Want to Get Published? Get an Agent? Here’s How.
Hey there writers and muse daters. I’m super excited to be here today with one of our members from the Writing Gym. You’ve seen her before and we’re really happy to welcome back Jeanne.
Recently, as a result of her hard work through the Writing Gym, Jeanne has received two full manuscript requests, from two of the top agencies including an undisclosed Hollywood opportunity.
Today, I’ll be sharing some of Jeanne’s advice and her experience in the Writing Gym, and how the Writing Gym helped her (and could help you) achieve the author lifestyle.
1. Help that was tailored to Jeanne’s specific needs
Jeanne came in as a script writer, and her producer had challenged her to novelize one of her scripts. She said “script writing and prose writing are two very different things, with script being very visual.”
Jeanne already had a script ready, but she had been struggling with editing that script. Despite going to many different editors to get help with her writing, no one really knew exactly how to help. Eventually, someone pointed her to me.
“You were able to tell me how my thinking was in line with novel writing, and what I needed to do to change the way I looked at novel writing.”
No matter where you are in the writing process, whether you have a work in progress, finished a manuscript, or want to begin a new work, the Writing Gym is here to help.
2. Revising to publishable
After meeting with me, Jeanne entered the Writing Gym to polish her script. She entered the reading period, where I take your script and read it front to back.
“You had read my script, dissected it, figured out what my strengths and weaknesses were, and then we started working one on one together. We did some overall work first, and then we started line by line, page by page, till we got to where the document should be.”
Through the Writing Gym, you can accelerate your progress, and get to the front of the line because your work has already gone through the editing process.
Afterwards, Jeanne entered the Publishing Bootcamp in the Publishing Mastermind program, where I taught her skills on how to pitch her novel and how to write a bang-up query. She began getting responses.
Here at Date with the Muse, we have programs for people at any stage of their journey to help them achieve the author lifestyle.
3. The Writing Gym community
Another thing Jeanne loves about the Writing Gym is the community we offer.
Inevitably, writing comes with rejections. But here at the Writing Gym, we celebrate rejections together. Jeanne says that one of the nice things about dealing with the rejection in the Writing Gym is you’re not the only one who’s sending out queries, you’re not the only one who’s going through the process.
“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.”
Writing is seen as this solitary journey, but it doesn’t have to be. The Writing Gym offers the community to show that you’re not in this alone.
No matter where you are in your writing journey, the Writing Gym has different options to help you get to publication.
If anything here resonates with you, I’d be happy to chat with you.
Until next time, happy writing.