So You Decided to Hire a Book Writing Coach. What’s Next?

By: Mary Anna Rodabaugh in Book Writing Coaching

A book writing coach is a guru, guide, and accountability partner who can help you go from book writing concept to complete publication. Through activities that will help you identify your book’s vision to edits every chapter along the way, a book writing coach is the best writing partner you could have. Once you make the step to invest in your book’s future and hire a book writing coach, you may be wondering what happens next. Do you start writing? Do you have a few conversations about the overall outline and flow of the book? Do you wait for further instructions?

We’ve got you.

A book writing coach will get to know you

After an exploratory get-to-know-you call, you and your book writing coach will begin your official work together. The first thing that typically happens in a coaching relationship is your coach will ask you questions to learn more about you as an author as well as the main themes of your intended book. Book writing coaches want to know what works for you in terms of the time of day you feel most creative, the type of feedback you are most receptive to, the preferred method of check-in communication, and your personal goals for the book.

You may be given a mood board exercise to complete where you will use images and words to create a small presentation that exemplifies your personal values, morals, and dreams. This gives your book writing coach insight as to who you are and what is important to you.

Find your book writing coach!

You can hire a book writing coach when you have a rough idea for a book, when you have a series of other content you want to turn into a book, or even when you have a rough draft of your book written but want to polish it before publishing. It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in the book writing journey. Your coach is primed to take the reins and guide you depending on where you are.

A book writing coach will help you develop structure

Once you share your book writing pieces with your coach (ideas, other writings, or even a draft), you and your coach will put them together to form a cohesive structure. Side by side, you both will create a comprehensive outline that details each chapter, main points, a hook, a takeaway, and how that chapter leads into the next chapter. This roadmap will keep you and your manuscript focused. You may even end up adding deadlines to keep you on track.

Guided by this structure, you will move on to the writing (or editing existing content) phase of your book writing journey.

“When you commit to meeting with your coach on a weekly basis, you will be more motivated to complete these tasks, share your progress with your coach, and continue your book writing journey. ”

A book writing coach is an accountability partner

One of the hardest parts of writing a book is committing to writing it to completion. There are so many facets of life that can pull a writer away from a manuscript. Once the excitement of starting something new fades, authors may procrastinate, look to other projects for inspiration, or get hung up with work or other responsibilities. Then, the manuscript sits abandoned and unfinished.

A book writing coach is going to keep you accountable. At RTC, we sometimes say a writing coach is like a therapist for your book. With someone holding you accountable, you are less likely to skip out on your writing. After all, what are you going to talk about with your book writing coach if you haven’t done any outlining, writing, or editing?

When you commit to meeting with your coach on a weekly basis, you will be more motivated to complete these tasks, share your progress with your coach, and continue your book writing journey.

Your book writing coach is the accountability partner that is going to walk with you every step of the way. It doesn’t matter where you start, only that you do begin to take bold steps toward sharing your story with the world.