YOUR STORY SPINE
Develop and refine your vision for your book, by creating a detailed book outline.
This package includes:
8 x SUBMISSION DEADLINES
4 x 60 minute COACHING CALLS
EMAIL SUPPORT (M-F)
Total time commitment: 15-20 hours over 4 weeks.
Here, you will do your thinking ahead of the writing, defining all of your book's key elements in advance, so that when you sit down to write, you know where you're going. This gives your work narrative cohesion from the start, and liberates you to write with flow and ease.
This program is for you if...
You have a non-fiction book in mind that will deepen your readers' knowledge about the archetypal feminine, and inspire cultural change.
You're passionate about your idea. You've gathered your materials. You've done your research.
You know your message has the potential to change lives. However, there's so much information to put in, you don't know how to begin, how to end, what to include, what to leave out, or how to structure your wealth of materials effectively.
Perhaps you've been trying to write on your own for some time, but keep getting stuck. You can't get beyond the midpoint, or you're struggling to reach the finish line.
You might feel daunted by the task of narrowing down your wealth of material. Perhaps you have been circling around a range of ideas for your book, and reshuffling them in your mind: which one is primary, what is secondary, what is to be discarded or kept aside for another publication...?
The task of writing a long-form narrative might feel insurmountable, yet you're longing to see it through to completion.
You know this book is yours to write. You can feel it in your bones.
It's possible that writing this book scares you.
You feel called and resistant at the same time.
This may not be the subject you would have chosen for yourself... yet here it is, keeping you awake at night.
Perhaps your message feels contentious within your social, religious or professional milieu, adding layers of complication you'd prefer not to deal with.
Your idea is likely to be disruptive, and this takes courage, especially if you're taking on culturally imposed misogyny. This is no small task.
If you've been writing already, you may feel as if you have one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake: a wildly inefficient way to work.
Together, we will shape and hone your creative ideas and find a structure for them that works.
Structure is everything in non-fiction.
With my guidance, you'll give your project structural cohesion right from the start... not only in terms of the book as a whole, but also within each chapter.
This way you can avoid the frustration and heartache of writing down dead ends, or having to restructure your material down the line, which is much harder to do, and can be expensive if you need an editor to do a lot of fixing.
Topics we'll go into, tailored to your needs:
During this intensive guided process, I'll also help you with:
Defining your deepest vision for your book, factoring in both the muse and the marketplace.
Determining how readers will interact with your book, and why it will be valuable to them.
Brainstorming when you get stuck, and upholding deadlines, to ensure you're always moving forward toward your vision.
Offering creative and emotional support when needed, as we work together on the task of finding your book's true identity.
Paying special attention to the transformational journey you'll take your readers on, ensuring that you're offering a compelling emotional experience as well as an educational one. This is how real change is wrought... and you want your book to make cultural change.
This process will galvanize your writing.
Finding your story spine alleviates confusion, gives you focus, and optimizes your precious writing time.
Those daunting feelings that can arise when you sit down to face the blank page? They are reduced, because you're already intimate with your narrative flow.
Your chapters, subheadings, and the placement of content have already been thought through, as well as the reader's journey... leaving you free for deep creative immersion.
By the end of the program...
Praise for this package
"The joy of having everything laid out and structured is very real!
It was essential to go through this phase. Now I know what I’m actually meant to be writing when I sit down at my computer.
The power of structure and focus!"
Melanie Swan, UK
The Sacred Womb thesacredwomb.com
How this process works:
When you sign up, we'll create a schedule of 4 coaching calls over 4 weeks.
I'll issue you with a detailed 12-part PDF guide when you sign up. You'll work your way through the sections between coaching calls, and send your working document to me on a schedule of submission deadlines.
I'll provide editorial feedback each time, using Microsoft Word's 'track changes'. If you have any questions between calls, I will offer assistance by email (Mon-Fri).
Your coaching calls
We'll discuss your progress on each coaching call, addressing any questions you may have, brainstorming where needed, and planning your next steps.
When we decide to work together, I will send you an invoice. Payment is with Stripe (secure payment system which accepts major credit cards).
PLEASE NOTE: Your Story Spine is a pre-requisite for my next program, Your Book Proposal. You will receive a discount for enrolling in both.
If you would you like to sign up:
Wonderful! I'm really looking forward to hearing about you and your project.
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*The list below provides basic information only. I will provide you with a detailed 'terms of agreement' sheet if we agree to work together.
For edits and written feedback, we'll use Microsoft Word's 'track changes' function. This is industry standard, and it's important you're familiar with it.
For coaching calls, we will use Zoom or equivalent (video or audio according to your preference. Note: Audio can facilitate a deeper listening process without distraction.)
Yes. When we agree to work together, I will provide you with my terms of service and a book coaching agreement, so that you can review these and ask any further questions before signing.
I'll also provide an invoice for your tax records.
All communication and materials are treated as confidential, unless your permission to share with others is explicitly granted. This is stated in my terms of service.
My services are non-refundable, because book coaching involves deep commitment from both sides. I plan my schedule around our deadlines in advance, turning away new clients accordingly.
If you aren't sure whether this is the right step for you to take - financially or otherwise - I request that you spend some time reading this website and particularly this page.
Once you are more familiar with me and my approach, it should become clear whether or not you wish to make the investment.
It's also really important that you're sure you have time to give generously to our work together.
You must re-schedule your call at least 24 hours in advance, unless a true emergency comes up. I will be holding this time-slot for you and am counting on your reliability and commitment. Late cancellations won't be rescheduled or refunded.
If I need to cancel our call with less than 24 hours notice, I will notify you as soon as possible, and will add an extra 30 mins onto our rescheduled call at no charge.