Write the Damn Book Already

Ep 64: Novel Writing with Ann Garvin

November 15, 2023 Elizabeth Lyons
Write the Damn Book Already
Ep 64: Novel Writing with Ann Garvin
Show Notes

Ann Garvin writes books for "women to do too much in a world that asks too much." Enough said; take all my money already!

She published her first book in her late forties, even though one of her professors/mentors used to say to her on a regular basis, “You’re the worst writer I’ve ever met.” (He wasn’t being funny.)

During this episode of the Write the Damn Book Already podcast, Ann and I had so much fun discussing the novel-writing journey, from writing to publishing to marketing (and a whole lot in between!).


  • Ann's journey from being a nurse (with a PhD) to being a full-time writer and how she thinks about her future in this space. 
  • A fascinating look into what’s moving the levers in the publishing space right now. It’s extremely eye-opening, and allows YOU, as the author, to make much more well-informed decisions when it comes to publishing and marketing.
  • Going from 102 to 21K reviews (and whether she reads those reviews!)
  • How her process has evolved when it comes to working with her editor to remain true to the story she wants to tell
  • How she avoids the “lowest hanging fruit” in plot lines to keep her readers (and herself) curious and pleasantly surprised while reading
  • Ann's take on self-publishing versus traditional publishing (and her best advice for all aspiring and second-time-around authors)
  • Ann's thoughts on the #1 reason why people won't get published (which I couldn't agree with more!)


Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is the USA Today Bestselling author of five funny and sad novels. She writes about people who do too much in a world that asks too much from them.

Ann worked as an RN and after receiving her Ph.D. taught Exercise Physiology

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