Coaching

I lean on my training and experience as a journalist and self-published author to to coach writers and organizations on the art and business of content creation.

I show writers how to use newsroom methods to make reliably good content on deadline. I provide tools for developing a professional, productive, predictable output. I help create accountability systems and remind writers to prioritize their writing.

Who I work with

I work with people who have a writing project on the go and need help finishing it.

I also work with people who simply want to take writing more seriously.

  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Experienced and beginner
  • Individuals and groups
  • Artists and entrepreneurs

Types of projects

A few examples of writing projects I’ve helped clients with:

  • self-published books
  • ebooks
  • blog posts 
  • LinkedIn posts
  • fictional short stories
  • art grant applications
  • social media posts

A yoga mindset

To help writers adopt a productive and sustainable approach to writing, I draw on my study of yoga. For the past 20 years I’ve studied many aspects of the ancient practice. I’ve learned from many wonderful teachers. I’m especially influenced by the teachers at YogaSpace in Toronto, as well as Yasodhara in British Columbia.

The yoga mindset translates well to writing. It can help writers cope with the pain — physical, mental and spiritual — of putting words on the page. It can help us focus our minds, hear our authentic voices, and have the courage to say what we really want to say.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga! We’ll use simple stretches and exercises that can be done standing near a desk or sitting in a chair. I don’t speak Sanskrit, and I won’t try to balance your chakras.

Spreading posi vibes

Positive writing vibes are my specialty. I bring attention to what’s working in your writing to help you bring more of that to the page.

Oh, I’ll tell you the truth. I’ll definitely show you where your writing could be more amazing. I’ll explain elements of craft that can help you be more clear, compelling and concise. But I’ll say it in a way that will help you recognize and build on the writing strengths you already possess.

So, are you fascinated with the idea of having a coach? Read on for all the nitty gritty details about how it works, including scheduling, payments and technology.

Where I work

I am based in Toronto. But most of my work as a coach happens on the phone and online. I use Zoom for video calls, and phone for audio-only calls.

I honestly love using video calls. It’s the most time- and energy-efficient way for us to work together.

I know some people (including me!) are self-conscious, which can make video calls seem scary. I promise I won’t notice your hair or your messy office. I will notice your overuse of commas and the upside-down structure of your rough drafts. Let’s focus on what matters.

I see video calls as an opportunity to get to know the real you — which means our chemistry will be more genuine. If we make a good connection, you’ll feel more connected to your writing, and you’ll get more out of our work together.

How it begins

It all begins with a free 15-minute exploratory call.

At this initial meeting, we discuss your writing goals and challenges. You may already have a clear idea what you need, or not. You may have a project already on the go, or you may have a vague idea that you’d like to get better at writing.

That’s cool! We’ll talk it out.

A custom plan

Every writer’s life and goals are different, so I create custom packages that account for the fluid nature of this work.

For these individualized packages, my fees vary based how much time I expect to spend working with you. I look at how much time I will spend meeting with you, preparing for our meetings, and reading/responding to your writing.

Examples of custom pricing

Book proposal — $2500

One past client wanted to write a book proposal for submission to traditional publishers. He needed significant coaching on craft, workflow, platform and the publishing marketplace. I proposed seven one-hour meetings, spread out over a period of several weeks.

Fiction feedback — $250

Another past client is a short story writer. She requested feedback on a new story that she intended to submit to a contest. The story had good bones, but lacked an ending and needed polishing. The contest deadline was approaching. I proposed three half-hour meetings, each scheduled a week apart.

Blog boost — $750

One of my clients needed help blogging to support her side-hustle. But she didn’t know where to start. She needed to define the subjects she would write about, create a few amazing posts, and launch her new online self for all the world to see. I proposed five one-hour meetings, scheduled two weeks apart.

Making a commitment

If you like what I’m proposing, you approve the plan and we’re good to go! After that, we set up a schedule for our work together.

How we communicate

We’ll use a combination of email, phone, Zoom and in-person meetings. You can choose the channels that work best for you.

During the period of our work together, you’ll have unlimited access to me by email. You can ask questions, send a smoke signal or celebrate a win.

For sharing documents, I love using Google Drive. I’ll ask you to share your writing with me using this free cloud storage service.

Working in the cloud allows us to share and edit documents in real time, instead of emailing documents back and forth, which creates multiple versions that are hard to manage.

Google documents work a lot like Word documents. We can use comments to communicate about the text, as well as track all changes and see past versions of the document. You can also download Google documents as Word files — the standard format used in the publishing industry.

How payments work

I request half of the fee up front, and the rest when the work is done.

I accept payment by email transfer or credit card.

I do not offer refunds of the first payment.

Unfortunately, sometimes writers go in with big plans, but their lives get in the way before we are able to complete our coaching plan.

If we get started working together but you decide not to continue our work together, I bill you only for completed work. You are not obligated to pay for coaching you have not received.

How scheduling works

I book meetings at prearranged times. I’m flexible about interview times during business hours (M-F, 9-5).

I occasionally do meetings in the evenings or on the weekend.

We’ll use calendar invites to keep track of meetings.

If you need to cancel or change a meeting, I request at least 24-hours of notice.

Questions? Let’s hop on a free 15-minute call!