Book coaching with Belinda Pollard
The beauty of book coaching is that you get the project done. That book that has been burning in your heart for years, is finally on paper.
I know exactly how hard it is, and I will not judge you for the time it has taken or the way you have struggled. I know exactly what that struggle is like.
And I have more than tea and sympathy to offer. I have answers.
- How to find the time.
- How to find direction and meaning in the process, so you can create a book that makes a difference.
- Where to find the courage to make yourself vulnerable.
- Finding the words — your words, not someone else’s.
- How to take your rough materials and turn them into a book that gets Read, Recommended and Remembered.
You are here because you yearn to have that book out into the world. Because it will help others. Because it will share your hard-won discoveries about what really matters in this life.
Coaching not only helps you get from wild idea to completed book, it also saves you money in the long run, because the book you eventually submit for editing or publishing is so much stronger. And I can help you find your way through the jungle that is the self-publishing world too. I know cover designers, ebook formatters, and printers. I can tell when it’s been done right.
These are the outcomes for some of the people I have worked with:
- An author whose book was rejected by a publisher, and they recommended me. I saw a different unifying theme than the one he’d first thought of; he was inspired, and reworked it; the publisher offered a contract. It has now had multiple reprints in several countries, and been translated into another language. The author is passionate about sharing it, because it really is the book of his heart.
- A woman who writes beautifully, but because of ADHD struggled to pull her story together, to make it flow. Now her devastating but ultimately hopeful personal experiences have been read by thousands of people. Many said, “I couldn’t put it down.”
- A man whose greatest desire was to help others, but who struggled to write his story. He just wasn’t a bookish person. And yet he could see how a book could allow him to share his wisdom more widely and for much longer. The result of our partnership? A powerful book for other non-bookish types, that has become a bestseller changing many thousands of lives.
Whatever the problem you are currently facing with your book, there will be a solution. Let’s find it together.
- Degree in Communication
- Award-winning former journalist
- Degree in Theology
- 20+ years in books and publishing, including both traditional and self-publishing
- Editor of dozens of books
- Consultant to many self-publishers, especially in inspirational memoir
- Ghost writer
- Multi-award-winning author of light memoir and fiction.
My personal experience
I got taken by surprise during the process of writing my own award-winning light memoir, Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog. It turned out to be a very different book than the one I first began writing. I thought it was going to be a series of funny anecdotes about my daft dog, but it became something deeper and more special to me: a collection of life lessons in how to find happiness in unexpected places.
I was grateful for the wise advisors I consulted, who helped me to see my own book more clearly.
We all need that opportunity to see our book through someone else’s eyes. This applies to all genres, but it’s especially relevant for memoir. We are so very close to the topic — it’s our own life!
Writing Dogged Optimism was a tough road. A lot of the memories I had to dredge up were painful. It was confronting and scary to put my life out there to be looked at. I learned a lot of hard lessons in the process.
I like to think I was a good coach before Dogged Optimism — but I’m a better one now!
How does coaching work?
We meet in person or via Skype or phone, usually at regular intervals that are specifically suited to you, your schedule and your project. It could be weekly, monthly or quarterly.
I seem to have a knack for “seeing” what your book could be, and helping you see it too. But the vision that emerges is unique to you and your topic and your passion, not forced into anyone else’s mould. I am fierce about protecting an author’s distinctive “voice”.
I help you discover your writerly strengths that you probably didn’t even know you had. I work with you on creative solutions to your writerly weaknesses (don’t worry, we all have them).
I help you develop clarity about who you are writing this book for, and exactly what you want it to achieve.
And the cost?
$275 per 60-75 minute session
What’s the next step?
Contact me, and let’s talk about that book that’s on fire inside you. There is no obligation — this is just a first, informal conversation.