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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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Now displaying: November, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Stephen Oliver, Writing Gym member and prolific science fiction and fantasy novelist about turning publication dreams into reality, the Writing Gym’s approach to editing manuscripts, and more!  

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • How writers turn their publication dreams into reality
  • That rejections aren’t necessarily a bad thing
  • About the Writing Gym’s unique approach to editing your manuscript

 

 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free resource guide, How To Get a Publishing Deal, for this episode that will walk you through the magic of dreaming big, and why there’s no better time than the present to pursue your writing goals, so take a minute and download resource guide at www.writing-gym.com/dreambig. Don’t forget the dash! 

Stephen Oliver is a member of the Writing Gym and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. He was previously a software engineer, but he always knew he was destined to become an author. Join us in celebrating Stephen!

Nov 24, 2020

How do I write believable characters?

What if character outlines aren't working for me?

How can I finally finish writing this book well?

In this week's Audio Writing Tip, Annalisa answers the question, "What is the best way to develop characters?"

 

Nov 19, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Sara Wigal, Director of Publishing at Belmont University about the timeline of a book getting published and what publicity and marketing for your books looks like, and more!  

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

  • What happens behind the scenes from the moment your manuscript is accepted to the time your book is published. 
  • How a publishing house really supports and markets your book.
  • What’s really expected of you, the author, in terms of marketing your book

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, The End is Only the Beginning, for this episode that will walk you through how to implement these concepts in your own writing life, so take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym/dive. Don’t forget the dash! 

Sara Wigal is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of Publishing at Belmont University. She is also the Fundraising Chair for the Next Chapter Society which supports the programming made possible by the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Wigal has been published by The TennesseanPublishers Weekly, and Writer's Digest.

Nov 17, 2020

Are you a 'Pantser' or a 'Plotter'?  Do you explore through action or do you write a character sketch?  Maybe there is a deeper question at hand, how do you find your best writer?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, What is the best way to develop character?  

Nov 12, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Barbara Pattee, Writing Gym member and author about the importance of encouraging feedback, her growth as a writer since joining the Writing Gym, and more!

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • the importance of encouraging feedback
  • that perseverance is key to your writing

 

 

  • That a positive relationship with your writing can influence all parts of your life

 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, Never Give Up On Your Writing, for this episode that will walk you through how to implement these concepts in your own writing life, so take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym/nevergiveup. Don’t forget the dash! 

Barbara Pattee is a Writing Gym member and author. She has previously published poetry, short stories, and memoir pieces. 

It’s Worth the Struggle: Inspiration for Contemporary Writers 

“On the Shores of Detroit” 

Writer’s Digest Conference

See Barbara demonstrate the book the she’s reading (youtube)

Nov 10, 2020
Writers are often looking for resources to improve their writing or improve success with query submission. But how do you know what resources to use? How valuable is something that is provided for free? More often than not, what you put in is what you get out. If your writing career is truly important to you, you don't want to shortchange it.

 In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip, Annalisa answers the question, "How do I find reliable resources to move towards publication?"

Nov 5, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Rachelle Gardner, a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management about pairing a business mindset with a writing mindset, the importance of your author platform, and more!  

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • That pairing a businessperson mindset with artist’s mindset will help you sell your novel
  • That an understanding of the marketplace and the context into which your book will be placed is essential

 

 

  • The importance of your platform as a writer

 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet for this episode, It’s Not Just About the Book that will walk you through how to implement these concepts in your own writing life, so take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym.com/standout. Don’t forget the dash! 

Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management, representing both fiction and nonfiction. She’s been an agent for 12 years and currently represents an impressive list of 75 bestselling and award-winning authors

Nov 3, 2020

Writers often struggle with providing their manuscripts to professionals in fear of their idea being stolen.  Do I ask for a signed agreement?  Do I get a copyright?  What prevents them from taking my work?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, How can I trust the Agent or Publisher with my Manuscript?  

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