60-minute Strategy Sessions
My 60-minute sessions are results driven. By the time we get off our call, you’ll have clear direction and the steps you need to move forward with your project. And I’ll follow-up with an email afterward to list everything out so you have your plan and resources all in one place.
Whether you have a new idea or project and need some help wrangling all your spinning thoughts, or are stuck on a longtime project, I can help you:
- Decide what direction is best to take with a specific book or writing project
- Give you advice, insight, and critique on a focused area of your book proposal, essay, etc.
- Break your project into doable steps so you know exactly how to proceed
- Offer you resources and direction on how to start or finish your project
- Answer any and all of your questions about writing and publishing
- Determine if your book project is best suited for self-publishing or traditional publishing
- Offer ideas on how to restructure a piece or book in order to pitch it successfully to publications
- Give you a pep talk if applicable (I’m so good at pep talks)
Book Planning & Proposal Programs
To write a great book (and sell it to a publisher), you need more than an idea. You need a plan. You need a structure. You need to know what you’re writing and who is going to read it. You need a framework for your project. Writing a book proposal will accomplish all of that for you.
I’ve got your covered and offer both intimate, small group coaching and one-on-one book proposal creation.
No matter which you choose, I’ll help you go from “great idea” to a solid and salable book proposal over a 6-week period. And I’ll make sure you never feel alone while doing it.
Intimate, small group coaching
My small group programs were originally held only in-person in New York City but are now available via Zoom as well (thank you, 2020). While most book proposal programs allow an unlimited number of students, I cap my groups to 10 people max. My groups may be small, but that’s why we’re mighty—a place where there’s plenty of time and space to talk, learn, and grow confident together.
Over a 6-week period, we’ll meet weekly to craft our book proposals, together, with an intimate and supportive group that’s got your back. I’ll lead you through each section giving you invaluable guidance as you write. We’ll talk, be there for each other, and make sure you end up with the sharpest proposal that can be.
I offer personalized attention and feedback on every project during class. You will always be part of the discussion instead of watching it — able to ask me any questions you’d like to get the clarity and help you need.
If you need more of me, you are welcome to book a strategy session or two and I’ll sit with you one-on-one for even more help.
Group sessions are $1500 and run several times a year.
Interested? Please contact me to get on the list for the next group.
One-on-one book proposal creation
I offer full professional publishing insight for your project including strategizing, planning, editing, and author support.
We’ll be working closely together over the 6-week period to create a proposal that sings.
How It Works
I work closely with clients to co-create their proposal. We will do the whole thing together … pinging it back and forth until it’s perfect. You get as much back and forth email as you’d like and we can jump on the phone weekly to chat if you ever get stuck. I’ll help you carve out the best angle for the book along with the marketing plan, audience, and which chapters are best for you to write to include as your 2-3 sample chapters (which is part of every proposal).
Note: For sample chapters, I offer general direction and commentary in regards to clarity and flow; but am not a developmental editor. I can recommend great editors who specialize in this type of editing if you need more in-depth and line-by-line help with your chapters.
I also recognize that we sometimes feel blocked during the creative process. So I’m here to help you with that too, if needed, so you can get back to work.
All The Details
Writing a great proposal takes a lot of work. But it’s so much easier (and even dare I say fun) when you follow the right path and have the right help. I work hard to ensure every proposal is one I’d be proud to send out the door as my own.
First, we’ll schedule a call to to plan the very best way to present your book’s concept in the proposal. I’ll make sure we have a strong and clear focus – so it’s easy for editors to decipher what your book is about, the elements it will include, and where it fits within the current market.
Next, we’ll go section by section to create your proposal, pinging work back and forth via email – revising it until it’s perfect. We’ll talk, write, and edit together … all the way to the finish line.
Then, because “time makes us smarter” when it comes to editing, we’ll do one final read-through at the end and make some tiny additions or tweaks. When it’s all locked, I’ll have it proofread by a professional (because after we’ve read it that many times, our eyes deserve a break).
Finally, you’ll be ready to use your brilliant book proposal to land yourself an agent and/or awesome book deal. If you want me to edit your query letter to agents, I’ll do that too!
My flat fee is $5,000 (I typically split the payments in two but I’ll happily divide them into three if that’s helpful).