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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.

Every month, 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.

Ready to level-up your storytelling? Let’s go!

Note: All Story Coaching slots are currently filled.

But we’d still love to work with you on your stories! Click either of the buttons below to stay connected.

Your Monthly 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.

Digital Resources

Depending on what you need, we’ll share digital resources, such as ebook guides & worksheets.

Arranged Monthly

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

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.

Email Q&A

Have a question? Feeling stuck? Reach out! We’ll figure out where you got bogged down & get you going again. If needed, we’ll hop on a quick zoom.

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.

25% Discount for 6-12 Months

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


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’: plot, characterization, world-building, dialogue, narrative drive, dramatic tension, turning points, 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 prose or style of the actual 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 that 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


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?


We’ll still dive into the core concepts of writing & storytelling: structure, turning points, tension, pace, conflict, characterization, backstory, world-building… You name it, we’ll do it.

For romance stories, we add in that ‘romance special’ angle–romantic conflict; intertwining all other elements with the romance; shaping character arcs around the romance; and honing romantic turning points.

Why does it cost so much??

The cost of a single month’s coaching ($799), with 20K words, comes out to $0.039/word. So, just under four (4) cents. If you book & pay 6 months in advance, it comes out to $0.03/word, or three (3) cents a word. Compare this to other developmental editing rates.

But Story Coaching also includes up to 4 hours of live, 1:1 video meetings, as well as support/troubleshooting emails.

It’s actually a really good deal!

If it helps to know when considering the price of a service…self-employed freelance professionals pay credit card processing fees on every transaction, & in the U.S. they pay approximately 35% of all income in taxes, as well as their own health insurance, retirement (and no leave time!) I mention it in case you’re like me, and think about these sorts of things when deciding where & how to spend your money.

Romance Writing Lab

Monthly Story Coaching


√  One month or multiple

√  Developmental Editing up to 20K words


√  Live Weekly Q&A Coaching


√   Email Support


√  Digital Resources as needed


√  25% discount on 6 month package


All Monthly Story Coaching packages are currently filled. If you want to get on the shortlist for new openings for Story Coaching, or if you have questions about whether it’s right for you, just reach out.

You may also be interested in some of our other offerings, including the Fiction Mastery Program or a one-time 1:1 Story Coaching session. Click below to find out more!

Or reach out via the form to get on the shortlist or ask questions.

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