Hello! If you’re here, it means you’ve taken that first step toward investing in yourself as a writer. Congratulations!

Writing can be lonely sometimes, and as a beginner, it’s tough to plan, write, revise, and publish that first novel all on your own. Sometimes writers struggle to stay motivated and need the accountability a coach can provide. Others have a book already written and just don’t know how to take it from manuscript to published novel.

The best way to advance your writing is to work with a professional — preferably a seasoned author who’s built a career from her books. (Know any of those?)

I’ve written and published 17 novels since 2013. Fiction is how I make my living. Before I was a novelist, I worked as an editor and a ghostwriter for Fortune 500 executives and company founders. My writing has appeared in publications such as ForbesFast Company, and Business Insider, and I managed a team of freelance writers.

I began coaching several years ago when I began receiving questions about my writing process and the method I use to bring a novel from idea to publication. I offer both in-person coaching in Colorado Springs and coaching via phone, FaceTime, or Google Hangout.

What I Offer:

I coach writers at all levels of experience in all different genres. I work with writers on:

  • Establishing and growing a writing practice
  • Planning and drafting a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book
  • Revising a book for publication
  • Publishing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo

I work with writers on an ongoing basis to improve their writing or prepare a book for publication. I also offer à la carte consulting related to the publishing process and the more technical aspects of self-publishing.

Where to Begin

I always begin a coaching relationship with a brief written assessment followed by a consultation. The assessment is a two-page questionnaire designed to gauge where you are in your writing journey, the health of your creative life, and what style of coaching will work best for your personality. You should fill it out before our consultation and bring it with you (or send it to me via email prior to our session).

During our initial consultation, we’ll discuss who you are, what you write (or want to write), and where you are in your author journey. I’ll ask you details about your writing habits, your story ideas, and what you think you most need help with. We’ll go over your written assessment at this time and identify areas where you might benefit from help.

The purpose of this consultation is twofold: It allows me to get to know you and understand how I can be of service, and it gives you a chance to understand my process, as well as the tools and structured guidance you can expect from our work together. There is no hard time limit for these consultations, but you can expect to spend around 45 minutes.

Where Do We Go From There?

After our initial consultation, you will receive your own personalized action plan. This will encompass the goals we discussed and an overview of how we can work together to get you there. (You can expect to begin setting short- and long-term writing targets to help you reach your goal.)

We will meet once a week or every other week to discuss your writing and each step in the writing or publishing process. You can expect these meetings to be highly focused and goal-oriented. If needed, we can workshop specific characters, plot points, or other trouble spots in your current work in progress. The purpose of these sessions is to help you advance in your writing and resolve issues more quickly than you could on your own.

After every session, I like to send my clients a written recap and action items for the week via email.

So what do you think? Could you use some accountability? Maybe some professional feedback or publishing advice? Shoot me an email for more information or to schedule your free consultation at writewithtarah@gmail.com.

I can’t wait to begin working together.