Stories with Spine stands for the restoration and deepening of knowledge about feminine archetypes and mythologies. It is a love-song for our bodies, our creative life force, and for our bigger home, this blue-green planet.
Story shapes culture; it's one of the most powerful forces on the planet, because it has such profound influence on our belief systems.
Mainstream storytelling has largely been characterised by masculine values: the hero's journey.
By taking readers on a heroine's journey into the aspects of the feminine (in all of us) that have been culturally erased over thousands of years, we can come back into balance... for a wildly beautiful future.
To change our realities, we also have to change our myths. As history amply demonstrates, myths and realities go hand in hand.” - Riane Eisler, cultural historian
1. To support you in birthing a high calibre, culturally influential book - built upon a strong story spine.
2. To stimulate disruptive, life-affirming conversations about feminine archetypes, and why their resurgence is vital for our global future.
Genres: Transformational, prescriptive or self-help non-fiction. Your book isn't memoir, but it is likely to interweave factual information with personal storytelling.
Just as there is a relationship of mind to body, so there is a relationship of body to earth." - Carl Jung
BOOK COACHING OBJECTIVES
Book coaching is a new industry born out of radical shifts in the publishing industry over the last decade or so.
Editing is less of a priority than it used to be inside traditional publishing houses. Sales and marketing are primary these days, and in-house editors have little time. Authors are often required to submit a pre-edited manuscript and do a large part of their own marketing.
My services step in to address these changes, in five key stages of book development.
I provide you with tried-and-tested methodologies, editorial support, accountability, marketing strategies, empathy and cheer-leading, to help you bring your book project to life and increase the chances of its success.
I work with authors who are writing transformational non-fiction that's interwoven with unique and personal storytelling, and is written from embodied intelligence. This is a field that AI cannot imitate.
My clients aim to be signed up with a literary agent and/or traditional publisher. You can see my range of services here.
MY COACHING STYLE
I bring warmth, integrity, humour and dedication to this work. You can safely brainstorm and discuss problems with me, but I'm also (politely) candid in my feedback.
I place equal weight on creativity and strategy. My role is tocreate a growth container that allows you bring your vision to life, rather than claim to have all the answers. I place a special emphasis on the reader's journey of transformation, so you can inspire cultural change, one reader at a time.
"The body is like the Earth... as vulnerable to over-building, being carved into parcels, cut off, overmined, and shorn of its power as any landscape."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estés
THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY
I use this term to refer to the arc of change you will walk your readers through, offering them a re-framing of cultural and spiritual norms and a fresh way of seeing.
For example, if your readers are cis women, your book might help them dispel culturally imposed shame and silencing around the womb and menstrual cycle. If your book is about redefining masculinity, it could embrace such issues as emotional vulnerability, healing the heart, asking for help, and reinstating intimacy and connection.
The heroine's journey asks for a paradigm shift and applies to all of us, irrespective of our gender identity. It is an invitation to peel away old conditioning, be done with old masks, and re-imagine life as we know it. This is no small undertaking, but an essential one in these times of global crisis.
The heroine's journey embraces such themes as:
- Re-awakening reverence for the divine feminine
- Raising awareness of the interconnected nature of all of life
- Befriending the body and its cyclical nature. Death and rebirth
- Healing mother wounds and re-integrating the mother archetype into the collective psyche, including 'Mother Earth'
- Surrendering to not-knowing, the great mystery, darkness, the world between worlds
- Reclaiming the 'inner senses': intuitive, mystical and creative powers
- Letting patriarchal beliefs fall away, along with the 'strong man' archetype; and
- Replacing outdated myths with more relevant ones for the challenges we are grappling with today, and will have to face in the future.
My old great friend Joseph Campbell wrote a book about 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces.' I said, “What about the heroine?” and he would insist that story didn’t yet exist." - Dr Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher & researcher
Stories with Spine stands for the feminine power, creativity and mystery in all of us, and the deep intelligence that's housed in the body, irrespective of our gender.
100% LGBTQ+ and BIPOC friendly.
My services are for anyone with a compatible message, vision and goals, as laid out here.