I don’t think anyone who found her way to the Women in Publishing Summit blog is going to be shocked to hear that “writing is hard.” It’s one of those things that we take for granted. That it’s an art that takes practice, honing, sharpening. And as women, we so often find ourselves short on time or space to do that work. When so much of the unpaid labor of having a family and keeping a home running falls on us, how can we have the freedom to create, too?
That’s why I appreciate the people behind ProWritingAid, a company that takes the mission of improving writing seriously, and, in creating a successful, practical system to help authors do that, they’ve lifted up so many women’s voices.
I’m also so grateful that they’ve once again committed to support women authors in another way: by joining us as a Silver Sponsor for the 2022 Women in Publishing Summit.
ProWritingAid’s revolutionary product creates better books – I know because I use it myself! Here’s why!
What does ProWritingAid do?
ProWritingAid is a platform that offers a world-class grammar checking AND style checking, so your writing – be it business writing, creative writing, academic writing or anything else – follows the rules for what “good writing” looks like. ProWritingAid then goes beyond that by offering in-depth reporting to help you understand how you write.
In other words, ProWritingAid lets you know when you’re breaking a good writing rule, and it also tells you how often you use a given word, phrase or even sentence structure. The reports go deep into helping you unpuzzle your own authorial style. It helps keep your writing clean AND interesting.
You can use ProWritingAid in combination with other writer’s products like Scrivener and Fictionary, as well as within all major word processing programs. You can even add it as a Chrome plug-in so you can use it to write better emails. It’s an easy-to-use product that’s like having a writing coach right in your laptop!
In addition to the practical help this program can give any writer, the ProWritingAid community is a highly engaged and deeply knowledgeable one. Their paid course community gives authors valuable training on a wide variety of topics in the industry – just one more way ProWritingAid helps every author develop!
You don’t need to be writing the Great American Novel to benefit from this platform. The grammar and style checking can work magic on your business emails, your sales copy and more. We especially recommend that all our clients use it for things like newsletters and blog posts to keep them on track in terms of precision and voice.
But the impact that ProWritingAid can have on your book is huge: there aren’t a lot of opportunities to get real insight into your writing as you’re working on your draft. It’s a game-changer for writers in any genre and in any stage of their career.
How can I learn more about ProWritingAid?
Check out the ProWritingAid website to find out how they can help you become a better writer – click right here to learn more!
Jennie earns $10k a month in author royalties. At the end of the day, that's the goal most of us are striving towards, right? Earning a LIVING as an author, with a nice fat revenue stream.
How does someone get to the point where they’re cashing 5 figure royalty checks every month? It wasn’t an accident – it took a plan. And Jennie shared that plan with me in her Women in Publishing Summit interview.
Who is Jennie Goutet?
Jennie Goutet is a friend of mine and I’ve followed her since her writing journey began. So it's truly exciting to see her having this level of success as one of the top indie Regency fiction writers. I knew her waaay back. She actually was a contributor to my book, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, as we sadly share the loss of a child.
When we met, she was already blogging her way through her memoir, which she would publish about six months after Sunshine. The title: A Lady in France.
She went on to hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for 9 weeks straight and make a LOT of money in royalties.
NO SHE DIDN’T.
The Real Story Behind Jennie’s Success as an Author
I’m just messing with you. That does NOT actually happen, just so you know. Truly. It’s almost unheard of for a self-published memoirist (or any genre) to have a success like that on their first book.
What DID happen was she had some mediocre success, got a lot of feedback, and wound up making some significant changes to her book after she learned a lot more about the business of being an author.
Then, she set to work, and over the course of six years, learned everything she needed to know so that by November of 2020, she was earning $10K per month through book sales in KDP.
I just completed my interview for the Women in Publishing Summit with Jennie and she went step-by-step through what she learned, what she took from it, and how she went from her first experience of publishing her memoir not so successfully to now being one of the top Regency fiction writers on Amazon.
You are going to want to watch this interview. I took SIX PAGES of notes!
Jennie could have thrown in the towel when her book did not meet her expectations. She could have had a pity party that she just wasn’t a good writer. But Jennie didn’t give up. She had a goal to be a successful author.
She learned and implemented changes that soared her into the top 10 in her very competitive category of Regency fiction.
You can learn from Jennie’s story, and you can also ask her questions during the conference. (Yes, surprise! This is a new feature this year. Our speakers will be joining us live to answer questions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – March 4, 5, 6!)
