What Is Book Coaching?
Book coaching, also called author coaching, can involve a wide range of services. It can encompass the entire book writing process, including idea development, project management, editing and proofreading, query letters, and publishing. Author and coach work out the relationship between them to be whatever each needs or wants it to be.
If this is a topic that interests you or you are thinking about adding this service to your business, attend this panel discussion and Q&A with PEN members Miranda Darrow, Catherine Lundoff, and Linda Ruggeri, who all offer author coaching among their services.
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Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer of nine books and numerous published short stories and the editor or coeditor of three anthologies. The publisher at Queen of Swords Press, she also writes ad and marketing copy for the press’s genre fiction titles, website, newsletter, and other related promotional material. Catherine currently teaches classes on writing-related topics and anthology editing at the Rambo Academy, Springboard for the Arts, and Broad Universe. Past teaching experience includes writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. When not writing, she works as a professional computer geek.
Linda RuggeriThe Insightful Editor
Linda Ruggeri is a freelance nonfiction editor, writer, and authenticity reader (Spanish/Italian) with a degree in communications and fine arts from Loyola Marymount University. Born to immigrant parents in Los Angeles, Linda is Latinx and a first-generation American. She loves to travel and has lived in Córdoba (Argentina), Naples and Salerno (Italy), Windsor (Canada), Green Lake (Wisconsin), and Torrance (California).
Linda runs the Mentorship Program for PEN as well as the Welcome Program for the Editorial Freelancers Association. Besides being an editor, Linda is an avid urban gardener and baker, a writer, and a mom and would gladly trade any night out for a good nonfiction book and sleeping bag in her treehouse.
Miranda Darrow, of Book MD Editing, is a volunteer editor and board member for the #RevPit online developmental editing contest. Miranda came to editing as an author while practicing law. Taking an in-house counsel position allowed her time to develop her writing and editing skills. Her logic skills honed as an attorney are an asset in detecting and remedying timeline issues, plot inconsistencies, and pacing and story arc concerns. She also enjoys book coaching and working with authors to improve their writing skills and bring out the best versions of their manuscripts.