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

Writing can be a lonely vocation, and as a beginner, it can be difficult to walk that path alone. Sometimes writers need accountability to write regularly and revise a piece until it’s ready for publication. Other times, writers desperately want to complete a novel but don’t know where to start. The best way to advance in your writing practice is to work with a partner — preferably a seasoned professional who has built a career from her writing.

I have written and published 16 novels and make a full-time living from my fiction. Before I was a novelist, I worked as an editor and a ghostwriter. (My writing appeared in publications such as ForbesFast Company, and Business Insider.) 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
  • Writing and editing a novel for publication
  • Writing memoir and nonfiction
  • Preparing for publishing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo

For coaching related to writing craft, I only work with writers for an extended period of time (one month or more). For those interested in the publishing process, I offer à la carte consulting for professional publishing advice.

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 for virtual coaching sessions).

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 aspects of your creative life that may need attention.

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 novel-creation 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. Each will last 60 minutes.

Each session includes a writing sample review with my comments. Up to 3,000 words are included with each session, but I will review longer pieces for an additional fee.

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 consultation at writewithtarah@gmail.com.

I can’t wait to begin working together.