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What is a Book Coach?

Key Takeaways

  • Book coaches help writers and aspiring authors with encouragement, accountability, and feedback during the book writing process.

  • Book coaches' prices vary based on time and expertise, but the average is around $200-$500 a month.

  • You can find book coaches on reputable sites, such as Book Launchers or Author Accelerator.

Have you always wanted to write a book? Or are you writing one right now and feeling stuck? This article dives into what a book coach is, the benefits of working with one, and when you should work with one. Keep scrolling to learn more!

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What is a Book Coach?

A book coach is a professional that can guide you through the book writing process. From brainstorming, outlining, and writing to editing, revising, and querying, a book coach can help guide you through the process that 81% of Americans want to accomplish, according to writer Joseph Epstein in his New York Times article.


Benefits of Working with a Book Coach

A study published by the Frontiers in Psychology Journal stated, "Coaching and training effectively enhance performance, but also emphasize the beneficial effects of coaching on clients' goal attainment."


If you have a book coach that can help you get through the ups and downs of the writing process, they can help you not only enhance your writing but also help you achieve your goals.

Encouragement

The book writing process is an emotional rollercoaster. From negative feelings of self-doubt to riding high on your successes, there are many ups and downs throughout this journey. Book coaches are your advisor for encouragement during those tough times. When you're upset, frustrated, or want to give up, they help encourage and guide you to push through. Book coaches also support and cheer you on during your wins.

Accountability

Have you ever set a goal and didn't accomplish it because you didn't have someone checking in? That's a common struggle for many people, in all goals, even outside of writing. Having a book coach can help keep you accountable by having weekly meetings to help you meet your deadlines and goals. Positivepsychology.com stated, "setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life."

Feedback

Freelance writer, Laura Spencer, explains how an editor can help a writer with feedback. She explains that editors "help a writer improve [their] writing style, make positive suggestions about changes that would improve the quality of the work, and provide tips and techniques to help the writer improve." While editing is not the book coach's main function or role, they offer support in guiding the writer with feedback.

  • Does the direction and narrative of the story make sense and flow?

  • Does this section or chapter relate to your hook?

  • Does it serve your target audience?

A book coach can guide you through the writing process to answer these questions.

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