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DIY MFA Radio Episode 139: Be the Gateway — Interview with Dan Blank

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews marketing mentor Dan Blank about his nonfiction debut, BE THE GATEWAY. In this book, Dan offers a fresh approach to marketing for writers, focusing not on hollow metrics or arbitrary numbers, but on forging genuine connections with their readers. Listen in to learn how to make similar mindset shift in looking at your own platform, so you can focus on what really matters for your author career.

Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started. is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a leading book industry publicity firm which for more than 25 years has helped authors discover who they are and who they strive to be through publicity campaigns that are seamless, newsworthy and on target. Many debut authors, those trying to build a following, and established writers come to us for help with positioning, media exposure, marketing and social media.