Do writers need a coach?
How wonderful that you have decided to write a book. You can just go ahead and write it.
So, you start with a flourish and furiously write the first few pages. You’re solid in your story line, you know what you want to say, and you have structured the chapters
And then you hit a wall. How do you continue the story? How do you bring in dialogue? Is the narrative flowing?
While you can definitely write the book yourself, you will probably find it helpful if you have someone guiding you. Someone who has done this many times over and has the skills to guide you.
Your writing will flow faster smoother and without too many hiccups.
A book coach or author consultant, an editor or manuscript assessor are people who are particularly good at this. Editors review hundreds of manuscripts a year, so they can spot a gap from a mile away.
It goes without saying that writing a 300 page or larger manuscript can be a lonely task and it’s easy to get stuck while writing. A book coach or editor is there to help you over these hurdles.
By choosing to work with an experienced book consultant you will be able to refine your story and make sure that your writing is as good as it can be.
There are various kinds of coaches, and mentors available to guide you along the way. The right one for you depends on your budget, expectations and skills.
However, it usually helps to begin by researching credentials and areas of expertise before choosing someone to work with you. Make sure that they are familiar with your genre and the writing process.
Having worked with many debut authors, I find that most writers need help in one or more areas.
Some of the things you might need help with are:
- Determine or clarify your goals – who is your reader and why will they read your book?
- Research ideas for content
- Construct a profile for the book market
- Select a title
- Write an introduction
- Write an outline
- Add chapters that flow logically
- Add setting, scenes and dialogue
- Polish the overall book format
- Chapter summaries
- Create Front Matter and End matter
- Create Media-specific information
- Edit, and edit till it shines
- Proofread to ensure there are zero mistakes
- Decide on publishing paths – traditionally publish or self-publish
- Understanding how to upload on Amazon via KDP or Ingramspark
- Creating book covers as per platform specifications
- Understanding and applying appropriate keywords and categories
- Itemize marketing strategies
- Plan promotional tour
- Host book signing events
- Create a highly engaging author website
If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you’re writing a book, you need to learn more than just grammar and correct (or incorrect) syntax. Writing a book is a wide subject that has many facets and many moving parts, and there is usually someone who can help you in every one of them!
Here at WriteClick we have a dedicated team of editors, graphic designers, IT consultants and marketing experts to help you at any stage of your author journey. All you need to do is get in touch with us.