Coaching

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What is a writing coach and how can we help you as a writer?

A coach is there to listen, to watch and to evaluate your creative process and to become a partner in that process—to discover what you as a writer are aiming to achieve, and to encourage and aid you in attaining that goal.

What does that mean to you?

Coaching is a long-term relationship. We begin with an evaluation of your writing style, the quality of your mechanics, your choice of genre, and where it is that you want to go as a writer. Do you want to be in control of your writing through every step? Then perhaps the indie market is for you. Or do you see yourself as a comfortable mid-list author for a larger publisher? Are you looking for an agent?

Beyond evaluation, there is strategy. With an understanding of your skill levels, we will help you to find strategies to enhance and develop your writing and your current work in process. And we will help you prioritize and to use your time well. Most importantly, we will help you to hold yourself accountable for your efforts.

Directed inspiration is also an important part of the coaching relationship. Brainstorming, kick starting techniques and methods to engage the creative process continue the progression to your goal.

But what if you are already writing and looking for a different level of advice?

Perhaps you need a Strategic Analysis of your platform – your website and your social media, newsletters and more. Maybe you need help to develop a promotional plan, or just need someone to work with to help you set and achieve your goals with a weekly check-in.

How do we get started? By Phone or by Email…

This is a one on one relationship—over email or on the phone or face to face if the opportunity is there. Your first call, a 30 minute evaluation of where you are and what you want is free. Contact Donna at Donna@TheRedPenCoach.com so we can set up a time to chat about what you need and what we can do to make your writing move forward. Nancy will also act as a contact for newer authors wishing to work with editor Shirley Jump, contact her via Nancy@TheRedPenCoach.com.

During the initial free chat we will decide what will work best for you – Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly chats, project evaluation and more. We’ll set up your next goal and get you on track with your first book or your next book.

Each call from there forward is set for 50 minutes and costs $40.

Before your first paid call, we will ask for a small sample of your writing, and for a description of your current work in progress. Every call from here on will include a discussion on your goals, progress and direction, your writing and your story. But we will also talk about your platform, marketing efforts, social media and more.

Every coaching client receives a 10% discount on editorial services. When your project is ready, we will proceed with full edits at a discounted rate and discuss the progress during our phone coaching sessions.

At any time, if you do not feel we are moving forward, you can cancel our coaching agreement. Simply email me and we can do a free 30 minute close out call where we will be happy to offer you any final advice we have for you project or your career.

Some clients prefer not to chat on the phone for coaching. If you prefer to work online a set bill of $30 per hour of our coaching is available. This tends to be the most popular option as it leaves you with a set of notes you can reference again later.

Remember, we are here to help you.

Email Nancy at nancy@theredpencoach.com  or Donna at Donna@TheRedPenCoach.com and we’ll get started.

1 comment

  1. Elayne Cox

    Nancy: Your name was given me by a member of S. Fla. Romance Writers. I’ve been seriously writing for almost a year. I must confess, this is not my area of expertise, but I love it and can’t make myself quit.

    I’ve written one book thus far, with multiple revisions and no interest from an agent. I entered the Golden Palm Contest with mixed reviews. I have another book in the works at about 30,000 word as of now.

    More than anything, I want to have my work published. An income stream would be great, but I’m not sure if that can happen.

    If you would be amenable to reviewing my writing, perhaps you could tell me if there is any hope! I am currently working on two books – A Necessary Woman is ahistorical Romance of 53,000 words. I am about three-fourths of the way through in my revision. Business As Usual is till in its infancy. It’s a Contemporary Romance about a third of the way finished.

    Not sure what else you need to know. I’m struggling with the Query Letters & Synopsis – does that make any sense? I can write 60,000 of storyline and can’t compose a decent letter?!

    At any rate, I know this is the holiday season, but if you get a chance, please let me know how this strikes you.

    Merry Christmas, Nancy. I hope we can be writing friends………….Elayne

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