Book Coaching:
How and Why It Works

Writing a book is a delicious and awe-inspiring process. It’s also one that can shove your muse into the Witness Protection Program.

And if you’re a woman, you’re likely scraping writing time together—with a career, family, relationships, friends, pets, and 692 other commitments yanking on your sleeves.

Unfortunately, the things that tend to slide down a woman’s priority list are her own needs and creative dreams.

I understand that well. I buried my own creativity for years. I finally took a stand for what I loved, and that’s why I wrote my first novel. That novel brought me anguish, frustration, numerous tooth-marked pencils, and more than one near heart attack from computer failure.

And it was worth every moment.

My coaching service is designed to help you give your writing—and yourself—time and dedication. You deserve that.

As your book coach, I help you savor all the pleasure of writing and minimize the roadblocks so you’ll come joyfully to “The End”. I want you to feel the delight of having the book in your head come to life.

“Having struggled with two false starts on my book over the last year, I didn’t know if I had it in me to try again. The desire was there, but I felt lost. After reviewing Kate’s website and talking with her, I knew I’d found a valuable resource.

Kate helped me focus my creativity and set new, attainable writing goals. She taught me that riding the writer’s roller coaster doesn’t have to be scary—it can be fun with the proper tools.

Kate has a knack for saying just the right thing to keep me motivated and working. She is especially talented at evaluating where I am and how to get me where I want to go. I honestly look forward to each coaching session, knowing I’ll be in an even better place in just 30 minutes.

— P.E. Lindy

My job is to be a catalyst for your books. At the beginning we discuss your goals, your time frame, and what kind of support will help you most. Together we’ll map the right path for you to finish—and publish. Our “meeting room” is the telephone, which gives you great flexibility and convenience. We hold regular meetings to discuss your progress and work through any stumbling blocks.

Many of my clients experience tremendous progress by committing to complete a particular section of their book (e.g., a scene or chapter, a synopsis, the cover letter of the book proposal) by the next session. When clients commit to a deadline and know I’ll follow up on it, they feel tremendous relief—and find they write faster and better.

I offer focus, encouragement, and accountability as you seek career progress. I’ll also be your creative and knowledgeable guide on craft issues and publishing matters—whether you want to blaze a path with the new self-publishing options or pursue a traditional route.

When I decided to get serious about writing a novel, I was lost in a world that was completely foreign to me. I listed out all sorts of questions, but none that I could answer easily when it came to writing and publishing. Then I heard someone speak of their writing coach, and the tremendous help they’d received. So I dove into researching what a writing coach was all about. That’s when I found Kate. After our initial consultation, I knew it was the right move for me.

S.B. Alexander, author of On the Edge of Humanity (A Vampire SEAL Novel)

Sometimes clients share a few paragraphs of a scene so I can give feedback or assist them past a “stuck” place. Whether you share your work with me is up to you, and it’s normally only for short sections at a time. (If your primary need is extensive critiquing of a manuscript, you’re better off seeking a critique partner or freelance editor.)

If your dream is a traditional book contract, do you want to hone your synopsis, write a kick-ass query letter, or attract an agent? I’m at your side. My clients receive offers from such highly respected agencies as The Knight Agency, Firebrand, Folio Literary Management and D4EO and sell to top publishing houses like Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, Cerridwen Press/Ellora’s Cave and AMACOM.

When you run into problems during the creation of your book (and such problems are nearly inevitable for writers!), we’ll work out the best and quickest way to sail forward. You’ll have me as your sounding board, brainstorming partner, and directional compass.

Books are like children; they’re a part of you forever. Your writing “voice” and style are integral to the book you envision, and I honor that in my coaching. Your project is always your creation; I’m the midwife who aids the birth.

As your coach, I’m a friend, mentor, and supportive partner. And you’ll experience the joy of writing, finishing and publishing your book!

“Kate, you became my life coach when I hit a major creative block. You helped me enormously with dissolving that block, and in the process, gently guided me to see, and address, the issues that had created the block in the first place. I never felt I was under any obligation to use your suggestions on the path you were helping me define for myself, and yet when I did, I immediately felt the difference in my life.

The very best part about my sessions with you is that I felt like I was talking to a good friend, one with wonderful clarity and perception. Your warmth, humor and acceptance made it easy for me to get straight to the heart of the problem and resolve it.”

Shelby Reed, multi-published with Berkley Books, Pocket Books and Ellora’s Cave

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To discuss your writing goals with a professional who wants you to succeed, simply get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!

“Kate is calm, focused, and mentally organized, which has a contagious effect. She took just one thing and asked a lot of good pertinent questions to help me break it down, and gave real, useful, and yet simple suggestions.

I also appreciated it when she accepted that there were some things I knew would not work—it meant she was listening, and wasn’t speaking from a place of absolute knowledge and certainty. That’s good because it feels less like being told what to do as being gently guided along, taking an active part in the process, and having things organized. And we laugh together!

— Sarah Jane Stratford, author of The Midnight Guardian: A Millennial Novel (St. Martin’s Press, 2009)

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