Joan Gelfand ~Writer of the Week~

Joan Gelfand is a writer. She writes poetry, fiction, and short stories. She has blogged for the Huffington Post on cultural topics and publishes book reviews and travel articles.

Joan Gelfand

In addition, She coach writers on their path to publication. She helps with refining book proposals and locating publishers and publishing options.


Here is an interview with Joan Gelfand!

  1. Please Describe Joan Gelfand:

Answer: I am a writer with five published books and a contract for a novel due out in the Spring.

I started my writing life as a poet. I then wrote two novels, a book of short fiction and reviews and travel articles.

I have a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing. Before committing to writing full time, I worked in the business world in various capacities; I worked for an ad agency, a technical school and a designer. I’ve started three businesses, most recently an Airbnb in San Francisco.

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2. Please Describe your skills:

Answer:  Right now I am on the book tour for my most recent (and first non-fiction) book, “You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors: Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence.” The book was published by Mango Press in July and hit the Amazon #1 Hot new releases in pre-orders.

I work with both aspiring and established writers, helping them to define their goals. Together we plan how to get them on the road to publication.

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3. What inspired to pursue your passion?

Answer: I had sent my first novel to an NY agent and received a beautiful note. Things just fell into place and I was able to leave my day job and pursue writing books – the job I had wanted my whole life.

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4. What are the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome?

Answer: Despite that nice note, I had problems getting my novel published. I had some challenges and setbacks which led to self-doubt. I almost gave up several times. Fortunately, I have a support system that encouraged me to stick with it.

I also found some writer’s groups that were super helpful. The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter taught me a lot about the book world and how to navigate.

5. Your message to the audience/beginners?

Answer: Be realistic with yourself. Are you willing to spend 24/7 for the first year or two to establish yourself in your field? Are you willing to spend time and money to meet people, go to meetings of groups and meetups to meet your audience?

Next, are you willing to work with other people? Do you take feedback well?

6. Where can the people find you?

AnswerMy Website.

Thank you, Joan Gelfand, for taking the time to participate in our weekly column “Writer of the Week“.

Best wishes from Phonic Words for your future endeavours.







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