Susan, in Clonakilty, Cork, Ireland

Can't Make it to the Cottage? 

Try Online Coaching with Susan 

Someone asked me the other day, "Why do you want to coach other writers?" Here's my answer: 

  • Twenty years.

  • Twenty-eight novels and novellas.

  • A crap-ton of proposals.

  • Countless hours of editing, revising, and revising again.

  • Five major publishing houses.

  • Several agents.

  • Three genres.

  • Word count day after day, year after year, no matter what life has thrown at me.

  • Numerous awards and nominations.

  • Self-publishing success. 

  • Enduring optimism.

I coach because I know that whatever challenges an author might face. I've probably faced them, too. Wherever an author might be stuck, I've probably been stuck there, too. A client's self-doubt and internal demons probably look a lot like the ones I've had to slay in my career. Coaching allows me to share my love of good storytelling and my real-world perspective. If you need a writing coach, please contact me and we can discuss your situation. I am accepting new clients. 


Average Home Office. Right?

Here's how we can work together:

1.   COME TO THE ADOBE COTTAGE WRITER'S RETREAT IN NEW MEXICO. Stay a week in a mountainside casita designed for relaxation and word count. We'll work together on your project, your priorities. 


2.  LET ME COME TO YOU THROUGH THE MAGIC OF TECHNOLOGY! We can collaborate through email, over the phone, or via Skype or FaceTime. What is your next writing goal? Do you need to polish a contest entry or agent/editor submission? Do you need to plot an entire novel, fix your character arc, or figure out how to tighten your storytelling? Perhaps you need help with goal-setting, accountability, or process. I can assist you with hourly coaching sessions or we can develop a monthly coaching program.

  •  Sessions are $100 an hour plus the cost of reading and evaluating your work.

  •  Monthly coaching costs $1,000 a month. The flat fee includes an initial reading and evaluation    of a full manuscript plus four one-hour coaching sessions. 

3.  A-LA-CARTE MANUSCRIPT EDITING.  You email me your manuscript. I read it and write an editorial evaluation.  Then we talk via phone, Skype, or FaceTime. The cost depends on the length of the manuscript and the type of editing you request. For example, developmental editing (evaluating characterization, pace, plot structure, voice, dialogue, and pacing) costs more than line editing (pointing out errors in word choice, punctuation and grammar while making general suggestions about the story structure.) Please note that I am not a professional copy editor. I know some great ones, however, and can hook you up if you wish. 

If you'd like to hear more about the retreat or any of these coaching options, please click on the “contact” button at the top of the page. I’ll be in touch soon!

Happy Writing,