Sarah Williams

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I love helping a writer overcome doubt and believe she has what it takes to write her story


What is your favorite part of the coaching process?

I love helping a writer overcome doubt and believe she has what it takes to write her story.

What's your coaching style like?

I am encouraging by nature. I can give tough love and correction when I need to, but I’d rather focus on building a writer’s strengths. I give lots of positive comments!

What genres do you love to edit?

Middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, Christian fiction, fantasy, and occasional books from other genres like mysteries or thrillers (not too scary!). I also enjoy nonfiction self-help, memoir, and Christian genres.

What do you love most about editing?

I love seeing the story come together.

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

I am looking for a client who will bravely dive into the depths of her story and herself, who is willing to be committed to the hard work it takes to get the words on the page.

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

A coach supports a writer in many areas – emotions, beliefs, project management details – as well as the words on the page.

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

The willingness to step into a new career, to go after this dream.

How did you hear about Author Accelerator?

I bought Lisa Cron’s book Story Genius and googled her. That led me to Author Accelerator.


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What genres do you love to read?

  • Middle-grade fiction

  • Young adult fiction

  • Contemporary fiction

  • Women’s fiction

  • Historical fiction

  • Christian fiction

  • Fantasy

  • Nonfiction self-help

  • Memoir

What are five of your favorite books?

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • What Alice Forgot by Liana Moriarity

  • Love Does by Bob Goff

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Who are five of your favorite authors?

  • C. S. Lewis

  • Sarah Addison Allen

  • John Eldredge

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Louise Penny

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

I told everyone I wanted to be an “authoress.”

What does a typical day look like for you?

I (try to) wake up early and work for a little while before my children are up. Then I get them ready for school and drop them off. Then I work on book coaching or my own writing. On exciting days, I go do that in a coffee shop. I have one child in preschool part-time, so some days I am also spending time with him. I read, because it’s my introvert means of recharging. When the kids come home, it’s a mad rush to help with homework and cook dinner. After the kids are in bed, my husband and I might work on our own projects, or we might watch Netflix. I avoid cleaning the house as much as possible.

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

I would have an established writing habit that fits neatly with the craziness of having young children. Right now, my schedule is crazy. Also, my first book would be published!

What about 5 years from now?

I would have several completed and published books.

What are you most excited about right now? 

I am excited about my friends! We moved several times before settling in Tennessee, and it means so much to me to have established friendships here. Plus, book coaching.