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Journey into Publishing

Ed Cyzewski

Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Journey into Publishing

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 Where do you begin with book publishing?

That’s one of the most important and daunting questions new writers ask. It’s also the first of many that follow…

  • How do you grab a publisher’s attention?
  • How do you format a book proposal?
  • How do you handle discouragement when you struggle to begin writing?
  • How do you cope with rejection—or the first 8 rejections?
  • What should I do if publishers aren’t interested in my proposal?
  • How do you network with editors and authors?
  • At what point do you just self-publish and move on to the next thing?

Those are all real questions from aspiring writers. I’ve been there, and I’m starting an online publishing community this August called “Journey into Publishing.” We’ll meet for six one-hour Thursday evening sessions via video conference, starting August 14th.

Total cost for all six sessions is $70
(Plus fees)


Authors need support throughout the publishing process and personalized answers to their questions. I’ve published five books and self-published three books, and I’m offering help to aspiring writers through this new “Journey into Publishing” community.


Here are some specific details…


  • Starts August 14th
  • Six one-hour sessions over six weeks for an online video conference.
  • Each session will address a specific facet of the publishing process and will answer specific questions posed by participants (scroll down to learn more).
  • Community members will have opportunities to gather feedback from each other and to interact beyond the online video calls.


You only pay $70 (plus fees), which is  less than $12 per one-hour session. 


Journey into Publishing Overview

Six Weeks of One-Hour Sessions starting August 14th. All calls 9 pm EST.


Session 1: Preparing to Publish

We will discuss the mental and practical considerations for publishing. Writing is going to hurt. Every published author has commented that they simply weren’t prepared for the pain and difficulties of publishing. Every job has bad days, but few are prepared for the highs and lows of publishing as well as the many fears that writers face:

  • Fear of bad reviews.
  • Fear of editors.
  • Fear of rejection.
  • Fear of apathy.
  • Fears you didn’t even know to fear.

This session will help you mentally prepare for publishing so that you enter publishing with healthy expectations, strategies for defeating fear, and goals that will help you move forward.


Session 2: The Publishing Business

Authors typically publish because of love. Publishers started because they love books, but they also need to make money. This session will help you understand what makes agents, editors, and publicists tick, as well as comparing commercial publishing with self-publishing:

  • Comparing Commercial and Self-Publishing
  • Do you need an agent?
  • Should you self-publish?
  • What do you need to know about publishers?


Session 3: General Writing Tips

Habits, best practices, and tricks for writing, editing, and building a platform.

  • What makes a good book?
  • How blogging fits into publishing.
  • Finding your voice.
  • Knowing the competition.


Session 4: Proposing a Book

Writing a proposal from elevator pitch to marketing outline.

  • How to build an author bio.
  • Who will read your book?
  • What will you include in your book?
  • How will you sell it?


Session 5: Editing a Book

The difference between a decent book and a great book often comes down to the input of an editor.

  • What makes someone a good editor?
  • How to work with an editor.
  • How to revise a draft.
  • When is a book done?


Session 6: Marketing a Book

Writing a book is only half of book publishing. Writers should begin marketing while working on their proposals.

  • The number one marketing tool you already have.
  • Awareness vs. conversion tools.
  • How to find your audience.
  • Why people buy books.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Large Will Journey into Publishing Be?

We will cap each group at 15 members. Additional sessions can be added as needed.


Is Journey into Publishing Affordable?

Cost for the first group:

  • $70 Regular Price (Plus fees)


What Does Journey into Publishing Include?

  • 6 online sessions, breaks down to price of less than $12 per session.
  • Free eBooks: A Path to Publishing and an eBook of your choice from Ed Cyzewski’s book list. Up to $25 in free books.
  • Feedback for works in progress from community members.
  • Private Facebook group for all Journey into Publishing members.
  • Sessions will be recorded and shared if you can’t attend.

Have questions about Journey into Publishing? Contact Ed Cyzewski


Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Ed Cyzewski

Ed Cyzewski (MDiv Biblical Theological Seminary) is the author of Pray, Write, Grow,  Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction, and Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. He blogs about writing and prayer at

Tammy Perlmutter is founder and curator of The Mudroom, a collaborative blog encouraging women to speak truth, love hard, and enter in with each other, and co-founder of Deeply Rooted, a biannual worship and teaching gathering for women. Tammy is a member of Redbud Writers Guild, an urban beekeeper, and lives in an intentional Christian community in Chicago.

Kristin Tennant is a professional writer and blogger. 

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