You want to write a book, a goal that's been nagging at you for weeks, months, maybe longer. You keep starting. Then stopping. Then starting again.
You think you know the story, but you have so many questions. Are you telling only your story? Should you include stories from other people? Is research necessary? What is the best structure? Who is the audience? And how long will this thing take anyway?
If any of this sounds familiar, I invite you to take a deep breath. Yes, writing a book—especially one based on your own life experiences—can be intimidating. But it will also be one of the most energizing, life-changing, life-affirming, spiritually charged and personally rewarding things you ever do.
If you're ready to stop procrastinating and start writing, I'd love to be your thought partner, cheerleader and personal mentor. I want to help you write the book only you can write.
I’ve been coaching writers for more than 12 years and in that time I’ve learned that coaching works best when both coach and client are jointly committed to a project.
I show my commitment to you by taking on only a limited number of clients. This gives me the time and focus necessary to fully concentrate on your project.
You, in turn, demonstrate your commitment to your writing by agreeing to work with me for a minimum of six months. This commitment virtually ensures you will make significant progress—in fact, it’s not uncommon for clients to power through a complete first draft within six months.
Exactly how we work together will depend on where you are in your storytelling journey. Here are the three options:
1. Uncover Your Story—You know you have a story to tell but you can’t seem to find the time to write, and you’re not sure of the focus, the structure, or why anyone would care about your story. At this point, you don’t know if you’re writing for publication or yourself, but it doesn’t matter—you’re just desperate to begin. If this sounds like you, shoot me an email describing your story and let’s schedule a time to talk.
2. Write Your Book—You’re ready to start writing in earnest (perhaps you’ve even started) and you’d like a thought partner—someone to hold your hand, hold you accountable, give you feedback, and with whom you can discuss ideas and deeper themes. If this sounds like you, shoot me an email describing your story and writing background and let’s schedule a time to talk.
3. Revise and Polish—You’ve created a lot of pages (maybe even a full draft) and now you’re ready to dive in and do the heavy lifting. You want to start revising and polishing. You want learn more about craft, gain in-depth critical feedback, and decide what publishing option (self or traditional?) is best for your project. If this sounds like you, shoot me an email with the first ten pages attached and let’s schedule a time to talk.
4. Customized Packages are available if the scope of your project falls outside of the three existing categories. If this describes your project, send me an email describing your book and let’s schedule a time to talk.
Shari Caudron with her client Tamra Ryan, author of The Third Law, at Tamra’s book launch party
I’d love to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation.