Megan Lally

Megan Lally.jpg

I love getting to know my writers and their dreams

I'M A COACH

What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

Creating a relationship with my writers. I love getting to know them and what their dreams are so I can better help them to get there.

What's your coaching style like?

Half cheerleader, half tough-love coach. Equal parts praise and straight to the point advice.

What genres do you love to edit?

Anything Young Adult. Literally anything. I love teenagers and working on that YA voice within chapters. I also love to edit romance novels, and anything historical. 

What do you love most about editing?

Seeing the writers grow. I love seeing the tiny lightbulb moments when writers figure out how to fix recurring problems that pop up in early submissions and then move ahead as stronger writers. It's so rewarding to be able to watch that transformation grow. 

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

Anyone who genuinely wants to better themselves and accept feedback. I love working with writers but when I feel like I have to tip-toe around someone who's too thin skinned to really work through the edits it can be a little discouraging. 

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

I can't really recall a specific moment, but I would imagine the first time a writer came back after feedback and said something like, "That makes so much sense! I get it now."

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

I feel like an editor gets to know the work, whereas a coach gets to know the writer, and HOW they craft a book. The more you understand a coaching client the easier you can craft their feedback longterm in a way that really speaks to them. When editing you have a lot of one-time clients so your focus is a lot more on the book, and it's more generic "take what you want from this" kind of feedback.

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

Every single instance of a writer telling me they've grown as a writer from my feedback. Those are all tied for first place on my wall of coaching achievements because that's exactly what I'm trying to do-- teach them as much as I can, while they're in the program.

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

The Manager of Operations who also happened to be my old critique partner.


IN MY DOWNTIME...

What's your favorite word?

Hope.

What genres do you love to read?

Horror, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, contemporary, and romance.

What are five of your favorite books?

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Brighton Walsh
  • Courtney Summers
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Richelle Mead

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

Maggie Stiefvater. She has such a confidence about her writing and her life and I would absolutely love to pick her brain about her writing process and just glean whatever I could from her experience. She's a phenomenal writer. 

What are you most excited about right now?

I'm headed back home (New Hampshire) for a visit this fall, and it's the first time I'll have been back there in a little over three years. So I'm super excited about that.

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

A mom. And a water scientist, though I'm not actually sure what that is.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Lots of coffee, barking dogs, kids fighting over Netflix, emails, client edits, laundry, writing about murder, staying up until 1am working, and more coffee.

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

Ideally, I'd love to have another YA horror novel to my agent to go out on submission. 

What about 5 years from now?

Published, or on my way to being published.