Episode 112: Get Published (Part 1) The Traditional Route – Interview with Jerry Jenkins

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there Word Nerds! Welcome back for another episode of DIY MFA Radio. Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Jerry Jenkins, author of 189 books with sales of more than 70 million copies. He’s had 21 New York Times bestsellers, including the Left Behind series and he now shares his writing knowledge on his blog.

Earlier this year, he launched his brand new Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, a writing program that helps serious writers finish their book and get traditionally published. The Guild is already over 1500 members strong, and it is opening its doors to new members on September 19 for the final time this year.

In this episode Jerry and I discuss:

  • What inspired him to start writing
  • Learning the business of publishing before you dive in
  • Myths that come up about the process of writing and publishing
  • The importance of editing for good writing and learning from the critique that others receive

Plus, Jerry’s #1 tip for writers.

About the Author

Jerry Jenkins is the author of several novels, including both series and stand-alone. While most people know him as the author of the Left Behind series, Left Behind was actually his 125th book. His insatiable pursuit of great stories has also motivated him to write biographies of icons such as Hank Aaron, Orel Hershiser, Walter Payton, Meadowlark Lemon, Nolan Ryan, Mike Singletary, B.J. Thomas, and many other men and women. For the full list of his published books, click here.

To learn more about Jerry or to check out some of his resources for writers, visit his website, or follow him on Twitter or Facebook. His writer’s guild–which we discussed on the show–will be opening for registration soon. If you want to learn more about it, we hope you’ll do so by clicking this affiliate link where (if you choose to sign up) DIY MFA gets a commission at no cost to you. As always, thank you for supporting DIY MFA!

writers-guild-seal-greenJerry is also offering a FREE writing workshop on “The 7 Habits That Will Help You Finish Your Book This Year” next Monday, September 19 at 1pm or 8pm ET. In it you’ll learn some of his top writing techniques and routines to help obliterate writer’s block so you can get that book done. This webinar will also give you a sense of Jerry’s teaching style so you can decide whether joining his guild is right for you.

I am honored to be an affiliate for Jerry’s Writer’s Guild and so delighted that I can share this opportunity with you. As with every writing program, the guild may not be a perfect fit for every writer. But if you resonate with Jerry’s teaching style and you find his approach to the writing process makes sense to you, then take a close look at this guild and what it offers. This is an opportunity to learn from a major bestselling author, and for right type of writer it could be a game-changing experience.

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