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COACHING

Meet the Book Doctor

No matter the stage of your work, from conception to publication, whether you are working on a novel, a memoir, or even your dissertation, my coaching and consulting services are the bridge to help you move to the next chapter (literally).

why coach with me?

I’ve taught and supported writers for 10+ years both in academia and privately. In that time I’ve helped countless people complete, edit, and publish their novels, memoirs, non-fiction and young adult books, and academic publications, too. As a seasoned coach, I promise you:

The only thing standing between you and your finished work is your willingness and commitment. That’s it.

But it’s hard to do this alone in a world and industry that is often mysterious and, well, lonely. I didn’t start writing (for real) until I was 29 and never imagined I’d end up writing novels or books. So I’ve been where you are. Whether you’re a seasoned writer on deadline, an academic thinking of doing a trade book, or you just finished your MFA yet are still shy of having that book done, I am both the person who will help you get to work and the midwife who will hold your hand every step of the way.

I want to see you succeed, to do what you love and have a voice in the world. I have high expectations, but if you make an effort to learn, to write, to try—I will be your biggest fan and your most fervent advocate.

WORK WITH ME

Together we might:

Individual Writing Consult

For those writers in need of a single brainstorming session for plot, narrative arc/structure, proposal work, craft discussion, or other early to mid-project needs, I will set up an individual session online, and read up to 20 pages before the session. Pricing will be determined depending on your needs and goals.

  • one two-hour online session
  • one follow-up support email
  • recording of your session

Full Manuscript Read & Book Doctoring

If you have a manuscript in progress that needs another eye, a major revision, or is in its final stages as you get ready to send out to agents, IDonna amis experienced at all stages of revision and all manner of doctoring—from plot doctoring for the novel, to finding the voice / narrative arc in a memoir, to reimagining one’s academic project for publishers as opposed to one’s dissertation committee.

Because of the long-term nature of this work, a brief consultation is required before we begin to set goals and make sure that I’m the best fit for your project. Pricing will be determined depending on the project scope.

  • Full Manuscript Read
  • Pre-read online one-on-one conversation
  • Post-read online one-on-one consultation
  • Recordings of your sessions

Manuscript-in-Progress Consultation

Work with me to produce a full-length manuscript over the course of six months to a year, depending on the project and your needs. I’ll set once-per-month deadlines for submissions, with an eye toward finishing the book project in the designated time, which will be followed up with one-on-one online consults each month. This includes monthly progress feedback, a full manuscript read / feedback consult after the designated time period ends, and limited email contact.

Because of the long-term nature of this work, a brief consultation is required before we begin to set goals and make sure that I’m the best fit for your project. Pricing will be determined depending on the project scope.

  • Monthly online meetings
  • Full Manuscript Read
  • Post-read online one-on-one consultation
  • Recordings of all your sessions
  • Limited email contact

Craft Talks

Enjoy these short videos for a taste of my writing philosophy and teaching style.

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I’m happy to have a conversation about what you’re looking for to see if coaching with me is the right fit.

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