Writing Coach Services

Stuck in your story? Struggling to find motivation?

A writing coach can help.

As a new writer with no clue where to begin, M.J. is the ultimate investment.Writers seek coaching for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are stuck at a certain point in your story and need help getting over the hump, or you’re struggling with writer’s block. Maybe you need someone to help hold you accountable to write consistently. Perhaps you know something is missing in your story or book outline, but you’re not sure what it is.

As a published author, experienced editor, and former psychotherapist/executive coach, I help writers of both fiction and non-fiction with a wide variety of writing issues. I will help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and work with you to address the specific challenges you are facing.

How does it work?

I provide coaching services in person for those in North Metro Atlanta, or from the comfort of your own home anywhere via Skype/Google Hangouts. We will discuss your writing: narrative structure, character, dialogue, style and more, focusing on the areas in which you need the most assistance. As a trained therapist and former executive coach, I will also help with issues not handled by traditional writing coaches, such as time management, goal setting and finding your authentic voice.


“As a new writer with no clue where to begin, M.J. is the ultimate investment. She is a wealth of literary knowledge; graciously advising her clients on everything from writing technique and organization to editing and cover design referrals. She’s not only a genuinely lovely person but prompt and efficient. She had all her notes and referrals from our meeting back to me the same day!”
-Adriana Osborn


How long does it take? How much does it cost?

Coaching is like most other forms of self-improvement: we tend to get out what we put in. You will see the results of our work not in the answers I give you, but in the journey begun by the questions we raise together. Some clients find that our initial session is so helpful, they don’t need to connect again formally for a year or more, when a new challenge arises. Other clients prefer the consistent murmur in their ears, the gentle and supportive reminder that you can do it, that your creation will be worth it.

Whatever your preference, I’m here for you. Full support, no judgment.

Initial Session

All coaching starts with an initial session. We’ll meet (online or in person) for 1.5 to 2 hours, for a flat fee of $200.  I ask for a 50% deposit in advance (via Venmo or PayPal), with the remainder due at the end of our session. I am happy to answer questions during a brief phone consultation before we schedule. Just ask!

Before our initial session, you can send me up to 25 pages of your written work for me to read.

Additional Sessions

After our first session, we’ll set up future sessions as you need them.

  • Weekly email check-in or 15 minute coaching session = $25 (online only)
  • One-hour session = $95
  • All sessions include reading up to 5 pages in advance*
  • Discounts available for writers who also use critique services

For more information about writing coaching, or to schedule an appointment, please contact me. Be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached.

NEW: Marketing Audit Package

Is your author brand cohesive and memorable? Are your website and Facebook posts striking the right cord with potential readers? Which online platforms are worth the biggest investment of your time and energy?

Perfect for published (self or traditional) or soon-to-be published authors, a Marketing Audit is a comprehensive survey of your online brand, sales channels, and author platform with suggestions for how to best reach your target audience. A marketing audit will help identify your brand’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for establishing your name in the minds of your readers.

Starting at $400, all Marketing Audits include:

  • Thorough, systematic assessment of your goals as an author
  • Comprehensive, two-page+ author brand analysis
  • Customized checklist of action items (a.k.a., things you can do right away to spruce up your brand and reach more readers)
  • General feedback on up to three (3) social media platform profiles and posts for the past 90 days
  • Review of website, Amazon Author page or Goodreads Author profile

Add-on services (for additional fees) include:

  • Specific edits on author pages, social media profiles, book synopses, web content, etc.
  • Suggested content for tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, etc.
  • Ongoing feedback on author updates
  • Brand Coaching (see above)

Not ready to make the investment?

Many writers start out on a shoestring budget. It can be hard to decide the best place to invest your time, energy and money to further your writing career. Feel free to check out my Distracted Writer blog posts and sign up for my newsletter (be sure to check the box at the bottom that says “Tips for Writers”).

Good luck with your writing and, as always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

 

*Please send pages 24 hours before our session unless otherwise agreed. Time permitting, I am happy to read additional pages before our session for a $1/page reading fee. If you would like specific or written feedback on your work, consider my Manuscript Critique services.