Being an author in today’s publishing world can be daunting. Between the publishing choices, the pressure to market, and the focus on audience, keeping your own voice and motivation is a tricky endeavor. Or maybe you’re ready to deal with all of those spinning plates, but you want a clear plan for your future. Let me be your personal guide and cheerleader along this process!
Gain confidence in your unique vision through feedback that engages with your goals
Find renewed purpose in your story and a clear sense of direction about your future
Explore possibilities and personalized brainstorming on the best market for your work
Celebrate the journey with plenty of enthusiasm, actionable ideas, concise analysis, and no-pressure advice
One free 30 minute consultation over communication method of your choice (Gmail chat preferred) – no strings attached
Detailed notes of consultation to get you on your way!
$20 per half hour/$40 per hour coaching session
Six sessions at $30 per hour (sessions at author’s convenience)
NOTE: clients who sign up for a six week contract and fulfill that contract get up to a 30% discount on editing services.
Offered for 6-week and 12-week tracks OR select a few sessions a la carte as you need advice, guidance, and feedback on specific matters. All coaching sessions include follow-up emails with notes and suggestions, as well as customized ‘homework’ and worksheets (as necessary).
The Push – Know yourself and use your unique strengths in your writing career! An in-depth exploration of what makes you tick as a writer and how that applies to all aspects of your writing life, from what you write, to how you draft, to where you sell your work, and everything in between. The Push program enables you to move ahead confidently in your writing life with focus, clarity, and a fresh sense of fun!
Foundations of Fiction – A step-by-step look at all aspects of your writing project, from plot to characterization to hitting the genre conventions. Avoid common mistakes, get personalized coaching on your writing goals, and learn new tips and tricks customized to get you on your way quickly and effectively, while still enjoying the journey.
Marketing Strategy Made Simple – Learn how to make marketing work for you–and even like it! This track creates an overview of your genre and goals for your work, assesses your marketing set-up, and then offers ideas on how to build your platform now for your launch. Includes little things you can be doing to get noticed, without taking away much from your writing time.
World-Building Review – Go deep with your world-building and make your story irresistible! This speculative fiction track review analyzes at your world-building: how you’re using genre tropes, where you have unique elements, and problem spots that might need a little more clarification. Includes notes and suggestions for how to make your story hit the sweet spots for readers, while also being unique enough to stand out from the crowd.
“Janeen’s advice on my world-building helped me highlight my characters’ personalities through creating contrasts in their society, and her encouragement to look for humor brought cultural scenes to life in a whole new way.” – Bethany Jennings, Author
“After I floundered around in a swamp of vague character traits for a week, Janeen pinpointed the central issue with both my character and my thought process behind the story. She knows the questions to ask that make ordinary characters extraordinary and extraordinary events believable.” –Anne Jones, Aspiring Author
“Janeen helped me figure out the steps to planning and outlining my novel before throwing myself into the first draft. She did a wonderful job giving me advice on how to plan out the story and characters arcs of my novel, finding the true conflict of the story and building everything else around that. When I first started, I only had an inkling of what I was doing and Janeen not only helped me figure out the rest, but she gave me confidence and appeased my fears. I recommend her coaching services to all writers like me who are working on their debut novel and unsure on how to proceed. Without Janeen, I would still be stuck in self-doubt and going round in circles.” -Sidonie Bouvier, Author
B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, Informational Writing, and ESL
Author of World-Building From the Inside Out (textbook and workbook)
7+ years coaching hundreds of writers of all ages into excellence
Edited short stories, articles, research papers, novels, and memoirs
6+ years of critical book reviews with focus on content analysis, world-building, and market evaluation
Note: I offer negotiable rates for special circumstances, flexible payment plans, and will accept skill bartering on a conditional basis.