As a book reviewer, I regularly discuss a novel’s strengths and weaknesses in a summarized way for the sake of potential readers, but through Book Coaching, I offer a more detailed, chapter-by-chapter response so authors can gain insight on potential problem areas before a book is published.
Book Coaching is designed to strengthen a novel (or novella) and improve its marketability through discussions about the books’ goals, focus, characterization, description, world-building, and plot.
Book Coaching is not beta reading, proofreading, or editing, but a form of literary engineering where we discuss the unique challenges inherent in your story and examine various options so you can find your answer–not a manufactured “right-way,” but the polish necessary to transform your work into being the best it can be.
Over the past ten years, I’ve read, reviewed, and researched books as an academic and professional reader. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Bachelor of Science in Drama, Television, and Film, and I’ve been trained to develop depth in stories, looking at how the written word informs and creates believable, understandable characters, plots, and fictional worlds.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that many authors (even those published through the “big imprints”) often need help in two areas: knowing how something strikes a reader and knowing how to get their vision onto paper in a real, relatable way, where the story, characters, and fictional world “make sense.” And that’s where Book Coaching comes in.
The Coaching Process
Your story doesn’t need to be finished in order to benefit from Book Coaching. In fact, some authors prefer to let me look at the first few chapters or an early draft so they can get feedback sooner rather than later, helping them avoid extra rewrites.
Book Coaching is only available for works that meet the PG-13 criteria (for language, violence, and sexual content), but feel free to contact me to confirm if your book would fall outside my scope (I won’t be shocked or think less of you if it exceeds my personal tastes). I primarily coach in the Literary fiction, Christian fiction, Middle School, Young Adult, New Adult, and Fantasy genres, but I welcome hybrids and works that fall outside these categories, too.
Here’s how Book Coaching works:
- The first chapter is free for all new clients, so you can “test drive” to see if my coaching service is a good fit for you or not. After that, the rate is $1 per every 1,000 word, with the word count rounded down to the nearest thousand-word increment to offset any word counting software errors (This means a 100,000 word novel, a bit longer than The Hobbit but shorter than Pride and Prejudice, is $100, while shorter works like A Christmas Carol or The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe would be around $30 or $40, respectively.)
- You pay as you go. Payment is split up in increments, with the final payment due after the last chapter. You can thus get coaching-as-you-write, rather than waiting for the finished product, and you can pay in installments as we make our way through your work.
- You receive both positive and negative feedback. Book Coaching is designed to let you know what works, what was done well to where your writing shines, and what still needs a bit more polish and attention. No matter where you are in your writing career, my job is to help you become the best writer you can be and not just cut your work to ribbons with a red pen.
- All payment is done via Paypal, so there are no privacy or security issues for either of us.
- Confidentiality. I do not discuss my Book Coaching with other clients or writing friends, and I do not keep your writing files after the coaching process is over. What happens during coaching stays in coaching. 🙂
- You determine the level of coaching. Choosing from a chapter-by-chapter dialogue between us or just a basic list of comments and reactions that you work through on your own, we can customize my response to meet the level of participation and interaction that best fits with your own writing style and your work’s needs, so you’ll never feel you have “way too much meddling” from your book coach.
For more information or to begin discussing your own work-in-progress, please fill out the following form.
Copyright 2016 Andrea Lundgren
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