I have kidded Jane, calling her the “Writers’ Whisperer.” But in all sincerity, that’s what she has been for me. And here’s why I wholeheartedly recommend her to you:
I’m not a kid. I’ve been writing all my life, in one form or another. Any writer worth her salt knows that the difference between writing a good piece, and finishing an excellent piece, is in the editing. And as writers we all know that there is nothing harder than objectively editing your own work.
So for Part One of what makes Jane the Writers’ Whisperer is that she is a smart, honest and brilliant editor. If you’re reading this, I suspect you appreciate that an editor like that is worth her weight in gold. Talent is one thing. Sitting down and actually WRITING, no matter what, is the next HUGE thing. And if you have some talent and you are willing to do the work, then you are both wise and lucky to find Jane to coach you to the finish line.
Because Part Two of working with Jane is, after carefully crafting your piece, is learning how to pitch to editors and actually get published. Unfortunately, being a published (read PAID) writer bears no resemblance to the movie, “Field of Dreams.” Remember that? Kevin Costner playing baseball in a corn field, or something like that? All I remember for sure is that iconic line from the movie, “Build it and they will come.”
Um, not so much.
After you and your talent sat down, wrote the article, then worked with Jane to edit it down to the final shiny, polished draft, Jane takes you by the hand and teaches you about how to find someone to publish it. She knows the ropes. She’s been there, done that. And she’s willing to share that priceless knowledge with you. She won’t leave you sitting on a patch of ground in your Field of Dreams, manuscript in hand, hoping an editor somewhere will part the cornstalks, searching for your work.
What I love about Jane Gassner is that she’s so SMART and she has the proven track record to teach us what we need to know to have a chance at selling our work. You know you’re working with the real deal. She’s tough and she’s funny – and she’s right. Listen up. Do the work. Reap the benefits.
Thank you, Jane.