My role as a writing coach is to assist in bringing your manuscript to life as your first and dedicated reader. I help manage your time and track your progress from the planning phase through to final edits.
It takes dedication but also encouragement to put together a book length manuscript. It also takes regular practice, though oftentimes our schedules and our critical voices get in the way!
This editorial service is much more than a working relationship. My hope is that a friendship is developed, one centred around a mutual love of writing and literature.
I offer 3-month and 7-month coaching options, which can be extended on a monthly basis. Both coaching options come with regular homework assignments and submission deadlines. Not only do you have to write, you also receive continual feedback every step of the way. Feedback helps you pay closer attention to how elements of your story grow and develop. It highlights your strong suits but also reveals facets of your writing that need more attention and nurturing. It also better prepares you for any other writing you might do in the future. Feedback will always be emailed or printed out and handed to you during meetings.
Our first meeting entails discussing aims and goals. Why do you need a writing mentor? How far along are you in the writing process? What do you hope to have at the end of our time together? Some writers want to tap into more inspiration or creativity, and others want to learn how to be more disciplined in their craft. Others seek publication and want a good rough draft to pitch to agents and publishers.
Meetings can either take place face-to-face in London or via Zoom.
The 3-month option is mainly for those focusing on shorter works such as short stories or creative non-fiction essays. We meet at the beginning and end of each month to engage in writing exercises and discuss assignments/feedback. There will be a period of two weeks between our meetings for either development or revision of work. This service would appeal to those with a busy schedule looking to write more regularly (and to a deadline) during the week/weekend.
Every month includes:
The 7-month option is mainly for those looking to write a rough draft of a novel, a collection of short stories, or a longer work of creative non-fiction in a concentrated period of time. We spend 6-months putting down and shaping as much of the material as possible with the seventh month reserved for a developmental edit. This service is perfect for those who have more flexibility in their schedule. It also works for people who are passionate about their project.
Every month includes:
I ask all potential clients to submit 3000 words before our first meeting to assess if we are a good fit.
I encourage anyone interested in this service to really think about how they envision our time together. Please take the time to jot down your goals and ideas.
Have any more questions? Contact me here. I would love to hear from you.
Please take a look at Pricing for more information.
Who needs a writing coach?
You work best with deadlines.
You have ideas in your head but not enough motivation, time, or confidence to fully realise your next manuscript.
You have a work-in-progress but have no idea how to put it all together.
You have a work-in-progress but doubt whether it is any good.
You benefit from regular guidance and support.
What genres do you specialise in?
Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir, and work that fuses genres such as poetry & non-fiction.