How I work with authors

Many novelists come to me because they've stalled in writing their novel.

Perhaps you're at the beginning of your book, 10 pages in, and just don't know where to go next.

Maybe you've rewritten your book several times using NaNoWriMo, but nothing holds together, the drafts are disjointed, and the story doesn't seem to work. And you don't know why.

Perhaps you've written and self-published your books, but can't stand to think about marketing, let alone create a marketing plan, and you wish book marketing didn't feel so yucky and painful.

Or, you've been working on your novel by yourself and are not sure if your book is any good at all and wonder if all the time you put into your book was worth it.

Beth Barany, creativity coach for writers, specializing in helping genre novelists

If this is you, I may be able to help you.

Ready to dive in?

Check out my one-on-one consulting/coaching packages here.

Check out our group program here.

Why I do this work

I'm a coach specifically for novelists because I am passionate about helping authors overcome their blocks, so that you can bring your gifts into the world. You are not alone. Together we are strong.

I am a novelist with 8 published novels or novellas in 2 genres, a series of 4 books in a third genre coming (and 3 published nonfiction books.)

But it took me 5 years to write my first novel, a manuscript that shall forever remain lovingly packed away in my closet. I have 2 other as-yet unpublishable novels languishing in my hard drive, and I have a good dozen other ideas bubbling and simmering on various back burners.

Who I work with

I specializing in working with novelists who write romance, thriller, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, mystery, or a combination of these. Since I write many of these.

Together we focus to help you to write, publish, and market your books.

I love working with authors who really want to dedicate themselves to writing fiction, finishing their books, and publishing them.

Ultimately, the writers I work with would like to create a career from writing fiction, but recognize their need support and that writing fiction is a long haul game.

Coaching Packages

Together we discover and uncover exactly what you need, your big vision, and also where you're stuck. Then we focus on making forward movement. This can look like different things depending where you are.

Because we're writers with a life -- day jobs, family, pets, and oh yay, sleep -- my coaching packages are designed with that in mind.

Because many of us learn best in community, my coaching packages come with group support, learning, and accountability.

Example of a Coaching Package:

  • I work with authors for a 12-month minimum.
  • For one of the coaching packages, we have 2 coaching calls a month, and calls are 60 minutes long, all set up to be convenient to our schedules. Calls can be recorded, if you'd like.
  • I read your pages, or edit, up to 20 manuscript-format pages per call.
  • I request once-a-month regular payments at the start of each month via Paypal. For more information about the program, go here.

Do you have questions about working with me? Then contact me.

On Editing

I've edited dozens of novels over the years, including fantasy, steampunk, thriller, erotica, romance, mystery, young adult and middle-grade novels and novellas. I write YA fantasy and paranormal romance.

I'm best at giving you developmental edits, that is feedback and actually changes -- if you want them -- to craft, story, plot, and character development.

Some of you may be ready for another pair of eyes on your book in terms of feedback. I prefer to edit authors that I'm also coaching. So if you'd like this type of edits, check out the packages here.

I tailor my feedback to your needs and goals, and can answer such questions as:

Are your characters compelling and interesting and do they have a strong goal and reason for that goal?

Is the conflict in your story strong, interesting and appropriate for your genre?

Does your story match the reader expectations of your genre? Do you know your genre inside and out?

Are you using active verbs and specific nouns?

Is your writing visceral?

Is your point of view character interesting and strong? Are you conveying point of view in a way that will be interesting to your readers?

Does your story flow from scene to scene? Do you have breathing moments within the story?

And more!

Everyone will have specific things they need to strengthen in their writing. I can look at your writing and let you know where you're strong and what you need to strengthen to write a compelling and hard-to-put down novel -- a page-turner!

Check out the packages here.



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