Hello! If you’re here, it means you’ve taken that first step toward investing in yourself as a writer. Congratulations!
I know that writing can be lonely. 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 Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider, and I’ve managed teams 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 locally 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, Google Play, and Kobo, as well as creating paperback and audio versions.
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.
Students wishing to continue with coaching after the initial consultation must commit to a minimum of four coaching sessions (meeting once a week or every other week). This gives us a chance to meet for 30 to 60 days and establish a good writing workflow.
Pack of 4 Sessions with Editorial Review – $375
You will receive:
- Your personal action plan encompassing the goals we discussed and the steps we’ll take to get you there.
- Four 60-minute one-on-one sessions 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.
- Outline review with comments (during the planning phase only)
- Key character reviews with comments (during the planning phase only)
- Writing sample review with comments (up to 5,000 words per session)
60-Minute Coaching Session w/o Editorial Review – $75
- A one-on-one session to discuss your writing. 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.
- This does not include any editorial review of your writing. I like to review writing samples prior to a session and then provide notes and verbal feedback during the session.
- If you would like an editorial review of your writing, my rate is an additional $5 per 1,000 words with your session (e.g., $25 for a 5,000-word chapter plus the $75 session).
90-Minute Publishing Consultation – $150
These à la carte sessions are not intended for writers who wish to receive feedback on their manuscript or the craft of writing. These are highly targeted sessions geared toward answering your specific publishing questions and providing an opinion on the best course of action for your circumstances.
You will receive:
- Email consult prior to our session detailing the topics you’d like to discuss
- A concise overview of your publishing options based on current industry trends and your personal goals
- My expert opinion on the best course of action for publishing in print, digital, and audio across leading retailers and distributors
- Advice on building your author platform