You are a smart, talented, ambitious person with a killer concept for a book. You have a notebook full of ideas and a Word doc on your desktop called ShittyFirstDraft.docx. Maybe you stay up late Googling “how to write a query letter” (never too early to prepare for success), or you’ve stalked the shelf at your local bookstore where your paperback will someday appear with your name on the spine. Maybe your characters visit you in your dreams. You feel a little bit haunted. Impatient. Itchy.
You take a writing workshop. And then another. You Google “low-res MFA.” You watch the Joan Didion documentary and think it isn’t fair; you were born in the wrong decade. Maybe you should buy a typewriter, or go back into therapy.
That itch you feel is a question that plagues you. Can I guess what it is?
“Why haven’t you finished your book yet?”
You may think you need tough love, a stern taskmaster to look over your shoulder and make you finish that draft, or a $30,000 MFA program that will hold you hostage until you’ve written your thesis (and then put you on the fast track to a book deal).
But I’m here to tell you there’s another way.
As a book coach, I work one-on-one with writers, to help them overcome self-doubt, break through procrastination, and get unstuck from loops of negative self-talk.
I’m not a therapist, but my process is therapeutic. I’m a deep listener, an empathic ally. Clients tell me, “This is like therapy but…more fun.”
Writing is a solitary process and it’s hard to know when you’ve taken a right (or wrong) turn without a collaborator to bounce ideas off of. Writing workshops can be a big help but they're a short-term fix.
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 would love to help you work through the obstacles standing between you and your best work, stay accountable to your specific writing goals, and reconnect with the spark that made you fall in love with the idea of writing a book in the first place.
So, how does it work?
I work with my private clients in one of two ways:
- We talk every week by phone or online video chat, for 45 minutes, about the writing process. I listen to where you're at, help you troubleshoot, and hold you accountable to your writing goals. Manuscript critique is available for an additional fee.
- We talk once every other week by phone or online video chat, for 45 minutes, and I also read and critique ten pages of new writing before our call. This way, you are getting regular feedback on both your process and what you're producing.
I am available to my clients by email in between our calls, for whatever comes up (brilliant idea or momentary panic). I only work with a small number of writers at a time, so I can give deep, personalized attention to you and the project that means so much to you.
How much does it cost?
My private coaching fee is $1500 for twelve weeks (can be paid in three installments)
ready to take the next step?
If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the short form below and I'll schedule a complimentary call with you to see if it's a good fit!
I offer manuscript critique for writers who are serious about finishing and publishing their books. As the author of a memoir, a novel, a poetry collection, and numerous essays in major publications, I bring experience in multiple genres, plus a decade of experience in the publishing and media industries.
With my critiques, I offer 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, depending on what your specific goal is.
My rates are:
$500 for full-length poetry collection (up to 80 pages)
$7.50 a page* for prose, with 100 page minimum engagement (minimum is waived for private coaching clients)
* Pages must be standard format: double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins
If you are interested in manuscript critique, please fill out the short form above!