Confidently telling your friends that you’re a writer--and NOT cringing when they ask what your book is about.

No longer wondering if your hubby was lying to you when he told you your book was “the next Harry Potter!”

No more daydreaming about finally, actually, really finishing your first draft--you’ve moved on to daydreaming about inboxes jammed with requests from agents for your full manuscript.

This could be you.

Yeah, I know. You’re a mom and you work or have five kabillion kids (er, maybe just a few) or both. None of that is what’s getting in the way of your writing. What’s getting in the way is your self doubt. The feeling that YOU couldn’t possibly be a REAL writer.

PLUS: Your lack of knowing where to start, what to do in the middle--and oh good heavens I have to figure out a way to wrap this thing up?!

I’ve seen it before. You have what’s called the Pipe Dream Complex and I’ve got the cure for it. (Oh okay, I just made that up. But it’s a good name, right?)

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Hello! I'm Ashly!

I’m a book coach. Some people call me a story midwife, and hey, I think that’s a pretty accurate title because I work with writers who want to bring extraordinary stories to life, but can’t bring their story into the world on their own (which is all writers, if we’re being honest ;).

I give them the tools to tell a story that is wonderful, exceptional, and compelling, along with a heavy dose of encouragement and a one-two punch to their inner critic (but then we sit their inner critic in the corner and give it a snack so it won’t be sad). Then I give them the feedback they need on their story--not the stuff they want to hear, the stuff they need to hear to make their story GREAT.

What makes me qualified to help you tell a stupendous story? I’m a six on the enneagram, so I think you’re quite smart for asking this. I also take immense pride in my integrity, so I want to be crystal clear about my qualifications and why you can have confident in working with me.

Here’s my street cred:

  • I have a BA in English from the University of Arizona with a focus in literature.

  • I’ve been working as a book coach for over a year (for paying clients, not my friends and family. Though I love my friends and family, they are a bit biased...Hi guys! Love you, mom!).

  • I have four years of experience teaching high school English (two of which included upper level courses and AP training), which gave me TONS of experience providing feedback to writers in a way that was encouraging and inspiring--but also effective.

  • I’m an Author Accelerator certified book coach.

  • I’m part of the exclusive team of coaches over at Author Accelerator (that means I had to take THREE different tests that prove I know how to give feedback, how stories work, and how to help a writer improve their work -- and that was just to get an interview with them! Trust me when I say they only hire the best. I know that’s tooting my own horn --ahem, pardon me--but it’s also just the truth).


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About Me (the fun version)

  • My favorite food is homemade mac and cheese with tabasco sauce

  • I’m a hufflepuff. We are the most underrated house and our common room is like a hobbit hole. Also we are nice. What’s better than that?

  • I’m a wine connoisseur (fancy talk for someone who drinks so much wine that she now knows how to talk about it and sound smart)

  • I love anything British: Benedict Cumberbatch, HP, Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, tea in real teacups, Benedict Cumberbatch, double decker busses, Heinz beans, Charles Dickens. If you are still reading this list I heart you.

About Me (the serious version)

  • I’m forever in awe of the way Jesus chases me down and pours his love and grace on me even when I run so hard in the opposite direction.

  • I’m married to my best friend and we have a daughter who fills our life with laughter and makes us a family.

  • It took me years to embrace my calling to be a writer and to start seriously pursuing that dream. Now I want to make sure that every writer who crosses my path is pointed down the path of really going for it this time.

 

Wanna hang out and chat about your book?

Schedule your FREE 30 minute brainstorm with me. We can talk about where and why you are STUCK in your writing process--or you can just brag to me about how awesome your book is!

 

 What writers are saying about Ink & Grace...

"I can't even begin to say how amazing working with Ashly has been! My book wasn't more than an idea on 30 pages, I had no idea what to do to make it better, and I felt completely overwhelmed at the thought of actually finishing it. Four months ago I told my husband my book wasn't happening: I just couldn't do it. Today, I have almost 600 people on my book launch team. Ashly is the one who made that happen. 

And the best part? Ashly didn't come in and tell me exactly WHAT to write, instead she taught me how to WRITE. 
-she helped me clarify my vision
-she encouraged me and helped me validate my ideas
-and she showed me how to polish my writing and make it clear

Wherever you are in the process of writing your book, you need to contact Ashly. I can't recommend her highly enough!"

Sarah Funk, Author of How to Start a Flower Farm

 

"Before I hired Ashly to edit my manuscript, I felt disorganized and overwhelmed with the task of completing my book. A good friend who I trust recommended Ashly’s services—and when Ashly and I spoke for the first time I recognized that working together would be a great partnership. 

Thanks to Ashly, I went from a disorganized manuscript to a cohesive first draft. Ashly provided excellent support and honest, constructive feedback. She was always nimble in her offerings and adjusted her services along the way to fit my developing needs. 

Working with Ashly pushed me to be a better writer and enabled me to reach my goal of finishing the first draft of my book by the end of 2017. Thanks to Ashly, I hope to have the final draft completed in the next six months!"

Alyssa DeRose, Writer

 
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Want to finally start a writing habit that sticks?
Enroll in the Build Your Writing Life course. It's all about learning how to fit writing into your real life, to beat the self doubt that haunts your writing days, and to create a writing life you LOVE.

This course is for you if you are tired of always saying you want to write, but never actually writing; unsure how to fit writing in with kids, a full time job, being an adult, and having a life; and exhausted from the ongoing battle you fight with your inner critic every time you write anything.

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Why Ink & Grace?

Ink is about action and permanence. It's about taking risks and creating something (then sharing it so you don't keep rewriting it forever). But ink isn't enough; we writers need a lot of grace. We need grace for when we don't write, grace for when the words aren't flowing, grace when we look back and wish we'd written something different, grace for when we choose Netflix and the couch over our cherished dream of writing a novel. We need both ink and grace to have a thriving writing practice.