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The Writing Gym Podcast | Annalisa Parent | Writing Coach

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 8, 2020

-How do I get my characters to behave?

-How come my characters will not stick to my outline?

-How do I figure out what kind of writer I am?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, How do you find your Best Writer?  

Dec 3, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Carey Nelson Burch, owner and consultant of My Own Shingle, about how to find the right agent to maximize your publication and media rights, how to advocate for your manuscript in the publishing industry, and how to find the right professional partners for your creative work.

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

  • How to Expand your writing dream and your creative reach
  • How to advocate for your manuscript in the publishing industry 
  • How to find the right professional partners for your creative work

You’ll want to be sure to download the free resource guide, How to Publish your Novel Across Multiple Media, for this episode that will walk you through the multiple media your manuscript can take in addition to a published book. Take a minute and download our free resource guide at www.writing-gym.com/EXPAND. Don’t forget the dash! 

Carey Nelson Burch is the Owner of My Own Shingle where she consults for several companies while managing a handful of screenwriters, authors and influencers. Previously she was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for over twelve years and an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. Carey currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Film Festival, Belmont’s Film & TV Advisory Committee, and Film Com.

Dec 1, 2020

-How do I create plot?

-How do I create character sketches?

-How do I deal with fears of writing?

-How do I deal with my inner critic?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, How do you find your Best Writer?  

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?  

Oct 29, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Hannah Johnson, a Writing Gym member and fantasy novel writer about how she wrote a novel in under two months and how she excelled in our Publishing Mastermind program.

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • That it is possible to write a solid first draft in fewer than 8 weeks
  • Getting to the editing process is a huge accomplishment
  • How much community can do for writers 

 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, You Can Write a Novel in Under Two Months, 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.com/possible Don’t forget the dash! 

Hannah Johnson is a Writing Gym member who minored in short story fiction writing in college. She has now since shifted to writing long fantasy novels. Join us in celebrating Hannah!

Oct 27, 2020

How does a writer avoid the most common writing traps: Overthinking, Over-Researching, and your Inner Critic.

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the questions, How to avoid Overthinking your writing?  

How to avoid Overthinking your writing?

How to avoid it's close cousin Over-Researching?

How to overcome your Inner Critic?

Oct 22, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Stephanie Beard, Executive Editor at Turner Publishing about the role of an Executive Editor, how publishers support their titles, and more!  

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • The role of an Executive Editor
  • The different ways publishers support their titles 

 

 

  • How an author can reach out to their audience

 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, A Peak Behind the Publishing Curtain, for some insider brainstorming to get you thinking ahead for your own writing life, so take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym.com/btsediting

Don’t forget the dash! 

Stephanie Beard is the Executive Editor at Turner Publishing, an industry leading independent publisher based in Nashville, TN, which has a backlist of over 5,000 books and publishes 36 new books per year across all genres.  In addition to acquiring all of the books for the front list, she is also the Subsidiary Rights Director. She has a J.D. from Vermont Law School where she specialized in International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution and a B.A. from Centre College in International Relations and French.

Oct 20, 2020

Writers often struggle with the desire to follow what the latest trends in published works are.  Do you shelf your idea to write your version of a wizarding school or vampire romance?  Or do you blaze your own path with a fresh idea?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, Should I follow what's trending?  

Oct 15, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Emily Weinberg, Writing Gym member about how openness for change and revision affected her writing and more!

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • How to revise a manuscript into publishable shape
  • How reading published books in your genre can help with your writing
  • How to approach your writing openly and without fear.

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, Unlock: How to Revise Your Novel, for this episode to learn some of the best practices straight out of the Writing Gym. So take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym.com/unlock Don’t forget the dash! 

Emily Weinberg is a Writing Gym member, specializing in children’s novels and historical fiction. Outside of her passion for writing, Emily is also an elementary school teacher. She is currently working on a novel about ancient Egypt!

 

 

Oct 13, 2020

Writing can bring on many trials for the writer, including rejection of their work and backlash for things written about.

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, How do you deal with Backlash & Rejection?  

Oct 8, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Dana Chamblee Carpenter, author of The Bohemian Trilogy about overcoming writer’s block, getting a three book deal, and more!

