Writing Coach Services

If you’re like me, your book is your calling, your burden, your heart, your purpose, your offering, your legacy.

It’s what you work on today, what you will offer the world tomorrow—and one day—what you will leave behind.

            I get it.

And I know it’s that call, that burden, that legacy, which compels you to make your story as good as it can possibly be.

          Mediocre isn’t good enough. Above-average isn’t good enough.

            What you’re reaching for, is to produce a work which so speaks to your reader it won’t be forgotten after the reading is over. Even after long years, you want the humor to still bring a smile. The characters to still come to mind.

            The truths presented to resonate deep.

           I love helping authors hone their story, hone their message, so they can refine their work and present it with new confidence.

              If you’re ready, I’d love the opportunity to come alongside you. I’d love to help  your story become the best it can be, by helping you become the best writer YOU can be.

              Let me share with you my best advice based on almost twenty years of experience writing, editing, and critiquing—both in groups, and on books contracted with such publishers as Revell, Abingdon Press, and B & H Publishing Group. Whether your dream is to self-publish or to reach for that elusive, traditional contract complete with a fabulous advance, I would count it a privilege and honor to help you achieve that goal.

           So, would you like to work with me?

 

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One-on-One Critique (for fiction):

Ever wish you could run a scene or chapter by someone who has fresh eyes, can identify problems, and help you fix them? I love giving one-on-one critique and helping others perfect their craft. If you’re a new writer I can help you discover your strengths and weaknesses, identify what (if anything) is missing, write tight, write specific, and infuse your work with emotion. If you’re a more accomplished writer, we can zero in on your areas of struggle and work together to fix your scene or chapter, all while preserving your voice.

How this works: I will pre-read, and mark accordingly, up to 2500 words of your work in progress. Then, we’ll meet online for one hour of concentrated critique.

Rate: $50 payable by check or via Paypal prior to scheduling our appointment

Who can benefit from this service: Any novel writer

Interested?  Contact Shellie at shellie@shelliearnold.com  Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

 

One-on-One Critique (for non-fiction):

While great fiction is subject to storyline and character arcs, great non-fiction is subject to the purpose for which it is intended. Articles, devotionals, and non-fiction books each have their own unique set of parameters and requirements. I love giving one-on-one critique to help you polish your non-fiction work.

How this works: I will pre-read, and mark accordingly, up to 2500 words of your work in progress. Then, we’ll meet online for one hour of concentrated critique.

Rate: $50 payable by check or via Paypal prior to scheduling our appointment.

Who can benefit from this service: Any non-fiction writer

Interested?  Contact Shellie at shellie@shelliearnold.com Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

 

Coaching for your Novel (Part I):

Includes extensive instruction on plotting and storytelling

Analysis of your synopsis/storyline

In-depth critique of eight, 3500-word submissions

Ten one-hour online sessions with accompanying homework

Feedback targeted to your work in progress, your strengths and weaknesses as a writer

Specific instruction to improve individual areas of struggle and/or overall writing craft

Rate: $1250. Three-payment installment plans are available.

Who can benefit from this service: Writers who have completed at least 30,000 words of their manuscript

Interested?  Contact Shellie at shellie@shelliearnold.com  Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

 

Coaching for your Novel (Part II):

This option is ONLY available to those who have completed Part I.

Includes critique of up to 50,000 remaining words of your novel, with extensive evaluations of each scene and chapter, as well as a two-hour online meeting to discuss problem areas and answer any questions you may have.

Rate: $625. Two-payment installment plans are available.

Who can benefit from this service: Writers who have completed Part I.

Interested?  Contact Shellie at shellie@shelliearnold.com  Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

Plotting and Storytelling personalized seminar:

Includes a two-hour online meeting of instruction and handouts regarding effective plotting and corresponding character arcs for effective storytelling, as well as applying same to your fictional work in progress.

Rate: $45 payable by check or via Paypal prior to scheduling our appointment

Who can benefit from this service: Any fiction writer

Interested?  Contact Shellie atshellie@shelliearnold.com . Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

Crafting the Perfect Synopsis personalized seminar:

Includes a two-hour online meeting of instruction and guidelines for creating a clear synopsis of your novel, paying special attention to character arc and plot points.

Rate: $45 payable by check or via Paypal prior to scheduling our appointment

Who can benefit from this service: Any fiction writer

Interested? Contact Shellie at shellie@shelliearnold.com . Please note in subject line which option interests you. I’ll get back with you as soon as I can, usually within 72 hours.

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