I'm Jennie Nash. I get into writer's heads, and using a potent mix of tough love, proven strategy, and book-seeing super powers, inspire them to stop talking about writing a book and actually write the book.
Wait. ARE BOOK-SEEING SUPER POWERS FOR REAL?
Yes, they are!
"It's possible I could have eventually figured this out on my own, but working with you is like getting a Fastpass to the front of the line." —Lisa Manterfield, author of I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home
"You broke the shackles and lifted the weight of the world from my shoulders." —Rhonda Hayes, author of Love at the Last Minute
"It's like you sprinkled Miracle Grow on my book idea." —Annie Seyler, new client
"You are not a book coach, you are a life changer. You are the wind beneath my wings. I fear for us if we ever end up in a karaoke bar together." —Tracey Cleantis, author of The Next Happy, Hazeldon, 2015
"Your assignments are like manna from some writerly heaven." —Kate Kimball, new client
"I may have to start calling you my secret weapon on the road to publication." —Denise Hale
If you're ready to get serious about writing your book, there are FOUR ways I can help you:
The Book Startup. A plan to help you go from vague idea to solid, executable plan. When my clients talk about Miracle Grow, a Fastpass, and manna from writerly heaven, this is what they're talking about. It can literally save you years of frustration.
The Editorial Boost. Three months of editorial deadlines to give your book project a rocket boost. Develop 80 solid pages with a tough love editor evaluating every line.
Book RX. Has something gone off the rails with your book? Send me your agent rejections, your pages that aren't holding readers' attention, or the outline of the project that keeps stalling out and I'll tell you exactly what's wrong and precisely how to fix it. Stop wringing your hands and get some answers.
The Pitch Package. Ready to find, pitch and land an agent? This package demystifies the process and walks you through each step so you can present a professional, polished proposal to the agents most likely to be interested in your book.
so HOW exactly DOES BOOK COACHING WORK?
I can help elevate you from someone who just talks about writing a book to someone who is holding your book in your hands—but it only works if you let me.
If you don't believe that the chaos of the creative process can be tamed, or that I was serious about the tough love part, you probably don't want to work with me.
But if you DO believe those things, and you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, I will do everything in my power to help you write the best book you can write. I have been there, as a writer, an editor, a teacher, and a coach. I have immersed myself in the realities of the creative process for 27 years, and have formed strategies that work. I offer:
Strategies to help you get over the doubt.
Strategies to help you structure your book.
Strategies to help you hone your message.
Strategies to help you get the emotion on the page
Strategies to help you hook and keep your reader.
Strategies to help you position yourself in the marketplace.
Is it fast? Almost never.
Is it easy and painless? Not even close.
Can I guarantee you a bestseller, critical praise, or a pile of money? No, no and no.
But will you end up being full of pride at what you have wrought, full of satisfaction, and with a book other people might actually want to read? Yes, yes, and yes.
Want to LEARN more?
Read this Q&A I did about coaching with client Lisa Cron over at Writer Unboxed. Note that, despite the tagline about fiction, Lisa and I are talking about non-fiction. And yes, I coach both genres—and memoir, too.
BUT AREN'T THERE CHEAPER, FASTER WAYS TO GET GUIDANCE?
There are people who promise that you can plan out and execute a book in thirty days. I think those people are crazy.
There are inexpensive editors and coaches who may read over your work or a do a few line edits. They probably don't have the track record I do, they probably don't think strategically like I do, and they probably don't put as much heart into their work as I do.
You can also search the Internet for advice on how to write and edit a book, and sort out the useful information from the useless information, but is that really how you want to spend your creative energy?
MY CLIENTS ACHIEVE AWESOME THINGs
Here are some of their books:
These are highlights of some of their recent achievements:
February 2015. Congratulations to UCLA student Tracy Tynan for the sale of her memoir, Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life, to Scribner.
February 2015. Congratulations to Cynthia Lim for signing with agent Paul Levine for her memoir, Wherever You Are, which is a heartwarming and uplifting love story with a twist.
December 2014. Congratulations to Adam Christing for signing with agent Jane Dystel for a top secret book that will inspire the masses.
December 2014. Congratulations to Loren Stephens for her nomination for a Pushcart Prize for an excerpt from The Sushi Maker's Daughter.
November 2014. Congratulations to Loren Stephens on landing agent Ken Atchity at Story Merchant/Atchity Productions, for her novel, The Sushi Maker's Daughter.
November 2014: Congratulations to Lisa Cron for the sale of her book, Story Genius, to Ten Speed.
