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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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Jun 23, 2020

On today's highlights episode of the Writing Gym podcast, Annalisa speaks with Allie Powers. Allie write 10,000 words a week in the Writing Gym--all while taking care of her three-month old at home. She’ll tell us all her secrets on finding time to writing and staying in the writing groove. To see if you're a good fit for The Writing Gym, visit: https://datewiththemuse.com/

May 8, 2020

Welcome to Season 4 of the Writing-Gym Podcast! This week Annalisa Parent, head coach at The Writing Gym, talks with author Manny Wolfe about choosing a title, the healing journey of writing, finding your writing process and the benefits of your book being out in the world. To see if you'd be a good fit for the The Writing Gym, visit: https://datewiththemuse.com/publishnow/

May 13, 2019

Hey there writers and muse daters! This week’s full length episode is focused on the retreat! Have you ever wanted to get away and just write? Have the constant worries of day to day life impacted your writing and held you back? Do you have no clue how to pick a reliable, safe, and fun writing retreat! Well look no further. Michele Romaine, the fabulous.

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to find the peace and quiet you need to write
  • How to select the right writing retreat
  • How to break out of everyday excuses and WRITE

 

May 9, 2019

In this episode you’ll discover:

How to find the peace and quiet you need to write

How to select the right writing retreat

How to break out of everyday excuses and WRITE



May 6, 2019

In this episode you’ll discover:

How to finish writing a book--even if you never have before

How to get your story out onto the page

How to break out of the revision cycle and move forward into finishing a book

How to find the right kind of writing group that move your writing forward

How to get over the fear of “Is my writing good enough?”

How to get over the fear of “Will anyone ever want to read my writing?”

How to break out of that negative mindset and move forward in your writing

The connection between neuroscience and writing

How the wrong writing group can block your writing

 

May 2, 2019

In this featured highlight episode, Andi speaks to Annalisa about the connection between neuroscience and writing. This connection is featured in The Writing Gym programs and is absolutely essential to understanding your own writing. Enjoy and stay tuned for the full episode!

Apr 29, 2019

In this episode you’ll discover:

How to build a business out of your book

How to create an impact with your book

How to title your book well

How to create effective pacing in your book

How to create a speaking career out of your book

The steps to creating a speaking career

Is it OK to give away books?

How to start booking speaking engagements

What time of day is the best for writing

Apr 25, 2019

In this week's highlight episode, Andi and Annalisa talk to inspirational speaker and author Mark Hardcastle. This highlight features Mark's advice on how long it should take to write your book! Stay tuned for the full length episode, coming soon!

Apr 22, 2019

In this featured Writing Gym alum podcast, Andi speaks to Stephen Oliver. Stephen is a science-fiction & fantasy author, Writing Gym alum, and working on revising his next novel!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • top revision tips for your novel
  • how to increase your yearly word count (Even to 100,000 words per year!)
  • how to create a publishing strategy
  • the power of Insider knowledge to Fast Track your writing career
  • how to break through the fear barriers that block your writing habit
  • how to find the writer you are and be that writer
  • how to kick-start your writing
  • how to overcome “not good enough” in your writing
Apr 19, 2019

In this featured Writing Gym alumni episode, Stephen Oliver talks about his own writing experiences. The focus of this particular highlight episode is how to find the time away to write. Enjoy this highlight episode and stay tuned for the full episode coming out shortly!

 

Apr 15, 2019

In this week's full episode, Annalisa and Andi speak to Ami McConnell. She's a Nashville-based writer and editor that has served as both Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Howard Books at Simon & Schuster and as an acquiring editor for HarperCollins. She’s edited numerous New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning trade books.  She will be giving out her top tips for debut authors on how to work with an editor.

Apr 11, 2019

In this week's highlight episode, Annalisa and Andi speak to Ami McConnell. She's a Nashville-based writer and editor that has served as both Editor-in-
Chief and Vice President of Howard Books at Simon & Schuster and as an acquiring editor for HarperCollins. She’s edited numerous New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning trade books.  She will be giving out her top tips about how first-time authors can enter today's publishing industry with expertise.

 

Apr 9, 2019

In this featured alumni episode, the Writing Gym Podcast welcome alum Jason Bock. Jason shares his own writing journey and struggles, as well as how he overcame them. We hope that his experiences can inform your own and help you on your journey to success!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to get the accountability to finish a novel
  • How to stop hopping from writing project to writing project
  • How to get the motivation to finish a writing project
  • How to discover your best writer
  • How to find time to write
  • How to find the best time of day to write
  • How to structure an effective story
  • How to find the right kind of writing community
  • How to find belonging and positivity in a writing group
  • How to find a tight-knit writing community
Apr 4, 2019

In this week's very special alumni highlight episode, Andi speaks with Writing Gym author Jason Bock about how he got the accountability, guidance, and direction to finish his own novel. Perhaps his story will inspire your own journey. Stay tuned for the full-length episode!

