Book Coaching:

How and Why It Works

Books and a pen in a library

“You can make anything by writing.” — C. S. Lewis

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.

We give up on ourselves.

I know that well. I buried my own creativity for years. Two decades ago, I finally took a stand for what I loved and 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 book coaching service helps you give your writing — and yourself — time and dedication. You deserve that.

As your coach, I guide you to 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.

Home office desk like book coach Kate Coffing's
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.”

— P.E. Lindy
Book coaching with an old-school typewriter
My job as your book coach…

. . . is to be a catalyst for your progress. 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 coaching 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.

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.)

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.

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 book coach, and the tremendous help they’d received. So I dove into researching what a book coach was all about. That’s when I found Kate. After our initial consultation, I knew it was the right move for me.”

— Author S.B. Alexander

Your book, your goals…

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 book coaching clients receive offers from such highly respected agencies as The Knight Agency, Folio Literary Management, and D4EO Literary Agency and sell to top publishing houses like Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, and AMACOM (HarperCollins).

I also love shepherding independently-minded clients through the many modern self-publishing options like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, B&N Press, and Draft2Digital.

Books are like children; they’re a part of you forever. Your writing voice, style, and goals are integral to the books 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!

Some book coaches like old manual typewriters

Kate became my book coach when I hit a major creative block. She 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 her suggestions on the path she was 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 her is that I felt like I was talking to a good friend, one with wonderful clarity and perception. Her warmth, humor and acceptance made it easy for me to get straight to the heart of the problem and resolve it.”

— Author Shelby Reed

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