Writing is tough. Whether you're starting out or have a few novels under your belt, sometimes all you need in order to get out of a rut, start a new project, or be able to see where to go next
is someone to talk things through with.
As a book coach, I offer one-on-one sessions by phone, in person, or via Skype. I can advise on self-publishing vs traditional publishing. I can talk through your story ideas, or answer more specific questions about how you take your book from idea to manuscript.
I also offer manuscript assessments, copy-editing and development editing.
If you're not sure what you need, I'm always happy to chat.
This post could have had so many titles: Prologue perils Prologue pitfalls Does your novel need a prologue? … no, really, does it? But I settled on How (not) to write a prologue because it seems unfair (and I'm probably profoundly unqualified) to impose an all-encompassing prologue ban. If I were to impose such a ban, it wouldn't be because I hate prologues; it would be because they are so often written terribly badly and end up detracting from, instead of adding to, a text.