April 6, 2020

Coaching by Phone

Helpful Links

* Writing Coach Phone Calls, What Are These Like?

* Literary Coaches and Literary Agents

* Writing Coach, Not “Do as I Do”

* 4 Insider Tips for Would-be Published Authors

* Aim Your Writing for Emotional Impact

* An Author’s First Rule in Writing

* As a Book Author, Do You Feel Unnoticed? Here’s What to Do

* Author Book Publicity and Platform: The Case of Amazon

* Author Testimonials – How Important Are They?

* Building Books with Big Enough Ideas

* Complementing a Literary Agent’s Shortcomings

* Creating Time for Creative Writing

* Focus Your Book Proposal with 3 Questions

* Kindle Digital Platform, iBookstore, and Top Earning Authors

* NOT Signing the Publishing (or Editing) Deal

* Top 5 Getting-Published Myths that Defeat Authors

* Visualizing Author Breakthrough Experiences

* What Is Your Author Focus? 6 Key Questions

* Why Publisher Rejections May Strengthen Your Results

* You Choose the Day–Getting Published Well as Choice

* The Zen of Catching a Literary Agent’s Attention

Preliminary Coaching Consultation — FREE

* Ask questions, give it a test drive

* Tell us your goals, what you want to do

* Email us any background you want us to read before our conversation

* Include the days and times that work best for you

Is a literary coach the same as a literary agent?

No. One wag has said that a literary agent is harder to find! So many authors, especially new ones, complain that they cannot get an agent.

One important thing coaches and agents have in common: The author pays both. The author pays the coach up front whereas the agent deducts his or her fee from the advance and royalty payments.

A coach’s fees are controlled by the author whereas the agent’s fees go on for all sales in all media. Beyond fees, agents work only with authors whose proposals agents think they can sell to their editor-contacts.

Coaches work with all authors whose needs fit the coaches’ skills. The goal is to give authors an honest window into the publishing process. Like agents, coaches will tell authors when the coach can no longer provide benefit to the author.

How does one become a literary coach?

My career in the 1980s was as a counselor: personal, marriage, and career. I went into publishing because I thought that I could help more persons by being part of the publishing process—by offering books on various subjects whenever or wherever people had a need.

Then I spent 25 years as a book acquisitions editor for 3 different publishing houses–attempting to gain more leverage.

When I started, I needed to produce 14 new titles each year, and I could help authors reshape their proposals. In my last position, I needed to bring in one title for every week I was in the office (about 36 books per year); proposals (and manuscripts) needed to arrive in excellent shape so that I could share with the acquisitions committee.

Hundreds of proposals had good ideas, but were poorly crafted proposals. I didn’t have time to help authors fashion better ones. I’ve become a writing coach to help authors construct the best proposals and book plans. Some will think–as I do–that part of this is my paying back strong writers. This allows me to bring together my two great interests, namely, helping persons help others.

Coaching by Phone — $45 / 30 minutes

* Email us any background you want us to read before our conversation

* Include times most convenient for you.

* Get a full one-half hour (30 minute) phone consultation

* Email questions or concerns between sessions–and get replies

* Other consultation lengths can be arranged if needed

* Calling to tell us you’ve placed your manuscript—always free

* Coaching means our goal is to help you become a confident writer (not a dependent one)