We'll polish & position your work
Hone your manuscript with our PI, beta readers and a personal coach
Consult with our professionals about publishers and agents
Build your platform through networking and your author website
Have you written a full manuscript, or most of one? Congratulations! That’s a significant accomplishment that not enough writers have achieved.

If you’re unsure what to do next, you’re in good company. Publishing depends on writing, but it's a different skill set. Bardsy is here to guide you through the publication process.

Our Publishability Index™ (PI) is the first step toward preparing your work for submission. Covering each narrative element, the PI provides a straightforward evaluation of whether your story is ready. Assess your work across the twenty-three dimensions, and then carefully polish it, bit by bit, until you can genuinely say you have a great story.

After revising on your own, it’s time to get feedback. Successful writers usually send their work to a beta reader, who'll go through their story from the perspective of its audience. If you’re looking for a beta reader, we'll supply one that's familiar with your genre and has experience guiding fellow writers.

Once your work is polished, we’ll walk you through the entire publication process. Consult with one of our professionals to discuss your options and determine what's best for you. If you opt to pursue traditional publication, they can help you to identify which agents to query, and how to best position your story. They can also help you develop or review your query package.

Bardsy doesn’t stop at publication, though. We stay with you through the promotional phase too. Our community is the perfect place to network with other authors. This not only allows you to keep a pulse on the market and stay abreast of trends: it’s also an opportunity to increase your visibility and foster meaningful connections.

Saving the best for last: every author needs a platform! You can’t expect people to buy your book if they don’t know that it exists! Social media profiles are a start, but you'll need a professional author’s website, too. Since building a website from scratch is a headache and generic templates aren't much good, we offer dedicated author pages for you to showcase yourself, your book(s) and to drive sales.

You’ve already done the hard part: you wrote your story. You don’t have to navigate the wide world of publishing on your own. From polishing to promotion, Bardsy is by your side.
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"Before Bardsy, my growth as a fiction writer had stalled. Despite writing consistently, my work wasn't improving; every time I got feedback, it was essentially 'fine, but not fantastic.' With individual coaching and my writer's group, I received the direction needed to progress. Celeste's coaching is thoughtful and professional, and she clearly explains how to improve without sacrificing your voice.

Since joining Bardsy, I've placed in two fiction contests, sold a short story and am working on a novel. Best of all, my writing is improving. I'm very thankful to have found Bardsy and would recommend the program to all writers." — Alex T.

"As someone who has always loved to write but was too anxious to put my work out into the world, finding Bardsy is something I am always thankful for. The first time I published a short story to the site, I found myself engaged in constructive conversations with people who had read my work and I was hooked!

Later, having the opportunity to join a writing group gave me a chance to meet awesome people, and hone my craft. Being part of a writing group keeps me motivated and focused on my writing goals. It has even helped me grow the confidence I needed to start querying literary agents, getting me one step closer to my lifelong goal of becoming a published author." — Courtney K.

"This is a wonderful community at Bardsy, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Its been instrumental in shaping my soon-to-be-released book, Finding Davy. My writing group offered honest feedback and continual encouragement as I wrote, rewrote, revised, and polished the manuscript. Their input helped me prepare it for querying, and I landed a publisher. I've benefited tremendously from their input and couldn't imagine my next book without them!" — Pamela R.

"On a whim I wrote my first short story. Not long after that I found Bardsy. Two Holiday Anthologies later, I’ve tackled a novella and scripted a radio play among countless short stories. Bardsy writing groups provide encouraging peer feedback. I respect the Bardsy professionals’ critical perspective and the analysis tools they have developed. I would not be writing a novel today were it not for Bardsy." — David D.

"There are serendipitous encounters that result in deflecting life’s course for the better. Coming across Bardsy’s Dreamcatcher Contest during the pandemic was one such event. I had always loved to write but never considered myself as a serious writer, definitely not one who could complete an entire book that had publishing possibilities. Entering the contest—and winning—changed my perspective. The introduction to Bardsy’s world of writing opportunities, anthologies and peer feedback put me on a literary course that I have come to love.

Bardsy’s founders, Adam and Celeste, have significant experience in the literary world and have provided me with valuable guidance. The writing groups at all levels at Bardsy provide advice in an environment that encourages writers while at the same time providing feedback in a positive manner. I have made my way in a couple of years from a novice short story group to one where everyone is working on a book that they want to publish.

I would highly encourage writers at all levels to visit Bardsy and explore their various offerings. As a writer who is currently working on her second book in as many years, I am very thankful that I have Bardsy in my corner. — Kalpana R.
"I always wanted to write a novel, but the entire process felt daunting. I had an idea, but didn’t have the confidence to approach a full novel. I was sending stories out all over the place and getting nothing but rejection slips. I had no idea how to improve my writing skills. But then I found Bardsy.

The Character Anthology Contest gave me the opportunity to explore my characters and receive actionable feedback to help me improve. Since the contest, I’ve written 45,000 words, and I’ve noticed my writing has improved with every chapter thanks to the feedback from my writing group. If you’re feeling stuck and losing confidence in your writing, I highly recommend Bardsy." — Nicholas D.

"Bardsy is a positive supportive group of people who love to write. It's a great place to learn how to write or improve your writing no matter what level you are at. It is an outlet where you know you are going to have people read your writing." — Lori B.

"Whether you are a brand new writer learning how to get your thoughts on paper, want a venue to express yourself, or you are a more experienced writer like me who is trying to hone their skills and make that craft the best you can, Bardsy has something for you." — Albert W.

"I think Bardsy helps everyone tell better stories! We have had so much fun using the program and coming up with creative ideas to write about. It’s worked for our entire family." — Colleen K.

"My experience with Bardsy has been wonderful. Not only was I able to achieve a long-sought-after goal of having one of my stories published as an anthology winner, but the feedback I have received from the two contests I have entered has been invaluable. As an Elite workshop member, I receive guidance from their exceptional editorial staff and my fellow writing peers. The workshop is fun to participate in and helps me with focus, content and deadlines." — Christine R.

"As I grew older, I found that it became more difficult to participate in writing classes and/or writing groups. I had been published several times over the course of my varied career and I had become complacent. I was frustrated until I came across Bardsy.

In joining Bardsy, I discovered a different approach to my writing. My facilitator and group members are very supportive. Their comments have been valuable in developing a writing approach that accomplishes what I want to say. I’ve found a new voice. I need to add that I am computer illiterate but they are always there to help. I recommend this organization for its professionalism, its attention to nurturing the writing personality and its ability to coordinate needs: education and camaraderie. And yes, we writers need both." — Lillian H.

"I found Bardsy when I was at a loss with my writing. I knew I wanted to write and that I had stories inside, but I had lost all motivation and direction. With Bardsy I found the motivation and resources to help me get out of my rut. I have really enjoyed the bi-weekly writing groups. They have held me accountable and kept me writing. I love getting feedback from the people in my group. It has helped me to grow and improve my writing. I have finally found the writing community that is supportive and helps writers grow." — Jessica F.

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