Meet Our Coaches

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.

The coach we pick may not necessarily be the one you think would be best. Their favorite genres, books, and authors — listed here on their pages — 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 make you a great match!

Amy Sue Nathan

Dawn Ius

Erin Lindsay McCabe

Jill Angel

K.C. Karr

Kelly Hartog

Lizette Clarke

Michael Raymond

Sarah Williams

Susan DeFreitas

Ashly Hilst

Deb Lieberman

Heather Ezell

Julia Drake

Kate Tracy

Kemlo Aki

Margarita Montimore

Michele Orwin

Sarahlyn Bruck

Austen Wright

Donna Goodin

Jennifer Hawkins

Julie Artz

Kathleen Furin

Kit Frick

Megan Lally

Michelle Hazen

Sheila Athens

Susan Gray Foster


Jennie Nash

Does Jennie Nash coach writers?

Jennie personally works with a very small number of clients each year. If you are interested in applying to work with her, you can mention that on your Manuscript Accelerator Q&A and consulting call.



Matt Sand


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.



Diana Renn

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.

Photo Credits: Anthony Ongaro

Photo Credits: Anthony Ongaro

Whitney Astbury


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.




Laura Franzini


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.



Jade Eby


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. 

Photo Credit: Lauren Perry of Perrywinkle Photography

Photo Credit: Lauren Perry of Perrywinkle Photography