Working with a book coach can help turn your dreams of becoming an author into a reality. But what exactly are the benefits and how do they actually help you? Valid questions, my friend, and in this post I’ll be sharing five of the best reasons why working with a book coach could just be the best thing you ever do for your writing.
Benefit 1: Clarity
As a book coach, one of the main reasons people want to work with me is clarity. Yeah sure, I’m a pretty awesome human being too, but let’s stay on track, shall we?
When you have a book idea, you feel excited yet overwhelmed. Motivated yes, but also slightly alarmed at the project you’ve decided to take on. All of these feelings are perfectly valid…and perfectly normal. Overwhelm, frustration and sheer panic are all regular emotions experienced by the authors who work with me, but that’s where a book coach comes into their own.
Talking your ideas through with someone – an experienced someone – can give your book a clear direction and purpose. Where once confusion lay, you now know exactly what your book is going to be about, who exactly it’s for and how you’re going to put it together.
You’re no longer rocking in the corner, sipping gin through a straw. Instead, you’re sitting down to every writing session with a crystal clear outline and knowledge of what you’re going to write in the chapters ahead.
Benefit 2: Practical support
Any book coach worth their salt will have once sat where you are. And no, I don’t mean confused and lost with the writing process (although it’s likely they’ve been there too). I mean sitting at their desk with a book to write.
Now, this might be controversial, but I really believe your book coach should have walked in your shoes. So many of my clients tell me that they’ve seen coaches out there who’ve never written a book. Maybe they’ve simply read a lot, who knows? But in my humble opinion, knowing how to put a successful book together comes from writing one yourself.
Failing that, they should at least have some knowledge of books from an editing perspective or from an experienced publishing perspective. You need to be sure your book coach has got the experience to support you in the best way possible.
With their knowledge of writing, your coach should then be able to give you practical advice on structuring your book so that it fits its purpose. That practical support comes in handy with the overwhelm and confusion bit mentioned above but also makes sure your reader enjoy their experience too.
Benefit 3: Accountability
Writing a book is a little like a very long trip to the dentist. Or a car journey with two screaming toddlers in the back who both need the toilet at the same time. It’s painful and you can find many reasons not to write, like the desperate need to suddenly laminate your kitchen floor or sort the Tupperware cupboard.
Working with a book coach can give you the accountability you need to keep your book moving forward. When you know you’ve got a session with your coach on the horizon, believe me, you’ll get your butt in that chair. Most of my monthly mentoring clients work with me for that reason – not only do they get valuable feedback on a regular basis, but also have a date to work towards each month.
If you’re not yet ready to work with a book coach, you can always use accountability partners and friends to keep things moving – check out this post so you know exactly who should be on your book team.
Benefit 4: Confidence
If you’re ready to write a book, you’re already an expert. You might not feel like it yet, and that’s okay. But you are. Working with a book coach can give you that confidence boost you need to get your book over the finish line and into the hands of your eager readers.
It’s one of the main reasons I do what I do. Supporting and empowering women to publish their work lights me up in a way I find hard to describe. And if I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, it tends to be women who doubt themselves. From my experience, most men who say they want to write a book go ahead and do it.
But women tend to be different. They second guess themselves and doubt that their message will resonate. That they’ll be good enough. But I’m here to tell you, you are. You are good enough to write a book. You are in a position to transform the lives of others. And working with a book coach can give you that necessary nudge and push to be confident in what you’ve got to say.
Benefit 5: Experience
As you know, I firmly believe that a great book coach should have the experience of writing – or editing – a book themselves in order to give you the best support possible.
But their experience can help in other ways too. Knowing how your book could fit into your business model is one area that you should be able to explore or at least talk about. Not only that, you should be able to get advice and support with your publishing options too.
Some coaches are more experienced in the traditional publishing world, while others are experts in self-publishing and all that it entails. Even if they haven’t got direct experience with one particular publishing route, they should be able to talk you through all your options and help you decide on the best journey for you.
Working with a book coach should feel like a partnership. You need to work with someone you have a good rapport with because it makes the process so much more enjoyable for everyone. Don’t be afraid to try out different book coaches via their Discovery or Clarity Calls. Ask them about their experience and their approach to supporting their writers. If they’ve written books themselves, why not read one of them?
Your coach can really be the support you need on your writing journey and help you with all the twists and turns that can often come up when writing a book. So why not take the leap and work with one? You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make and very soon you’ll have your finished book in your hands.