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 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.
Plus This Kind of Partnership Makes the Creative Process so Much Less Lonely
Sure, Hemingway toughed it out alone with his Royal typewriter, but there was also the little matter of all that gin. With one-on-one coaching, so much gin is not necessary.
Who will benefit most from this package?
- Writers who are eager to write the best book they can.
- Writers who have gone to all the conferences, read all the books, signed up for retreats — and still haven’t finished 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….”
- Entrepreneurs who aren’t even sure they ARE writers, but who are certain they have a killer idea the world is waiting for.
- 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 cry….and on the days when you’ve gotten lazy and need to be told to ax the 50 pages to make your opening sing.
- Writers who want a professional guide who has been there, knows the ropes, and knows you can get to where you want to go.
- Writers who want someone down in the trenches paying attention to every comma, every word and every nuance of their story.
Who may not get what they need?
- People who want someone else to do the hard work for them.
- People who demand a guarantee. There are no guarantees in the creative process.
- 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.
WHAT SERVICES DOES IT INCLUDE?
- 2x a month deadlines—You 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. I almost always answer right away.
- 2x a month phone calls — 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
- Email me using the form, below.
- I'll send you a new client Q&A so I can get to know you, your project, and your needs.
- I'll also send you my fee schedule so you can get a clear sense of the time and money you will need to invest -- and it is an investment, in your book and your future as a writer. (Note that I also offer a scaled down version of this kind of coaching in Phase 2 of the Author Accelerator program. You won't get the intense, hands-on, one-on-one feedback from me, but you will get my lessons and philosophies, and feedback from an editor I've trained.)
- If it seems like we will be a good fit to work together, we will set up a time to talk on the phone.
- If I think I can help you, we will schedule a time to start coaching. Note that I normally book clients at least two and sometimes three or four months in advance for this service.
WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH ME?
"Want to change your life? Hire Jennie! Okay, so, is it wrong to rave about how amazing you are here on your FB page? Well, if it is wrong then I don't want to be right!" -- Tracy Cleantis, The Other Side of Impossible, forthcoming in 2014 from Hazeldon
"Thank you for your comments. It is nice to know that your first promise to me - that you would be brutally honest - doesn't manifest in you only while you wear the bloody smock and chop the fat away from the beast. My writing improvement is a result of your coaching, for certain." —David Richman, working on a non-fiction book about endurance sports and life lessons.
"Thanks for the great critiquing. Your comments and suggestions always give me a great booster shot (much better than a flu shot and the opposite of painful!) I’m working on finishing your suggestions and getting on to the second episode that needs revising. I should be finished by Wednesday. Thanks for sharing your thundering talents." -- Pat H, working on a memoir about her madcap adventures as a young working woman in the '50s.
"My life feels so great right now it's easily worth the year of work." -- Sam Polk, upon finishing his memoir, Gatsby Interrupted. Sam's essay on the same topic, money addiction, was recently features in The New York Times, and he made appearances on NPR, The Tavis Smiley Show, and The Today Show, among other media outlets.
"Every time I get your feedback, I catch my breath, smile widely and happily, then print your comments out and tape them to my bookcase, like medals of honor! I am starting to believe I can do this.....with your help!"-- Lauri Taylor, Killer Guilt, forthcoming from SelectBooks in 2015
I crave the "tough love" Jennie. Jennie Nash: The Opposite of Nice— because when I get a compliment from you, I want to wear it like a ceremonial sash all the live long day. "Look! I've been crowned with a compliment!". Because I know it means something...