Book coaching

***Contact me for a free no-obligation half-hour chat on Zoom***

You have a great idea for a book, but you don’t know how to start…

You’ve begun writing a book, but now you’re stuck…

You have a first draft, but how does that become a finished, polished book?

You’ve got a book, but how do you find your readers?

What is a book coach?

A short, vague answer is that a book coach assists with the process of writing a book.

In practice, a book coach can assist with all sorts of things. Some examples are:

  • Defining your writing goals
  • Refining a book concept
  • Developing an outline
  • Strengthening a story arc
  • Working on character development
  • Finding the best way to write for you
  • Providing feedback on writing
  • Deciding the best path to publication
  • Providing advice on finding readers
  • Signposting writing and publishing resources 
  • Offering a supportive environment for discussion 

It depends on what you want and need.

What you can expect from me:

First of all, while I’ve been coaching on an informal basis for some time, this is a new offering for me, so what is below may change!

The first step is to contact me with a little information about what sort of support you’re looking for. Don’t worry if you’re not quite sure what you want; we can discuss via email.

From there, we’ll arrange a no-obligation free half-hour session on Zoom; I’ll send you an invite. At that session, we’ll discuss what sort of coaching you would find helpful, and how often you would like it. I don’t mind if you just want an occasional hour (or even half-hour) to pick up on specific things, or if you would like to book a session every month or two, or more often, to move your project along.

I can be flexible regarding scheduling, but please note that I am UK-based and operate on UK time!

After the first free session, introductory coaching rates are £25 per hour or £13 per half hour, payable in advance. If you need to cancel or postpone a session that’s fine, but please give me as much notice as you can.

Why choose me to work with you?

  • I’ve navigated the maze of writing and publishing myself. I began writing seriously in 2015, and since then I have written and published over twenty novels in a variety of series. I write mysteries of various kinds, both historical and contemporary, and you can see my books and read my reviews at Amazon or Goodreads. During those years I’ve learnt a lot about writing, plotting, editing, self-publishing, and attracting readers. I’ve read books, I’ve taken courses, I’ve learnt by doing, and I’d be very happy to share what I’ve learnt with you.
  • If I don’t think I can provide what you need – for instance, if you write in a genre I’m unfamiliar with – I will be honest about that and recommend that you work with someone else.
  • I also edit in a variety of genres (see CopyRight Editing for more details), so you can trust me with your work.
  • Before I became a writer, I spent several years working in training and development in the National Health Service (NHS), including undertaking coaching and mentoring training. I will offer you a supportive environment to discuss your work, and also, when appropriate, aim to challenge you.

If you’d like to know more, contact me to arrange a chat on Zoom.

Featured image: Photo by Hannah Wei on Unsplash

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