Life is all about change, and ain’t that the truth? If you’ve visited the website lately, you’ll have noticed a few changes. Well, a lot of changes actually. A new URL, for one. A new business, for another!
I started the Covid year by enrolling in the very robust and highly esteemed Author Accelerator book coaching program, and last month I received my certification. Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how excited I am!
I am back on the horse! I’m back in the world, learning and doing! I’m a Certified Author Accelerator Book Coach!
And…I’m terrified! Starting a new business enterprise on the cusp of turning 60? Oh, my gosh, don’t even get me started.
But…life is change!
Take a naturally occurring coach-in-the-wild, someone who has a knack for something and a lifetime of training in cross-over skills with an affinity for the written word and the desire to work with writers, train them in methods and best practices and voilà! What do you get? Magic. Book Coach magic.
Okay! I know you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Just what the heck is a book coach, anyway?
A book coach (or writing coach) is a professional editor, a mentor, and a cheerleader for writers at any stage of the writing process.
A book coach:
- acts as a sounding board for creative ideas
- guides the writer to reach their writing goals
- is invested in the writer’s project but also in their writing journey
- often works with the same writer for months or years
I work with writers, helping them get their stories out of their heads and onto the page. At the moment, I’m concentrating on fiction. However, I’d love to work with memoir as well and am currently studying memoir coaching under Jennie Nash in Author Accelerator.
If you’d like to check out my brand new website, I’d love to see you there! Heads up, it’s not 100% finished yet – one page at a time, right? But today I’m taking a deep breath and shouting out olly olly all come free! Here I come, ready or not!
One Reply to “I’m an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach!”
You don’t know me, but I am friends with two AA coaches, Sheila Athens and Lidija Hilje. In 2020 I opened a small independent publishing company.
I am going to copy and paste emails I sent to them. if you are interested in my idea, please let me know.
Hope you are well and planning a nice holiday.
How is your book coaching coming? I have gone a different path, although I considered the Author Accelertor coaching for a long time. I opened my own small independent publishing company after helping countless authors get their books self-published for free. I am at the stage I need to start expanding my business.
It dawned on me that you are Step 1 in the process for writers – getting the book written.
I am Step 2 – getting their books published.
I understand that most of your authors are probably seeking traditional publishing when they are done with your coaching. But the honest truth is a lot of those authors will not find an agent or a traditional publisher. It is a long, tough journey.
I would like to make a suggestion for you. If you run across authors that have become discouraged from rejections or crickets from querying agents, if they reach the point where they would consider a small independent press, I advertise to have their books in their hands in six months or less. If you would refer them to me, I would be glad to pay you a referral fee.
Please take a moment and review my company website, Simon Publishing LLC. I have a great team of editors (just added a second editor that is not even listed on my site yet), a cover designer and even an audio narrator for audiobooks.
One of my authors, T. Milton Mayer won the Silver Award in the Thriller category at the 2022 Florida Writers Conference. I am proud of the work we put out and my authors.
Let’s do business together and make more authors happy.
Would love to hear from you. Also, if you know of any other AA coaches that might be interested, please pass my information along to them.