What does a publishing coach do?
Every good book begins with an idea—an exciting story, some incisive knowledge, a promising vision. As a publishing coach, I take your book from conception to completion or to any stage in between. Working with your idea, I help you turn it into a book. I don’t mean a self-published book; I mean a book published by a bona fide book publisher who assumes the cost of production and marketing.
Since every creative project is unique, my services are customized to each client’s needs. You may seek input on your idea for the book, or you may want someone to give you feedback about the content. You may want support through the writing process or, if you have a complete manuscript, you may want someone to edit it. You may be working on a book that will qualify you for academic tenure and promotion. If you are editing an anthology, you may need help in coordinating your authors and their contributions to this large project. Or you may be seeking guidance in identifying appropriate publishers and in securing a publishing contract.
I have done all of these tasks successfully, multiple times. While book coaches are often former editors with publishing firms, my approach derives from my experience as an academic writer. I have authored and edited several books. I have worked with co-authors and co-editors, writers and non-writers, academics and artists, activists, students, and community members.
Everyone has their own insights and concerns, and their own enthusiasm and trepidation, about the publishing process. I can mobilize your creative capacities to get the thing done. No matter your level of experience, I am confident that I can help you realize your goal of writing the book that has been dwelling in the back (or front) of your mind. If you feel overwhelmed by the scope of it, or if you have trouble finding the time to work on it, or if you need help to wrap it up, I can help. You might only need a nudge to transform your book from a set of notes in an electronic file to a book you will proudly hold in your hand.