Fiction Writing Made Easy

Student Spotlight: How She Wrote a Novel in 6 Months (and Landed an Agent 10 Months Later) with Stefanie Medrek

November 08, 2022 Savannah Gilbo Episode 71
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Student Spotlight: How She Wrote a Novel in 6 Months (and Landed an Agent 10 Months Later) with Stefanie Medrek
Show Notes

In today's episode, I’m sitting down with Stefanie Medrek to talk through her incredibly inspiring story of how she went from having an idea for a story to landing an agent. Here’s a preview of what’s included: 

[05:00] The exact moment Stefanie had the idea for her story—and how she just knew it wouldn’t let her go until she put pen to paper

[08:00] A quick description of Stefanie’s story

[09:35] Stefanie’s initial reaction to my advice to throw out all 40,000 of the words she had written, and what happened when she did

[12:00] A few of the key takeaways Stefanie learned from re-writing her first draft

[15:00] What the editing process was like (and how long it took)

[17:35] How and when Stefanie knew she was ready to start querying

[19:00] Stefanie’s reaction to getting a heart on her #PitMad pitch (IYKYK)

[22:30] The moment Stefanie almost gave up on writing… and then got a call from her (now) agent an hour later

[25:00] How having a fleshed out outline helped Stefanie avoid spiraling into overwhelm

[27:00] What happened when Stefanie got the offer of representation

[28:00] What it was like to get feedback (and suggested changes) from her agent

[30:00] A quick look into what writing book two looks like

[34:00] Stefanie’s thoughts on 1:1 coaching vs. the Notes to Novel course

[38:00] Final words of wisdom and advice from Stefanie


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