Every person who has achieved success has done so by enlisting the help of others.

Some of us studied writing at university and were guided by knowledgeable, professional instructors. Others are self-taught, and they too relied on help from the pros. They studied works by successful authors and absorbed books and other resources on the craft of writing.

We all need a little help crossing the finish line. Hiring a writing coach may be a smart option.

What a Writing Coach Does

A writing coach should be able to relate to your struggles while offering solutions to help you overcome your challenges. A good writing coach will hold you accountable and firmly, but gently, encourage you to stick to your goals and make sure you complete your projects.

Finally, a writing coach is more than a productivity expert. A writing coach knows good writing and will work with you to make sure your writing is the best it can be.

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

Before you hire a writing coach, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have writing goals that I am consistently NOT achieving? Do I regularly drop the ball on my writing projects?
  • Do I need to work on improving my grammar, spelling, or punctuation, or could my sentence and paragraph structure be improved?
  • Do I need to develop a stronger voice, more realistic characters, or better plots?
  • Could I benefit by enlisting the help of a writing coach who will provide thoughtful, honest, and constructive feedback?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a writing coach just might knock the wind back into your sails.

I can help you. 

Your Writing Coach

I am passionate about helping other writers. Sure, I do my own writing and work as a journalist, travel writer, and website consultant, but I genuinely enjoy helping others achieve their writing goals.

As your writing coach, I will help you:

  • Identify and prioritize your creative writing goals.
  • Stay focused on your objectives and projects.
  • Set and reach weekly writing goals.
  • Overcome challenges that interfere with your writing progress.
  • Improve your writing through thoughtful and insightful critiques.

The result? You’ll reach your goals, become a better writer, and produce polished work that is suitable for publication.

My writing coach program is ideal for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. I also have a blog coaching program for writers who want to launch or improve their author websites and blogs. The blog coaching program is perfect for established authors or writers who are getting ready to publish and want to build a platform.

How It Works

I structure my coaching around these four phases. 

Phase I: Helping you understand the book you are writing. We will do several written exercises to deepen your understanding of what you want to write about. At the end of Phase I, you're ready for Phase II. 

Phase II: Structuring your book. Together we create a solid structure and foundation that will serve you in Phase III.

Phase III: Writing your book and/or a book proposal. I provide support and accountability to make sure that you make progress and that you reach your goal of finishing your book.

Phase IV: Publishing consulting. I help you to find a publisher and/or to self publish your book.

Coaching is conducted via Skype video conferencing and email. During the first week of the coaching program, you’ll describe your writing experience and objectives. This will help us set goals that you’ll work toward. Each week, you’ll send an update explaining what progress you’ve made and what obstacles are getting in your way. You’ll also send written material for review.

The coaching is completely customized to your needs, skill level, and the particulars of your project.

You’ll also receive personalized guidance to help you reach your goals and become a better writer, including recommendations for books, magazines, websites, podcasts, and other writing resources that are chosen especially for your style, goals, and skill level.

I will support you by providing encouragement when you make progress toward your goals, and I’ll offer tips and advice on how to overcome challenges that are interfering with your writing projects. Through the writing coach program, you’ll receive one-on-one support and guidance.

Rates

The writing coaching program costs $300 per month. You'll receive:

  • Four 30-minute Video-Conferencing Consultations:
    You will decide on one of the following: weekly 30-minute sessions or biweekly hour-long sessions. You’ll receive expert guidance through the issues you're experiencing. Each session, I will provide expert, thorough verbal feedback on 500 words of your writing that you send in advance. 

The service time and rates can be tailored to your needs. For $500 per month, you can send up to 1000 words or receive four hours of consultation per week. Bonus: As a writing coach client, you will automatically receive a 10% discount on additional editorial and consult services.

How to Get Started

To get started, simply contact me and tell me about your writing. Let me know what you write and what you’d like to accomplish through the writing coach program. There’s no obligation until you decide to sign up. Openings in the program are limited.

I look forward to helping you improve your writing and reach your goals.