So, how’s your novel coming along?

(Choose one.)

a. Perfect! Everything I write sings! The plot is hole-free and makes perfect sense even though I did zero planning. Oh, and my main character’s arc is so solid it could bear the weight of a baby elephant.

b. Some good days, some bad days. But I’m on track to finish by the year 2023! As long as I don’t run into any plot holes, add or subtract any characters, or have any sudden epiphanies about my story.

c. What novel? I gave up and took up spelunking instead.

d. Well, not so great. I love my story, but I have a lot of questions. Like, is my main character’s arc believable? Is this story holding together? Am I missing plot holes? Where should I start it? What about the ending? And I think my middle is sagging too—is there a plot-tuck for that?

If you answered A, move along. There’s NOTHING to see here. If you answered b, c, or d, here’s why you might want a book coach:

  1. You are tired of writing your novel and you want to be done already. It feels like at this rate you will still be writing this same story when you’re seventy. You’d hoped to have at least two books written by then, but you can’t seem to get this one done. Sure, some of it’s the limited amount of time you have to write, but more of it is the time it takes chasing your tale (haha! Get it? First it was a typo, but now it’s a pun), deleting precious words, and starting over from scratch (again).

  2. You like writing but you get lonely. No one else is as excited about your story as you are. No one else wants to debate the finer points of your story and do ten rounds of “What if my main character’s misbelief is ACTUALLY (fill-in-the-blank)?!”

  3. You could really use some accountability. A reason to get up at five a.m. and write the words. A reason to delay your precious child-free Netflix time for an extra thirty minutes. A deadline that will make you get the writing done consistently. (Because you’re great at getting it done inconsistently—that part you’ve mastered. But it would be nice to make some steady progress.)

  4. Last, but not least, you aren’t terribly sure you know what you’re doing and those darn writing books won’t talk back. Have I picked the right aha! moment, Lisa Cron? Am I really connecting with my reader’s emotions in the right way, Donald Maass? Am I filling in the points on my two-tier outline right, Jennie Nash? It’s very hard to tell. Plus you know you’re blind to your story, partial like a loving parent toward their child. It’s not your fault—this story is yours, heart, soul, and crooked plot. But knowing that you’re blind is so NOT half the battle. You need to know what’s working, what isn’t, and how to fix.

Introducing Book Coaching With Ashly.

(Guess how long it took me to come up with THAT package name.)

Here’s how book coaching can fix all your problems (er, writing problems that is):

  1. You have set deadlines, so you write consistently and make consistent progress. This increases the likelihood of finishing your novel before your kids graduate college.

  2. I use my super secret book coach goggles to scout out what’s working in your book and what isn’t. Then I use my bag of tricks to tell you how you can fix it. This means you spend (waste) less time writing in circles, deleting, and chewing your fingernails in self-doubt (which let’s face it, just eats into your writing time).

  3. I will be your book’s biggest fan. I will ship* over your character’s love lives , swoon over those world building details, geek out over your phenomenal idea, and obsess over the story with you. I coach because I care.

    *Look it up. You should know this because one day we will need to make so much fun of this word.

“Gee, Ashly, this sounds great. How does it work?”

I’m so glad you asked.

Here’s how it works:

Step One: Every week, you send me your submission (what you submit depends on what assignment I’ve given you—sometimes it will be pages of planning/brainstorming, other times it will be actual drafts of scenes or chapters). You will send it to me in a Word document via email.

Step Two: I respond to your submission by adding comments using Word’s Track Changes feature. Then I type a note at the end that summarizes your feedback and gives you your assignment for next week (and I always say something nice because its nice to have an ego boost right before I punch holes in it).

Step Three: Read the feedback, email me with any questions, and then complete your next assignment.

That’s it. It’s simple but magical.

“You had me at magical! How do I sign up?”

Click here to complete the interest form! You can also check out prices here. Or if you like big buttons (!!!) you can click this one:

FAQs

How long will it take me to finish my book if I work with you?

Well, I don’t have a crystal ball, but the mathematical formula for calculating this is: (number of rough drafts you’ve already written and trashed) x (amount of planning you’ve completed)/(length of time it takes you to write 250 words) x (word count goal) + (amount of time you spend writing) — (amount of time you spend reflecting on my feedback).

If that’s too confusing to calculate, I will give you the answer: It depends. On a lot of different factors. It’s pretty much impossible to answer that question. Next?

How long will my submissions be each week?