In case you’re wondering about her memoir, Jennie went on to republish it after she learned more about the norms of the memoir genre. She got a new cover and a new title that more appropriately fit her book, and she cut 50,000 words, because it was way too long. It did okay in sales, nothing revolutionary. But – and this is the important part – that process taught her an incredible amount that she shared in her interview with the intent of helping YOU get there faster and with less experimentation.
There’s one more thing about Jennie that makes her amazing. After having some success with fiction books, she landed a traditional publishing deal. She also shared about the differences that being traditionally published taught her, and why she decided to go back to indie publishing with subsequent books.
I invited Jennie to speak after I saw her post an update in a group we’re both in. I was both proud as heck of what she’s done over the past 7 years AND biting at the bit to hear what she’d been doing to have this kind of success. I’ve had a front-row seat at watching her publish and grow, so it was really exciting to hear the HOW from her. And it was really encouraging to see that it is possible, even after a failed start, to have great success and earn a living as an author.
Her journey wasn't easy or quick. But if it was simple, ALL authors would be making $10K/month in royalties.
If you’re committed to making a living as a successful fiction author, you’re going to want to get your ticket and watch this presentation.
Extra bonus! We're releasing a few of the interviews early in February! Grab your ticket now (at the discounted price) AND get access to these early releases!
There is no perfect first draft. But your writing can get a LOT closer to perfect with the right tools. That’s why we love ProWritingAid. This self-editing tool isn’t just glorified spell-check, it’s a robust tool for professional writers and ANYONE who relies on the written word to present their ideas. Since they’re a company we truly use in our business every day, we’re excited to announce that they’re returning as a sponsor for the 2021 Women in Publishing Summit.
What is ProWritingAid?
ProWritingAid is a digital tool that helps you self-edit your manuscript. A human perspective can never be fully replaced in the process (good news for writers and editors everywhere!), but this tool takes your first draft and whips it into shape. Using machine learning and years of research, the team at ProWritingAid has built a software that can catch mistakes and just make your writing better. Any word processing software can catch a basic spelling or grammar error, but ProWritingAid can tell you when your writing is overly complex, unclear or uncompelling. It makes suggestions as you type, and it works intuitively based on what you’re doing. It helps you draw your readers in with its editing suggestions, and it works with any style of writing. When you begin with a first draft that’s already been through the patented ProWritingAid software, what emerges is something that’s ready for prime time.
Beyond perfecting your book, it also offers a Chrome extension that allows you to get feedback as you’re typing emails, blog posts, and more. Since writers are so often in the business of promoting their own career, having ProWritingAid’s tools at your disposal will make sure that every email you send will impress.
You can download ProWritingAid to your computer or use the mobile version to access the tool in the way that fits your lifestyle. The desktop version even allows you to use the tool even when you’re not connected to the internet — so you can head on out to that cabin in the woods and write whenever you want.
At the end of the day, , you’re going to send your manuscript off to beta readers and an editor. ProWritingAid can help you clean it up before other eyes see it. It will help you catch the errors that your eyes miss. It’s like having another set of eyes on your manuscript without paying more. It’s a smart way to save time and money, all within a budget that’s accessible for the average writer.
We helped author and professor Kasie Whitener publish her first novel, After December, last year. When we used ProWritingAid, it found that she used the word “sandwiches” over 150 times. When we shared this information, Kasie laughed and joked that all she feeds her characters are sandwiches. ProWritingAid helped us catch this repetition that might have taken readers out of the story (“What’s with the sandwiches?!?”), and that went unnoticed otherwise.
ProWritingAid is a tool we can count on for our business, can recommend to our authors, and can use in our everyday lives. We love the ease of use, the comprehensive suite of editing tools, and the affordable price point. It’s just one of those products we can’t imagine doing this work without.
ProWritingAid is a silver sponsor of the Women in Publishing Summit
A really cool thing about ProWritingAid is that they offer lifetime access — which means you pay once and then you have the tool forever! It is so important when you consider how we practice our craft, making revisions and changes sometimes over years! This software is ready to be a long-term partner to writers of every level and genre, right out of the gate.
They’re such a great partner that they’re offering all Women in Publishing Summit attendees 50% off of their lifetime access. This is a great savings on an already affordable tool! This offer is only available to summit attendees, so make sure you sign up below!
Woohoo, the book is finally done! What a fantastic accomplishment!. You’re feeling good. But then, you start to wonder what comes next. What do you do after you’ve finished your first draft?
