Take your readers on a  heroine's journey

to awaken their creative life force



Hello. I'm Catriona Mitchell. 

I offer BOUTIQUE BOOK COACHING services

for non-fiction that calls the life force and creative potency of feminine archetypes back into consciousness, conversation and culture.

Why Feminine Archetypes?

Because we are so much more than we think we are

Feminine archetypes are essential, not optional, organs of our collective intelligence, yet many have been culturally erased or are lying dormant in the collective psycheWhen we bring their full spectrum back to life, we reclaim our totality.

Only then can our whole-system intelligence and creative power become available to us, and we need these to solve global problems we've never faced before. I call this process the heroine's journey, and its purpose is collective flourishing.

Stories with Spine is for you if...

YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GUIDE TO HELP YOU CAPTURE YOUR DEEPEST VISION FOR YOUR BOOK. 

You're developing a transformational non-fiction book about lost feminine archetypes. You want to see their forms, functions, symbols and mythologies become part of embodied, living culture.

YOUR BOOK WILL QUESTION CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL NORMS

by exploring the rejected powers of feminine archetypes from East to West and from the abstract to the anthropomorphic: from the Great Goddess and Kundalini, to the witch, the womb, Mother Earth and the cycles of death and rebirth....

YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR, AND AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD. Your aim is to write a transformational non-fiction book that inspires a profound shift in culture... one reader at a time.

You feel the plight of the planet

down in your bones

and are taking creative action because...

Reverence for the archetypal feminine is missing from our linear, hierarchical, left-brain dominated society. We're distanced from the wordless intelligence held within our bodies, and from 'Mother Earth' with consequences that affect us all.

The feminine points us back to the body as temple, nature as sacred, death and rebirth, beauty and bliss, intuition and the mystical realms, relational and interconnected existence.... yet these vital aspects of life have been lost over eons.

YOU HAVE A STRONG BODY OF WORK TO DRAW FROM. However, you are yet to define the organising principle for your book, or determine how you will take your reader on a powerful journey of transformation.

Why work with me?

I help you get intimate with your book project, and improve your creative flow and productivity.

My primary role is to help you define your book's point and purpose. That is, the unique contribution you will make to the bigger cultural conversation, and the journey of transformation you will offer your readers. Together, these comprise your story spine.

 I offer book development in 5 steps

providing you with high-touch guidance on:


  • Finding your STORY SPINE

  • Creating your BOOK OUTLINE

  • Writing a 60+ page PROPOSAL

  • PITCHING to agents/publishers

  • Developmental EDITING

YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BUILDING AN AUTHOR CAREER with a global community of readers, whether you sign up with a large publishing house, or with an independent or hybrid press.

You and I might create magic together if: 


You have undertaken extensive research and development on your topic through teaching, speaking, writing, documentary film-making, consulting and/or coaching


You're actively sharing your ideas in written form already, even if you haven't published a full-length book yet.


You're writing a book that will endure because of its richness and depth of content. It's more than a marketing exercise for your business. Your aim is to make a genuine contribution to a new cultural narrative.


Relevant topics include:

  •   Embodiment
  •   Eros
  •   Tantra
  •   Goddess history
  •   Mysticism
  •   Deep ecology
  •   Mythology
  •   Sacred masculine

Book coaching is where the muse meets the marketplace

MY METHODOLOGY INCORPORATES:


Story coaching

Project management

Editorial feedback

Industry insights

I providepersonalised and structured guidance to help you hone your deepest vision for your book; and work with you to ensure that what is in your head is being clearly conveyed on the page.

As one of my clients described it, this is a process of "switching the lights on together."

This involves a dance between left and right brain. I acknowledge the deep mystery of the creative process while holding you accountable to deadlines that move you forwards.

I am your coach, editor and ideal reader in one. The upshot is: your message gets fine-tuned. Your structure becomes intentional. The connective tissue between you and your reader grows stronger. 

FURTHER BENEFITS

OF DOING THIS WORK


Developing your book has a knock-on effect on other areas of your life. 

BUSINESS UPLEVEL:

Your educational platform  gets polished, and your marketing and communications grow stronger. 

CLARITY OF PURPOSE:

Your sense of mission soars, and you'll find your voice in a more profound way than ever before.

YOUR LIFE'S PATH HAS LED YOU TO THIS BOOK. YOU HEAR IT WHISPERING IN YOUR BLOOD, BREATH AND BONES. YOU KNOW IT'S YOURS TO WRITE.

AI is no substitute for this process. Here's why.

  • You've gone through a period of deep feminine 're-membering.' The inspiration for your book comes from your your somatic and intuitive intelligence and your words will emerge from this place, too.
  • This is about you, as author, as well as your book. Because you'll venture into a profound and rigorous exploration of your philosophy, the work embraces both book development and spiritual evolution.
  • Along the way I'll help you identify and release any hidden blockages, and offer tasks and exercises to help you become a creative force, so you can be both a powerful, joyful and effective emissary for your message. 

YOUR BOOK WILL DRAW FROM YOUR LIVED EXPERIENCE as well as your your professional research and development. This way it will make a wholly original contribution.

If you run into creative resistance...

I am trained in somatic methods, feminine empowerment coaching and belief work to help you get back on your feet. Creative blocks are almost inevitable, but we'll save time by catching them early and dissolving any resistance that arises.

If fears of voice or visibility arise...

I'll help you reconnect to your confidence and conviction. This is big, because being an author these days requires you to be a speaker too. The subject of your book is personally edgy, if not culturally disruptive, and going public with it can feel vulnerable.

What clients are saying:

The thought-provoking practices and techniques Catriona offers took my book to another level, allowing me to see its deeper purpose. Her powerful work lays a solid and supportive ground to take necessary and constructive steps to not only improve the writing and structure, but also to successfully manifest the book in the world.

LAURA AMAZZONEauthor of Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power


Fabulous! Your input and reflections are invaluable. I look forward to our calls each week. Thanks for being so clear.

MELANIE SWAN - The Sacred Womb podcast

YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Start at the place that's right for you. Our work together is always tailored to your unique vision and needs. 


You're at the ideas development stage

We begin by defining the point and purpose of your book. This is difficult to do early on, but tremendously helpful. By clarifying what your project is about and its value for the reader, you'll start your work off on a strong footing.

 → It's time to structure your narrative

Here, I'll support you with structuring and ordering your book's contents into a full outline before you start writing your manuscript. This way you know exactly where you're going from the outset. This builds confidence and momentum.

 → You need a proposal for agents / publishers

When you have an outline for your book, it's time to prepare a compelling and professional book proposal. This is an art-form unto itself that requires selling instead of telling, and guidance can make all the difference.

 → You have a full manuscript to edit

You have a solid working draft of your book in place. Now you're seeking detailed professional feedback on what's working and what isn't at the big-picture level, from an editor who is sensitive to your subject.

How to take your readers on a heroine's journey