What is a book coach?
Think of it like a personal trainer for your writing life.
Book coaches edit, but we also motivate, inspire and cajole, and sometimes give you the kick in the pants you need to stop making excuses and get the work done. It's not just about the words on the page. It's about setting an intention, establishing effective habits, and harnessing the incredible power of having someone in your corner while you write.
If you can't get started, we'll give you the steps you need to start strong.
If you're stuck in the middle, we'll provide the accountability you need to find your way forward.
If you are revising or pitching, we'll offer you the expert editorial eye you need to get over the finish line.
Expertise + Support
Our book coaches LOVE what they do – you can see the proof below. Each has been hand-picked by Jennie Nash after passing a series of extensive editing tests that assess their editorial expertise, their creativity, and their ability to communicate feedback clearly and effectively, with patience and compassion. Jennie has personally trained each of them in four key editorial areas: technical proficiency, big-picture vision, commercial viability, and the realities of the writing life.
At Author Accelerator, we don't expect you to seek out a coach who is right for you. We work hard to pair each writer with the book coach we believe will bring out your best. We'll ask you a series of questions about your goals, your writing history, and your idea, then make the match. It's part of the secret sauce that makes us different from other writing programs.
"You can find a lot of people who are good at mechanical edits," Jennie says, "but to find someone with the vision to see a story, and the compassion to help a writer bring it to life is a very rare and beautiful thing."
Most of our book coaches are writers themselves, and some have even worked with Author Accelerator on their own books. They love to read, they love to write, and they are waiting to help you make your dream of becoming a writer a reality.
Click on their photos below to get to know them!
PLEASE NOTE: These coach pages are NOT meant to be a stand-in for their CV of editing and writing experience. Their favorite genres, books, and authors don't necessarily speak to what they excel at editing-wise, and their interests and expertise may extend beyond what is listed on their page. We will do our best to pair writers with the right coach for their project based on all the information we have available.
Amy Sue Nathan
Erin Lindsay McCabe
Susan Gray Foster
CO-FOUNDER + CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Jennie is the author of seven books: three memoirs, four novels, and counting.
Her book publishing credentials include:
She has freelanced for dozens of publications, including:
She has been on staff at:
Random House | New York Woman magazine
She has been featured on blogs such as:
Lately, her private clients have been racking up some seriously awesome success – books published by Scribner, Norton, Hazeldon, Ten Speed, and Simon & Schuster; self-published books that have won top awards; and writers who have landed some of the best literary agents in the business.
One client recently landed on the front page of the Sunday review section in the New York Times, and the next week, went on the "Today" show.
Jennie has been an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program for twelve years. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and has two grown daughters.
Some of Jennie's raving clients:
"Want to change your life? Hire Jennie!"
"You have this amazing ability to explain how a story actually works, and not in a hoity-toity way but in a way I actually GET and can DO."
"I've never seen anyone with so much whip-cracking, can-do, positive energy."
These are Jennie's books:
Matt Sand has an extensive background in technology and entrepreneurship. He holds degrees in computer science, mathematics, and political science from Tulane University, as well as a master's in business administration in from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
Matt served as a communications officer in the Air Force, and, after a brief stint in corporate America, decided to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship full time. He has consulted with entrepreneurs, invested in early-stage companies at two Los Angeles-based investment firms, and started three companies of his own. In addition to building his own startups, he is a co-author of "The Agile Startup," which was published by Wiley in 2013. Matt teaches courses in entrepreneurship at UCLA and LMU.
Assistant Managing eDitor
Diana holds a B.A. in English from Hampshire College and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. Her career has been dedicated to helping writers tell their stories. She has worked as a development editor for textbooks in the educational publishing industry, and as a fiction editor for an award-winning online young adult magazine (YARN, Young Adult Review Network). She has taught writing at Grub Street (an independent writing center in Boston) and at Boston University. She frequently presents on writing craft at conferences and workshops.
Diana is the author of three young adult novels featuring globetrotting teen sleuths: Tokyo Heist, Latitude Zero,and Blue Voyage, all published by Viking / Penguin. She is a co-author of False Idols, an FBI thriller published by SerialBox /Adaptive Books. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Publisher’s Weekly, The Huffington Post, Brain Child, Literary Mama, The Writer,and other publications. You can learn more about her writing here.
Originally from Seattle, Diana now lives outside of Boston with her husband, her son, and a moody black cat. She loves long bike rides and travel.
Whitney Astbury has a background in accounting and teaching. She received a certificate from Florida Gulf Coast University for completing their Pharmacy Technician program, but jumped right into working as an accounting assistant for an independent insurance firm instead.
She served as the treasurer for her local chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals for two years in an effort to understand more about the insurance industry. With more than 10 years' experience with Microsoft Office Suite, she taught Microsoft Excel at a college for several years before joining Author Accelerator. Whitney is an author of ten fiction novels published under a pen name and is represented by a literary agent. As a former employee of The Write Assistants, she found her calling helping other authors succeed.
Manager of Community Engagement
Abby Mathews graduated with degrees in art and education, before she spent close to a decade pretending to be the adult in a ninth-grade fine arts classroom. She left teaching in 2009 to raise two daughters and pursue other creative interests. In 2017 Abby convinced her introverted best friend to launch a podcast with Jennie Nash called Mom Writes. Since then, she’s been writing, podcasting, and generally being an online social butterfly.
Abby’s goal in life is to live inside Charlotte’s Web, so you can often find her in the barnyard feeding a floppy-earred pig and chasing away Templeton.
Laura Franzini has trained under Author Accelerator Chief Creative Officer Jennie Nash for 4 years, working with writers to bring their stories alive on the page and their books on the shelf. She currently oversees Author Accelerator’s stellar team of book coaches, matching them with their writers and cultivating each coaching relationship.
A native New Englander with a degree in journalism and photography from Emerson College, Laura has worked on the copy desk at the Boston Globe, where she also covered the city's western suburbs as a regional correspondent, and delved into the marketing world as part of the Internal Communications team at Natixis Global Asset Management.
She has managed and produced editorial content for an online environmental magazine, as well as for GlobalPost, a digital leader in world news coverage. Previously, she was a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team covering the San Bernardino attack.
MANAGER OF OPERATIONS
Jade graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English literature and creative writing. Prior to starting her own business and working at Author Accelerator, she worked as a creative copywriter at a top-notch higher education marketing firm. She is a hybrid author who has published both novels and short stories. You can find a list of her published works here.
Jade built her own virtual assistant agency to help other authors in the publishing industry and has worked with multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. She continues to teach authors about the independent publishing process and steps.
As a self-proclaimed "Crazy Cat Lady," Jade spends her free time with her brood of felines and volunteers at the local humane shelter.
LAUNCH AND OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Terri M. LeBlanc is a master planner and a self-professed book dragon. Working in higher education and marketing for over 10 years, Terri successfully planned and launched hundreds of calling and email marketing campaigns to students around the world. On computers since 1983, Terri loves seeking out and learning new technology and sharing her knowledge with others.
In her spare time, Terri enjoys reading and reviewing books for her blog, Second Run Reviews, and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She volunteers for ICON, Iowa's longest running science-fiction and fantasy convention, and is one of the lead organizers for Imagine Other Worlds with Authors, a multi-genre author-signing event. When not absorbed in the world of books, Terri can be found riding horses, shooting pictures, and spending time watching movies with her husband while cuddling with her two cats.