writing and editing

Why I’m a Writing Coach

If you visit my website and see that I offer editing services besides coaching writers, you may wonder why I decided to offer coaching  along with manuscript evaluations, copyediting, and proofreading. It’s okay to wonder and I’m happy to fill in the blanks.

I’ve been a book editor for seventeen years and decided to expand my services to editing children’s books about six years ago. When I began working with independent children’s authors, I offered copyediting and proofreading, but I also included coaching writers.

I didn’t charge for the coaching, but I answered questions, provided suggestions, and information. I didn’t charge because it didn’t occur to me to do so.

You might think that odd, but I was naive enough to think coaching was just part of copyediting and proofreading. It isn’t. I learned that I was providing services above and beyond what was required or what the author expected.

I thought about the circumstances and my services. I reevaluated what I liked best about editing and working with individual authors.

I realized that I really like answering questions, making suggestions, and providing information that educates as well as helps my clients. It was then that I decided to look into coaching writers.

I wanted to be a writing coach earlier in my career but was afraid to take that leap.

I did some research about what a writing coach offers and what they do. I discovered that I fit the mold. To make sure, I took a class on coaching writers.

I loved the class. It helped me decide it was time to add writing coach to my list of services.

Writing coaches aren’t one size fits all. As a writing coach for authors of children’s books, I:

  • Talk writing with authors
  • Act as a cheerleader
  • Give authors tasks to complete
  • Provide information
  • Answer questions
  • Set a timeline

Not every author needs these things. I modify my services to meet each author’s particular needs.

Those might be:

  • Discussing purpose
  • Discussing character development
  • Discussing plot
  • Discussing setting
  • Discussing message

If the author has written a nonfiction manuscript, I help them with:

  • Development
  • Organization
  • Method
  • Points they want to make
  • Evidence/details they are going to use
  • The conclusion

And if the author has written a cookbook or craft book, we discuss:

  • Their love of the craft
  • Purpose
  • Process
  • Style
  • Presentation
  • Recipes or patterns
  • Ingredients or materials

As a writing coach I always discuss marketing with the author. We discuss:

  • What marketing is
  • When it should begin
  • When and how to use social media
  • Marketing comps

You may be wondering what I get out of coaching writers. I learn as much from them as they do from me.

Coaching writers allows me to return to my days in the classroom when I was teaching college English. It allows me to interact one-on-one with my clients. It allows me to celebrate their successes and help them work through their problems.

Coaching writers is my happy place. I’m glad I took the leap. Let’s talk about how I can help you.

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