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Story Coaching

Get intensive, personalized mentoring for your story.

Story Coaching is a bit like developmental edits on steroids, with a strong dose of line editing.

Get side-by-side brainstorming, plotting, & deep dives into your story with weekly online meetings and written feedback on your manuscript pages.

We can work from wherever you’re at: a first draft or just an idea.

All tailored to the romance genre.

Your Story Coaching Package Includes:

Live Meetings

Meet weekly via online meeting room to discuss problems, answer questions, and brainstorm solutions.

Deep Dives Into Story

‘Big Story’ structural editing & coaching: structure, plot, characterization, arcs, conflict, tension, pace, theme, with a focus on the beating heart of your story: the romance.

Downloadable Resources

Depending on what you need, get access to all the written materials of RWL–articles, worksheets, exercises.

Arranged Monthly

No ongoing commitment required!  Schedule for the month(s) you need. When you have what you need, take a break.

Work On One Story or Multiple

We can work on one story, or if you need help with multiple stories, we can do that too. Identify your core story, plan a series…we can do it all.

Editorial Feedback

Send up to 20K words/month. Get intensive written feedback & suggestions.

Line Editing

Intensive line editing on the manuscript pages, offering paragraph- and sentence-level feedback to improve impact, clarity, & voice.

Unlimited Email Q&A

Have a question? Feeling stuck? Reach out! We’ll figure out where you got bogged down & get you going again.

25% Discount for 6-12 Months

Get 25% off when you book & pay for six or more months in advance.

BONUS: Access to Romance Writers Summit

During your month(s) of coaching, get FREE access to the videos in the Romance Writers Summit.

FAQs

What Is Story Coaching?

Story Coaching is one-on-one personalized mentoring to help you understand & apply the core, key elements of powerful fiction to your stories.

It focuses primarily on structural storytelling elements. (developmental editing level work). The ‘Big Story.’

‘Big Story’ is the main focus: plot, characterization, world-building, dialogue, narrative, tension, pace, conflict, and, of course, the romance. We ensure your story intertwines plot, character, & romance, so it’s seamless and gorgeous.

Story coaching doesn’t focus as much on the ‘delivery system’ (i.e. the actual writing).

That said…I do a good bit of line editing on the manuscript pages, offering more granular, paragraph- & sentence-level feedback. Line editing focuses on the writing itself: style, flow, clarity, & strength of the prose. I’m devoted to helping my clients find & develop their voices, and if I see ways to increase the impact of the writing, to evoke stronger reader reaction, I’ll point it out.

Since I may not see the final version of a story, line editing isn’t the primary focus, but I offer feedback wherever I can.

Who Is Story Coaching For?

Coaching is for everyone! (Except puppies. I don’t think puppies would enjoy story coaching very much.)

It’s for new writers.

It’s for ‘intermediate’ writers mastering the fundamentals of the craft, or ready to take their storytelling to the next level.

It’s for veteran authors who’ve been up & down the publishing highway since before the highway was built.

For new writers, it provides an intensive crash course in fiction craft & structure. It’s one thing to read about a concept or strategy: it’s quite another to put it into practice.

For experienced writers, it’s an opportunity to do a deep-dive into the craft, refresh old skills, and get excited about storytelling again. Whether you do a one month ‘shot in the arm’ or an extended recharge, coaching will get you back on track & reignite your love of what you do.

How Does It Work?

Step One

An initial 1:1 online meeting.

We break down your story—your vision for it, as well as the current structure, plot, and character arcs if you have them. If not, we’ll talk about what might work, clarify potential problems, & brainstorm through them.

If you need weekly goals, we’ll set them up.

Step Two

You go write!

Step Three

You send me manuscript pages, up to 5K words/week.

Step Four

I review the pages  & return them. Usually one-week turnaround.

Step Five

We have weekly or biweekly meetings to discuss your pages & any problems, successes, or breakthroughs. We brainstorm and problem-solve, breaking down Story to come up with a plan for the coming weeks.