August, 2014. Congratulations to Lee Wilson on the publication of her memoir, Rebel on Pointe.
August 2014. Congratulations to Beth Ricanati for signing a deal with the Culinary Entertainment Agency for her memoir, Make Challah and Call Me in the Morning
June 2014. Congratulations to David Richman on the publication of his memoir, Winning in the Middle of the Pack.
February 18, 2014. Congratulations to Sam Polk for selling his memoir, Gatsby Interrupted to Scribner.
January 19, 2014: Congratulations to Sam Polk for landing the feature cover story on the New York Times Sunday Review with his op-ed piece, For The Love of Money.
January 2014: Congratulations to Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story, for landing an invitation to give a TedX talk in Florida in March.
January 2014: Congratulations to Lauri Taylor for the sale of her memoir, The Accidental Truth to SelectBooks.
My CLIENTS SAY Say the nicest things ABOUT WORKING WITH me
I've built my business by delivering personalized, focused attention and I measure my results not only by my client's publishing successes, but by their overall satisfaction with the process. Here's what a few of them have to say:
"Every writer, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals, needs someone to do what they can’t do, no matter how experienced: see their own work with fresh eyes. The trick is finding someone who can then pinpoint what’s working, what isn’t and how to remedy it. For me, that person is the indefatigable, insightful, beautifully brutally honest Jennie Nash. While she never pulls punches (after all, you’re paying her not to), Jennie is always encouraging, empathetic and compassionate – not to mention spot-on. She is also quick. All this is why, even though I’ve worked in publishing, as an agent, and taught writing for decades – in fact, my book is about how to write a story -- I turned to Jennie when I wanted to get the manuscript ready to shop. We worked together every step of the way: on the manuscript (including helping me get organized enough to really focus in on it), the query letter, the proposal, and the marketing platform that helped me land the agent I wanted most, who then sold the book to a great publishing house. I couldn’t have done it without Jennie, and I can’t recommend her highly enough. She is a godsend." —Lisa Cron, Wired for Story (Ten Speed Press, 2012), Story Genius, (Ten Speed Press, 2016). Instructor, fiction master class, UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Ted Talk giver.
"In 2012, I was a stay at home Mom with a story to tell, but had no clue where or how to start. I took two classes in the UCLA Writer's Program through UCLA Extension and met my amazing book coach, Jennie Nash. She has helped me through every aspect of writing my book: development, editing, time management, proposal, agent queries, final revision, moral support, blurb requests, etc., etc. etc.!!. I worked very hard to get to where I am today, but Jennie is the reason I have a book being published early next year." —Lauri Taylor, The Accidental Truth (Selectbooks, 2015.)
"Wow! I have to tell you that Jennie Nash is a true miracle-worker. I have been toying around with writing a book for years but could never seem to get it off the ground. Sound familiar? Jennie Nash to the rescue! Jennie listens to you and lasers in on what your book is supposed to be. It is almost like she pulls it out of you (because we all know there is a book inside of us) but it can be hard to find the focus and clarity. It is so FREEING to actually see your story and pin it down. I now have a clear path and purpose of how to proceed and actually can't wait to go and tell the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. She is amazing and I feel completely confident in the fact that I can ACTUALLY do this--- write a book. Thank you Jennie for being so AWESOME. You are the best." —Abby Bliss
"Thank you for all your help. You really are both my personal champion and hard-truth teller. I appreciate both immeasurably." —Sam Polk, Gatsby Interrupted (Scriber 2015.)
"You are an angel in the truest sense of the word: a guardian and a guide. A kick ass angel. It is rare to find your level of talent, intelligence, candor and professionalism in someone who is equally as kind, funny and nurturing as you. When I started working with you, I thought I had a nearly-finished manuscript. I ended up throwing almost all of it out and starting over because what I was writing were newspaper columns, not a book. You taught me how to write a book. You nudged me gently, firmly and resolutely to the real story, the one I was afraid to tell, the only one that mattered. "Thank you" doesn't even begin to cover the depth of my gratitude, but it's a good place to start." -- Kate Spencer, Smoke: A Memoir
"You are my voice of sanity and reason!!! So much is stuff I should know and probably do deep down but it doesn't bubble up. Thank you. I may have to start calling you my secret weapon on the road to publication." —Denise Hale
TOP NOTCH WRITERS DON'T USE BOOK COACHES, DO THEY?
This New Yorker piece by surgeon Atul Gawwande is a fascinating look on how even the most seasoned pros can use a little help from time to time. It has noting to do with me. Or writing. But it speaks to the power of wanting to get better at something and being open to critique.