As a book coach, I work one-on-one with writers to help them overcome the hurdles standing between them and a finished manuscript. Then I walk them through the publication process and help them query literary agents. Most writers come to me with previous writing experience (in academia, freelance journalism, writing workshops), but they feel stuck on best next steps to take.
You need someone in your corner who’s been where you want to go, and I have ten years of experience in media and publishing (beginning at The New Yorker), and three published books under my belt, in three genres. I understand indie and Big Five publishing and have contacts throughout the industry.
I specialize in memoir and literary fiction. I offer:
Private coaching by phone: We talk every week, or every other week, about the writing process. I listen to where you're at, help you troubleshoot, and hold you accountable. Writers who have been putting off finishing their book for years (yes, years!) tell me how hugely helpful it is to have someone they can rely on to hold them accountable to their own writing goals.
Manuscript critique: I give both micro- and macro-level suggestions. You'll get comments and edits from me on every page, plus big-picture feedback on structure, plot, voice, point of view and narrative distance, themes, language, scenes and dialogue, characters, and pacing. I will tell you what I love about your work and I will also give my suggestions for next steps.
Publishing consultation: I critique query letters and book proposals. I can help with market analysis and comp titles. I can research the best agents to query for your project. I can also review rejection letters as a diagnostic tool for next revision.
I do not consult on self-publishing, historical fiction, commercial fiction, or YA/middle grade.
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Here's information about my upcoming writing workshops.