In my career as an author, I’ve faced every challenge you’re facing now. Writing a compelling book takes serious work, but the rewards are so worth the effort.

Let me tell you a true story. Years ago, like every new writer trying to break in with their first novel, I sent queries to agents, then waited and hoped. One morning, I got a call from a New York literary agent who said she was so excited by the description of my book, she wanted to see the full manuscript immediately. Ecstatic, I sent it that very afternoon.

Soon after, I got her terse written reply: “Alas, the manuscript did not live up to my expectations.” Those were her exact words. I was devastated. Tears flowed. Then weeks of agonized self-doubt. Maybe I didn’t have what it took to be a writer. I was ready to give up.

Then, a few days later, that same query attracted legendary agent Albert Zuckerman of Writers House who has shepherded dozens of bestsellers. He, too, asked for the full manuscript. He read it – and loved it! He offered to represent me, I eagerly signed the contract, and within weeks Al sold the book to Audrey LaFehr at Penguin, who said it was the best historical novel she had ever read.

Amazing, isn’t it – from “alas” to “the best.” That book sold 75,000 copies and became the first in my seven-book Thornleigh Saga series. My sales have now topped over half a million books. So, I’m here to tell you that although the journey to write a book and get it published can hit you with heartbreaking moments, it can also bring joyful surprises. If you persevere, success can be yours.

Countdown to Launch!


I’m excited about this! My “Your Path to a Page-Turner” Program will launch at the end of April. We’re putting the finishing touches to the videos now, and I can’t wait to offer the whole program to you.

·       Be inspired and energized by my 23 new videos that cover the essentials of creating a story that will leave readers saying “I couldn’t put it down!” – and learn how to get it published

·       Take your writing to the next level with my unique “Practice Like a Pro” exercises

·       Join my private Facebook group, a new online community where your program colleagues and I will support you on your writing journey and cheer you on

·       Get my insider tips on how to navigate the world of agents and publishers, so your book can break through and make it to the top

I’ve created the “Your Path to a Page-Turner” Program to help you write a book that will excite agents and publishers and thrill readers. Full details coming here soon!

Grow as a writer. Dare to succeed.

Barbara Kyle

P.S. You’ll find helpful writing tips on my Facebook page “Barbara Kyle, Mentor to Writers.” If you visit it, please “like” it!