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?)
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).