Sarahlyn Bruck


I love helping writers deliver compelling stories that make it impossible for readers to put their books down.


What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

Helping a writer overcome a particular challenge or block—getting to that “aha” moment for them is particularly satisfying for me as their book coach.

What's your coaching style like?

I would say my style is an equal blend of cheerleading and editorial whip-cracking at whatever stage the writer is in, whether they are just sketching out a book idea, developing their first draft, slogging through the stages of revision, or pitching their project to agents or editors. I’m here to support and guide the author when they’re ready to get serious about their writing.

What genres do you love to edit?

Women’s fiction, Contemporary fiction, Literary fiction

What do you love most about editing?

I love helping writers deliver compelling stories that make it impossible for readers to put their books down.

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

I love working with writers who take their work seriously and view editorial feedback as an opportunity to grow and improve.

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

A coach is there to support and guide a writer at any stage in the process.

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

Any time I can help a writer reach their goal is exciting for me. It might be finishing a draft of a book or revising their novel and sending it out into the world or creating a marketing plan.

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

I'm a client!


What's your favorite word?


What genres do you love to read?

  • Women’s fiction

  • Contemporary fiction

  • Literary fiction

  • Memoir

  • Narrative non-fiction

  • Humor

What are five of your favorite books?

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • Cider House Rules

  • You

  • Light In August

  • Big Little Lies

  • The Goldfinch

  • On Such a Full Sea

  • Bel Canto

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • John Irving

  • Ann Patchett

  • Liane Moriarty

  • Maria Semple

  • Sherman Alexie

  • Colson Whitehead

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

An adventurer

What does a typical day look like for you?

I work mostly from home. Once my daughter goes to school or camp for the day, I write, edit, and run in the morning, and then after lunch shift to grading and lesson planning for my full-time job as a writing and literature professor. 

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

I’d like to be agented and on sub with my latest project. I’m also hoping to participate in a few events such as conference panels and workshops.

What about 5 years from now?

My goal has always been to keep at it, keep improving. Ideally, I’d love to write, edit, and publish about a novel a year or 18 months. With every book I write, I want to try something different, even in small ways just to keep stretching as a writer. 

Any exciting writing news to share?

Yes—my contemporary women’s fiction novel, Designer You is set for release in late 2018 through Crooked Cat Books.