Let’s Talk About Writing, Publishing, and Coaching


I was interviewed on the Lead Stories Podcast with Jo Saxton and Steph O’Brien. Listen in, if you’re interested! (It’s about 45 minutes.)

We talked about:

  • What I look for in someone I might represent as an agent
  • What coaching looks like and why it is worth it
  • How I redirect people who aren’t ready for publishing yet
  • Whether I think everyone has a book in them
  • What I think the best social media platform is
  • Current hot topics in Western culture

Some questions for writers to ask themselves:

1) Am I writing for myself or am I writing for a reader?

2) Can I identify who my reader is and why they would want to read this?

3) Have I worked hard to become a strong writer? (Am I getting feedback, improving my craft, reading books in my genre etc.?)

4) What are my personal forms of resistance when it comes to writing? (Write a list and watch out for them!)

Listen to the Lead Stories Podcast HERE.



Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Linda wilson on October 22, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    This is invaluable-grateful I’m in connection with such professionalism!