What does it take to Publish?


One of the questions that writers ask me a whole 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 for his final product. Jim has been moving 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, you can say. 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?” because 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–and this happens frequently.  After all, I am a known entity in the publishing world. 

She mentions that these days, environmental pieces are the ones that interest her the most. And I said, “Well, I’ve got a story to tell you” and so, I explained the novel that 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 that the writing that comes out of the Writing Gym is going to be high quality. It’s going to be ready. It’s not going to be some kind of half-finished piece of writing. 

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 submittable, that their manuscripts were ready to go, that their query letters were in tip-top shape, that their synopses were good to go–all of the pieces that they needed were in order. 

I can pick up the phone and 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.


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