Five Tips When Hiring a Book Writing Coach
“When they have a book coach, they have someone in their corner to help them feel confident that they can get it done and help them stay on course.” — Azul Terronez
Finding the right book coach can be a great investment for your writing career, especially if you’re intending on becoming a speaker, building your brand, or just wanting to get better at writing to have a book that you’re proud of.
On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about what exactly a book coach can do for you and five tips to consider when you’re looking to hire one.
Tip #1: Consider Their Background
Book coaches are professional writers who help you achieve whatever writing goal you have. But, they all have different backgrounds and areas of expertise. When you research book coaches, make sure they have the experience and expertise in the genre or subject you’re writing in. Just because they are highly experienced doesn’t mean they will be good at helping you in your specific area.
Tip #2: Testimonials
When you consider a book coach, make sure to see what others have said about working with them. Did they enjoy working with them? Do they have a different way of teaching than you would like? It doesn’t matter the quality of their book or program, it’s about whether or not they are a good fit for you.
Tip #3: Ask about Their Process
Just because a book coach has amazing results with other people doesn’t mean that they will work for you. Ask about their processes and how they work with their clients. Is their process aimed at just memoirs, or do they work with authors that write business books as well? Writing a business book is a very different process and experience than writing a memoir that is full of emotions and transformations.
Tip #4: Establish Clear Goals and Expectations
When you work with a book coach, you should discuss and establish clear goals and expectations for the writing journey and the final book product. Do you want it done by a certain time? Are you open to the transformational process that usually occurs while writing a book? I want my authors to not only have a book they’re proud of but also to have had a transformation within themselves during the process.
Tip #5: Cost
When hiring a book coach, consider the cost and what you’re willing to budget. Hiring a book coach can be costly because of the expertise and value that you are getting from them. Make sure to discuss fees and expectations up front, as well as what you are getting for your commitment.
This is why we here at “Authors Who Lead” have created multiple types of coaching to help all types of authors. If you can’t afford a private one-on-one coach, we have other programs that might be in your budget. You can check out all of our programs at www.authorswholead.com.
In this podcast, I also share:
- That there are many types of book coaches
- How easy it is to be distracted by writing programs and what you should do instead
- Why researching is not writing
- That it’s important to understand both sides of your brain
- How writing a complete book in 30 days is doable
I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review, it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Are you working on writing a book and would like to find a book coach? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles to finishing your book.
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart. Don’t delay—get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!