This is a guest post by Jen Gilroy.
Although writers hire coaches for different reasons, common benefits are as follows—all drawn from the word COACH.
From concept to completed manuscript, a coach is a caring and collaborative partner who will guide and push you to help you achieve your writing goals.
‘O’…An objective opinion
A coach can help you plan your novel, identify where your story is going off track, and suggest possible solutions, all while offering an objective opinion and sounding board.
Completing a book manuscript is as much about self-discipline as talent. A coach can help you set realistic writing goals and define and implement a schedule to achieve them.
A coach is invested in your writing success and will hold you accountable to complete deliverables to deadlines.
‘C’…Constructive critique and creative feedback
A writing coach will, at various stages, give constructive manuscript critiques to highlight what is or isn’t working in your story including creative feedback to help you revise.
Some coaches offer editing packages too.
And ‘H’…A helping hand to guide you from initial concept through to completion
A writing coach will meet with you (in person, by telephone or virtually) at regular intervals (from once a week to twice a month) to help keep you focused and guide you through all stages of your writing project—from planning to drafting and final revisions prior to publication.
The writer-coach relationship
To get the most benefit from coaching you need to:
- Find a coach you’re comfortable with who understands your goals and where you are on your writing journey;
- Be able to accept feedback and meet deadlines.
A coach is a mentor guiding you through your writing project. And your coach can help you become the writer you were meant to be.
Jen Gilroy is an author and freelance editor who offers developmental editing, manuscript appraisal, and copyediting services. She specializes in commercial women’s fiction and all sub-genres of romance.
Jen has been published by Grand Central Forever, Penguin Verlag, and Soul Mate Publishing. Her first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
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