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You've got questions, here are some answers. 

1. What genres do you work with?

I specialize in coaching writers in romance, women's fiction, mystery, young adult, and narrative nonfiction.

2. What is your background and experience?


I've published 19 books in romance and women's fiction with both Big 5 and boutique publishers. I am also completing my editing and publishing certificate at UCLA, and I have almost four decades of experience in education.


3. What does an author coach do?


As a coach, I can help you with the following:


  • Brainstorming sessions to generate and develop ideas.

  • Content development to refine plot, character arcs, and overall narrative structure.

  • Accountability coaching to help you stay on track with your goals.

  • Mentoring to provide guidance and support throughout the writing process.

  • Editorial assessment to evaluate manuscripts and provide detailed feedback.

  • Character development to create compelling and relatable characters.

  • Assist you in crafting immersive and vivid settings that bring your stories to life.

  • Assistance in dealing with writer's block and overcoming creative challenges.

  • Help craft compelling query letters and synopses for submission.

  • If your goal is to self-publish, I can guide you through the different stages.

4. How can you help an experienced writer?


  •  In-depth manuscript evaluation and feedback.

  •  Advanced content development and story structure refinement.

  •  Character development workshops and strategies.

  •  Assistance in tackling writer's block and overcoming creative challenges.

  •  Goal setting and customized writing plans.

  •  Guidance in navigating complex plot arcs and thematic elements.

  •  Accountability coaching to stay motivated and focused.

  •  Tailored coaching sessions to address specific writing concerns and goals.


5. Do you offer submission package services?

Yes, I have a submission package that includes:

  • Curated agent list tailored to the writer's genre and style.

  • Work with the author on synopsis development to summarize the manuscript effectively.

  • Query letter development to pitch the manuscript to agents and publishers.

6. What other services do you offer?

Please check the services page on the main menu for a complete list of what I can help you with. 

7. Do you offer workshops for groups and organizations?

Yes, I offer workshops for libraries, community organizations, and writing groups. These workshops cover various aspects of writing and publishing, tailored to the group's needs and interests. You can see what I offer here.

8. Do you offer ghostwriting services?

No, I'm not a ghostwriter. However, if you need a referral, I can recommend several good people who do that kind of work.

9. How can I get started?


To get started, please visit my website or contact me directly to discuss your writing goals. Let's have a conversation about how I can assist you in achieving them.


Terms of Service

1. Introduction
Welcome to Five Harbors Literary. By engaging with our services, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. Our commitment is to provide professional guidance and support to help you develop your writing and navigate the publishing industry. While we will work diligently to assist you in improving your writing skills and understanding of the publishing industry, we cannot guarantee that you will be offered representation by an agent or secure a publishing contract. Our role is to support and guide you in your author journey, not to ensure a specific outcome.

2. Services Provided

  • Personalized coaching sessions tailored to your writing goals

  • Feedback on your manuscript, query letters, and proposals.

  • Guidance on the publishing process (traditional and independent) and industry standards.

  • Strategies for improving your writing and author platform.

3. Client Responsibilities

  • To actively participate in scheduled coaching sessions.

  • To consider and apply the feedback and advice provided.

  • To maintain professional conduct and communication.

5. Payment and Refund Policy

  • Fees for our coaching services will be agreed upon before the commencement of services.

  • Payment is due at the time of service unless otherwise arranged.

  • Refunds are not available for services rendered, but we strive to ensure client satisfaction with our offerings.

6. Confidentiality
We respect the privacy and confidentiality of your work and personal information. All discussions and materials shared will be kept confidential unless prior permission is given for sharing or disclosure.


7. Termination of Services
Either party may terminate the coaching agreement with written notice. If termination occurs in the first fifteen days of a monthly package, refunds will be issued on a pro-rated basis. 


8. Governing Law
These Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which our business operates.


9. Amendments to Terms
We reserve the right to modify these terms at any time. Your continued use of our services following any such modification constitutes your agreement to the modified terms.

By using our services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Service.

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