Deb Lieberman

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I love the process of immersing myself in a writer's unique mindset and story world...

I'M A COACH

What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

My favorite part of the coaching process is helping writers bring their stories to life on the page. 

What's your coaching style like?

Adaptable, creative, and supportive.

What genres do you love to edit?

Narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and memoir.

What do you love most about editing?

I love the process of immersing myself in a writer's unique mindset and story world, searching for those critical—but strangely elusive!—threads that will pull it all together and make it sing!

Who's your ideal writer match? What are you looking for in a coaching client?

I don't have an ideal writer match—what I hope for are writers who are willing to push themselves hard, and to learn.

What was the moment when you felt like a real book coach?

The day I first hit send after crafting my feedback, feeling certain I had done a "good enough" job. 

What do you believe the most prominent difference between an editor and a coach is?

A coach cares most about the big-picture elements, the "why" of it all, whereas an editor's focus is more on the mechanics.

What's been your greatest achievement in coaching so far?

Every writer presents a unique challenge, so I count my achievements in small increments, one week at a time.

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

Blog posts on Writer Unboxed.


IN MY DOWNTIME...

What's your favorite word?

Fraught

What genres do you love to read?

Narrative nonfiction, classic and modern literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and memoir.

What are five of your favorite books?

  • The Boys in the Boat
  • Seabiscuit
  • Devil in the White City
  • Rebecca
  • The Remains of the Day

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • David McCullough
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • Erik Larson
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Kazuo Ishiguro

If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?

Laura Hillenbrand, because she has written two of my favorite books, rich in period detail—Seabiscuit and Unbroken —and because I would love to find out about how she manages to write such extraordinary, historically accurate books, while at the same time battling with chronic fatigue syndrome.

What are you most excited about right now?

I wake up every day with a feeling of excitement! I love to write, I love to coach, I love my family and furry friends. ;-)

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I've always known I wanted to write. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

I get up early to write. First, I feed our two cats and crazy dog, Bogey. Then I take Bogey out for a nice morning walk. Finally I sit down to do my writing, research, and coaching—this makes for a great start to every day!

If you could fast-forward a year from now, what would your writing life look like?

I would love to have finished a fairly polished first draft of the narrative nonfiction book I've been working on for several years now. I've got the majority of the research done, so this feels like a reachable goal!

What about 5 years from now?

I would love to have that book out into the world, creating a buzz.