Author Coaching Services
Author Coaching Services
Boost your skills, shake your writer’s block, and sell more books!
Your success begins with professional author coaching. Choose fiction or nonfiction coaching, and one-on-one or group coaching.
Fiction Author Coaching
- Pacing and story flow
- Dialogue tools and techniques
- Setting and other sensory information
- Character development, arcs, and likeability
- Point of view, including deep point of view, and avoiding “head hopping”
- Developing and maintaining tension and suspense
- Conflict: physical, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual where appropriate
- Plotting and plot logic, identification of plot holes and believability issues
- And more!
Nonfiction Author Coaching
- Illustration strategies
- Gentle challenges to reader
- How to include prayer, if desired
- Common elements and uniformity
- Teaching arc of the book, from the first chapter to last
- How to maintain focus and consistency
- Author identification with issue presented in each chapter
- Resolution of illustration and identification
- Appropriate use of scriptural arc and inclusion within each chapter
- And more!
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Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Have you ever felt that way—knowing you wanted to write a book, but were unsure of where to begin? Do you have a great idea, but you can’t get more than a few words down on paper?
During our four-week Write That Book! clinic, aspiring writers will benefit from valuable online coaching to quickly jumpstart their writing. In a group of six students or fewer, your professional writing coach will cover subjects such as:
- Confirming your calling
- Finding inspiration in unexpected places
- Easily organizing your ideas
- Knowing where to begin
- Learning to show vs. tell
- Discovering the benefits of quick-writing
- Using personal examples effectively
- Writing a powerful opening
- Overcoming writer’s block
Learn these and more powerful tips, tricks, and skills that will help you take that leap you know you need to move forward as an author!
“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” — CS Lewis
Do you have a work in progress and you’d like professional feedback or guidance?
This one-on-one, six-week program consists of you and our professional writing coach setting up your book from idea stage through a completed outline, whether the book is fiction, a memoir, narrative non-fiction, or nonfiction.
The coach will guide you through each week’s writing and preparation and return your submission with thorough, encouraging, and detailed notes. The following day, you and the coach will meet online to discuss the week’s work, to clarify anything that needs explanation, brainstorm solutions, and build your confidence.
By the end of the six weeks, you will have a detailed and strong roadmap by which you may rework an already-written book or will know precisely how to complete the book you have been eager to finish. This six-week program includes 45 minutes of reading and 45 minutes of coaching chat each week (90 minutes weekly total).
- Week One: Brainstorm and discuss your novel options and figure out which is the strongest idea, or if your book is already underway, where it stands currently. Discussion of three-act structure and turning points for all books with a story arc: novels, memoirs, narrative nonfiction. Discussion of character arc. Discussion of targeted word count goals and how to get there.
- Week Two: Setting; write and review outline for Act 1 (first 25% of book)
- Week Three: Write and review outline for Act 2, first half (25% – 50% of book)
- Week Four: Write and review outline for Act 2, second half (50% – 75% of book)
- Week Five: Climax and takeaway; write and review outline for Act 3 (75% of book onward)
- Week Six: Dividing into chapters, moving forward
Additional weeks always available at the author’s request.
- Week One: Brainstorm and discuss your book options and figure out which is the strongest idea and what unique perspective the author has to add. Is the topic Evergreen? We’ll discuss the organization of nonfiction book elements and their presentation within the chapter. Discussion of topic introduction, progression, tie-together. Discussion of targeted word count goals and how to get there.
- Week Two: Discuss story illustrations and personal illustrations and how to dovetail them to one another and the book and chapter theme. Curating illustrations.
- Week Three: Discuss inclusion of and threading through of scripture in each chapter and the book arc. How much scripture to include? Leave out? Which ones? Curating.
- Week Four: How to structure paragraphs within the book, transitions within the chapters and between chapters.
- Week Five: Climax and takeaway for the chapters and the book; endnotes, documentation, and permissions.
- Week Six: Dividing into chapters, moving forward.