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.
Like my book reviews, Book Coaching analyzes a story’s strengths and weaknesses, but rather than summarizing these into a succinct review, a Coaching Report provides detailed, chapter-by-chapter and even line-by-line responses so authors can gain insight on potential problem areas before a book is published. Book Coaching is designed to improve a short story, novella, or novel, increasing 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 developmental editing or 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 clarity and polish necessary to transform your work into the best it can be.
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 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.
- You determine the level of coaching. If you prefer to start the coaching process while you’re still outlining or would rather wait until the first draft is done–or if you’d like to receive a great deal of feedback on certain areas while omitting that of others (focusing on plot and characterization and leaving proofreading, grammar, and historical accuracy alone, for example)–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.
- It’s more than a “one-and-done” deal. Book coaching works best, for some authors, as a dialogue between author and coach, and this is included in my rate. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and even elaborate on your writing choices after you receive the first report, and I will then reply back with further explanations and thoughts without any additional charge.
- 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.
- All payment is done via Paypal, so there are no privacy or security issues for either of us.
- All coaching is confidential. I do not discuss my Book Coaching with other clients, writing friends, or in my writing posts. A coaching experience can inspire a certain line of thinking that eventually ends up in a post, but your work, your name, and all the “real life” specifics will never be referenced. What happens during coaching stays in coaching. 🙂
- You can send the same work back in at a discount. If you end up revising and even rewriting a work that I already did the coaching for and you’d like to have me take another look, the “second pass through” would be at a reduced rate of $0.50 per 1,000 words, or half the cost of the initial coaching. Since I’ll be already familiar with the plot and characters and would be rereading sections that remain the same as well as new or modified content, a revisited coaching project takes less time. (Note: If, as I read through, I find that you’ve overhauled the entire thing and that most of the content is new, with perhaps only the character names remaining the same, the rate will be that of a new coaching project and not of a revisited one.)
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Over the past ten years, I’ve read, reviewed, and researched books as an academic and professional reader. I’ve helped authors of romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary, and historical fiction of all sizes and lengths, and a you can find testimonials from my Book Coaching here.
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.
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 Romance, Science fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult, Middle School, Christian and Literary fiction genres but I welcome hybrids and works that fall outside these categories, too.
For more information or to begin discussing your own work-in-progress, please fill out the following form.
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