The Writing Gym Podcast

The Writing Gym podcast is a writer's go-to source for quality information about how to finish, publish, and market writing in all genres. Not only does it give you the implementable steps you need, it's fun. No snorefest here. You'll laugh at the Quirk O' the week and enjoy hard-hitting advice from top agents, best-selling authors, and publishers. Writers ask: -How do I write a novel? -How do I publish a novel? -What are literary agents looking for? -How do I get a literary agent? -How do I build an author platform? -How do I market and sell my book? Get answers to these questions PLUS a FREE downloadable each work to move your writing toward publishable FAST. Here are a few sample writing podcast episodes: --Top NYC literary agent Eric Reuben. He's represented dozens of best-selling authors and gives writers step-by-step advice --Entrepreneur Writer and Business Expert Jill Shiefelbein on how she wrote her book quickly and got it published by a top publisher. --Multiple New York Times Best Selling author John David Mann on how to create writing success PLUS authors, publishers and agents from all over the world giving their top tips. This is not a writing podcast you want to miss.
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Dec 20, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa talks with Andi in the third episode of a 6 part series.

In this episode, we talk about how the structure of traditional writing classes are dragging down your writing. Are you signing up for multiple courses? Have you purchased every how-to write book you can find? Gone to every conference that you can afford? Most importantly, are you still not any closer to your dream of becoming an author? 

Learn how to:

  • Ditch the traditional writing course for something more productive
  • Learn new craft tools based on neuroscience
  • Defeat the feedback loop
Dec 18, 2018

In this BONUS episode, Annalisa interviews Gary Barnes. Gary is “The Breakthrough Business Mastery Coach”. He is a high-performance business and sales coach, popular national and international speaker & Award winning #1 International Amazon best-selling author (7 books). Gary’s clients span over 7 countries and he has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS & TEDX.

In this episode, Annalisa and Gary answer the all important question of how to get your book out. This episode will also teach you all about:

  • How to live the author lifestyle
  • How to write a quality book
  • Gain a quality readership of people who love your work
Dec 6, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa talks with Andi in the second episode of a 6 part series.

In this episode, we talk about understanding the difference between knowledge and the application of knowledge. Are you tired of buying every single how-to book? Are you sick of not getting results no matter how many classes you take? Are you frustrated that all of your efforts haven't led you to success? This episode will teach you all about:

  • Getting the right kind of knowledge
  • Learning the tools to apply that knowledge
  • Being able to utilize those tools for your whole career
Nov 30, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa talks with Andi in the first episode of a 6 part series.

In the first episode, we talk about feedback. Are you tired of getting cursory and/or unhelpful feedback? Are you sick to death of meaningless comments that have nothing to do with your manuscript? This episode will teach you all about:

  • What quality feedback is
  • How you can get it
  • Where you can get it



Nov 30, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa and Andi talk to Gary Barnes, a high-performance business and sales coach. He has personally sold over $280 million dollars in services. He spend this episode giving his top tricks for success. Don't miss out on his advice for:

  • motivating yourself
  • growing your business savvy
  • expanding your abilities
  • find out what you want, and get it



Nov 30, 2018

In this episode Andi talks with Writing Gym alum Aggie LJae about her experience with editors. Sadly, it wasn’t always positive encounters for her, and she shares the details with us. Her knowledge becomes your power as you walk away with the ability to:

  • know what you need in an editor
  • ask the right questions
  • get the support you need
  • learn what works for you
Sep 10, 2018


In this episode of the Writing Gym Podcast, we talk to very special guest, Andrew Parker. Andrew is a Writing Gym VIP alum and shares his inside scoop about all the details with our listeners! Today you're going to learn all about:

  • What is the Writing Gym?
  • How does it help?
  • How can it help you move your writing forward?
  • What makes this program different than all the others?
Aug 15, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa talks with New York Times Best-Selling author John David Mann about his newest book with co-author Bob Burg, The Go-Giver Influencer. Who and how you influence can change your entire business. 

