Frequently Asked Questions
What is book coaching?
Book coaching is like having a personal trainer for your writing life.
Will coaching still work for me if I've never published anything or if I'm unsure if I want to publish at all?
Yes. I work with writers at every stage of their writing journey. I am well-versed in coaching writers through various forms of publishing including traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing. Together we develop a detailed strategic plan designed to meet your individual needs and objectives. I have the utmost respect for writers regardless of whether their final goal is an international bestseller or an audience of one. Writers gotta write! I am here to support both the process and the outcome.
How is coaching different from writing workshops and conferences?
Coaching is individually customized to you and your work. You don’t have to listen to a lecture designed for a different writing level. You don’t have to workshop your pages with writers in other genres. You don’t have to share an excerpt with a writing group who may not understand your goals. Book coaching is all about you and your writing. I am here to help you bring your ideas to fruition on the page.
Approximately how long does book coaching take?
It depends on what you are writing, how clear your vision is, how much time you have to spend, and where you are in the writing process. Most clients work with me for approximately six months to a year as they write and revise their work.
What genres do you coach?
I work with writers in both fiction and nonfiction. I coach fiction writers in genres including literary, historical, upmarket, and women's fiction. I also work with nonfiction writers in personal growth/self help, business books, and memoir.
How much does it cost?
What are your qualifications?
I have more than 25 years of experience in writing, editing, and communicating. I began as a theatre critic for my college newspaper and campus stringer for The New York Times. My first job was as editor for the newsletter of an international hotel chain. I have written and published articles and completed a memoir. Throughout my varied career, I have written all types of content for politicians, celebrities, business leaders, and most important, amazing, ordinary people.
What is your essay coaching philosophy?
Everyone has a story… yet figuring out how to tell your unique, personal story can be trickier than it may seem, especially given the high-stakes and intense pressure around the college application process.
As a writing coach, I help students reflect on their thoughts and experiences and write about themselves. Introspection is never easy, especially when deadlines and pressure abound. I strive to make the process as stress-free as possible. I help students maximize the opportunity to personalize their application and share their best traits with admissions committees.
Who do you work with?
Many of my essay coaching clients are high school students applying to college. I also work with middle school students applying to secondary school as well as graduate school candidates. It's gratifying when my clients receive the school acceptances they desire, but it's even more rewarding to watch young people evolve through our work together. My favorite clients are students who are passionate about finding their place in the world.
What does essay coaching entail?
I use Wow Writing Workshop’s proven ten step method to guide students through various
exercises and brainstorming assignments. Through this comprehensive online platform, students develop meaningful essays, using their distinct voice, that reveal something personal and genuine and provide insight beyond their test scores, grades, and extracurricular activities.
When should I get started with college essays?
Most students begin working on the college application process as rising seniors. Ideally, we begin working together during the summer after junior year. My students are always so relieved to have this part of the application process complete when school starts in the fall. I recommend reserving a spot as soon as you are sure you are interested as I have a waitlist every year.
Do you write the essay for a student?
No. Under no circumstances will I write papers, essays, or application materials. If you have any questions about my services, please ask. I’m happy to discuss my editorial policies with you.
How did you become an essay coach?
My introduction to the college admissions world began by partnering with Leathers College Consulting Group, a well-respected and established independent counseling firm based in Boston. I was fortunate to be mentored by admissions expert Susan Leathers. Since 2014, I’ve coached hundreds of students through the process of developing college essays. My clients have received acceptances and generous scholarship offers at a wide range of colleges and universities.
How much does it cost?
What forms of payment do you accept?
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