The writer's coach
Let me help you share your words.
Books—memoirs, novels, anthologies, non-fiction narratives, YA, self help, business guides, fictional tales, and all those many pages we are yearning to write—are much like relationships. First, we get to know your book and get familiar with the what, the why you, the when, and the for whom. Next, we create a healthy writing process, which is often a cocktail of organic evolution mixed with the practice of self-discipline. And then, we commit to the journey of you writing your book and you sharing your message with the world.
We all work with words differently. And let’s be honest. Writing a book is not something that I would call easy. However, it is most certainly rewarding, admirable, exciting, enjoyable, and very doable. I am here to help you craft your writing process and hold you accountable to finishing your book - especially when the going gets tough. With the help of guidelines, timeframes, resources, writing tools, creative exercises, and conversation, I am here to support you bringing that book of yours into being.
Writing Coaching Program
With my 6-month writing coaching program, we will bring your words onto the page and into the world.
Session #1 is for…
getting organized and getting to know your book. Whether you have a full length manuscript or a few sentences strung together, you and I will define your book’s subject or core message, get clear on the structure or narrative, and choose major and minor themes to be represented throughout. We will also create a “working outline,” which means this outline will shape and shift along the way. Session #1, and we’re just getting started.
Sessions #2-11 are designed to…
move your book forward… which is about you staying the course and (sometimes) working through those blocks. During the majority of our sessions, we will systematically work together month by month. Each month you will be asked to deliver our agreed content (number of chapters or pages), which is what we will discuss during our twice-monthly coaching sessions. We may also discuss anything from your writing process to the importance of building a social media platform to how to improve your craft and technique. And when those “stuck” and “why the heck am I doing this?” feelings surface, we’ll work through those, too.
Session #12 is…
the final wrap up and we can celebrate how far you’ve come. At the end of our six months, we might be working on your book proposal, determining that there are still pages left to write, or making a plan for the next draft. You might have a complete manuscript and you might not. This process of becoming an author is different for everyone and there is no pace that is wrong or right, good or bad. Time, commitment, inspiration, and devotion all play big roles.
the program guarantee:
After 12 sessions and 6 months of working with me, you will:
have a plan for your book
understand your writing habits and process
feel comfortable with your tone and style
know how to navigate your writer’s blocks
understand the need for a platform
And if you believe in your book, we will make it come true.
program investment includes:
12 90-minute 1:1 minute sessions (twice-monthly)
structural, developmental & content editing services (see below)
coaching to work through the ups and downs of the process of writing a book
unlimited email access (with 72-hour response)
writing and publishing resources (as needed)
Scroll down to FAQs if you have questions.
Ready to begin your book?
Let’s get on the same page.
Please fill out the "Share Your Story" questionnaire below. It's possible that you will not have all the answers right now. That is totally okay, because anything you write will give us a good place to start. And it's safe to say that these answers might change along the way.
And talk price.
$550 | monthly
$3,000 | upfront
All payments made through Square. Option to transfer money through Venmo or pay by check available upon request.
We can build your book together - from your first sentence to your book proposal. There's no limit.
$150 | per session
Not ready for a “program,” but still ready to start somewhere? In this hour-long coaching session we will talk a bit about the message or story you are eager to share with the world. There is a story in all of us, and it's just a matter of exploring how you are going to share it with your readers. You may know exactly what you want to say, but have no idea how to begin. Or maybe you know how to begin, but are having a tricky time determining what to say. Let's begin to untangle what's blocking you and get these words out.
Additional Editing Services
Even the greatest authors depend on editors. Hiring an editor gives you a chance to step away from your work, invite a dedicated reader to your words, receive an objective and experience-based opinion, and have someone around who will never get sick of talking about your book. Even so, some writers en route to becoming authors will want to skip this crucial step or ship their manuscript off to an editing service. I say don't do either. Instead, find a human who cares as much about your book, your project, or your blog staying authentic and reaching its audience as you do. Then, ask them to join you on the ride.
I would be happy to be that human. I have talents and experience as a developmental editor (working with the big picture, bringing the book from an idea to a narrative or message) and as a structural editor (working with the content, language, dialogue, flow, style, tone, and voice). Often times, the authors I work with receive a mixture of both, based on the needs of their project. These are details that we can discuss before working together.
In full transparency, I must say that I am not here to be the final polish on your grammar or to triple-check your spelling. Though I do have opinions on grammar (em-dash and oxford comma for life) and knowledge of the rules (The Elements of Style: Strunk & White is my go-to) this final stage of editing is for an experienced copyeditor or proofreader. I know a handful of excellent copyeditors that I can recommend. Let me know if you’re in search of one.
And just in case you were wondering, I have had editors for both of my books, brilliant women who have helped me shape my message, enhance my story, point out what I would have otherwise missed, and (gah!) kill kill my darlings.
If you are interested in Editing Services, please send me an email by clicking below. From there we can discuss your project, my editing rates, and compatible availability.
The proof is in the publishing.
Feel free to check out a few of the titles I have recently worked on with writers who became published authors.
"My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way."