As a newly published author, I’ve recently started getting a lot of requests from aspiring writers. My author friend, Karen Barnes Jordan, experiences the same thing as an agented author, and writing instructor. After comparing questions commonly asked, we decided to each blog our own list of coaching clues, so you can decide which tips are best suited to help you achieve your dreams.
Both Karen and I were where you are, a very short time ago. So with heartfelt encouragement, I invite you to check out Karen’s tips, and humbly offer you my own coaching clues. Embedded in each question, is a link to one of my favorite professional sites. I hope they guide you to your own publishing success.
- Is it necessary to write the whole book before I submit it to editors, agents, and publishers?
- Can you tell me the best way to write a book proposal?
- What writing conferences do you recommend?
- Are there particular books on writing that helped you?
- Should I write fiction or non-fiction?
- Do you need an agent to get published, Pt. 1? Pt. 2.
- How did you find your agent?
- Can you tell me where to submit my manuscript?
- Where do you get your ideas?
- I keep hearing about platform, what is it, and where do I to to get one?
If you’re an aspiring writer, feel free to share your journey with me, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All of us start somewhere, and wherever you are today, you are one step closer to realizing your dream than you were yesterday. Don’t give up, but don’t do yourself an injustice by shortcutting the necessary learning curves.
Writing sounds glamorous, but it’s hard, tedious, and not for the faint of heart. It’s true, if it were easy, everyone would publish a book. But you are not everyone else. You are serious. You are willing to do what it takes to make your writing dreams come true. With determination, with a teachable spirit, and with God’s help, you will make it. I believe it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. And I believe in you.
What step will you take today, in serious pursuit of your writing aspirations?
Anita Fresh Faith
Judges 18:5 (NIV)
Then they said to him, “Please inquire of God to learn whether our journey will be successful.”
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.