Author Coaching & Book Coaching
Get the support you need to start writing and stay writing
It’s easy to write when the inspiration strikes, but what happens when the fire dies down and you’re only 20 pages into what you thought was going to be a 200 page novel? Experienced writers know that inspiration is fleeting and that to really finish a book or even write a few short stories or blog posts you need to go deeper into your resources of motivation and commitment. That’s why you need the support of an author coach (a.ka. book coach/writer coach).
- stop thinking about writing and start putting words on the page
- get clarity on your story plot or book structure
- identify the hook that gets readers involved and craft a great ending
- set writing goals and stick to them (accountability)
- assess the strength of your text through objective writing feedback
- gain new ideas and insights when you’re feeling stuck
- feel supported and affirmed in your project, with regular feedback to give you the confidence of knowing you’re on the right track
Coaching for life and art
My writer coaching is usually offered as a combination of text reading and live calls (Zoom, Skype, etc) to discuss your latest work and resolve any challenges you might have. Because writing and living are inseparable, the coaching may also cover general life issues such as work-life balance, motivation, emotional state, confidence and the day-to-day challenges of following one’s passions while taking care of the demands of ordinary existence. To create the work we must also create the person who is able to do the work.
Outcome: A written manuscript appraisal and feedback report of 5-12 pages
Details: A read-through of your text to provide a high-level overview that highlights issues that may need to be addressed before you progress to copy editing or publishing. Also known as an editorial assessment (read more). Recommended if you have already written a first draft or a few chapters and you want feedback on whether the story works. The assessment can lead into ongoing coaching if necessary.
Prerequisites: A complete manuscript or just the opening chapters
Sessions: A written report of up to 12 pages plus email support after delivery of the report.
From $300 / R4500
Duration: 3 months*
Outcome: Your first 10,000 words, plot and structure, character outlines, chapter list (nonfiction)
Details: A three-month power-up to get you writing, overcome blocks, establish a writing routine and reach a target wordcount. Includes working on plot and structure if necessary, plus any other aspects of the book that need to be defined so that the writing can pick up speed.
Prerequisites: A basic idea for a work of fiction or nonfiction.
Sessions: Four calls of 60-90 minutes and 1.5 hours of reading time over 3 months. Worksheets to guide your exploration. Email support between calls.
$480 / R6500
* Time periods can be adjusted by agreement
Plan Your Book
Duration: 1 month*
Outcome: Fiction: A premise, plot, character arc. Nonfiction: Chapter outline, hook, lesson
Details: A one-month intensive to find the structure and plot of your book, novel or screenplay. The structure outline will provide you with a roadmap to follow from beginning to end. This programme is a great way to start writing if you’ve been procrastinating because you don’t know how to translate your ideas into a solid structure for writing.
Prerequisites: A basic idea for a work of fiction or nonfiction
Sessions: Two calls of 60-90 minutes. Reading of your work (30 mins). Worksheets to guide your exploration. Email support between calls.
$280 / R3600
Duration: Month to month or ad hoc
Outcome: Outcome of your choice (e.g. write 10,000 words/month; finish a short story)
Details: An ongoing coaching engagement or brief intervention to keep you focused on the work and meeting your writing goals. Ideal if you’ve started writing and just need accountability and a thinking partner to help you clarify story, plot and argument as you go.
Prerequisites: A solid premise, plot or book outline. (Do the Plan Your Book intensive if necessary)
Sessions: One call of 60-90 minutes per month plus 30 mins reading time. Worksheets to guide your exploration. Email support between calls.
$150 per month / R1800 per month
An investment in your talent
Writer coaching is an investment in your growth as an author. You’ll be supported and challenged to reach greater heights of creativity and expression so that dream of writing can become a reality. Your coach will help you stay accountable to your ambitions and will make it easier for you to get the big picture and see beyond the inevitable problems that arise.
Contact me with your questions or to book your first coaching session.