Hi. I’m Dr Georgina Green.*
Wondering if your story works?
Second-guessing your writing?
I can help.
What writers who've worked with me are saying:
Before beginning to work with George I found that a lack of direction drained my inspiration. Without feedback on what I'd already written, I found it difficult to continue with the story.
I felt a little nervous about receiving feedback on work that I'd already done (what new writer doesn't!?) and with the notion of a book coach being an unknown quantity didn't know what to expect. Before meeting George I had no idea that the resource that is a book coach even existed! To me now, a book coach should be an absolute must for anybody serious about getting themselves published. I was concerned that I would find it difficult to explain an idea that I've been developing and contorting for years, but having it understood very quickly helped massively with forming a connection on a personal level, whilst also boosting confidence in my storytelling ability.
Now we've begun working together I'm itching to get my book finished! I have a lot of work ahead, but now I know that I'm heading in the right direction, and have fresh inclusions to improve the work already done I'm desperate to get it done!
What I liked best was the fresh perspective, as well as the opinion of somebody that understands how the industry operates. Also, the inclusion of a new arsenal of ideas works wonders to unlock ideas I didn't know I could have! I find the development of new ideas is easier and better with a second head to bounce them off!
I'd absolutely recommend George to other writers. Being given direction, confidence and inspiration in a friendly, relaxed and easy place and manner is priceless.
"I came to work with you because I suppose I was not sure whether my story worked. While I’ve had a few people read it, I’ve been conscious that most of them would miss probably all of the more subtle details. Would the novel still work if they didn’t understand these things? Would they be prepared to re-read it and see what they missed? The other challenge was knowing how far I could push the unconventional ideas. Overall, I was looking for was an honest appraisal of the novel with an eye on what grabs the reader. Basically, get an idea of:
- What makes it good, and
- What’s getting in the way of it being better?
I have to admit before we started work I suppose I was a bit apprehensive that you would be recommending a wholesale restructuring. Instead I’ve come away with a very targeted set of areas to look at in terms of clarifying to the reader where their attention needs to be; the essential action, the core emotion etc. as well as equipping them to know what to look for and delivering the payoff both intellectually (the non-patronising ‘pat on the head’!) and emotionally.
I’ve tried to develop a thicker skin when it comes to even well-intentioned negative comments, it’s still hard not to get defensive but I think I’m improving. That said, you handled discussing the weaker areas in my work really well- such as the teenage voice- by coming to it from the solution of changing the time setting. Because you had obviously read the novel really closely, I didn’t feel I needed to or wanted to defend my initial decision. You understood what I was going for, and you could see how I could work around the obstacle.
From our previous literary discussions I knew I would be getting the viewpoint of someone who wouldn’t be bewildered by the referential stuff, or why I’d put it there (beyond shameless showing off, to which I plead guilty on all charges). I didn’t quite know what viewpoint you’d come from, so it was a relief when you’d sussed out the tone precisely as I’d intended it. In a lot of ways, this is my attempt to create a particular sensation that I get from my favourite fiction, films and music. From there, it meant I had confidence that any suggestion you made would be sensitive to this idea. And so it proved!
Another worry was my own over-willingness to talk at great length about the writing and how I am more than likely to amble off at a tangent or rapidly skip between ideas, which you coped with magnificently. Over the years I’ve tried to get better at detecting when my audience’s eyes are starting to glaze over, so it was a pleasure not to have to worry about it. I’d say your impressive tolerance for this is a major selling point.
In fact, this was one of the ways you helped. You provided a sounding board where you were comfortably following complex points of plot, tone and characterisation, then feeding that back in a way that I could see for myself the significance of what I had told you.
As I’ve said above, having a clear set of targeted points to work on has been a big help, not least because I can also see where I’m going to take the sequel.
"George, I can't thank you enough for the advice and support you've given me in redrafting the book. You've helped with so much, but I think the real breakthrough for me was when you helped me identify the genre more precisely. That transformed the structure and also made me see the characters more objectively. The book is so much stronger now and you've given me the confidence to embark on self-publishing. I would never have got there without your vision and analysis. Thanks so much."
"What a pleasure to work with George. If you're a writer currently sharing your work with only a trusted few, or if you've had the misfortune of being truncated and twisted by an over-subscribed, inattentive editor, then I highly recommend you get in touch with George. I found my initial concerns (would I be patronised? Bamboozled? Sent on a goose chase?) totally disproved. Instead I was listened to, encouraged, and was soon working with renewed clarity and belief, followed by a success I hadn't dared hope for. Whilst George is hugely likeable she's not afraid to be critical, but manages this in the most polite way ever, matched with knowledge and experience you'd do well to heed. She's really rather impressive -don't hesitate!"
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