Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coaching 101

As a published writer, one of my interests is coaching other writers. I thoroughly enjoy coaching writers who are serious about getting published.

While I love coaching, I suspect the person being coached isn't having as much fun as I. When I coach writers, one of my jobs is to tell them what's wrong with their writing. While hearing tough, honest criticism can be hard, it's also vitally important.

Coaching is somewhat like editing, but more style than content is edited. For example, I recently coached a man whose initial writing was filled with sarcasm and guilt-provoking thoughts that would not get his point across, but would likely offend his intended target audience. I told him sarcasm does not sell; that he needed to say things in a different way or risk having his publisher throw it away without a second glance.

He revised his work, twice, and I'm happy to report that he got the piece published!

I was privileged to coach an elderly woman who had never been published before. She wrote her story out in long hand, on the back of a store ad, and gave it to me to see if I could "do anything with it" for her. Not only did I put it into a word document, I coached her on how to make it appeal to her intended publisher. She not only got that piece published, she went on to publish another, larger, piece. I was thrilled for her. She was 84 years old and being published for the very first time! Talk about thrilling!

How about you? Do you need a little coaching on the side?  Contact me here and I'll help you get published, too.  The vast majority of my students get published or have great success in self-publishing. Amanda Hocking is my most famous student, and there are many more.

My rates are reasonable and my results are beyond expectation.

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.

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