Aug 15, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with best-selling author Bob Burg about his newest book with co-author John David Mann The Go-Giver Influencer. The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story about a Most Persuasive Idea tackles the paradox of achieving what you want by focusing on the other person’s interests. No, not in a way that is self-sacrificial but rather in such a way that all parties benefit greatly. This results in both immediate and long-term success. You'll learn how to:

  • Find out what you want
  • Focus other's interests to achieve what you want
  • Find immediate success
  • Achieve long-term success
Jul 17, 2018

In this episode, Annalisa is interviewed by Laurel McHargue, host of the podcast Alligator Preserves about being a writing coach, and her amazing book "Storytelling for Pantsers." Not only is Laurel a fantastic interviewer, she's an author as well! She shares her knowledge with Annalisa in this meeting of the minds. In this episode Laurel and Annalisa will teach you:

  • How to approach writing with humor
  • How to break free from your limits
  • How neuroscience influences your creativity
  • Tips and tricks for working through and around writer's block
Jun 21, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with Vanessa Talbot, a Profile Building Alchemist who created the program "Step into the Spotlight" to lead coaches and experts to leave a positive mark in the world. She shares her business expertise with Annalisa in this episode about how to avoid the pitfalls of self-publishing.

This episode will teach you:

  • How to create a high quality book
  • How to use the book to leverage your business
  • How to earn more money and get clients
  • How to reach your ideal client with unique solutions
Jun 6, 2018

In this episide Annalisa speaks with Dawnna St Louis, a serial entrepreneur who founded threemulti-million dollar businesses including a$250M tech consultancy. Today, she travels the globe as international speaker and CEO of Biz On Fire Academy and Retreats.


In this video she explains how to:

  • Create a culture around your brand
  • Move out of convince mode
  • Filter out your ideal clients
  • Target the people you want to work with


  • How and Why a book can be a business card on steroids
  • How to get your book to more than pay for itself
  • The difference between putting words on paper and writing a quality book
  • Key differences that make your book stand out and top pitfalls to avoid
  • Why the DIY model doesn’t give you the best results
May 25, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with author Margaret Reynolds about how to use a high-quality client magnet book to grow your business. As an entrepreneur, it's important to grow your business in every way that you can. Margaret Reynolds and Annalisa will discuss exactly how to do that! They will cover:

  • how a book can grow your market
  • the importance of high-quality work
  • how to turn that quality work into clients
  • how to turn one client into a 7 figure business 
May 4, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with author Stephen Oliver about how to find an agent. How many times have you stopped yourself from finishing your work because you weren't sure how to take the next step? Do you have a finished book and have no idea where to go? How do you find someone to trust with your work? Have you ever asked yourself:

  • What's a query letter?
  • How do I write one?
  • Do I need one?
  • How do I choose an agent?
  • What does an agent do?
  • How important is an agent?
Apr 3, 2018

In this episode Annalisa speaks with Dr. Cmdr. Mary Kelly about how to write books that sell! If you think that writing an expert book is a solo operation you couldn't be more wrong. Dr. Cmdr. Mary Kelly would know, as the author of 11 books. As a leader in every sense of the word, she talks to Annalisa about how to

  • complete a publishable expert book
  • make sure that book sells
  • be a productive author in every sense of the word
    • word count
    • profits
Mar 19, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with author Janiel Miller about conquering your fears and writing your novel. One of the biggest struggles of becoming a published author is overcoming your own fear about getting the work done. It's so easy to get stuck in a punishing cycle of being to afraid to finish your novel and accomplish your dreams. Annalisa and Janiel will talk about:

  • the struggle of realizing your fears
  • how to have faith in yourself
  • how to break free from fear
  • how to find what works for you
Mar 6, 2018

In this episode Annalisa brings back our amazing guest Vanessa Talbot. Vanessa was one of the first guests on the Writing Gym Podcast and she's here again to talk about how to write your entrepreneur book that sells! In this episode they cover:

  • how to write a high quality book
  • how to make sure that book sells
  • how to open doorways for your business
  • how to leverage your book sales for business gains
Feb 22, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with Dana Lemaster, a writing contest aficionado about the strategies to win  MULTIPLE writing contests. They'll cover:

  • Applying to contests
  • How to choose which ones are worth your while
  • How to put your best submission forward
  • How to make sure your work is win-worthy
Feb 6, 2018

In this episode Annalisa speaks with David Newman of Do It Marketing. David rocks 7 figures and wants to teach others to do the same.

He asks all of us, “Do you want to make over 6 figures a year? NO a MONTH.” He spoke with Annalisa to share with YOU how to:

  • organize & systematize your intellectual property
  • monetize your expertise
  • create authority, credibility, and trust
  • differentiate yourself from your competitors and other people in your niche
  • separate yourself from the wannabes
  • increase your lead generation
  • create your domination strategy
  • grow your list
Jan 23, 2018

In this episode Annalisa talks with Rick Shetty, Daddy Blogger about how to write your expert book and reach your ideal audience.