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 or two sessions.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. It's completely your call how many sessions you have - this is an individual, tailor-made service designed to support you and your writing.
Drop me an email, telling me where you're at with your writing, and what you want help with. I'll answer quickly, and let you know if I think I can help. This email exchange is completely free, in terms of both money and obligation. If I offer to work with you, but you subsequently change your mind, that's completely fine! If we both decide to go ahead, then we'll book a session...
If we decide to go ahead and book a session, then yes. The fee includes some advance reading, usually up to 1000 words. If you would like me to read 5000 or 10,000 words, 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. So I also do coaching work via email and phone, and if I absolutely must, Skype (but I don't like Skype much) or Zoom.
Well done! If your book is ready to plunge into the exciting but shark-infested
waters of agents and publishers, you might want an objective eye on your
submission package before you cast it adrift. Agents receive hundreds of submissions a week - but there are simple ways to improve the chances of yours being read.
I can advise on your letter, synopsis and opening paragraph. This useful service costs £100 (up to a maximum of 1500 words).
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?
I'm delighted to say that they have. Seven writers in the last three years (see the testimonials here). And lots more have had other successes, including completing their first drafts, winning grants, being invited to give readings, re-kindling their love of writing, and getting back to their books after long breaks.
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...