Margarita Montimore

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I love helping a writer think more deeply about their characters and stories, develop more layers to them.


What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

Motivating a writer to revise (because revision is where the real magic happens) and getting them excited about it. Seeing them inspired and passionate about the creative process. Seeing the result of their hard work and how it evolves and  improves over time. 

What's your coaching style like?

Flexible. Thorough. Honest. Supportive. 

What genres do you love to edit?

Upmarket/literary/general fiction, women's fiction, thrillers/psychological suspense, historical, thrillers/psychological suspense, memoirs, and anything that defies classification.

What do you love most about editing?

I love helping a writer think more deeply about their characters and stories, develop more layers to them. I love guiding a writer to take their best ideas and transform them into something special using their strengths as a storyteller. It's great to see a writer's voice emerge and become more distinct, and to see them become increasingly passionate about the creative process and their work.

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

Someone with dedication, imagination, and a willingness to examine their work with a critical eye. Someone not afraid to dig deep and work hard to improve their work, and who will be open to suggestions on how to do so. 

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

When I saw a writer trust me, incorporate my feedback into the work, and have a stronger story as a result. 

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

The moral support and compassion. It's easy to lose faith in your writing ability and it can be tough to take criticism. A book coach will offer the same constructive feedback as an editor, but also provide ongoing encouragement.

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

A couple of my writers have had interest from publishers. Knowing I helped guide them, even in a small way, to attain a tangible, positive result was really gratifying.

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

A writer friend whose work I edited recommended I apply to be a book coach.


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What genres do you love to read?

Upmarket/literary/general fiction, women's fiction, thrillers/psychological suspense, historical, select dystopian/post-apocalyptic, horror, light sci-fi, memoir and narrative non-fiction. I particularly love books that are dark/weird, blend genres or aren't easily classifiable. 

What are five of your favorite books?

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • Possession

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • Valley of the Dolls

  • Immortality

  • The Raw Shark Texts

  • Brave New World (sorry, can't stop at five!)

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • Margaret Atwood

  • Lionel Shriver

  • Milan Kundera

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Bret Easton Ellis

  • Gillian Flynn (still unable to limit to five)

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

Oscar Wilde. His wit in person was known to be miles beyond his wit on the page and I bet he'd be amazing at a dinner party. 

What are you most excited about right now?

Investing more into my writing career and working on some big things! 

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

Famous singer or movie star

What does a typical day look like for you?

Morning: coffee/Internet (sometimes editing), hiking in the park with the dog (sometimes drafting on my phone as I walk; I know, accident waiting to happen).

Mid-day: lunch, editing/writing, errands/chores

Evening: dinner, catch-up time with husband, watching movies/TV while knitting/crocheting or writing/editing some more, reading, bed.

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

I'd have a book out in the world, a growing readership, and have something new completed or in the works.

What about 5 years from now?

I'd have several books out and more in the pipeline, at least one TV/movie deal, and be making a comfortable enough living that my husband could retire early. Why not dream big, right?