Book Coaching

There’s nothing quite as motivating as knowing someone is on the other end of the line, waiting for your pages to pop into their inbox. A real, live human being who doesn’t just work with your words, but works with YOU – the person behind the words. The person with something to say.

You’ll get personalized feedback on your manuscript pages, accountability, and emotional support while you write. I’ll listen, help you brainstorm, guide you past the roadblocks, and help you stick to your goals.

How coaching works:

Each deadline, you’ll submit up to 20 pages (5,000 words) in industry standard formatting. They may be brand new words, or a combination of new or rewritten chapters, and returned assignments. The focus is on you and meeting your needs as a writer, so work targets are something we’ll figure out together.

With each submission you’ll receive:

  • Comments made directly in your manuscript pages
  • Thoughtful, Comprehensive Feedback aimed at making your story stronger.
  • My full professional attention on our calls and as I work on your pages.
  • Reading lists, resources and exercises curated for your specific needs as required.
  • An on-line call following each deadline to talk it all out – answering your questions, feeding your creativity, addressing your doubt demons and brainstorming solutions.
  • Email support as needed

Your investment:
One deadline per month: $250
Two deadlines per month: $500

A few notes:

About the Blueprint

One of the tools I use with all my clients is the Blueprint for a Book method developed by Jennie Nash of Author Accelerator. No matter what stage of the writing process you’re in, we always start with at least some parts of the blueprint.

Why? Think of your novel as a house – it won’t matter how many beautiful paintings you hang on the wall, they’re ALL going to hang crooked if the house is sitting on a wonky foundation. Let’s start by making sure those story-bones are nice and straight!

What is it?  The blueprint is a set of curated questions and worksheets aimed at helping us figure out what it is you want to say, how you want to say it, and why. What you come away with is clarity around your story and a path forward.

About Feedback

Our book coaching relationship is a safe space to discuss your work.

There are a lot of writers out there who’ve been on the receiving end of feedback that was inconsiderately given or downright cruel. There are writers out there who have been so badly burned by feedback that they’ve actually stopped writing for extended periods of time.

I understand what it feels like because I’ve been there. I’ve been beaten up by mean feedback, and I know how scary it is to jump back into the water.

Here’s something you already know: none of us can raise the bar and get where we want to go without the learning opportunity that feedback gives us.

A dedicated writer needs someone to tell them the truth about what’s missing or unclear. What isn’t working and why. To offer solutions and help brainstorm the best path forward.

I deliver honest feedback with sensitivity and respect.