This week one of our Write Brilliant Academy members sent in a question that’s near and dear to my heart.
She had started writing then became derailed by the unspeakable.
I know a thing or two about that.
I share vulnerably and tenderly of how to start and keep writing when it’s so hard.
Watch here:Read More
How do you stand out in a crowded agent’s inbox?
I have friends in the publishing industry whose inboxes explode with query letters and book proposals. They often share the same frustrations.
Those submitting a proposal don’t bother…Read More
Have you ever thought about writing a book or blog or project with someone else?
A spouse? Friends? Ministry partner?
You may think, “That’s half the work!” But you’ll likely run into these common roadblocks along the way.
I’ve invited, Cherie Lowe, a Write Brilliant Academy graduate, and co-author of Your Money, Your Marriage: The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and their Intimate Connection (Sept 2018), to share her secrets:Read More
In this week’s Quick Tip, we’re addressing questions that many who want to write a Bible study want to know.
If you’ve ever considered writing a Bible study, you don’t want to miss this week’s video.
This week, we’re proud to feature Christopher Ferebee of The Christopher Ferebee Agency to weigh in on self-publishing. A literary agent since 1999, he represents thought-provoking, life-changing, and uplifting books from a wide-range of thought-leaders and world changers. More important, he’s an incredible friend to us.
What do The Shack, Jesus Calling, and 50 Shades of Grey all have in common?
Their respective commercial trade publishers have sold millions of copies of each, and they all started out as self-published works. The easy answer to the question, Will a publisher consider my self-published book, is “yes.” But you knew it would be more nuanced than that.
Even the best writers run out of words on a topic, whether crafting…
I filmed this week’s Write Brilliant Quick Tip to give you four tactics so you know what to say when you don’t know what to say. And they’ll make you a better writer. Promise.
Writing often begins with wondering. Pen in hand, you find yourself asking…
Will people ever read what I write?
Do I have what it takes to write a book?
Why should I write when mountains of books already exist on this topic?
I call these “God nudges.” They are stirrings that emanate from outside a writer’s life—you might say, from above.
After coaching countless people in their publishing careers, I’ve discovered that these questions are common to everyone who has ever felt a nudge to write.
How do you know, in your situation, if it’s time to finally write the story that’s been rattling in your bones?
I’ve developed a 5-point checklist to determine if you’re really ready to write your book: Read More
“Do I have enough talent to be a writer?” asked one of the students in the Write Brilliant Academy.
While surfing online she stumbled on an agent’s website that said…
“Most people should not be encouraged to write.”
Those words sent her into a spiral of self-doubt and second-guessing. I offer a response here.
But the question of talent remains.
Maybe you, too, wonder, Do I have talent when it comes to writing?
I will respond to you as I did to my precious Write Brilliant Academy student.Read More
Many writers don’t have compelling content because they don’t live compelling lives.
Your writing will never be more interesting than you.
Your writing will never be deeper than you.
Your writing will never be more informed than you.
Your writing will never be more inspiring than you.
This is critical if you want to be a brilliant writer:
If you want to write a better story, you must live a better story.
How do you live a better story? How do you live a story worth writing about?Read More
As an acquisitions editor for a major publishing house, it’s my job to review book proposals from aspiring authors. But over the years, I’ve met dozens of writers who want to assemble a book proposal but don’t know where to begin.
If you’re sitting down to crank out a proposal for your book, start by identifying the angle.
My favorite question to ask writers is this, “What is the boldest statement your book has to make?”
This tells me what you’re angle is. And when I read proposals, this is the gem I’m looking for above all else.
If you’re a newbie, you may be wondering what the heck an angle is, anyway. No, you don’t need to find your high school protractor and compass to develop it. Read More
"Jonathan and Margaret are two of the best writing coaches in America, and I've learned much from them over the years. Their Write Brilliant program will help you grow deep roots and a wide reach. Do not wait to sign-up!"
– Gabe Lyons
Bestselling author of Good Faith and founder of Q
"I highly recommend Jonathan and Margaret's program for writers of any level!"
– Jennie Allen,
bestselling author of Nothing to Prove and founder of IF:Gathering
"The firehose of information I absorbed through Write Brilliant transformed the way I write. Jonathan and Margaret bring a combined breadth of knowledge and a straight-shooting style that helped me clarify my target audience, expand my platform, and get practical about what it takes to dedicate myself to my craft. I learned more in this one course than in all past conferences, books, blogs, and videos I’ve engaged. Write Brilliant is a one-stop-shop for taking your writing to the next level."
– September Vaudrey,
author of Colors of Goodbye
"In all my years of leading organizations, I've encountered dozens of how-to programs, but none of them has been more effective then this one. I should know. The Write Brilliant strategy gave me the boost of confidence I needed to create two books on leadership. Whether you want to author a book or just create a blog, make sure you don't miss this fantastic course."
– Brad Lomenick,
author of H3 Leadership and former director of Catalyst