Ready to get serious about your writing?
Have you always dreamed of having a book with your name on the cover? Maybe you’ve got a great career but want to write a book on the side. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur and want to add a book to your product offerings. No matter what your experience, I’m here to help first-time authors find their footing and create a strategy to take their big idea from a concept to a completed manuscript.
How does it work?
As an experienced editor and university instructor, I’ve seen it all when it comes to writing styles. When I’m helping with the technical aspects of your manuscript, my goal is always to make your writing read as clear, concise, and confident. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for personal style too! I edit with the reader (your audience) in mind, following the mantra that a reader should never realise they are reading. They should be so engrossed in the story that they aren’t caught by clunky sentence constructions or indecipherable vocabulary.
How does the technical part of the coaching work? You will send me a selection from your manuscript at least five business days before our meeting. The number of pages will depend on the package that you select. I’ll read and assess these pages, providing you with a detailed report on my impressions and suggestions. During the meeting, we’ll go over these notes, and I’ll send you the report at the end so you don’t miss a thing.
My coaching goes far beyond the technical side of things, though! In addition to talking about the manuscript we will also discuss the process. We’ll discuss your end goals for this project, and whether they are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely). We can talk about your plot and the process of storytelling – here, my Masters of English will come in handy as we talk about different kinds of composition. We’ll set out a timeline for your writing and if we’re meeting on a regular basis, do check-ins to see how you’re progressing and modify it as needed. I know that most of my clients have busy lives and jobs outside of their writing, and it can be hard to make time for your project. But by working with a coach, you’ll be making a commitment to yourself and prioritising the writing process in a way that skyrockets your chances of success.
Meet the Coach
Hi, I’m Rebecca Wilson.
I pride myself in being both intuitive and empathetic in my work. Constructive feedback is the name of the game, and while I am always honest in my critiques, I’m not out here to insult people. I know that sharing your writing with others can be an intensely vulnerable process, and it can take just one bad experience early on to scare somebody away from sharing their creative side. Together we will build your confidence as a writer so you can start crossing out the word “aspiring” before it and be proud of what you create.
While I am open to a wide variety of writing projects, there are a few genres I specialise in. These include: genre/commercial fiction (sci fi, fantasy, romance, young adult, etc.), non-fiction, and research-heavy books. LGBTQIA+ authors and works are also welcomed and encouraged.
I do reserve the right to turn down any projects based on the nature of their content or for other reasons. Above all, though, I love hearing creative new ideas and twists on classics! If you feel ready to start a conversation, use one of the links below to book a chat with me or send me an email to get started. If you reach out via email or an introductory call, there’s no obligation to book a session — I want our coaching sessions to be a great fit for both of us!
I know you’ve got a great idea just waiting to be shared. Let’s take the first step together, and help that dream come to life.
Not sure what package is right for you? Use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch, and I’ll recommend the best option!
All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include tax. Please ensure that all manuscript sample pages are formatted in the industry standard (size 12, Times New Roman font, double spaced, and one inch margins).
Project Kickstart Session
A one-time coaching session for writers with an idea, but who need some help bringing it to life.
Send a 1-2 page outline a minimum of 5 days before your session. We’ll then book a 1 hour call or video chat to discuss your project’s focus, timeline and planning, the table of contents, completion objectives, and more.
After the call, you’ll receive a written report with advice and strategies for this project. The price includes time spent in advance analysing your outline, preparing your report, and preparing talking points for your session.
Writing Strategy Session
A one-time coaching session for writers with a solid idea and writing already underway.
Send a 10-20 page manuscript sample a minimum of 5 days before your session. We will book a 1 hour call or video chat to talk about your project idea, structure, goals and outcomes, publishing strategy, and more.
After the call, I’ll send you a written report on your manuscript sample providing feedback on your writing and technical style. The price includes time spent in advance analysing your manuscript pages, preparing your report, and preparing talking points for your session.
6 Week Coaching Program
If there’s a book inside you waiting to be written, this is the program for you! Over the course of six weeks, we’ll work together to clarify your idea, make a plan, hone your skills, and see some results.
Here’s an outline of how the six weeks are structured. The weekly calls will be approximately one hour long, and we can also share resources and questions via email during the program.