Step Six

Repeat.

Step Always

If you get stuck, drop me a line.

How Long Does It Last?

Coaching is set up on a monthly basis. It can run anywhere from 1 month to…however long you want!

There is a 25% discount for those who book & pay for 6 months in advance.

How Many Stories Can We Work On?

I’m at your disposal!

I can review up to 5K words/week in manuscript form, but at our meetings, we can talk about any stories you want.

Some clients want help planning a series. Some people need help with the romance turning points of one story, but want help developing conflict in another.

I follow your lead. That said…it’s often better to focus, especially if we’re doing 3 months of coaching or less.

Do You Work With Non-Romance Stories?

Yep! But my specialty is romance.

If you’re not looking for that ‘romance special’ angle–romantic conflict; intertwining all other elements with the romance; shaping character arcs around the romance; honing romantic turning points; etc–you may do better to seek out a developmental editor who specializes in your genre.

Why does it cost so much??

As indie service providers, we’re not supposed to justify why we charge what we charge. The value is a product or service is what it’s worth to you, the client. Discussing the cost of providing the service is “explaining yourself,” and somehow undermines its value.

But you know what? I’m grateful when people explain the costs of doing business—especially if they want a lot of my money to do it. Maybe you appreciate it, too.

Since Story Coaching is a high-end service, I want to show how it works, & give a little window into how self-employed fiction coaches & editors make a living. Or at least, how I do.

So let’s break down some numbers!

THE COST:

A monthly coaching package is $799.

Credit card processors (including Paypal) charge a fee for every payment made:  2.99% + 30c service fee for every payment. That’s about $24.30 for a month’s Story Coaching.

Also out of that $799, I pay about 35% in taxes (since I’m self-employed, I pay both employer & employee costs of taxes). That’s about $280.

799 – 24 – 280 = $495.

(If a writer books & prepays 6 months of Story Coaching, there’s a 25% discount, which means it’s $599/month, or about $370 net, but we’ll stick with the regular price for our example!)

THE COACHING:

I spend about 1-3 hours of editing work on each 1K of manuscript words, depending on how much work the ms needs. That includes 3 read-throughs and writing up coherent, useful notes.

Monthly Story Coaching package includes 20K manuscript words, which means it’s between 20 – 60 hours of editing time a month.

Let’s go with an estimated 30 hours/month per client (that’s assuming 1.5 hours per 1K words.)

There’s also a weekly 30-60 minute coaching meeting—most meetings are closer to sixty.

30 hours (reading/editing) + 4 hours (meeting) = 34 hours/month.

Remember the $495 from above? That gets divided by those 34 hours.

Which comes out to $14.55/hour.

(For a 6 month package, with a 25% discount, it works out roughly to $10.90/hour)

THE FINAL NUMBERS

So, as a Story Coach, I make about $14.50/hour.

Out of that, I pay individual health care & other typical ‘employer’ costs (ex: retirement). There is no leave time—if I don’t work, I don’t get paid.  I also pay for the software & related costs of running the business (payment portals, website, video conferencing, scheduling software, etc.)

Story Coaching isn’t a scalable thing—i.e. I can’t take on hundreds or even dozens of clients at the same time. I have to limit my client load so I can give each one the time & attention their stories require.

But I love talking Story. Love it. So it’s all worth it to me.

I want it to feel worth it to YOU too.  Which is why I’m sharing these numbers. Story Coaching is an expensive, premium service, and now you can understand a little about how the price gets set, and why it costs what it does.

I believe I deliver high quality services, and if you join me for some Story Coaching, you’ll come away having spent your story money very, very wisely.

Can’t wait to talk to you about your story!

EMAIL ME or use the contact form below if you have any questions.

If you’re interested in Story Coaching with Kris, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, fill out the form to get in touch. Can’t wait to hear from you!