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Top 7 Ways to Work Well With a Book Writing Coach
By Bobbi Linkemer
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Letís start with a little scenario. You have what you consider to be a great idea for a nonfiction book. Your head is spinning with ideas, and you can hardly wait to get started. Perhaps you have made a list of the main points you want to cover or even begun to write. At first, the words just seem to flow onto the computer screen. You feel like a real author -- until the moment you realize you are stuck. Suddenly, you donít know if youíre on the right track, if your writing is coherent or rambling, or what you did with the wonderful few pages you just wrote, which you forgot to title. You need help. You need a book writing coach. To get the most out your coaching relationship, here are the seven things a good client should do:
- Make a full commitment to the book and to your working relationship.
This is not a hobby you have undertaken. Writing a book and working with a professional assumes you are serious. You will find your book coach, if youíve chose the right person, to be dedicated to you and to your project. You should be, as well.
- Attempt to stay on the schedule and meet the deadlines you have agreed upon.
A good coach will help you establish a realistic time table for completing each section of your book. She will build in time for writing, critiquing and editing, rewriting, and all the other aspects of working through the project. To keep the momentum going you must try to meet those deadlines.
- Communicate as candidly as possible about concerns, ideas, doubts, changes in plans -- in short, anything that is on your mind.
One of the most important aspects of your relationship with your book coach is honest, open communication. Both of you must feel free to express yourselves in a safe, accepting environment. A good coach will create that environment.
- Follow through on all promises and commitments you make.
It may sound too obvious to mention, but itís important. If you say youíll do something, no matter how small, do it. You would expect that of your coach, and she should expect it of you. Itís called being accountable.
- Consider all feedback, suggestions, and guidance your coach provides.
Keep an open mind. You have hired this person for her experience and expertise. She brings a perspective to your book you donít have, so hear her out. In the last analysis, however, this is your book; so, if you donít agree with a suggestion, you donít have to take it.
- Be prepared for meetings whether they are in person or on the phone.
If you had a meeting scheduled and your coach wasnít ready, what would you think? These touch-base times are important to the process and serve to move the book along. The more effective the meeting, the better the work you will do when itís over.
- Accept encouragement, positive reinforcement, and sincere compliments.
One of the things a good coach does best is cheerlead. She is 100 percent in your corner, through the smooth times and the not so smooth. Writing a book is a time-consuming process that requires a long attention span. When yours flags, your coachís will hold steady, and her enthusiasm will re-inspire you.
Bobbi Linkemer is a book writing coach [http://www.writeanonfictionbook.com/Coaching.html], editor, and ghostwriter. She is the author of 12 books under her own name and has been a professional writer for 40 years, a magazine editor and journalist, and a book-writing teacher. Visit her Website at: http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com
Article Submitted On: July 15, 2008