Our friends at ProWritingAid have the perfect solution for you… before you go to an editor, you’re going to want to spend time revising your book. And you might (okay, unless you are a professional, you WILL) need some help and guidance along the way.
As you go through this process, the book will change and evolve. You’ll work hard to get the book to a final product that can be seen by the public.
Editing Your Book Alone
This is never our suggested route. Even professional editors need an editor. If Stephen King still has a professional editor, then we all need to make sure we’ve had our book at least line edited. But… before you try to send it off to an editor (or even beta readers), you’re going to want to do some self-editing. And you know what tool is phenomenal for self-editing? You betcha. ProWritingAid.
Using Software to Edit Your Book
Editing software like ProWritingAid can help you improve your manuscript significantly before sending it off, saving you both time and money. An editing software can help you identify where you need to make improvements in your manuscript. The software can also give you suggestions for the changes you need to make.
And we have a great opportunity for you to get some tips directly from their lead content writer on revising and self-editing your manuscript.
After you’ve finished the self-editing process, then it’s time to bring in the professional editor. If you’ve done a thorough job in your revising, this will be far less painful, both on your heart and your wallet.
Be sure check out our ProWritingAid webinar on revising! Even if you’re not quite ready for that stage, it’s always good to be prepared for when the time arrives.
As writers, we can easily spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on tools, programs and more that we hope will help us in our craft. Heaven knows, I have spent countless dollars myself. I really wish I had a list like the one I'm about to share below, which is not only carefully curated but all are discounted for Black Friday, including my own course, Grow Your Author Platform.
I do want to note that I'm an affiliate for some of these products and programs, but I don't promote anything that I don't think is a good fit for my readers, and some of these tools I use myself!
If you missed out on getting a discounted ProWritingAid license during the 2020 Women in Publishing Summit, you're in luck because ProWritingAid is first on our list! ProWritingAid created their software based on the same ideas you would learn in a university writing course. The software addresses readability issues such as passive and hidden verbs, over-reliance on adverbs, repeated sentence starts, emotional tells and much more. These suggestions are the same as a professional copyeditor would give you (in fact many of them use ProWritingAid). By tightening your text upfront, your editor will be able to focus on the more important aspects of your work, such as tone of voice, narrative and character development. You’ll get a more polished piece of writing as a reward. Valid from 11/23 – 11/30.
(25% off a 1-year license or 50% off a lifetime license)
Instagram for Authors is a power packed course providing authors with all the tools they need to successfully use Instagram to Market and sell their books. Since implementing these strategies, our authors have been selling FOUR TIMES as many books at launch. We've been thrilled to see the results that our efforts have taken. Led by our IG strategist, this course is power-packed with all the tools you need to start and grow your Instagram account, as well as how to sell a ton of books at launch. DO NOT MISS IT!.
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The Women in Publishing Summit is a week-long conference that provides resources and training to authors across all facets of writing, publishing, marketing, and author development. Made by women, for women, the conference not only delivers incredible content, we celebrate the achievements of women in the industry. Our sponsors provide incredible discounts and opportunities as well to our participants, to help them in the process. Sale ends 11/30.
Editing a manuscript is a big undertaking, both intellectually and emotionally. Being thorough can be difficult and time-consuming, but the creative story editing process always pays off. Fictionary StoryTeller makes editing easier by applying universal storytelling structures to each and every scene. Evaluate and revise your manuscript against 38 Fictionary Story Elements to tell a powerful story readers will naturally connect with. StoryTeller automatically creates powerful visuals by analyzing your manuscript from start to finish. Insights such as the Story Arc provide a 30,000-foot view of your manuscript and quickly highlight structural areas that need improvement.
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Novlr is built by writers for writers, and is constantly in development – adding the features and changes that our writers tell us they need. It is the choice of writing tool for over 50,000 authors, chosen for its sharp, intuitive writing interface, its ease of use and because they can access it from any device, wherever they are in the world. Novlr has a distraction-free writing interface with a focus mode to remove all but the words; and day, evening and night modes to make sure it's easy on the eyes, no matter when you write. Novlr has a free in-app writing course included for those looking to learn something new, freshen up, or get ideas. And has powerful editing tools – powered by Pro-Writing Aid – for those already at the editing stage. Whatever stage you are in planning, writing or editing your novel – Novlr will help you do it better. Offer valid 11/23-11/30
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