Not sure how to take your story forward?

Ready to get a fresh perspective on your draft?

Craving clarity?

 

I can help.

I am planning or currently writing my first draft.

You might have some chapters or a plan or just an idea.

I have a first draft.

Or a second or third or eleventh

From Idea to First Draft

There are fifty ways to leave your lover. And even more ways to write your first draft.

Want to be guided one-on-one through my flexible yet focused process for planning your book?

Crave one-to-one attention, support, feedback and accountability while you write forward so that you finally finish that first draft?

These services are for you. 

Design your book takes you through a process of planning your book and writing the first and last scenes. I’d suggest everybody starts here.

Once you’re off the starting blocks, ongoing Book Coaching is there to support you as you write forward, keeping you on track all the way to a full first draft that reads more like a third or fourth.

 

Design your Book

 

Maybe you have the barest glimmer of an idea and want to build it into a story.

Maybe you have begun your story and lost momentum or perspective.

Maybe you’re raring to go but want to build solid foundations before you write forwards.

You crave professional and friendly support that you can trust, helping you grow as a writer in an enjoyable, creatively stimulating way.

Before We Meet:

You complete a workbook about your challenges, your hopes, and your vision for the book.

If you have any writing already, I read up to thirty pages or three chapters (preferably the first thirty).

When you’re ready, you book the initial meeting or call with me.

 We will discuss your book in depth.

This is my favourite thing about this work, and it’s hard to explain.

You bring to the table your own sense, however fuzzy, of what you want your book to be, what you are trying to communicate.

I bring to the table a fresh perspective and big-picture analysis of the pages that I’ve read, insight into industry issues such as genre and target market, curiosity about your vision for the book, unconditional respect for you as the author, and the ability to guide you towards clarity. 

We meet six times (for 45 minutes):

You can take six weeks or six months or anything in between but the quicker you go through the process, the better.

Our discussion is a process of collaborative, creative, problem-solving,  in which we find strategies to get your story on the page and write the book you really want to write.

We will delve into your reasons for writing and how you want to make readers feel. This helps you begin to get in touch with your self-leadership and creates a bedrock of resilience that will support you through the journey ahead of you. 

Then we start to imagine your book in the market, on the shelf in a bookshop or on Amazon. 

As we progress through these questions the design brief for your book evolves and we can begin to sketch its shape and delve into how its protagonist will be tested externally and internally. 

We will outline the narrative’s cause and effect trajectory in an agile way that can evolve as you make discoveries during the actual writing. 

You will write and receive feedback on the opening and climactic final scenes that bookend the story, framing its meaning and emotional impact on the reader. 

Then, you will be ready to write forwards with abandon, knowing you have a solid foundation for a marketable book that is true to your unique vision. 

 

 Your investment: £300

 

Write your first draft

 

Get support, accountability, perspective and help to stop you getting lost in the woods as you strive to write a solid first draft based on your ‘design a book’ sessions. You don’t have to do it alone! 

I estimate that you can be accompanied through writing an entire draft in 16 deadlines. 

 Each session includes:

Comments on around 5,000 words (in word, standard manuscript format -double spaced, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins).

A coaching call (45 minutes)

A ‘next steps’ document to keep you on track for the next deadline.

After the first session, it also includes a review of any revisions you’ve made  made on the previous deadline’s pages.

Your investment for sixteen deadlines; £800

You can pay upfront or use the payment plan to spread the cost over five months (at £165 per month, total cost of £825).

This package is only available to those who have gone through the ‘Design Your Book’ process.

 

 

Write your first draft (a little less conversation)

 

Alternatively, you can opt for book coaching through email and Word’s track changes and commenting tools only (no calls or next steps documents).

Each session includes comments on around 5,000 words. After the first session, it also includes a review of any revisions you’ve made since the previous deadline’s pages.  

Your investment for sixteen deadlines of on-the-page-only book coaching: £480

Pay upfront or use the payment plan to spread the cost across five months (at £100 per month, £500 total).

This package is only available to those who have gone through the ‘Design Your Book’ process.

 

 

Revising your Manuscript

So many writers, from Ernest Hemingway to Roald Dahl, have said that writing is rewriting.

 

But revising and editing can be like trying to see your self as others do, and that isn’t easy.  Does anyone really like looking in the mirror?

Nevertheless, I believe that revising your work can be joyful. When you’re doing it right it feels like discovery, not destruction. Like taking great strides instead of making tiny tweaks.

Maybe you’re struggling to see the big picture, stuck in the details.

Maybe you just feel you need to share your book with the right person and have a good old ‘put-the-world-to-rights’ conversation about it. (If so, check out the Kitchen Table Sounding Board Session.)

Perhaps you want to get some feedback on what it is you’ve created without being wrong-footed by conflicting advice or patronised by bland encouragement.

