One Day, Your Book Will Be Finished.

You’ve longed for this moment for forever.

 
  • It’s on your bucket list
  • It’s in your five-year plan

  • It would be a surreal, pinch-yourself moment

 
 
 

But First You Have to Finish Your Book.

Which never seems to happen.

  • You never have the time
  • You aren’t sure your book is any good

  • You don’t know how to finish it or how to edit it

 

That’s where I come in.

 

As a book coach, I help you finally finish your book: it’s one part accountability, two parts feedback and a dash of inspiration, all designed to spur you on toward finishing your book.

We will nerd out over your flavorful characters, multi-layered plot, or awesome-sauce words. We will organize your ideas, brainstorm in pencil, dabble with lists and outlines, rewrite and rearrange, and mold your book together. It’s like all the fun parts of a writing class, with a bit of geeky-best-friend thrown in.

 

Here's what you get

with book coaching...

 

  • Feedback on your writing, so you can finally stop second-guessing yourself, shut up your inner critic, and get to work on your book.

  • Accountability, so you can make real progress on your book and have a huge party when you write that last, little period.  

  • A brainstorming partner, so you can bounce ideas off someone, toy with the risky ideas, and get much needed inspiration to get you back to that keyboard.

  • A review of the big picture of your manuscript (organization, plot, etc..), so you have a place to start with your editing and a clear idea of where your book is going, both of which will make sure you finish your book. For real this time.

 

PLUS, you’ll get:

  • An editing summary to guide you during your revision.

  • A pre-editing conference call with me so we can talk about your goals and ideas, as well as uncover strengths and weaknesses in your writing or areas where you are struggling in your manuscript.

How does it work?

Step 1:

Send me your book in a Google doc and then meet me for an online coffee date (unless you live in Oregon, in which case let's meet in real life!) so we can talk all about your book, writing, and what you need to get this thing done.

Step 2:

Let me work some magic. I scribble comments, recommend edits, and uncover the genius in your words. Then I send it back to you for revision along with an editing summary (and confetti-style encouragement). 

 

Step 3:  

Pop the bubbly and throw yourself a My-Book-Is-Really-Done party! Publish it, send it off to an agent, sell it on your website. Check it off your bucket list, your vision board, and your five-year plan.

Then, treat yourself! Because you’re an author, dang it.

 

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Book Coaching Packages

Manuscript Evaluation

  • Initial conference call

  • A read-through of your manuscript (no line edits)

  • Detailed editing summary

  • Celebratory conference call

Starting at $600 for a 50,000 manuscript

Developmental Edit

  • Initial conference call

  • A full developmental edit of your manuscript (including line edits as well as big picture edits)

  • Editing summary

  • Celebratory conference call

Starting at $1500 for a 50,000 word manuscript

Weekly BOok Coaching 

  • Initial conference call

  • Deadlines for your writing, weekly feedback on pages submitted, and direction and support as you draft 

  • Email support

Starting at $100/month for 5 pages a week or $200/month for 10 pages/week

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Hey fellow word nerd!

I wasted much of my life not believing in my writing and not taking my craft seriously. Now I want to make sure every writer who crosses my path is revitalized and affirmed in their craft and writing dreams. I have a B.A. in English, three years of experience teaching writing, and a year of professional editing experience. When you work with me, you can expect lots of encouragement, plenty of useful feedback, and some strategies for growing as a writer too - because that's how I roll.

The thing is, I'm not your traditional editor. I don't really care if you know what an oxford comma is and I don't have particularly strong feelings about being grammatically correct. What I do care about is YOU and your STORY. I  get really excited about making a story work, making those sentences flow, and helping you build your story from the ground up.

I'm also passionate about believing in you and your story even when you don't believe in it yourself. Because I think many of the world's best stories have never seen the light of day because the person writing it lost confidence in themselves and in their story. That's why working with me is equal parts editing and cheerleading - because you and your story matter to me and I know you aren't just battling weird grammar rules, but you are also battling your deep self-doubts and nasty inner critic.

Some fun facts about me: I like chewy fruit candy and anything British. L.M. Montgomery is my hero. I wish Harry Potter was real (seriously. I mean seriously). Also, I’m not sure I’m a full-on nerd, but I love Doctor Who, Comic-Con, Dungeons and Dragons, and those bumper stickers about how reading is sexy. (Okay, I’m a nerd. #proudofit.)

Questions?

Got you covered...

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies based on the package you choose and the length of your manuscript. Typically, the first round of edits takes two weeks, then you have three to four weeks to revise. My last round of edits takes about one to two weeks. Our total time working together will typically be about six to eight weeks.

What if I’ve never shown my writing to anyone before?

I know how scary it is to take that risk and show someone your work. Trust me, I’ve been there! It’s still scary for me sometimes. But I’m here not just to help you grow as a writer but to give you confidence. No writer is perfect. The difference between the published writer and the unpublished writer isn’t talent, it’s a willingness to take risks, listen to feedback, and not wait until their draft is perfect. So, go for it. I can’t wait to cheer you on and fill you up!

What if my manuscript isn’t finished?

That’s the great thing about developmental editing - it's effective even while your draft is still in development. Even if you have half a manuscript and you’re just stuck, send it on over. We can work through it together, get your draft finished, and then go through another round of edits to polish it up.

What is the difference between a “read-through” and a “developmental edit”?

A developmental edit includes comments and suggested edits on every page of your manuscript, providing detailed feedback on flow, tone, organization, etc… all of which is summarized for you in your editing summary. Read-throughs are different from developmental edits because they do not include comments and suggestions on the document; instead, I read the manuscript and provide big-picture feedback on plot, organization, etc… as well as guidance on your writing style and opportunities, all of which is provided in your editing summary.

Do you offer refunds?

I don’t offer refunds (since I can’t exactly take my feedback, well...back), but I do have a fun contract we get to sign that explains what happens if the project is terminated. Want to hear what it is? Don’t fall asleep, okay? Typical terms for my contract are a 50% deposit upfront which is non-refundable. Termination of the contract will require payment of a prorated amount for work completed (no lower than the non-refundable 50%).

I have more questions! How can I get in touch?

Glad you asked! Click on over to the Contact Me page. I will get back to you in 2 -3 business days.