K.C. Karr

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MY BIGGEST GOAL IS TO SEE A WRITER SUCCEED

I'M A COACH

What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

The moment something “clicks.” Whether it’s nailing a scene they’ve struggled with or mastering some technical aspect they couldn’t see before, I love seeing a writer’s progress.

What's your coaching style like?

I’m a combination of direct and encouraging. My biggest goal is to see a writer succeed, so I’m not afraid to push a little harder if it’s needed.

What genres do you love to edit?

YA is my favorite, but also MG, romance, and women’s fiction.

What do you love most about editing?

I love when a writer has a light-bulb moment and suddenly their work explodes in a way it hasn’t before. Seeing writers improve is my favorite part.

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

I think it’s the emotional aspect. I’m not here only to grill writers about grammar, I’m here to make sure they write the best story possible, and that involves not only fixing mistakes, but making sure the writer is encouraged, too.

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

I want someone who is serious about writing. Finishing a novel isn’t something you can do without dedication, so my ideal client would have writing goals and be open to developing a plan to make them happen. They want a coach who is honest and provides tough love.

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

When writers I’ve worked with thanked me in a public manner. Feeling like I truly made an impact on a writer’s career is the best, most rewarding feeling.

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

Seeing my clients get requests from agents!

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

It all started when a friend gave me a copy of Wired for Story by Lisa Cron. When I learned Lisa had classes with Author Accelerator, I was sold!

IN MY DOWNTIME...

What genres do you love to read?

YA is my favorite, but also women’s fiction, thriller, and some fantasy and sci-fi.

What are five of your favorite books?

  • The Lord of the Rings series

  • And I Darken by Kiersten White

  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

  • The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

  • Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • Kiersten White

  • Holly Black

  • Cassandra Clare

  • Tahereh Mafi

  • Gayle Forman

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

John Green – I find everything he does so inspiring. I just want to absorb some of his awesome!

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

I currently have a project on sub with editors, so I'm anxiously awaiting the “big book deal” I've always wanted. So that, plus more time to write!

What about 5 years from now?

I wouldn't say no to having an NYC best seller! It’s always been a dream of mine to sign my books at Book Expo, so I’d like that as well.

What are you most excited about right now?

Working for Author Accelerator!

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

I leaned strongly toward being a lawyer or a psychologist, but I ended up getting a cosmetology license and going to ultrasound school. My tastes are varied, but I do wish I would’ve gotten that psychology degree. I’d also like to learn how to fly a plane someday.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I have a day job where I work 8-4:30 scanning ultrasound patients. I often work on writing stuff during lunch and after work. I have a 10-year-old son and a husband who also like to see me sometimes, too.