Mar 11, 2019

In this episode, Annalisa and Andi talk to Amy Collins of New Shelves Books. Do you have dreams of finishing your book but have no idea what you would do afterward? Do you have a finished book and aren’t sure how to sell it? Do you have questions about how to price your book or how to adapt to the changing publishing industry? Well we’re going to answer those questions and more in this episode!

Mar 7, 2019

In this week's highlight episode Annalisa and Andi speak to Amy Collins of New Shelves Books about the changing publishing industry and what authors can do to make sure they can adapt.

 

Mar 4, 2019

In this week's behind the scenes episode, Andi interviews Vivian Jamieson, Writing Gym alum and author extraordinaire. They will talk all about Vivian's experience with the Writing Gym, what led her there, and how her experience can help you!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to revise your fiction manuscript to publishable
  • How to find an agent
  • How to publish your work to send to an agent
  • How to improve your craft and increase your publishability
  • How to improve your novel’s pacing
  • How to find your writing process--even if you are a pantser
  • How to publish with the big five
  • How to keep your reader engaged
  • How to make your manuscript multi-layered and true to “literary fiction” form
  • How to overcome the fear and finally write to publish
Feb 28, 2019

In this highlight episode, Andi interviews Writing Gym alum Vivian Jamieson about her experience in the program. This little treat will focus on Vivian's journey to find the right writing community to make her a better author.

Feb 21, 2019

In this week's full episode, get amazing top tips from publicist Samara Rafert about how to promote your book and work with your publicist.

Have you always wondered what happens after you get a publishing contract? How much of the "all authors must promote themselves" is really a myth, and how much is true? How much support do publishing houses REALLY offer first-time authors?

Well, here's your opportunity to be in the know. In this episode we interview Samara, a publicist for a major publishing house and get the skinny. You'll also get all of the below questions answered!

  • What does a traditional publisher/publicist do
  • How to get your book into bookstores, libraries AND specialty shops,museums
  • How to get distribution on your books
  • How a traditional press helps to get you featured in magazines and national media
  • How to get published with a University Press
  • How to find a quality writing group
  • How to deal with negative comments about your novel
  • How to use social media to promote your book

 

Feb 19, 2019

In this week's highlight episode, Annalisa and Andi speak to publicist Samara Rafert about how to get media connections and national exposure for your book. Make sure you stay tuned later in the week for the full episode with inside tips about exactly what kind of publicity a publishing house will give you.

 

 

Feb 14, 2019

 

In this episode, Annalisa and Andi talk dive into the issues that agents, publishers, and editors have about your manuscript. The problem will be talked about at length and you'll find out how to avoid it!

 

You'll also get to hear the answers to all of these questions:

  • What’s the missing factor in most manuscripts?
  • What leads to rejection for the majority of manuscripts?
  • What is the slush pile and how do manuscripts end up there?
  • What are the professional standards for the writing job?
  • How to hone plotting, pacing and character arcs
  • What are the fundamentals of storytelling?

 

Feb 11, 2019

In this highlight episode, Annalisa and Andi talk about what agents look for in a novel. It's a question that that gets asked all of the time in the Writing Gym, and it's so exciting to share this little snippet with all of the listeners! If you want to hear even more details about exactly what agents, publishers, and editors are looking for in your work, listen to the full episode on Thursday!

Feb 7, 2019

In this week's episode, Annalisa and Andi talk to picture book author Mike Bender about how he wrote his top selling picture book! Not only does Mike share his amazing journey, he also shares some amazing tips!

We’ll answer these questions that authors ask:

  • How do I know what’s trending in the picture book market?
  • What kind of support do I get from a traditional publishing house?
  • How effective will my author platform be to market and sell my book?
  • How do I create a quality relationship with my editor

 

Feb 5, 2019

In this highlight episode, Annalisa and Andi  talk to picture book author Mike Bender about his journey with his picture book. The focus for this snippet, is how to traditionally publish a picture book. Enjoy and make sure and check out the full episode on Thursday!

Jan 31, 2019

In this special episode, we're covering the 4th installment in our 6 secrets series. This one is all about accountability: why it’s important, how the right kind of accountability can accelerate a writer’s progress, and the wrong kind of accountability can stop a writer in his tracks. We discuss the neuroscience behind the writing gym, and how we help writers to master their fear. You will learn:

  • What kind of accountability is helpful to writing?
  • What does Neuroscience say about the kind of accountability we should have around our writing?
  • How do we get into creative flow in our writing?
  • Are due dates really helpful to writers?
  • What kind of writing class will help you to become a better writer?
  • How does Neuroscience inform how we learn and create best?
  • How does the lack of accountability change the writer’s mindset?
  • How do deadlines work against writers despite best intentions?
  • What is the intersection of Neuroscience, psychology and writing?
  • What circumstances are best for writing?
  • How to finish and sell your novel

 

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