I was introduced to the art of book coaching by Jennie Nash at a time when Author Accelerator™ was just getting started. I learned from Jennie’s hands-on instruction and personal mentoring, as she generously shared her knowledge with me. I was later trained and worked closely with Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story and Story Genius. During my time with Author Accelerator, I’ve worked with over 75 writers, mentored new book coaches, and contributed to the Coach Certification Training Courses.
Why I Love Helping Writers
I love the one-on-one interaction, getting to know how someone else thinks, finding out why they care about the stories they’re writing. The writers I work with tend to be courageous, dedicated and persistent. They’re also readers, lifelong learners, open to new ideas, willing to go through a process of trial and error. I’m inspired by them every day! Partly, I think that’s because they’re actually sharing more than a book idea with me—they’re sharing a bit of themselves. It doesn’t matter whether the project is fiction or nonfiction: what a person writes tends to reflect who they are and what they believe.
Let’s not kid ourselves: the iterative process of writing and then revising is hard work, and not for the fainthearted. Being asked to submit drafts for review makes most people feel vulnerable and exposed. That’s why I have so much respect for writers who say “Bring it on!” and don’t give up, the ones who are determined to find a way past the doubt and fear to see their projects through to the end. And that’s why I consider it a privilege to be a book coach. I love the work I do.