I’ve spent more than a decade helping people become successful authors. I’ve written or co-written more than a dozen books, but I didn’t come to writing and publishing easily.
After spending several years focused on homeschooling my two daughters, I went through a divorce. The end of a marriage is never fun, but figuring out how to earn a living after ten years at home I knew I didn’t want to return to corporate America.
I didn’t want to put on a suit every day, play office politics, or push products I didn’t believe in anymore.
I needed to earn an income, but I wanted a job I could enjoy.
I wanted to do something I could feel good about, something that would make a difference for the people I served, for me, and for my family.
During my time off, I’d spent years studying writing with some of the best authors and writing instructors in Southern California. They tore my work apart and taught me how to make it better. I won some awards, and I was published in respected publications.
I love words. I love writing. I love books.
But I’d always been told that it was next to impossible to make a living writing books. I heard it so much that I believed it.
It wasn’t until I got my first co-writing job, helping Top Chef finalist Chef Antonia Lofaso write her first book, that I realized I loved helping other people become authors as much as I enjoyed writing my own work.
After that first writing gig, I took on more collaborative and ghostwriting assignments and added editing to my menu of services. (I’m in love with The Chicago Manual of Style, but not at the expense of the author’s voice.)
I had the pleasure of working on books that went on to have a major impact for the authors and their readers. I discovered that I loved helping other people become authors just as much as I loved writing my own books. But I couldn’t help enough people that way.
Friends and colleagues were constantly asking for help with their books, but they wanted to do the writing themselves. Besides, I could only edit, write, or co-write a few books each year.
My editing and writing services always included an element of coaching. I enjoyed that part of the process, and my clients benefited from it. As I learned more about coaching, I realized I could reach more people as an Author Coach.
I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed when you sit down to start page one of chapter one. Been there and done that.
And I know how it feels to write seventy pages and feel like you’ve written yourself into a corner and have nowhere to go. In my early writing days, I left too many half-completed books to die on the hard drive.
I know the embarrassment you feel when people ask, “How’s the book coming?” You don’t have an answer, and just thinking about it makes the whole project seem impossible.
I can help you get over those obstacles. I’ve gotten my clients past those challenges many times and my methods work.
How I Can Help You Become an Author
- I provide structural or copy editing services for authors with high standards for their books.
- Each year, I take on a select few clients to work with as their co-writer or ghostwriter.
- I offer individual coaching for clients who want to write their own books but want guidance along the way.
My Style of Coaching
The truth is that writing a book isn’t always easy, but you have everything you need to become an author.
As a coach, it’s my job to help you access that knowledge, follow the steps to write a book that will serve you and your readers, and do it all in way that fits your lifestyle.
I don’t consider myself a “tough” coach, but I will offer you accountability and the opportunity to have someone challenge your excuses. At the same time, we’ll look at your writing goals together to make sure they make sense for you.
It’s my priority to help you write the book you want to write. The voice and ideas should always be your own. I’ll suggest changes to make your book better within the parameters of what you want to achieve.
Do You Really Need a Coach?
If you’re not sure what to write about, I’ll help you figure it out.
If you really want to write your own book, and not use a ghostwriter, I’ll guide you through the process.
I’ll help you do the pre-writing work to get momentum on your book.
I’ll show you my processes for developing and maintaining the Author’s Mindset, so you can push past writer’s block and finish your book.
I’ll help become a stronger writer in the process of becoming an author. (If you’ve ever thought you could use a writing coach, you’re in the right place.)
Even if you suck at grammar, can’t spell very well, or have never written more than a 300-word blog post, I can help you put your story, your experience, or your expertise into a book in a way that will appeal to your future readers.
I’ll give you specific feedback on your work and tell you how to make it better while staying true to your own voice.
I’ll help you figure out what to include and what to leave out of your content.
NOTE: If your time is over-committed, your deadline is tight, or you really don’t enjoy writing, you might consider ghostwriting instead.
I love working with clients who care about the quality of their writing. People who believe in the power of books to change lives, in ways big and small, for both the readers and the author are often a perfect match for my coaching, ghostwriting, and editing services.
Most of my clients don’t consider themselves to be writers first. Many are coaches, consultants, and speakers who want to tell some part of their life story, share their expertise, or capture their systems or philosophies in a book so they can reach more people.
My clients want to write a book to expand their platform, get noticed as an authority, reach more people, build their business, and change lives.
I’ve helped dozens of people write their books. Are you ready to write yours?
If you think my style of author coaching might be a good fit for you, or if you’re ready for a ghostwriter or editor, shoot me an email at Candice(at)GoWriteSomething(dot)com.
I’ll be happy to chat with you about your project.
Some of my clients include: