Are you ready to get a fresh perspective on your draft?

Are you craving clarity?

Do you want to bounce ideas around with a trained developmental editor?

 

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 thirty 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

I will meet you where you are, whether you have the barest glimmer of an idea, or have begun your story and lost momentum or perspective.

Or perhaps there is no problem, but you just think this would be a enjoyable, creative, stimulating experience. It will be!

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 a meeting or call with me.

We meet six times:

These meetings can be set up anytime within six months from our first meeting. You can take six weeks or six months or anything in between. 

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.

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 the course of six sessions:

You’ll have a design brief for your book, including an outline that is flexible enough to adapt as your book evolves, but specific enough to help you write a very solid first draft that reads more like a third or fourth one.

You will have developed the first and last scenes of your book and be ready to write forward with confidence.

Your investment: £260

 

Book Coaching as you write your first draft

Get accountability, perspective and help to stop you getting lost in the woods as you strive to write a solid first draft. You don’t have to do it alone! 

I offer coaching in blocks of four sessions as in four sessions we can make real progress. Each session includes comments on up to twenty pages, and a coaching call (one hour), plus a ‘next steps’ document to keep you on track for the next deadline.

Four opportunities to hand in pages to me, get detailed feedback, and meet me for an hour, plus set goals for your next deadline..

Your investment for four coaching sessions: £175

 

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 Sounding Board

One intensely focused two-hour session, either in person, on a video call, or on the phone. 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 overview of what I’m seeing and the questions we’ll explore when we meet.  

When we meet:

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, 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: £150

 

Book Coaching as you revise your manuscript

Get ongoing accountability, the perspective of a trained developmental editor and help to stop you getting lost in the woods as you shape and discover the book you really want to write. 

I offer coaching in blocks of four sessions as in four sessions we can make real progress. Each session includes comments on up to twenty pages, and a coaching call (one hour), plus a ‘next steps’ document to keep you on track for the next deadline.

Four opportunities to hand in pages to me, get detailed feedback, and meet me for an hour, plus set goals for your next deadline.

Your investment: £175

 

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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