle, and quite high up on the caste system in the dictatorship in Egypt.” 

Tackling middle-grade historical fiction is no small undertaking. So, kudos Emily. 

I met Emily at a local bookstore where I was running a class with some local writers.

“I was pretty much surprised, myself, that I went to your class,” Emily says in hindsight, “I really enjoyed it. It was at that point where I was trying to work up the courage to take writing more seriously. I immediately thought: ‘That’s someone who I could actually work with.’”

Emily, before we met, had already written and finished her longer story. She revised it a couple times but “it was in this sort of a standstill.” She wasn’t ready to submit and knew that she needed professional help with the submission process. 

“That’s what I thought it was kind of going for, but then when I talked with Annalisa, and being able to revise it and learn about writing has been the gift. She made that really clear when she described what the Publishing Mastermind was. That maybe the end result is getting published. But throughout it all you’re going to learn a lot. That’s what I’m celebrating.”

Once Emily and I started digging into her manuscript, her energy was so high with so much to celebrate. I asked her what that moment was like. 

“During that writing period, I used it to understand techniques and learn other techniques, experiment with other techniques, know what’s out there, know others who I might have overlooked, and read some different styles of writing within my genre.

“It made me rethink my story and how my characters needed to be doing more, speaking more, and interacting more. Sometimes, it’s those character moments where one character is thinking one thing and the other character is also thinking something, but they’re both saying something out loud. That has a whole other form of communication you can do in writing, but you can’t really do it in other forms of storytelling.” 

Emily also thinks that the inspiration that our Writing Gym community brings makes the experience so much more powerful.

“It’s really confidence-building. It makes me like writing more.” 

One takeaway that stands out to her as a bigger celebration than others is that confidence-building:

“Now I have the confidence to know that I can write a longer piece and have other projects as well.”

“Be alert and take risks. Know that there is potential out there.”

So, what is the Writing Gym? Why should you care about this? 

“Annalisa Parent is an incredibly professional who leads this inquiry-based study that is the Writing Gym. You, as the guide, ask the right questions to make you grow on your own.” 

Thank you so much, Emily. We appreciate you at the Writing Gym. 

Get your book published…ALL over the world

Get your book published…ALL over the world

Get your book published… ALL over the world 

Terence Harkin–Terri is a friend of mine and a great example of not only how it is possible to get your book published in the American market, but also in multiple places AND get a three-book deal.

Terri wrote his latest book, The Big Buddha Bicycle Race, before we met at the Writer’s Digest in New York City, and he shares his experiences below. 

“I met Annalisa at a time when this book was out and I was getting a second book ready,” Terri says. “I was still having some doubts about how it was gonna grab an audience. Annalisa had read the first chapter, and she gave me a lot of valuable and positive feedback. It’s just given me a lot of incentive to go forward.” 

We are so glad to hear that the Writing Gym was able to help Terri with his publishing journey. 

His happy-ever-after is this three-book deal that he’s got for this series, which is really amazing. A year and a half ago we were in New York, and now he’s got an Asian publisher in Chiang Mai, Thailand who will be doing the Asian release of his book set in Asia. Ohio University Press is going to do the American release. Moreover, they’re also trying to get some French publishers interested. 

The future is bright. 

Terri is a wonderful example of how is it possible to publish your book in the American market, and to publish in multiple places and to get multi-book deals.

Thank you Terri for your inspiration. 

Publishing successfully is about having the best product and best marketing plan to get your book into the world and reader’s hands.

We’d love to talk to you if you’re serious about getting published, if you’ve got questions about your individual situation, and what you can do about it. Click this link to book a call.

Happy Writing. 

What does it take to Publish?

What does it take to Publish?

What does it take to Publish?


One question writers ask me a lot is: “What does it take to get published?” or “How do I do this thing called publishing?” 

Well, a lot of you know of the work that we do over in the Writing Gym, and I am excited to announce that two of our Gym rats (yep, that’s what we call our clients at the Gym), Jim and Vivian, are getting publishing offers from agents!

I want to talk to you about my work with Jim. We finished working on a book around 6-8 months ago, and he’s been in the process of putting together his package and querying. We are currently in negotiations with an agent–super exciting! 

The agent has given us some great feedback for revisions. Jim moved around some of his content, and now it’s back on the agent’s hands. 

Now, onto Vivian. Vivian is a quiet type of gal, but believe it, she has gotten three requests for a full manuscript! Now many of you know that agents will typically ask for 5, 10, 50, or 100 pages–to test out the waters. That’s when they ask themselves “Am I interested enough to tread the whole thing?” They don’t want to waste their time. 

To get a request for a full manuscript is just amazing.

I speak with publishing professionals every week, all week. Yesterday, I spoke with a publishing agent, and she mentioned that she would look to see some pieces from my writers at the Writing Gym. This happens frequently.  After all, I am a known entity in the publishing world. 

The agent mentioned that these days, environmental pieces are the ones that interest her the most. I said, “Well, I’ve got a story to tell you,” and explained the novel Vivan has been working on. The agent absolutely loved the concept. 

These are the kinds of things that happen at the Writing Gym.

Many people know the writing that comes out of the Writing Gym is going to be high quality, not a half-finished piece. 

You know what makes the difference? A professional who can help you get your manuscript ready to get published.

At the Writing Gym, we make sure that Jim and Vivian’s submissions were ready, their manuscripts were ready to go, their query letters were in tip-top shape, and their synopses were good to go–all of the pieces they needed were in order. 

I can pick up the phone, call these agents, and talk to them about my writers and their works. When you’re a part of something, when you have access to something, then those are your people.

If you wanna work with someone who has some people who she can call and if you are ready to make an investment for yourself, book a call with me. 

Let’s talk about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. 

Until next time. Happy writing.


“Can you help me to publish?”

