Get feedback and support while you write.
One-on-one coaching is designed to address every single element of the book writing process, from technique and craft, to habit and state of mind. I have written eight books of my own, and coached many dozens of writers through to the finish line so I understand the complexities of the creative process, the demands of the workflow, the desire that burns within you to finally DO this, and the satisfaction that will come from getting to “the end.”
This kind of intensive coaching is an investment, to be sure, but I have found that writers who make the commitment are FAR more likely to finish their books, and finish them well, than their counterparts who go it alone. Investing in yourself holds you accountable like nothing else. It inspires you to do your best work. It keeps you on track, on point, and on the ball for as long as it takes to get the job done.
$2500 per month for three months minimum
"Thank you to Jennie Nash, my independent editor for the last six years, whose honesty and incisive edits have made everything I've written better. I do not publish anything without her reading it first. To all writers or aspiring writers, I recommend Jennie."
-- Sam Polk, author of For the Love of Money (Scribner), Founder and CEO of Everytable and Groceryships. Sam's book came out to huge acclaim. See this piece in The New Yorker for a taste of it.
How does it work?
You get twice-monthly intensive feedback in three key ways
1. EDITORIAL FEEDBACK ON THE PAGE You will turn in pages to me two times a month -- either ten pages or twenty, depending on your situation. Based on what I see, I will give you customized assignments for each deadlines, and for each deadline, you will get the same intensive on-the-page guidance and feedback. I might ask you to revise pages, do a character sketch, think about your backstory, research other writers, or writer forward, but everything we do will be geared towards making great progress.
2. SUPPORT BY EMAIL If you have questions or doubt or confusion or angst between deadlines, I will almost always answer on the same business day. And if I have thoughts or ideas about your project, I will email, as well. When you sign up to be coached by me you get my full brain, all the time -- which is to say that I will solve problems for you in the middle of the night, in the middle of a shower, and in the middle of the 405 Freeway; I will come across books, articles, blogs, and ideas that I will send your way as you work; when you hit a roadblock or get mired in doubt, I will feel the pain as keenly as you do, and will do everything I can to help you through it; and when things go well, I’ll be your loudest cheerleader.
3. SUPPORT BY PHONE After you get my feedback on each deadline's assignments, we will talk on the phone for an hour. We will brainstorm, plan, commiserate, strategize, and answer every question you have about the work. You will find that this process is rigorous, supportive, focused, and fun.
Why does it work?
you get a professional guide at every step of the way
"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.
Who will benefit most from premium coaching?
- Writers who want a professional guide who has been there, knows the ropes, and knows you can get to where you want to go.
- Anyone who craves a balance of compassion and tough love. I am here for you on the days when your book wants to break you and you can’t do anything but wai, and on the days when you’ve gotten lazy and need to be told to ax the 50 pages to make your opening sing.
- Coaching is equally effective for fiction and non-fiction writers, for flat-out beginners to New York Times bestsellers. But you have to be ready to dig deep and work hard. You have to be ready for some serious tough love. You have to be ready to invest and you have to be ready to make more progress than you have ever made before.
- Writers who want someone down in the trenches with them paying attention to every comma, every word, and every nuance of their story.
- Writers who have gone to all the conferences, read all the books, signed up for retreats — and still don't know how to finish their book.
- Writers who are tired of getting rejections that say, “We loved your writing, but….” Or “We loved your story, but….” Or “We loved your concept but….” and who are ready to start over the right way.
- Writers who are eager to write the best book they can and are serious about their craft. You don't have to be super skilled (after all, that's what coaching is for -- to get super skilled) but you do have to have a fundamental understanding of how books are written and sold. I can't take you to the highest level if you would be better off in an entry level course.
- Entrepreneurs who aren’t even sure they ARE writers, but who are certain they have a killer idea the world is waiting for. I have great success with this kind of writer.
Who will not get what they need?
- People who want someone else to do the hard work for them.
- People who demand a guarantee as to outcome. There are no guarantees in the creative process or in publishing.
- People who are mean and rushed and stingy of spirit. I don’t work with people like that, because I find that they don’t write good books.
- Writers who might be better served by a therapist. Writing is deep, soul-level work. My clients cry all the time. We rant at the world. We solve big problems. But it’s not therapy.
How does monthly book coaching work?
It's like a personal trainer for your writing life
- 2x a month deadlines—We'll set 2x a month deadlines. You'll' send me pages, and I pour over them line by line, making extensive notes, and giving you direction for what to do next. We decide together whether it makes sense to revise as you go, or plow forward with content generation. You can't go off track in this way. I won't let you.
- Email me with clarifying questions at any time. I almost always answer the same business day.
- 2x a month phone calls — After each deadline, we'll check in and make sure everything is going according to plan, that you're feeling good about your work, and that the project is on track. Calls are 55 minutes each.
- Customized project management— We decide together whether it makes sense to revise as you go, or plow forward with content generation. You can't go off track in this way. I won't let you.
- Email me with clarifying questions — I'll be here to answer big and small questions as they arise. It's like having a pro on speed dial.
- You will FINISH your book this time — and it will feel amazing.
"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)
Apply for coaching
Use this form to apply for Monthly Book Coaching. The Q&A will help me get to know about your project and your goals.
- When will I hear from you after I submit the form? I review Q&As twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I normally get back to you within 72 hours of submission.
- What are the next steps on the application? If I think I can help you take your work to the next level, I will email to ask for sample pages.
- When can I start coaching? I normally book 2 to 3 months in advance.
- What happens if you don't think you can coach me? If I don't think you are ready to work with me, I will let you know why. It's not a judgment about you or your work. It's usually just a matter of who I can best help. I may suggest an Author Accelerator program that would be a good fit for you.
You'll get my systems and strategies delivered by talented coaching whom I hire, train, and oversee.
I am the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Author Accelerator. I started this company because high-level one-on-one book coaching is expensive and not every writer can afford it. I believe, however, that every writer needs it. It's the best way to get the book out of your head and onto the page.
The core Author Accelerator coaching program is $450/month for 6 months. It is designed to get you to finish your first draft or a revision draft.
“I’m here to tell you that this program and these people are the best of the lot. I came in intimidated by what I needed to do to make my novel work. What I found was not only encouragement, but a tough-minded empathy and kindness that is rare in the world, let alone the writing world. Jennie Nash’s vision and her tireless efforts to keep making Author Accelerator better have totally blown me away. I know I’m gushing here, but because of you all my story has come to life.”— Susan Setteducato-Donnelly