 

Like the great writers of the golden age of publishing, you need an old-fashioned editor. Not a copyeditor or a typo-checker, not a beta-reader, but a sounding board for your doubts and ideas, a trusted advocate for your vision, and a guide to help you find your audience.

 

That’s what I call book coaching, and that’s how I help writers of fiction and memoir manage uncertainty and complexity and overcome self-doubt so that you can do your story proud, crafting a marketable book without second-guessing yourself or your story. 

 

Kitchen Table Deep Dive

An editorial assessment of your manuscript whatever stage you are at (from most of a rough draft to a polished eleventh draft).

One intensely focused two-hour session, either in person (for those able to travel to me in Honeybourne, Worcestershire, or to meet within five miles), or on a video call. Probably fuelled by caffeine.

In the Two Weeks Before We Meet:

You complete a workbook about your challenges, your hopes, and your vision for the book.

I read your manuscript in whatever form it currently stands so that I can get an overview of where you are.

I send you an email with a brief assessment of what I’m seeing and the questions we’ll explore when we meet.  

When we meet:

We will discuss your book in depth during a two hour appointment.

This is my favourite thing about this work, and it’s hard to explain.

You bring to the table your own sense, however fuzzy, of what you want your book to be, what you are trying to communicate.

I bring to the table a fresh perspective and big-picture analysis of the pages that I’ve read, curiosity about your vision for the book, unconditional respect for you as the author, and the ability to guide you towards clarity.

The book you will one day be proud to hold in your hands is most likely somewhere floating in the gap between what’s currently on the page and your deepest vision of what you hope to convey or evoke.

Our discussion is about THAT book, the one that is not quite on the page. Our discussion is a process of collaborative, creative, problem-solving,  in which we find strategies to get your story on the page and write the book you really want to write. 

 After we meet:

You’ll come away with a new sense of clarity about your book, buzzing with targeted ideas for revision, with solutions to problems, and excited to get stuck into rewriting.

As one client said as he left my kitchen, clutching a notebook full of diagrams and plans for revision:  “this is gold dust.”

I’ll write up a list of action points within 24 hours of our meeting.

You’ll also be able to access email support from me for one month after our call.

“Being given direction, confidence and inspiration in a friendly, relaxed and easy place and manner is priceless.”

Jesse Meredith

Your investment: £350 for manuscripts up to 80k, plus £20 per 10k after that.

 

Redesign your Book

 

Thanks to the evaluation process of the Kitchen Table Deep Dive, you’ve taken stock of your current manuscript and you have a clear picture of what is and isn’t working, and of the work to be done.

Now you want support as you reverse engineer your book, nailing down the cause and effect trajectory, revising point of view, or enriching the character arcs.

The Redesign Your Book package guides you through planning your next draft.

We meet four times (for 45 minutes):

You can take three weeks or three months or anything in between but the quicker you go through the process, the better.

Our discussion is a process of collaborative, creative, problem-solving,  in which we pin down the design brief and outline of your next draft.

You will outline the narrative’s cause and effect trajectory in an agile way that can evolve as you make discoveries during the actual writing. That outline will be critiqued and tested to make your story work, to make it sing!

You will rewrite and receive feedback on the opening and climactic final scenes that bookend the story, framing its meaning and emotional impact on the reader. 

Then, you will be ready to revise, knowing you have a solid foundation for a marketable book that is true to your unique vision. 

 

 Your investment: £200

This package is only available to those who have gone through the ‘Kitchen Table Deep Dive’ process.

 

Book Coaching as you rewrite

Get ongoing accountability, the perspective of a trained developmental editor and help to stop you getting lost in the woods as you revise your book.

 Each session includes:

Comments on up to 5,000 words

A coaching call (45 minutes)

A ‘next steps’ document to keep you on track for the next deadline.

After the first session, it also includes a review of any revisions you’ve made  made on the previous deadline’s pages.

Your investment for every four coaching sessions; £200

This package is only available to those who have gone through the ‘Kitchen Table Deep Dive’ process.

 

Feedback on your pages as you revise (a little less conversation)

 

Alternatively, you can opt for book coaching through email and Word’s track changes and commenting tools only (no calls or next steps documents).

Each deadline includes comments on around 5,000 words. After the first session, it also includes a review of any revisions you’ve made since the previous deadline’s pages.  

Your investment for every four deadlines of on-the-page-only book coaching: £120

 

 

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.

Jesse Meredith: budding author.

Book coaching

Georgina took a look at my query letter and provided insight that I, or fellow authors and beta readers, couldn't see. She helped add a layer of depth that I believe helped attract the attention of multiple agents, leading me to more than one request for pages. Zai Bell

Query letter review, www.zaibell.com

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"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:

  1. What makes it good, and
  2. 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.

Roger Haines

Kitchen Table Session

"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."

Sarah Haven

Kitchen Table Session and Page Turning

"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!"

Jay

One on one coaching

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