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.

Click here  to listen to Jennie Nash talk about what it means to be a book coach and how a writer can leverage a professional guide to navigate their path to publishing.

Click here to listen to Jennie Nash talk about what it means to be a book coach and how a writer can leverage a professional guide to navigate their path to publishing.

Click here  to listen to Laura Franzini talk about Author Accelerator and the behind-the-scenes magic that happens when she pairs a writer with a book coach.

Click here to listen to Laura Franzini talk about Author Accelerator and the behind-the-scenes magic that happens when she pairs a writer with a book coach.

Do you know how I got to 27 chapters in 7 months? Because of you. Do you know why I think I know what the point of my book is? Because of you. Do you know why I’m not sitting around having coffee with friends talking about what I wish I was doing?

Because of you.
— Anne Elefante, writer

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 who will bring out your best. We'll ask you a series of  questions about your goals, your writing history, and your idea, have a conversation with you to dive deeper, and 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 do our best to pair writers with the right coach for their project based on all the information we have available.

Amy Sue Nathan

Dawn Ius

Erin Lindsay McCabe

Jill Angel

K.C. Karr

Kelly Hartog

Lizette Clarke

Michael Raymond

Sarahlyn Bruck

Ashly Hilst

Deb Lieberman

Heather Ezell

Julia Drake

Kate Tracy

Kemlo Aki

Margarita Montimore

Michele Orwin

Sheila Athens

Susan Gray Foster

Austen Wright

Donna Goodin

Jennifer Hawkins

Julie Artz

Kathleen Furin

Kit Frick

Megan Lally

Sarah Williams

Susan DeFreitas