Let Anne Coach YOU or Ghostwrite YOUR Book!

need a writing coach?Frustrated with your writing?

Confused about what to do next?

Wishing you had some help building your writing business?

Working with a writing coach or mentor may be just what you need.

We can work together so  your writing works and so you work your writing well.

I’ve been successfully freelancing for well over thirty years now. I’ve written books for myself and others. I’ve written articles for trade magazines, consumer magazines and websites. I’ve added online writing to my repertoire, realizing that the web is just another publishing tool.

You are the expert on your own life and writing

Writing and running a writing business are both learnable skills. A writing coach or mentor can help you dig deep to find the skills you already have and help you polish them so you move toward achieving your dreams. A coach provides both information based on experience and an accountability framework so you know where you’re heading and how you’re going to get there.

Coaching can solve these problems and more:

  • Is marketing your worst nightmare? Let me demystify it for you so you can market yourself and your writing with confidence.
(Anne), working with you gave me the confidence to marke myself knowing I really can deliver first-class work.  Laura S.
  • Do you have questions about getting started on and following through on a big writing project? My coaching and mentoring services can help.
  • Have an idea you’d just like to brainstorm with a professional writer? I’m a professional writer as well as a coach and mentor.
  • Need to bounce some business ideas off someone who has been successful in her own writing business for ages? A conversation or two with me may be just what you and your business need to make it to the next level.
  • Do you want information on finding markets, either locally or in the trade? Let me coach and mentor you so you can  find the markets you need.

Anne, Thanks for encouraging me to write the book I thought I could not put into words. Your writing, editing, paraphrasing, and inspiration kept me moving forward when I felt I could no longer continue. I am amazed at your ability to re-work my scrambled thoughts and put them into legible, somewhat coherent sentences! With deep appreciation for the support, dedication, and countless hours of editing! Much love and respect, Sheri

  • Do you need some motivation? And maybe some specific direction and a path to follow? As your coach and mentor, I’m your cheering squad. I’ll applaud and provide the swift, but gentle kick in the behind we all need from time-to-time.
  • Would it be helpful to check in on a regular schedule with someone who knows the business and can help you make sure you’re on purpose? I can provide that in a supportive way that will help your writing as well as your to-do list.
  • Do you want some help getting clear on your purpose? We can do some Visioning and goal setting so you know where you’re going.
  • Would you like to be accountable to someone? I support writers in doing what they really want to do, to overcome self-imposed obstacles and other blocks in a supportive way over the phone.

Or maybe you simply want to talk with another professional. I know the feeling and make talking with other pros part of my week.

How It Works:

It works exactly the way YOU want it to work. Here are some possibilities:

The I’ve written a query – will you look at it? option

Sure, as long as you’re in no rush, I’ll take a look at your no more than two- page query, make some suggestions and email it back – usually a couple of days to turn it around. And yes, I’ll look at it a second time after you make the changes.  $75.00

(Remember) the query letter you helped me with? I (got) a response from an editor who said, “It was probably the best query letter I’ve ever read.” ES

The I’m stuck-and-my deadline-is-looming phone call:

Email me your query, press release, short article, etc., (2,000 word or less). We’ll arrange a phone call at our mutual convenience and I’ll help you get it sorted out, usually in 72 hours or less. (If it’s a longer piece email me and we’ll discuss the rates.)  $150.00

We could start the writing coaching with an hour

I charge $165 in advance for an hour’s worth of coaching which looks like this: two 20 minute phone calls a week or two apart. During the first call I get an idea of what you want to accomplish, give you an assignment. When you return the assignment I spend about 20 minutes reading it and making comments and then send it back. Our second call is about that assignment – it’s where you ask the questions my suggestions bring up.

Sometimes the pace will be more like three 15 minute calls and two short assignments, or deeper work on one.

During the time we’re working together you get pretty much unlimited email correspondence with me on weekdays – I can answer quick questions, offer a bit of encouragement, etc.

Now, you may want something else for that hour – you might simply want three or phone calls to talk about your book or your job search for the best writing gigs, or… well, I’m not sure, but I’m certainly open. Let’s talk about it by phone or by email.

Price: $165 paid in advance. The whole hour must be used in 30 days or the time is forfeit. If, however, you decide you want to roll this over into the 3 Hour Done in a Month Writing Coaching below, you certainly can and the 30 days will start from when you make that decision.

The 3 Hour Done in a Month Writing Coaching Program

You commit to three hours of coaching and the associated assignments to be completed in 30 days. I’ve found that three hours done in a month is just about right to get your writing shifted in the direction you want it to go.

Here’s how that three hours might look:

A 20 – 30 minute initial phone call talking about what you want and some general ways you’ll get there. Plus an assignment.

Several days later a second 20 – 30 minute call discussing what worked in the assignment and what didn’t. Plus a second assignment.

We continue at this rate, usually one or two calls a week, until we’ve used the 3 hours.

