Nonfiction Book Coaching

A well-written book, one with structure and stories, one that’s informative AND engaging, is a gift to readers. It’s a book worth writing, reading, and sharing with our friends.

You are in the right place if you feel called to write such a book because, in your heart of hearts, you know that your book will transform readers' lives.

We're a good fit if you:

  • Want to write transformative nonfiction such as self-help, how-to/prescriptive, or teaching/hybrid memoir
  • Have too many ideas and don't know which one to choose
  • Aren't sure how to get started or how to organize your expertise into a compelling book 
  • Don't know how much of yourself and your own story to include
  • Need help creating a book proposal or drafting your manuscript

We're not a good fit if you:

  • Want to write a novel, narrative memoir, or a textbook
  • Aren’t comfortable with honest feedback
  • Aren't ready to revise and dig deep to get to your best ideas and arguments
  • Have never shared your expertise with an audience, through teaching, speaking, or writing

How we'll get your book from an idea to a pitchable proposal or manuscript:

When we work together, you will have regular, weekly support and access to me.

All coaching packages include step-by-step guidance, accountability, lots of feedback on submitted work, and regularly-scheduled coaching calls.

The work we do together is deep and time-intensive. It's also hugely rewarding and fun!

Please review all coaching options and pricing before scheduling a call. Click on the tab for each offer for more information. Payment plans are available.

Coaching Options:

We’ll start here if you have an idea (or ten) and need help exploring and figuring out which direction you want to head, if you’re stuck somewhere in the murky middle and need support moving forward, or if you need guidance on your next step with your book. 

This is a single coaching session where I’ll meet you where you are with your book idea/project and support you in figuring out what’s next.

The format is super simple. You schedule your session and answer several questions when you schedule. Your answers will give me the insight I need to understand where you are and where you want to go. We’ll meet together on the phone or Zoom, for 45 minutes.

These sessions do not include any feedback on pages or drafts.

Investment: $95

Click here to purchase and schedule a Book Chat Session.

If you are unsure, schedule a compatibility call, and I can help guide you.

In Map Out Your Book Coaching, we'll  figure out the foundational elements of your book such as your audience, core message/argument, promise to the reader, and outline. You'll also get started on the first chapters.

This is the foundational work for either your manuscript or a book proposal. You will finish this process ready to craft a proposal or write your book.

Together, we will work through a Book Map workbook to hash out all of your ideas and get them organized and clarified so you're ready to move forward. We do this in a kick-off call to review the workbook followed by four, 60-minute sessions.

After completing MAP OUT YOUR BOOK, you may choose to continue drafting your proposal or your manuscript with 1:1 Monthly Coaching.

MAP OUT YOUR BOOK is a prerequisite for Monthly Coaching.

Investment: $1800

(Flexible payment plans available upon request with no additional "service" charges.)

Once you’ve mapped out your book, you’re ready to either develop a polished proposal that you’re ready to pitch to agents or publishers or draft your manuscript.

The work we do in MONTHLY COACHING depends on how you want to publish your book. If you'd like a traditional publishing deal, we will work on writing, polishing, and pitching your proposal to agents or smaller presses.

If you'd like to self publish, we'll work on drafting your manuscript.

1:1 monthly clients receive coaching, editorial feedback on submissions of up to 5000 words per session, market research (if writing a book proposal), and agent research (if needing pitch support).

You will have one or two hour long coaching calls to discuss submissions, progress, and next steps.

You also have priority Voxer or email support as needed between calls.

Investment: 

  • $550/month for one monthly submission deadline and call
  • $1050/month for two monthly submission deadlines and calls

Final note: I cannot make any guarantees that your proposal or your pitch will land you an offer of representation or a book deal. I can guarantee that you will craft a proposal that reflects your expertise, your voice, and your idea.

To get started:

Step 1: Schedule a Compatibility Call to talk about your book project and fill out an intake form to give me some idea of your goals and struggles. If you want to know why I do compatibility calls and what you can do prior to scheduling to make the most of the call, read this post.

Step 2: Hop on that free 30-minute call, so we can chat about your book, your writing goals, and your concerns. We’ll also talk about how we will work together to make sure it’s a good fit before we commit.

Step 3: We’ll get started with Map Out Your Book - even if you've already started writing. If you're struggling to make progress, it's likely because your foundational pieces aren't quite solid yet. Then, if you choose, you may move to monthly 1:1 coaching.

Book Coaching

"Before working with Amy, I was hesitant in hiring a book coach for the simple reason of how can a book coach help me with my writing skills? And I did not know there was such a 'thing' as a book coach, and I never had feedback on my writing that helped me move in the right direction. I was also unsure of where I needed to go with my writing. I had ideas, but I needed guidance. The sessions, emails, and Voxer support kept me going because it helped me be accountable. The more we interacted, the more I learned about my writing.

Magically, Amy was able to help me with my life's journey as I was writing my book. She asked me questions that helped me to go deeper into my true feelings, which in turn, help me make my book stronger. I learned a lot about myself. Writing with her was surprisingly therapeutic! I was surprised at how she could read between the lines and help me go deeper into my story. And, I felt she truly cared because of her honesty, her interest in my writing, and her attitude. I highly recommend her to those who are in the process of writing a book or even journal writing or writing ideas to express their feelings."

~Lynette Vega, Educator & Author

Are you finally ready to write your book?

Do you have a solid why for writing? Something that will keep you going when it gets tough?

Do you have a minimum of two - six hours per week to devote to this process?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you're at the right (write) place.

I work with serious, aspiring authors who are ready to develop, organize, pitch, and write their nonfiction books so they can get their messages out there.

Maybe you've always had an inkling you'd write a book, but that dream has kept getting put off until "later."

Or, maybe you woke up to find that you've got a book that wants to come through you and be shared with the world, NOW.

No matter how your book idea arrived,

Now, it's time to act on that dream and start developing it into a book that works.

But, how the heck do you write a book?

Book Map & Coaching

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"One of the things I value about Amy is her ability to ask me questions so that I can organize the bazillion thoughts cruising through my mind.  Sometimes she sees and vocalizes connections I cannot, and other times she just keeps asking probing and clarifying questions until the ah-ha moment arises.  I always leave my time with Amy energized and ready for another forward step."

~Dr. Brandolyn Thran, Educator & Author

Idea Consulting & Book Map

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"Before finding Amy, I didn't even know where to begin with some creative projects I felt called to share with the world. It all felt too big to conquer. Amy talked me off many ledges and helped me break my ideas down into bite-sized pieces. I loved just being in Amy’s space.

Amy is an absolutely phenomenal leader and teacher.  She starts with you at the foundation level and helps you to pull all this stuff out of you that you didn't even know you had.  She believes in you when you can't and she genuinely cares if your book succeeds.

Be prepared to be inspired. You'll have to keep a journal to remember all the good ideas you’ll get as you work through what you want to focus on."

~Sarah Mertzlufft, Microdosing Wingwoman