Before you make a commitment to this program, let’s hop on a call and chat! I want to hear about your project and see if my coaching is the right fit for you and your ideas. There’s no obligation to book after this call, but if we’re the right fit for each other, I hope you do!
Before our first official session, I’ll have you send me a 1-2 page outline of your project. We’re going to start with the basics during this first week. Some of the topics we will cover include:
- Your mindset (what’s your confidence level starting out?)
- Your goals (what do you see your book looking like by the end?)
- Your motivation (why is now the right time?)
- Your audience (who is this for?)
In week two, we’ll start getting down to the nitty-gritty. We’ll discuss different strategies for organising your book, and I’ll share some examples of systems with you.
We’ll also set out a timeline for your project. This will help you stay accountable, and give you a finish line to aim for!
Pretty much every book fits into a genre, and every genre has particularities. This week will be tailored to the genre of your project, and can include some of these topics:
- typical word count expectations
- market research and competition
- storytelling particulars of the genre
- finding your own voice
At the end of this week, I’ll ask you to send me a writing sample so we can review it next week.
Before this session, you’ll send me a sample of your writing. This can be up to 20 pages (formatted in the industry standard). I’ll review it and highlight some technical aspects that we can work on.
During the call, we’ll go over your sample together. I’ll prepare some resources for you based on any grammar issues that I notice. We’ll also talk about writing style, tense, and storytelling.
This week has some flexibility! Since every book is unique, there will be challenges particular to your project that we should cover. Some examples of topics we might cover this week are:
- Research skills and locating authentic information
- Interviews, collaborations, and using other people’s work (copyright)
- In-depth plot organisation, particularly for complex stories
- Character development workshop
To wrap up our program, our last session will discuss where your book will go once it is finished. If you want to self-publish, we can talk about formatting, distribution channels, and marketing strategies. If you want to traditionally publish, we can talk about query letters, contracts, and finding the right publisher/agent.
All the advice I have to offer in this session is based on my research and my own experience publishing via both channels. We can’t guarantee the results you’ll get, but we can start to plan your book’s launch into the world so that you are ready when the time comes.
If this sounds like the program for you, then I can’t wait to chat! You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss, use the form below, or go ahead and book an introductory call via the link below.
Additional Ongoing Coaching
$299.99 per month
If you’ve enjoyed our individual coaching sessions and want to keep the momentum going, we can establish a monthly coaching agreement to support you through your whole writing process. Additional coaching includes all the benefits of the individual sessions above, plus additional manuscript pages and support.
- 30-50 manuscript pages per month for feedback
- written progress reports every other week with advice and suggestions
- two 1-hour calls each month (via phone or video chat)
- limited email support during business hours
There are only a few spots available for monthly coaching, but at present there is an open slot for new clients.
If this sounds interesting to you, let’s discuss! If you aren’t already connected with me from previous coaching sessions, simply send me an email at email@example.com, use the form below, or click the button below to book a FREE 15-minute introductory call. We can discuss your project and needs, and see how best we can work together to get your book written and ready for the world.
Turnaround times will vary depending on the scope of the project. Rush orders may incur an extra fee. All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include tax. Please ensure that all manuscript sample pages are formatted in the industry standard (size 12, Times New Roman font, double spaced, and one inch margins).
$24.99 + $1 per page
The most basic service. I will go over your document and correct all spelling and grammar issues only. If there are larger issues with your sentence construction, I will provide annotations. You’ll receive a Word or Pages document back with Tracked Changes. This means you can view and approve all of the alterations I make to your text.
This service is great for those who are confident in their content, but want to make sure their text is pristine for distribution. It’s also a great service for ESL speakers/writers who want to make their English flawless.
$24.99 + $2.50 per page
This service includes both feedback on your writing and proofreading. Like in the above package, I will send you a Tracked Changes document that includes spelling and grammar issues, along with notes on things like structure, choice of language, comprehension, organisation of ideas, and clarity of expression.
This is ideal for finished manuscripts, reports, short stories, or articles.
Feedback from Clients
All prices in Canadian dollars. Coaching is offered as a service by Offshoot Creative Consulting, a sister brand of The Lucky Sprout Studio.