“Can you help me to publish?”

“Can you help me to publish?”


Many people have asked me this week: “Can you help me to publish?” “Can you help me to finish my novel?” “What is it that you do?” 

There’s a lot of information about what we offer over in the Writing Gym, and what it is exactly that the Writing Gym does.  

You’ve probably seen a lot of posts from people who have participated in the Writing Gym and all three phases. The three phases over in the Writing Gym individually help writers in each step of the writing and publishing process. The first phase is when we help you to write a novel in eight weeks. In the second phase, we help you to get that novel published. 

You’ve heard me talk a lot about quality publication in Write to Publish, and this is exactly what we’re working on in this second phase.

Here, we’re working with fiction writers, novelists, and short story writers to help them to get traditionally published.

We shoot for the Big Five publishers.

I have a bank of agents that we work with to help you to get published. They know me well, and they know the quality of writing I’m providing to them from the Writing Gym.

This typically accelerates the publishing timeline for writers writers. You’ve seen a lot of posts about that from members of the Writing Gym in Write to Publish–their novels or their anthologies of short stories getting published through our programs. 

We focus on helping you find an agent and work towards traditionally publishing in the Publishing Mastermind and the Publishing Bootcamp. In the third phase, we want you to sell your finished novel, grow your fan base, and have book signings. We help you augment that in our third program called Novel Selling U

These are all the objectives that we have in the Writing Gym.

You’ve seen the testimonials and success stories, you know that people are finishing novels and they’re publishing novels and they’re selling novels, because that’s what we do and we do it well.

We do focus primarily on novels and short story anthologies. If you’re writing a nonfiction piece or a memoir, we have a group for that called Be the Expert Who Wrote the Book on It. You can join us over there and find out about publication opportunities. We frequently have submission openings that we post about in that group.

So what is the easiest way to talk to me about what your goals are, where you are currently, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there?

You can book a call with me here. Get yourself directly into my calendar as soon as you can as space is very limited. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Until then, happy writing. 

What is the Most Overlooked Ingredient to Publishing Success?

What is the Most Overlooked Ingredient to Publishing Success?

What is the Most Overlooked Ingredient to Publishing Success? 

It’s probably not what you think it is. 

The most overlooked ingredient to publishing success is clarity.

Many well-meaning authors attempt to find clarity by seeking feedback. More often than not, they end up more muddled than when they started.

I was working with one of my clients, Vivian, in some intricate plotting and pacing in her novel. Vivian is a highly intelligent writer. Her writing is very intricate, detailed, and interwoven. 

She told me: “I am so happy you see my novel. I got so many useless feedback before. They’ve told me that I’m writing two books in one novel, to take out a character or a thread that is not going to work. No ones ever really understood my vision clearly before.” What I did in working with her is I gave her the first of clarity. 

What has she done before? She went to free writing groups and received unhelpful and unclear feedback. In short, she was not given the feedback that she needed in order to make progress in her writing. What she really needed was someone who could get the clarity on many aspects of her book and how they are interwoven. 

You only call a mechanic to fix your car and a plumber to fix your sink. If you want quality feedback that gives you clarity and moves you forward, call a professional–someone who understands the intricacies of interwoven characters, plot, and more. The bottom line: If you want clarity, seek a professional.

We are professionals over at the Writing Gym VIP Membership, where we help you finish a novel to publishable. We help you to revise your novel to industry standards, find an agent, and publish your novel at the Publishing Mastermind.

If you are serious about having a long term writing career, I’d love to speak with you about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there. 

What are the Different Ways to Get Published?

What are the Different Ways to Get Published?

What are the Different Ways to Get Published? 

The two major ways to get published are self-publishing and traditional publishing. What are the differences between the two?

I will go over some general facts about these two ways of publishing in this post. However, we go more in depth in the Publishing Mastermind, part of the Writing Gym program, where we also help you figure out what is the best way for you to publish. 


This is the Do-It-Yourself route. You write the book and hopefully find someone to edit your book for you. You design the cover and the interior and figure out the logistics of this process. This is the “cheap” and “easy” way. However, it becomes a lot more expensive that people anticipate. You pay for the editor, the layout, the interior, and more but end up with a book that doesn’t sell.  

In Write to Publish we don’t make any judgments on how people want to publish. Choosing a way to publish is like choosing an outfit. You have to find a way that works for you and what will make the difference for what you want to do–this is one of the things that I help people with.  We talk about your goals, how you can get there, and what makes the most sense for you given what your goals are. 

Traditional publishing

This is where you get paid for your book. The general trajectory is that you finish your book, get an agent, and the agent helps you find a publisher. You might have seen on Write to Publish many posts from clients talking about working with me to find an agent, how I get them in touch with an agent, and that I work with a whole bunch of agents and people from the publishing industry for my clients. 

One of the tricky things about traditional publishing and what most people get hung up on is that there are different tiers. It’s like going to college. Going to community college, a state college, and an Ivy League college differs in how you reach your certain goals. Similarly, there are basic publishing houses, middle ground publishing houses, and then your high-tier publishing houses. In Write to Publish, we shoot for the high-tier publishing houses. 

Why? When you publish a book traditionally through top-tier publishers, they will give you some money, publish your book, and do your marketing for you. In these top-tier publishing houses, you will get the best of everything.

Within this are the top five publishing houses: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster. I have relationships with editors from each of these publishing houses to get my clients the very best information for their publishing journey. 

We work with all kinds of authors who want to go either route. The Writing Gym is a great program, whether you want to self-publish or traditionally publish. The Publishing Mastermind is focused exclusively on shooting for those top 5 publishing houses, and Novel Selling U is where you work with your publishing company and editor so that your book can sell. 

I look forward to your questions, comments, and talking to you about how you want to publish and how you can get there. 

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