It's a coach in the football coaching sense, rather than the bus sense. As your coach, I can help you improve your book, whatever stage it's at. You might just have a rough plan, or an outline. You might be stuck half-way through. Or you might have a finished draft that simply isn't working.
A lot of people only need one session.This isn't psychotherapy. Together, we will look at where you're at, where you want to be at, and see how we can narrow that gap between the two.
A mentor usually works with a writer for several sessions, over a long stretch of time. A coach is more like someone who swiftly gets you into match shape, then sends you back out there, revived and ready for the writing job ahead. However, if you want more than one session I'm happy to oblige.
Yes. The fee includes some advance reading, usually up to 1000 words. If you would like me to read 5000 or 10,000 words, or even the whole thing, we can negotiate a higher price for that.
The first session costs £60. This lasts one hour, and includes me reading up to 1000 words of your work in advance. Subsequent sessions are £50 per hour unless more reading is required.
I do love meeting in person, but of course this isn't always possible. Damn geography. So I also do coaching work via email and phone, and if I absolutely must, Skype (but I don't like Skype much).
If any of the following apply, then you might benefit from a coaching session:
- Do you have a great idea but are struggling to work it into something book-shaped?
- Have you got stuck with your synopsis or outline?
- Have you sent off your manuscript to agents or publishers only to stack up the rejection letters?
- Are the characters OK but the dialogue flat? Or the dialogue sparkly but the characters one-dimensional?
- Are you half-way through and losing faith?
- Are you on your second re-write and losing faith?
- Is there just something not working but you're not sure what?
have been through this stuff myself. For years. Loads of rewrites, tons
of rejections, a synopsis that ran to 14 drafts, not knowing whether I
was writing the best or worst thing ever...