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

 

  • What it’s really like to get a 3-book deal
  • One author’s take on writer’s block and how to overcome it
  • How play can feed into your creativity and ultimately help your writing

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, The Well of Creativity, 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.com/debut.  Don’t forget the dash! 

Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the author of The Bohemian Trilogy. The first book in the series, Bohemian Gospel, won the 2014 Killer Nashville Claymore Award and was short-listed for Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 Alex Award. Her second book, The Devil’s Bible, won the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best Novel. The final book in the series, Book of the Just, is a finalist for this year’s Silver Falchion in SciFi/Fantasy.

 

 

Oct 6, 2020

Many find themselves writing for different reasons, potential income, prestige, the love of the craft, etc..  What keeps you writing?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa answers the question, why write if I'm not getting paid for it?  

Oct 1, 2020

Annalisa speaks with O’Dell Isaac, a member of the Writing Gym about honing your skills, the role of confidence building in your writing, and more!

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

-The importance of next steps, moving forward to get yourself closer to your goals for your book and for yourself as a writer

-How the tools already in your writing toolbox can be used more effectively through guidance and accountability at the Writing Gym

-The benefits of believing in your own ability to become the best writer you can be 

You’ll want to be sure to download the free worksheet, How To Get into Revision Flow, for this episode, which will walk you through the seemingly daunting task of revising your writing. So take a minute and download it at www.writing-gym.com/goodwriting Don’t forget the dash! 

O’Dell Isaac is a substitute teacher and freelance writer. He spent 14 years as a military journalist, where he won several awards for his writing.  He currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and daughter, and is a member of the Writing Gym program: Publishing Mastermind.

Sep 29, 2020

You've revised your manuscript a hundred times.  Every tweak and touch-up is improving it.  How do you know when your manuscript is done?

In this week's Tuesday Writing Tip Annalisa tackles Revision.

Sep 24, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Margaret Riley King, a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor about the day-to-day life of a literary agent, what agents look for in queries, and more!

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

  • About the day-to-day life of being a literary agent

 

  • How to make your query stand out to the literary agent

 

  • What not to do when sending out queries to agents at different agencies
  • About the importance of the author-agent relationship, which is both professional and somewhat personal 

 

You’ll want to be sure to download How to Avoid the Slush Pile--a free handout that will walk you through top tips to get an agent’s attention. Take a minute and download this free handout at www.writing-gym.com/agentshead

 Don’t forget the dash!

Margaret Riley King is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor, where she began her career after graduating from Princeton University. She represents both literary and commercial fiction, along with narrative nonfiction, memoir and some lifestyle titles. Some of her clients include Chloe Benjamin, author of the NYT bestselling novel The Immortalists, National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, and Newbery Award winner Sheila Turnage among others.

Sep 22, 2020

Welcome to Season Five and the 100th Episode of the Writing Gym Podcast.

Tuesday Writing Tip:  Are you getting the right support you need for your writing?

We've given you some great content over the last 5 years: literary agents, publishers, Best-selling authors and stories from authors just like you, working toward publishing.

To celebrate, we have 2 bonuses for you: First, we're changing up the format for Season 5. In addition to the hard-hitting interviews we bring you straight from the publishing industry, we'll also be releasing a weekly writing tip. Think of it as the Tuesday tip!

Also, to celebrate out 100th episode, and 5 seasons of helping writers to finish, publish and sell their books, we'll be giving away free copies of my book Storytelling for Pantsers! We'll be running a contest on Twitter through the end of October 2020.

IN ORDER TO ENTER, head over to Twitter, follow us @annalisaparent and retweet our podcast episodes with the hashtag: #WritingGym100. We'd also love to hear what you love about the podcast in your tweet.

Jul 24, 2020

Annalisa speaks with Lauren Barker, Writing Gym member who has finished two publications in six months. In this episode, you’re going to learn how to get productive feedback on your writing, how to break through creative blocks, and the importance of informed feedback from publishing industry professionals to accelerate success. Download the free worksheet, Defeating Your Inner Critic, for this episode, which will give you a moment to reflect on your own writing life, so take a minute and download it at  www.writing-gym.com/realresults . Don’t forget the dash! 

 

 

Jul 23, 2020

In today’s Sneak Peak Annalisa speaks with Lauren Barker, one of the authors over in the Writing Gym about what The Writing Gym is and how "salons" work. For full writing tip episodes, listen to the Writing Gym podcast every Thursday. 

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