Stories with Spine stands for the deepening of knowledge about the archetypal feminine. 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 - that helps to heal our collective separation from the archetypal feminine, one reader at a time.
2. To stimulate disruptive, life-affirming conversations about the archetypal feminine, and why its resurgence is vital for the future of life on Earth.
Genres: Transformational, prescriptive or self-help non-fiction. Your book isn't memoir, but it is likely to interweave factual information with personal storytelling.
Sub-genres: *Women's studies *Feminism *Cultural history *Spirituality * Mind, body, spirit *Women's health *Psychology *Depth psychology *Eco-feminism *Deep ecology.
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 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, by providing 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 aim to be signed up with a literary agent and/or publisher, rather than to self-publish. You can see my range of services here.
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 to ask the right questions (rather than claim to have all the answers), help you birth your most profound vision for your book, and guide you towards finding solutions that are true for you.
THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY
I use the term to refer to the arc of change you will take your readers through. This is an essential consideration for you as a writer of transformational non-fiction.
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.
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 and mystery in all of us, irrespective of gender.
100% LGBTQ+ and BIPOC friendly.
My services are for anyone with a compatible message, vision and goals, as laid out here.