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Start Here (Book Coaching Q&A)

Why work with a Book Coach? And why me?

I want to help you connect meaningfully with your readers.  Sharing your work and being edited is an act of bravery and deserves to be treated as such. I believe in the vision of my clients and want to help them succeed with their writing goals.

If you’re…

Starting a new project: Together, we will use a variety of tools to build a solid outline, create deep character profiles, set solid goals and intentions, and discover and deepen the point and heart of your story.

Stuck in the mushy middle: Together, we will work to identify the barriers that are holding you back, help you push through and write forward, level up your storytelling and craft along the way, so you can cross the finish line with a complete manuscript.

Struggling to finish a book: Together, we will review what you have written, identify and assess any issues and gaps, develop new material where necessary, revise and polish.

Wherever you are in your writing process, I will meet you there. Whatever your writing challenges, I will provide specific, individualized support. Each step of the way, you will receive detailed notes and summaries of our sessions, useful tools, and honest, heartfelt feedback. Together, we will push through the layers of resistance to deepen your work and we will celebrate your successes along the way.

As your Book Coach, I will support you on your writing and publishing journey, reminding you to recognize the wonders of your creative genius while helping you to develop and grow your craft.

Book Coaching is a deeply collaborative effort, as well as a personal one.

Every package starts with a free consultation call in order to determine whether or not we are the right fit for working together and how I can best support you.

I am an avid proponent of “Writer’s voice, writer’s choice.” So, the focus is always on your book, your story, your goals, your creative process and needs.

I can help you by:

  • Identifying what is working/not working in your manuscript.
  • Suggesting revisions to improve your manuscript.
  • Showing you ways to fix what needs fixing.
  • Helping your book reach its full potential.
  • Supporting you in honing your craft and becoming a better writer.
  • Respecting your talent and honoring your voice.

I cannot:

  • Write your book for you.
  • Revise your manuscript for you.
  • Guarantee your book will land you an agent/publisher or become a bestseller.


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“I really enjoyed working with Sharon. Her insight proved to be invaluable as I struggled to work through the plot holes I’ve been struggling with. I am very optimistic and excited to move to the next stage. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”—H.R. Cling


Written Q&A: 

What does a Book Coach do?

A Book Coach will guide you through the writing and/or revision process of your book, working with you to set and meet writing/revising deadlines and providing feedback on the work that includes reading and commenting on pages; guiding you through exercises to help focus your project on your genre, audience, and market; and facilitating regularly scheduled conversations to discuss your work in detail.

A Book Coach is a combination of cheerleader, project manager, editor, and friend, who is by your side through each step of the writing and revision process as you complete and polish your book, ensuring it is the best it can be for submission to agents and/or editors or for self-publishing.

A book coach is a professional editor, who can support you through the creative ups and downs and help you conquer the challenges of writing your novel or book.

How do you choose a book coach?

A book-coaching relationship is personal. Not all coaches are the right fit for all writers. That’s why the relationship has to start with an intake questionnaire and a frank conversation. After you complete the intake questionnaire, we’ll get on the phone or have a video call and discuss your goals and expectations.

Once we decide to work together, I will help you establish a plan for your work and set deadlines (generally every two weeks). Each deadline includes a submission of your work, a written feedback review of your material and a thirty-minute call to talk discuss the feedback and allow you to ask questions, share how things are going We will also discuss any barriers and identify tools for making additional forward progress.

Will you guarantee publication and help me write a bestseller?

The short answer is that there are no guarantees in publishing. Success in the market depends on many variables that can have nothing to do with the quality of your book. Very few writers make it onto the bestseller lists.

What I can guarantee is that throughout our working relationship, I will share all my experience as a published author and an expert editor, who is knowledgeable about how to craft an engaging story.

I can help you set and achieve your writing goals, whether it’s to finish a manuscript, to self-publish, or to get to a point where you’re ready to submit to agents and editors.

I coach with honesty and heart and with a focus on always helping you raise your writing to the next level and successfully complete a story that shines.

What is an Inside/Outline?

An Inside Outline is an outlining method developed by Jennie Nash at Author Accelerator. It is a bullet-point list, where each bullet point describes a major action of the story (what happens) paired with a second bullet point that describes why it matters to the character. The first bullet point is the scene/action and the second bullet point is the point/meaning of the scene.

What is the One-Page Book Summary?

The One-Page Book Summary is a one page description of the book you are writing that helps you to dig deep to understand the story you want to tell and why.

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