Typically the assignments we agree on are writing – a query, the start of an article or story, a blog post you, etc. You send the assignment to me 36 hours in advance of our call. I make comments and return it to you so we can discuss it and move to what’s next. (Note: I make comments only. I don’t edit or copy edit – that’s a different kind of relationship.

You get a written summary of our conversaton after each session that also accounts for the time and spells out the next assignment..

During the 30 days you’ve got almost unlimited access to me by email and can, with email, arrange a quick phone call or two.

These sessions must be completed in 30 days. If you don’t use all the time in the 30 days, that time is forfeit. We can, of course, renew the agreement for subsequent sessions.

Price: $450 paid in advance – which works out to $150 an hour, a savings of $45 over the month. Enough for dinner perhaps?

Coaching you through writing a book

Because books are, be definition, big projects that generally take a lot of time, each book writing coaching, also known as book doctoring, book fixing, etc., has to be an individual contract. We’ll start like this:

  • When you contact me I’ll send you a non-disclosure agreementwhich obligates only me and is my promise that you own your work, period.
  • I’ll then ask for a few pages if you’ve written something, or we’ll discuss what you want to write and our next steps – usually some writing from you.
  • We’ll decide if we’re working on a book proposal or the whole book.
  • I’ll write a specific proposal for you, including pricing.
  • Maybe we’ll do some negotiating.
  • If you decide to hire me I’ll want some money up front and we’ll set up our first appointment and set up a tentative schedule for the balance of the work.

Not the writing coaching you’re looking for?

Let’s talk about it via email. I’ll be happy to work with you to figure out a program that suits your needs. Or to tell you I’m not the one to help and, if I can point you in the right direction… either way is fine with me.

Got questions? Of course you do

And I’m happy to answer them. Send an email to anne@annewayman.com . Make sure you put Coaching Question in the subject line so I don’t lose you to spam and I’ll do my best to answer it in 24 hours.

How Do I schedule a coaching session or two with you?

Simple – either give me a call or send me an email. I’m near San Diego which means Pacific Time. I’m mostly available Monday through Thursday from 11 am to about 4 pm. If you need an earlier or later time, don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll see what I can do.

All coaching is paid in advance – so your appointment isn’t confirmed until I receive payment.

The easiest is PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account, just a credit or debit card to use this service. My PayPal email is: anne@aboutfreelancewriting.com – you can simply send the proper amount from: PayPal.com

Or, if you prefer, email or call me and we’ll talk about it and, if you like I can send you an invoice via PayPal or some other way.

You can also send me a check. My address is 2721 B, Highland Ave., National City, CA 91950.

Do you need a ghostwriter?

I ghostwrite, mostly books, but can do serious articles or blog posts too. Instead of hourly I like to work out a flat fee for these service – that way you don’t pay for the mistakes I make, and I don’t get shorted because I have an inspiration in the shower. Email or give me a call and we’ll talk about your project.

Over a five week period of time I would meet with Anne once a week. Each week she would give us her writing based on the conversation we had the previous week. Each week I marveled at her result. The only thing I could think of saying was, “did you write that or did I? That was exactly what I wanted to say”; and she said it better than I could have said it. THANK YOU!!!”

Phil Wexler
The Knowledge University

I’ve got questions!

Of course you do. Send an email, or give me a call and we’ll talk. If you email and I don’t get back to you in 24 hours it’s probably because you ended up in spam. Please put Coaching Question(s) in the subject line or call me.

Whatever we decide to do, I promise to be prepared, give you 100% uninterrupted time, be economical with your time and provide any appropriate supplemental information (where appropriate). In short, I’ll make sure you get your money’s worth.

How Do I pay you?

The easiest is PayPal. Just choose the service you want with from the drop down menu. You don’t need a PayPal account, just a credit or debit card to use this service. Query Review, I’m Stuck and Three Sessions are listed in the drop down menu. If we agree on something else, which often happens, I can send you an invoice so you can pay through PayPal.

I also accept checks drawn on U.S. banks and can also provide a different credit card setup if you prefer – just ask.

Pay now:
Coaching Prices

You can also send me a check. My address is 2721 B Highland Ave., National City, CA  91950

How can I call you?

It’s easy – 619 434-6110 – and don’t hesitate to leave a message. I turn my phone clear off often.

What’s your email address?

It’s anne@aboutfreelancewriting.com and remember to put coaching in the subject line please.

The article, Yes, A Writing Coach Can Help, may be of interest.


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David Klaproth May 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

Ann, I’m a semi-retired advertising copywriter, and recently finished a short-short story that I like pretty well. How would you suggest I find someone who’d actually pay me a bit of money for it?

Thanks, David


annew May 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

David, I’d suggest you look in Writer’s Market – both the book and it’s online version – the online version tends to be more current, the book more usable. My review is at http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/writers-market-your-must-have-marketing-tool/ with an affiliate link. Writer’s Market also has Novel and Short Story Markets 2013 – give it a try.


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