Updated: Mar 17
Publishing a book is a fulfilling accomplishment. The feeling of unwrapping the first copy of your book is exhilarating. However, it has the potential to be a round-about journey that is often made easier with the support of a book coach.
What is a book coach? A book coach is a professional who is able to guide and support you through the process of completing your manuscript to publishing your book. The coaching process is highly individualised and is tailored to your publishing goals.
Here are my 3 takeaways on why contracting a book coach is a worthwhile investment.
Coach as Guide and Facilitator
A book coach is someone who commits to accompanying you on your publishing journey. They are able to offer guidance and support to maneuver through the different stages that present. They act as an accountability partner to keep you focused and on task. They will offer advice on how to manage the process and set reasonable timelines. They are able to empathise with you when the process becomes challenging while also encouraging you to stay on track. Any journey undertaken will feel more manageable if there's a guide to assist along the way.
Coach as Time Saver
There is an enormous amount of information available online about self-publishing. However, most of us don’t have the time to sift through and pick out what's most relevant. A book coach saves you time in this regard. They have done the research and continue to stay up to date on industry norms. They can guide you accordingly to ensure that you can complete the process as efficiently as possible.
"Each person holds much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen." – Pete Carroll
Coach as Personal Trainer
The goal of coaching is to provide guidance that meets the specific goals and resources of each author. Apart from sifting through the wealth of publishing information that exists, coaches will collate the most relevant as meets the needs of their clients. These are tailor made for each person’s budget, time constraints and stage of manuscript. Self-publishing is a dynamic process. There are many avenues that can be pursued and if not planned properly can result in a delay in publishing or impact your budget.
Keep it simple. Engage the support of a book coach to guide you through the self-publishing process. They are an invaluable resource for support, essential information and personalised advice.
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