You want to write a memoir or other nonfiction 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 subject, but you have so many questions. How much of your story should you tell? 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 knowledge and 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 teach you how to start writing a book and help you write (and publish!) the book only you can write.
How Coaching Works
I’ve been coaching writers for more than 15 years and have coached more than 400 writers one on one. Over the years, 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 writing journey. Here are four options:
1. Daylong Intensives for Clarity and Momentum—You want to write a book but you’re not sure of the focus, the audience, the structure, or how to make people care about your work. What you DO know is that you’re confused and desperate to get started. Sound familiar? If so, I offer daylong (or more) intensives wherein you and I can roll up our sleeves, brainstorm your project, find answers to your questions, and create a roadmap for your writing. Most clients come away from intensives with a preliminary table of contents, a list of content areas/research/stories to include, and a strategy for getting the writing done. If you’d like to learn more, shoot me an email describing your project and let’s schedule a time to talk. Note: I now offer intensives online through videoconference, as well as in person in my office in Boulder, Colorado.
2. Ongoing Coaching for Feedback and Accountability—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, teach you about craft, and with whom you can discuss big ideas and deeper themes. If this sounds like you, shoot me an email describing your book and writing background and let’s schedule a time to talk.I offer six-month coaching packages of various levels depending on how often you’d like to meet andhow many pages you anticipate producing. True fact: More than 65 percent of clients who sign up for coaching with the goal of producing a complete first draft (or a polished book proposal) in six months succeed!
3. Manuscript Review for Critique and Direction—You’ve been writing and writing and have realized it’s time to lift your head, take a deep breath, and get some objective feedback on your work. If you’d like me to review your manuscript (of any length–it can be an essay or a book), send me an email describing the work and the total word count and I’ll be happy to provide an estimate.
4. Ask Me Anything: If you’re stuck on a writing or publishing problem and need help moving forward, let’s talk. My 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” sessions are designed to help writers gain quick clarity on a wide range of topics, including…
- Publishing options
- Privacy issues
- Finding agents and publishers
- Marketing essays and articles
- Structural issues
- Voice and Style
- Identifying Your Audience
- And anything else you might be stuck on related to your book
Ask Me Anything sessions cost $297 and can be scheduled below. (Note: Ask Me Anything sessions can only be used by clients three times in 12 months.)
5. Customized Packages for Non-book Projects. In addition to my work with book authors, I also work regularly with speakers (on speech development), bloggers (on blog creation), and freelance magazine writers (on article development). If this describes your project, send me an email describing your needs and let’s schedule a time to talk.