Kelly Hartog

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I love helping writers shape their work into something publishable. 


What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

I love meeting new writers and I really enjoy helping them shape their story. Some of the best moments are when there are milestones or breakthroughs, when the puzzle pieces finally fall into place. I love seeing a rewritten chapter suddenly come to life and the threads of the story are drawn together. I also am so excited when one of my writers finishes their book. It's the best feeling. 

What's your coaching style like?

I like my coaching to be a dialogue with my writers. I like to make suggestions and see if they resonate with my writer. I'm big with exclamation points and smiley faces when something is AMAZING!

What genres do you love to edit?

Women's Fiction, Mystery, Time Travel, Magical Realism, Contemporary, Historical, Thrillers

What do you love most about editing?

I love helping writers shape their work into something publishable.

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

A client who is excited about their book; someone who has a story they HAVE to tell and knows they are the only one who can tell it. Someone with drive, dedication and a passion to share what they know with the world. That kind of dedication and enthusiasm is contagious. 

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

When a writer said "thank you so much for your incredible insight. I would never have figured it out without you." It made me all warm and fuzzy inside and I realized 'I can do this!'

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

An editor is there to fix the words on the page. A book coach is there to help you through the process of writing your story, figuring out what matters, holding your hand when you think it's all going pear-shaped, being your cheerleader, counselor, parent, and best friend. We celebrate the achievements with you. It's a complex, supportive role. 

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

Helping authors get to "the end" on a book that I KNOW the world is going to love. 

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?



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What genres do you love to read?

Women's Fiction, literary fiction, mystery, thriller, contemporary fiction, biographies, memoirs

What are five of your favorite books?

  • How Green Was My Valley

  • Jane Eyre

  • The Madness of a Seduced Woman

  • Shantaram

  • Bella Mafia

Who are five of your favorite authors?

Wow, that's tough -there's so many!

  • Charlotte Bronte

  • Richard Llewllyn

  • Marian Keyes

  • Jane Austen

  • Freya North

  • Lynda La Plante

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

Enid Blyton. I was raised on her books as a child, completely devoured them. I wrote my first university paper on the rise of the English children's novel and she was my focus. She was prolific, understood what kids loved and how to draw you in. She was much maligned and misunderstood in my opinion. I would love to pick her brain and figure out how she tapped into children's worlds so effortlessly and understood what they needed to read. My mother read her books when she was a little girl as Blyton was writing them. She has endured across generations. That's some feat! 

What are you most excited about right now?

I love my Accelerator clients and my fellow book coaches. We're so supportive of each other and I'm excited to be working on my book right now. And I'm so excited for our annual Womens Fictions Writers Association retreat in September. 

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

A vet

What does a typical day look like for you?

Up around 6:30 - 7 a.m.  - breakfast, hour-long walk with my Golden Retriever, Bronte (named after Charlotte naturally), back home: aim for two hours writing time, then do my day jobs: editing and writing for a newspaper, Accelerator work, private clients and depending on if I'm called that day - working as a stringer for the NY Post. Lunch, park with the dog, more work, dinner, Netflix and/or reading. Bed. Lather, rinse, repeat. Saturday mornings, I head to my write-in group, where I sit with fellow writers and write in silence for 2.5 hours. At the end we get to read whatever we've written if we want to. Great, supportive group. 

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

I'd be writing full time and cranking out another book. 

What about 5 years from now?

Same as the above!