Coaching

Rocky and Mickey

“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.”

Writing can be a lonely and frustrating business. Finding the time to pursue your creativity, breaking through that seemingly endless wall of rejection, and staying focused on a particular project are just some of the issues that plague writers daily. Sometimes you need someone to motivate and encourage you to be the best that you can be. Working with a successful novelist who is also trained as a coach can move your writing to that next level and shatter some of the roadblocks currently standing in your way.

Just as in sports, a writing coach can help you bring your best “game” to the table each and every time you sit down to write.

 

If you want to:

  • explore what you can achieve with your writing
  • bring more focus and motivation to your current project
  • discover strategies to remove obstacles and barriers impeding your writing progress
  • learn how to deal with rejection
  • develop a specific project or work on a specific skill settake your already successful writing career to a new level
  • balance writing with the rest of your life

..then working with a writing coach might be for you.

How Coaching Works

We’ll meet via telephone on a regular schedule, either 2, 3 or 4 times per month. During our calls we will focus on your progress, identify any roadblocks or challenges you may be facing, and develop a plan to keep you moving ahead. Your goals are my priority and I’ll share my experience, advice, and tools to help you get to where you want to be. Before the end of the call we’ll agree on what steps you are to take between sessions to move you forward toward your goal.

Why work with me?

I’m an internationally bestselling novelist with twenty novels to my credit. My work has been translated into several languages, optioned for feature film production, adapted into comic book form, and been nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award. I’m also a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world’s largest organization of professional horror writers.

In short, I understand how to write and sell both fiction and non-fiction.

I’m also a trained life/creativity coach through the Institute of Life Coaching and have worked with clients over the last several years to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Not only do I understand writing and publishing, but I know from experience how to motivate others to break through the barriers that confront them and succeed in this difficult industry.

Services I offer

Manuscript Evaluation/Developmental Edit
The manuscript evaluation/developmental editing service provides you with a written report that covers six key areas with regard to your manuscript – Character Development, Dialogue and Description, Narrative Voice and Tone, Structure and Pacing, Plot and Thematic Difficulties, and Stylistic Issues.  I will note where I see issues and provide suggested changes/improvements that might be made to handle them moving forward.

Pricing is based on the length of the manuscript – under 20k words is $100, 20k-40k is $150, 40k-80k is $200. 80k-100k is $250.  Anything over that is quoted on a per manuscript basis.  Perfect for those who are getting ready to submit to agents/publishers or for those preparing to self-publish their work.

Monthly Coaching (3 month minimum)
One on one coaching via telephone or Skype to help you move your project to the next level. This program works best for those who are new to writing, who are just starting out on a project, or who need motivation and support to get underway. The package includes three forty-five minute coaching sessions per month and up to ten brief emails per month. Requires a three month commitment up front and continues from there on a month to month agreement.

Mentoring (1 year commitment)
Work one-on-one with a bestselling writer for an entire year and watch your abilities and career grow by leaps and bounds!  Package includes 26 sessions (one every two weeks) plus manuscript editing.  Dramatically improve your understanding of not only the craft of storytelling but the business of being a professional writer.  Limited slot available.

Speaking Engagements
If you have a writing class or group and would like to receive a custom-tailored workshop or presentation, feel free to get in touch and discuss it with me. I can create a presentation for any size group or experience level and would be happy to do so for you.

 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please get in touch via the Contact page.