Book Coaching

A book coach is a writing and publishing professional who can:
Book coaches are professionals who help others take their books from idea to written in a marketable form and then generally help them find a publisher or see them through the publishing process. They often serve as the quarterback for the entire publishing team.

Book coaches help authors:
Select a topic that would be marketable
Find the courage to get the words on paper
Select a topic that would be marketable for this author’s expertise
Find the courage to get the words on paper
Answer complex publishing questions
Develop a voice and viewpoint that would distinguish this writer from others on the topic
Have a profound understanding of the problems of the reader and how this book might solve them
Create the best process that will help them stay focused on the project and deadlines
Become better writers
Find the energy for the rewriting and self-editing that the writer must do to polish the manuscript
Celebrate the successes and get perspective on setbacks
Give you feedback about the best and most profitable use of your ideas and expertise
Introduce you to the right resources to get your book edited, designed, etc.
Help and support you through each step of the publishing process
Give you the confidence you need to see your project through to publication

It is important that a book coach have demonstrated expertise in publishing and be a fit for you and your book.

Someone who teaches how to write is not a book coach. Writing coaches may or may not have experience in advising the writer on how to take his or her work and transform it into a readable, publishable and marketable book.

It is important to interview a potential book coach and ask questions that will help you determine not only expertise and qualifications, but also working style as well. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

* What is your background in book publishing? (you would like to find someone who has worked as an editor or at a higher level for a publishing company that produces at least 12 books a year)
* How many people have you helped get a book from idea to published? (you would like to find someone who has done this work for at least 3 years and has helped at least 10 other aspiring authors)
* Can you tell me some of the titles of the books that I could see on Amazon.com?
* How would we work together? How often would we talk? (you want to talk at least once a month by phone with emails in between or more often if you are on a fast track)
* Do you have time to take on a new client and really focus on my work?
* How long would you estimate it will take me to get my book finished?
* What are some of the obstacles you see in making my book a best seller?
* Are there any other costs involved other than your fees? (there shouldn’t be any other “costs” – no book coach should take a percentage of sales and book coaches should not get referral fees from other professionals they refer you to – that only increases your costs because those referral fees come from marked-up fees to you)

Good chemistry between any coach and client are just as important as expertise. You must find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust to give you honest feedback in order for the coaching relationship to work for you.