Growth-oriented services for authors with vision.
Nurture Your Vision with
A book coach nurtures you.
Have a book idea you’ve been wanting to write for years but just…haven’t?
Writing takes commitment, passion, time, and energy. Waiting for inspiration to strike might mean never writing a word.
If you’re tired of wasting time thinking about your book and would rather write the damn thing, than working with a editor 1:1 is for you.
In our 1:1 sessions, you will be encouraged, supported, and challenged. Not only will you finally have the confidence and accountability to write the book, but you’ll learn new methods of storytelling, get real-time feedback on your writing, and be transformed as a writer. You’ll be well on your way to being a published author!
Who it's for:
Coaching is ideal for the writer who is tired of talking about their dreams and ready to take action.
We’ll make sure YOUR vision is achieved.
And we’ll work through some of those pesky mindset blocks that are keeping you from playing big. I can guarantee that if you put in the work, you’ll be amazed at the clear, substantial progress we’ll have made together; whether that’s a fleshed-out character arc, a fully developed outline, a complete first draft, or a nurtured ready-to-be-pitched draft. It’s about damn time, right?!
1:1 coaching is tailored to your needs.
Book a discovery call to see if coaching is right for you.
with a nurturing twist and focus on growth
Prune Your Story
Are you lost in the sea of conflicting advice and self-edits?
You know your book needs TLC—the characters are 2D or the plot is iffy, or you’ve received mixed feedback—but you’re not exactly sure the right direction to take in revisions, or even how to begin them. Together, we will create your specific revision and publishing plan to get your story out in the world.
- Receive a professional grade read through of your entire manuscript
- You’ll gain editorial direction that will bring your vision to light
- We will explore marketability, character arc, plot, hook, stakes, pace, and genre/audience
- We’ll workshop ideas in real time
- You’ll leave the session with a clear revision path and end-goal in sight.
- You’ll end with a captivating submission package to pitch agents (or to put your book description on Amazon)
- Query letter development
- Synopsis feedback
- Polished first pages
- You’ll receive:
- 60-min coaching calls
- Unlimited voice-memo support
- Access to the GMFS Framework to write the best character arcs ever
- PDF of my top teachings on writing techniques in the Prune Your Techniques pamphlet
- The recorded audio & video files of all our coaching sessions
Not sure where to begin? Let’s have an Intro Call!
First-time clients are able to take advantage of my 45-minute introductory coaching call.
Before the call, I’ll review the following:
- your book description
- 1-2-page synopsis
- the first 10 pages of your manuscript.
*If you don’t have any of these items, don’t worry because we will still do a lot of work on the call.
When we get on the call, we will establish where you currently are in your writing career, where you want to go, and how you’ll get there.
(for first-time clients only)
Partnering with Katie has been an absolute pleasure. In every interaction I’ve had with Katie, her passion to help me succeed has been unwavering. Her honest feedback was immensely beneficial for the expansion of my story. She’s pushed me further than I’d ever dreamed and I’m so thankful I found her. She has gone above and beyond my initial expectations. Without any hesitation, I rebooked with Katie for my next two books and I’ll happily recommend her to anyone.
— Robin Berkstresser, Specious series
workshops & courses
In-person and online workshops tailored for the writer who never stops learning
Nail Your Character Arcs Course
4-week course, begins April 17th
Character arcs are easier to master than you might think; and yes, you can even keep that twisty, fantastical plot!
Through the use of four simple elements (The GMFS Framework) you’ll build character arcs that have your readers drawing you fan art and begging for the next book.
Writing with Coach McCoach Podcast
Take Katie (aka Coach McCoach) on a walk with you or on your commute to work as she shares mindset hacks for writers, speaks to the vulnerable truth of being a creative, and interviews published authors about their path to success.
Do you do sample edits?
When I first converse with a client, I ask about their manuscript goals, concerns, and I request a copy of the first three chapters of the manuscript. This helps me determine if we’d be a good fit. We also get on a free 20-minute Discovery call which gives us a chance to see if we are in sync.
What does a book coach do?
I finished my first draft. Am I ready for an editor?
You are definitely in a good place for book coaching!
Writing a book is something huge to be proud of! Give yourself credit. Now, prepare yourself for the hard truth: writing draft one is only the beginning—actually, a fraction—of finishing a book ready to see the world.
If you love doing research on your own, I recommend reviewing online resources, books, and workshops on craft writing topics such as: show don’t tell, pacing, POV, deep POV, filter words, sentence variation, etc. There’s a ton you can learn and do on your own that will really strengthen your work, and it will make your time spent with an editor more meaningful.
However, my editing packages are a great way to receive tailored advice for YOUR story and dreams and I’ll point you in the right direction for you.
Is editing when you rewrite the book?
No, this is called ghostwriting!
Developmental editing is a look at the big-picture of the novel; readability, marketabilty, writing techiques, and story-telling.
Much of developmental editing includes an editorial letter and in-line annotations on the manuscript.
However, after several years of providing in-depth edits, my editing style has evolved into a coaching-forward method. If that’s your style, check out my services above.
Can I skip developmental editing and go straight to copyediting?
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Skipping developmental editing is a personal choice, and you know your work best, but if you’ve never worked with a developmental editor, then I recommend against doing this.
Copyeditors can tell when a book has skipped developmental editing. They will either not work on the book, adjust the rate of the work because the scope of work is higher than standard copyediting, or they will quote a much higher rate for editing because they’ll be spending more hours trying to push through content issues. And it’s possible they still won’t fix those errors, because that’s not in the scope of the project.
What is a Critique Partner?
Critique partners are writers who exchange manuscripts and provide insight and feedback on each other’s work. It’s valuable working with these folks because they can help point out things that friends and family may not be able to communicate via the ‘craft’ standpoint.
The best CPs will help you grow as a writer. I recommend CPs be those who write in a similar genre to yours, but at the very least, writers who appreciate the type of genre you write in, as well as your writing voice. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time creating the story that’s right for you.