You may choose a submission of either 5 pages a week or 10 pages a week. (Pages are based on the industry standard word count per page estimate of 250 words. Stick to 12-point font, regular 1” margins and double space your pages and you will be fine.)

If I choose to do six (or more) months of coaching, do I need to pay it all up front?

Nope, I offer monthly payment plans.

If I work with you, can you guarantee that my book will be published?

No, I can’t and you should be extra wary of anyone who makes such promises. Even if we make your story exceptional and riveting, there are just no guarantees in the publishing world.

What I can promise is that your novel won’t get published if you never finish it and pitch it. And I can assure you that publishing is all about persistence and that contrary to popular opinion, publishers are desperate for good, publishable stories that will pay the bills.



Book Coaching with Ink and Grace





 Make Writing a Habit

In your dreams, you write every day, usually in a gorgeous coffee shop or maybe sitting in a field of flowers while sipping iced tea.

But that’s not what actually happens.

What really happens is that every day you decide you will for sure write only to spend your time:

  • Chasing children, laundry and dishes, in that order.

  • Slogging through your 9 to 5 only to come home exhausted.

  • Slumping on to the couch at the end of the day with zero creative energy left.

  • Falling prey to the siren call of Netflix...or a good book...or anything that doesn’t require you to think.

What if things could be different?

What if you could fit writing in around the daily routine of adulting?

What if you got to the end of the day still excited to pick up a pen and wander through your story worlds?

What if you actually made writing a habit and finally started to make progress on your writing dreams?

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Introducing Build Your Writing Life…

…an online course designed to help you create a sustainable writing habit that is life giving and consistent.

In this course…

You get personal support from yours truly, access to a community of other writers who get what the writing life is like, workbooks and worksheets to guide you through the course, culminating in a Writing Life Blueprint that sets up an individualized writing practice you will love—and actually stick with.


Meet Your Teacher for the Course…

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Hey! I'm Ashly. I spend my time with my hair in a messy bun, chasing a rambunctious four-year-old, and writing in miraculous minutes that I mined like precious jewels from my day.

I'm an Author Accelerator certified book coach and I've been teaching writing in one form or another for four years. I guess it started with reading Dickens at the tender age of twelve, writing my first novella at ten (it was um, self-published...with a stapler...and a homemade cover...).

Stories followed me through college when I got my BA in English literature and into my career teaching high school English and through my transition into freelance writing and editing. 

This course is a result of years of learning how to fit writing in the margins of my life. One day I realized it didn't belong in the margins at all and that was the beginning of me creating my writing life. Now I want to help you learn how to do the same.


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What YOu Get in this course

Here’s what you get:

  • Face your inner critic and self doubts, so you can write with peace and confidence.

  • Create a vision for your writing life, so your writing practice has purpose and focus.

  • Shift your expectations about what a writing practice looks like, so you can give yourself grace and refill your creative tank in your practice regularly.

  • Learn why making writing a habit hasn’t worked before—and start a writing habit that is sustainable. 

PLUS, you’ll also get:

  • Instant access to the private course Facebook group, with live video chats and other writers who can help you through the course.

  • A complete Writing Life Blueprint by the end of the course that details your writing vision, writing space, writing goals, and more.

  • Instant access to the Inkling Secret Library filled with freebies and downloads to support you in your writing practice

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Ready? Let’s Do this!

 

Need help writing a draft? Need support revising a draft? I’m here to serve and support you!

I offer a wide variety of packages as well as a la carte items so you can build a support plan that fits your needs. Download the pricing guides below for more information. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or for recommendations on what package fits your needs best!

Click to download my pricing guide. (No email required!)

Please note that pricing guides are subject to change at any time. Actual price for your project may vary. For our purposes, a page is double-spaced and uses 12 point Times New Roman font (which ends up being about 250 words/page).

 

FAQs

What genres do you specialize in?

I specialize in fantasy, middle grade, and young adult.

Are there any genres you DON’T coach/edit?

Yes. I don’t edit nonfiction, horror, mystery genre fiction, romance genre fiction, and erotica. But I’m happy to refer you to other great book coaches! Just email me at ashly@inkandgraceediting.com. (NOTE: To my nonfiction clients who were with me before I narrowed my focus to fiction—you are grandfathered in ;)

What format/font/spacing do you use for your pages? How many words do you estimate per page?

I use the standard 1-inch margins, 12 pt font, double-spaced, Times New Roman. Estimates on the pricing guide are based on this formatting and use the industry standard estimate of 250 words/page.

Do your packages include copyediting?

No, they do not. My feedback focuses on big picture story development.