Take your readers on a

heroine's journey

SERVICES

Would you like to work together on your non-fiction book?

I'm devoted to helping you write a book that brings the archetypal feminine back to life, and makes the cultural contribution only you can make.


How It Works

Book coaching is intense and challenging, asking you to bring your whole self to it, and it's meaningful and fun. The process involves a dance between right and left brain, creative flow and marketplace viability, for optimal results.

1. FIND THE RIGHT SERVICE FOR YOU

The services listed below are sold separately, and are designed to be sequential. You can choose to enroll in one step, or more than one, depending on your needs. 

Each package is tailored to your individual requirements, meeting you where you are, while holding the vision of where you want to go. 

Ideally we begin our work together before you start actually writing your manuscript. However, I can come in as late as the developmental edit stage, if you have a finished draft (or significant section) of your book already written.

2. FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM PROVIDED

Towards the end of each service page, a contact button will to take you through to a contact form (you can also access that form here). 

When you send this to me, I'll follow up with a more detailed and personalised set of questions for you to fill out.

3. DISCOVERY CALL

For my larger packages, if we don't know each other already, we can arrange a 20 minute discovery call to explore our compatibility. 

The working relationship does become an intimate one, and this gives us a chance to meet "face to face". It also offers you the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have.

4. MAKE A PAYMENT

Payment comes after we have agreed to work together: I will send you an invoice with up-front or payment plan options. 

For best results:

I suggest you read my 'Do We Fit?' page here. This way you'll get a clear sense of whether I am the right coach for you. This will only lead to a happier collaboration. 

If you have any questions about book coaching, my unique angle, and/or client policies, you might also like to refer to my FAQ page here.

SERVICES LIST

1. Your Story Spine

STARTER PACKAGE

In this mini-package you'll create a simple, effective backbone for your book. You will refine your message and clarify the shift in perception your book will inspire in your readers - thereby developing clear insight into your book's point and purpose. This foundational work ensures you are starting off on the right footing, and guides all your authorial decisions going forwards.

STARTER PACKAGE special offer [2 x workbooks, 2 x submission deadlines with written feedback, 1 x 75-minute coaching call.]

2. Your Book Skeleton

MAP YOUR NARRATIVE in 12 steps

Here you'll be guided to create a detailed outline for your book, so that when it comes to writing your full manuscript, your thoughts are organised and all the important elements are defined in advance. This is like creating an architect's model before building the house: you can see the big picture and know exactly what you're doing before getting involved in minutiae and craftYour writing process then becomes swifter, more focused and more enjoyable. 

1:1 COACHING PACKAGE [Detailed PDF guide, 4 x submission deadlines, 4 x 60-minute coaching calls, editorial feedback & email support.]

3. Your Book Proposal

50-60+ PAGE PROPOSAL for agents & publishers

If a traditional publishing route is your preference, this service will help you prepare a detailed, professional book proposal that captures your voice, style, authority and vision, to send out to literary agents and/or publishers. Working through the 8 essential components of a proposal, you will make a strong and convincing argument for your book, why you're the right author for it, who it's for, why it's needed at this time, and how it fits alongside other books on the subject.

1:1 COACHING PACKAGE [Detailed PDF guide, up to 24 x submission deadlines with editorial feedback, 8 x 60-minute coaching calls, & email support.]

4. Your Book Pitch

 PITCHING STRATEGY to AGENTS & PUBLISHERS

Your book proposal is ready to go, and you'd like guidance on writing your query letter; figuring out which literary agents and publishers are best suited to your project; and formulating an effective pitching strategy to roll out over time. Pitching is an art, and industry insights can really help with this part of the journey.

PITCHING STRATEGY [Up to 5 editing rounds for your query letter, 3 x 60 minute strategy calls and strategy templates.]

5. Your Book Edit

MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT or DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT

When you have finished a draft (or significant section) of your book, I provide comprehensive feedback on such issues as premise, narrative structure, voice, reader engagement and market fit. I'll give you a big-picture editorial report on what's working and what isn't, with suggestions for improvements. If you choose a full developmental edit, you'll also receive specific and actionable notes embedded all the way through your manuscript.

MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT or DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT [Charged by word-count.]

Standalone Sessions

If our package is complete, but you'd like to check in with me about a particular issue or question relative to your project, a standalone 75-minute session might be what you need. 


Please email me at catriona@storieswithspine.com if you'd like to book a single session. 



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Get a 10% discount if you sign up between 1 January and 30 April 2023