You dream of one day cradling a book in your hands that says "By [Your Name Here]"

But it’s just a dream. A dream that gets jostled to the bottom of your to-do list, put on hold for some magical moment, shelved again because life.

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but today could be different.

It's time to finish your book...and I’m here to guide you every step of the way.

I’m Ashly, and I serve writers like you who dream of writing a book and sharing it with others. You see, I believe that stories are a source of inexhaustible hope -- and so we need all the stories in the world that we can get. Which means your story--the one you've been dying to write--is desperately needed.

And my credentials? Well. I thought you'd never ask. I have a B.A. in English literature, 3 years of experience teaching writing, and a year of freelance editing experience. I am an Author Accelerator certified book coach and am part of the Author Accelerator coaching team.

Stories are my thing. I read them, eat them, drink them, sleep them. I listen to podcasts about writing for fun and can't help but dissect what's working in a story as I read it. It's like having a sixth sense -- let's call it my story sense because I'm also wickedly creative. But don't take my word for it. Check out what happy writers are saying about working with Ink & Grace.


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Wanna hang out?

(Glass of wine optional--but who are we kidding?)
 

 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 access to the Inkling Secret Library?

The Inkling Secret Library is, first and foremost - a secret library!!! So there's that. But it's also full of free printables I created to support your writing practice. By signing up, you also add your name to my email list (no tricks here!!) which just means you get a monthly writing toolkit, first access to new services, courses, and products, special discounts and all that jazz. (I promise not to flood your inbox. That's so not my thing.)

Want to finally start a writing habit that sticks?
I've got just the thing. This summer I'm launching a course called Build Your Writing Life. 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.

Want more writing resources (because the next best thing to writing is reading about writing)?

Check out the Ink & Grace blog for helpful writing tips (and no writing gimmicks, just real actionable writing advice).

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Visit my resources page. I update it regularly with websites, articles, courses, and the best writing resources the inter-web can offer.


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.