Frequently Asked Questions

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They are very different. Book coaching starts with an idea, an outline, a partial draft, or a completed draft and supports the writer toward completion. Editing reviews a completed draft and makes suggestions, revisions, or corrections. Coaches review draft pages and provide feedback but make no or only light corrections such as dialogue punctuation, speech tags, and obvious spelling errors to demonstrate good writing practice. 

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Both! I offer coaching for fiction and nonfiction projects. I understand that the demands and deliverables vary for the two and further vary depending on your publishing plans (traditional, independent, or hybrid.)  

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The development processes have many similarities but the end products are quite different. Mostly this depends on publisher demands. Traditionally published fiction is sold on the merits of a complete and polished  manuscript. Traditionally published nonfiction is sold on the strength of a book proposal. Independent or self-publishing fiction and nonfiction require a complete and polished manuscript before formatting into book or ebook form. A well thought out book proposal and pitching plan will help fiction and nonfiction writers, regardless of publishing format. 

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A successful book coaching experience relies as much on having an open and positive growth mindset as it does on plot, structure, and writing skill. Bring a willingness to dig deep into your concept and potentially change various elements. At the beginning of the coaching process, you’ll complete a story-related questionnaire and share your notes, outlines, pages, story bible, character lists, and chapters.

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Take a look at the processes, deliverables, and suggested readiness detailed on this website. Choosing a book coach is a deeply personal endeavor. One that requires trust. I aim to earn your trust by treating you, your words, and your goals with respect and objectivity. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your project and get your questions answered. 

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We’ll meet by video or audio conference or by phone.  I utilize several secure conferencing platforms. Most clients prefer Zoom, but other options are available. Conferencing can be recorded on request. Phone conversations are not recorded. If you choose all coaching via phone, just be aware that you won’t have a recording to refer back to topics for future reference. 

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First, to the fullest extent of the law, I do not share your personally identifiable information (PII) or manuscript with anyone at any time or for any reason. Second, my business systems are secured with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, self-certified with Privacy Shield Certification, and adhere to GDPR regulations, United States Fair Information Practices Principles, California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), and Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA.) Finally, the DropBox platform includes robust security detailed here

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