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Thinking of Publishing? How to Take the First Step

  1. Watch the replay of our Q&A session with the Brooklyn Book Doctor, Joelle Hann
  2. Joelle Hann, poet, essayist and author
  3. Edit like a pro with your free ProWritingAid account

Watch the replay of our Q&A session with the Brooklyn Book Doctor, Joelle Hann

You've been writing for a while. Your friends and family love what you're doing. Is it time to pursue publication?

Publishing your work can be very gratifying. You reach a wider audience and sometimes you even get paid. But how do you know if your work is ready? More, how do you prepare it for publication so that it gets the attention of busy editors?

In this webinar, book coach and writer, Joelle Hann, of Brooklyn Book Doctor, talked about when to cross over from writing for pleasure to writing for publication, how to prepare your work, and what practices are essential for publishing writers.

Joelle Hann, poet, essayist and author

Joelle Hann is an award-winning writer whose essays and poems explore the nature of our deepest relationships, and whose articles have covered the highs and lows of yoga culture, as well as food, film, books and travel.

Joelle worked in-house as a Senior Development Editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s, a publisher that leads industry standards for quality and innovation. A decade later she jumped ship to freelance as a book doctor and collaborator. Since then, she’s developed and written many acclaimed books for authors in the realm of self-transformation, activism, spirituality, health, finance and business.

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Libby Bushill

Libby Bushill

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About Libby

Libby is ProWritingAid’s Lifecycle Marketer. When she’s not dreaming up our writing tips newsletters, she loves yoga, spending time outdoors, and trying new recipes.

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You’ll find Libby’s work on all things writing and grammar across the internet on writing blogs.


After studying English Literature at University, she is living her dream working with words every day.

Published Works

Libby co-edited of The University of Reading’s A Room of Our Own project.

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