“You can make anything by writing.” ~ C. S. Lewis
How and Why It Works
Writing a book is a delicious and awe-inspiring process. It’s also one that can shove your muse into the Witness Protection Program.
And if you’re a woman, you’re likely scraping writing time together — with a career, family, relationships, friends, pets, and 692 other commitments yanking on your sleeves.
Unfortunately, the things that tend to slide down a woman’s priority list are her own needs and creative dreams.
I understand that well. I buried my own creativity for years. I finally took a stand for what I loved, and that’s why I wrote my first novel. That novel brought me anguish, frustration, numerous tooth-marked pencils, and more than one near heart attack from computer failure.
And it was worth every moment.
My coaching service is designed to help you give your writing — and yourself — time and dedication. You deserve that.
As your book coach, I help you savor all the pleasure of writing and minimize the roadblocks so you’ll come joyfully to “The End”. I want you to feel the delight of having the book in your head come to life.
My job . . .
. . . is to be a catalyst for your books. At the beginning we discuss your goals, your time frame, and what kind of support will help you most. Together we’ll map the right path for you to finish — and publish. Our “meeting room” is the telephone, which gives you great flexibility and convenience. We hold regular meetings to discuss your progress and work through any stumbling blocks.
Many of my clients experience tremendous progress by committing to complete a particular section of their book (e.g., a scene or chapter, a synopsis, the cover letter of the book proposal) by the next session. When clients commit to a deadline and know I’ll follow up on it, they feel tremendous relief — and find they write faster and better.
I offer focus, encouragement, and accountability as you seek career progress. I’ll also be your creative and knowledgeable guide on craft issues and publishing matters — whether you want to blaze a path with the new self-publishing options or pursue a traditional route.
Sometimes clients share a few paragraphs of a scene so I can give feedback or assist them past a “stuck” place. Whether you share your work with me is up to you, and it’s normally only for short sections at a time. (If your primary need is extensive critiquing of a manuscript, you’re better off seeking a critique partner or freelance editor.)
When you run into problems during the creation of your book (and such problems are nearly inevitable for writers!), we’ll work out the best and quickest way to sail forward. You’ll have me as your sounding board, brainstorming partner, and directional compass.
Your book, your goals . . .
If your dream is a traditional book contract, do you want to hone your synopsis, write a kick-ass query letter, or attract an agent? I’m at your side.
My clients receive offers from such highly respected agencies as The Knight Agency, Folio Literary Management, and D4EO Literary Agency and sell to top publishing houses like Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, and AMACOM (HarperCollins).
I also love shepherding independently-minded clients through the many modern self-publishing options like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, B&N Press, and Draft2Digital.
Books are like children; they’re a part of you forever. Your writing voice, style, and goals are integral to the books you envision, and I honor that in my coaching. Your project is always your creation; I’m the midwife who aids the birth.
As your coach, I’m a friend, mentor, and supportive partner. And you’ll experience the joy of writing, finishing and publishing your book!