AUTHOR COACHING & MENTORING
Over the years I've enjoyed coaching quite a number of aspiring authors with a great book inside them needing to get envisioned and completed. Now that I've written most of the books in my own bucket-list, I'm opening up more time to help younger writers discover how to envision, rough out, edit and publish their books.
Our entire civilization continues to depend on clear and insightful written communication. The process of taking a book from concept to publication requires talent, vision, determination, a bit of luck and hopefully some experienced mentoring.
An author coach serves as a creative mentor, nurturing and guiding the author realistically toward the fastest route to publishing success. Because I’m a psychologist, quite often my author coaching is with fellow professionals – but I’ve also coached and ghostwritten autobiographies, business books, novels, inspirational books, screenplays and spiritual texts.
SABA BOOK AWARD WINNER!
One of my most recent mentoring projects was with a highly-successful corporate consultant in Denver, whom I coached for six months from initial concept to published text, website, webinar, podcast, and in-person presentation - and her book The Wisdom Of Transition just won the 2020 SABA Book Award!
She offers these words of recommendation:
"About 9 months ago, I felt a strong calling that NOW was the time to write my book. My husband, a lifelong fan of John's books, discovered that John had become an author coach. I was delighted, as it had never occurred to me that I could be coached on the practicalities of how to write a book.
From day one, I was incredibly impressed with John's mastery around creating the beginning structure to write a book, starting with incredibly practical decisions like: what are the themes you want to cover , how many pages do you want, who is the target audience? John is a master coach and it was a thrilling and immersive collaboration.
Author of The Wisdom of Transition,
2020 SABA book award winner!
I’m often asked to explain what an author coach actually does – why are they needed, and how do they work with clients? Here are a few notes on the author-mentor relationship:
Author Coaches must of course be very good with words – able to take written material and significantly improve it. Most top-notch author coaches have a publishing track-record plus valuable ties with literary agents. They are friendly, honest and supportive – and maintain the author’s unique voice and thematic integrity.
In earlier publishing eras, an author pounded out a rough draft, sent it off to a publisher – then a house editor worked over the manuscript. But these days, publishers and agents expect authors to have already polished their manuscript. An experienced author coach makes sure all phases of manuscript preparation are successfully completed.
An author coach will help you 1) develop your book concept, 2) help generate the original rough draft of the book, 3) participate in content editing, line editing and polish – and 4) send the manuscript to a reputable agent. Fees depend on overall time needed, experience of the coach, and needs of the author. I usually charge $100/hour of actual hands-on time.
Free Consultation: If you’d like to have a phone discussion about your project, email me and we’ll set up a time to talk about how we can work together to manifest your book.
“John Selby has written numerous novels and psychology books which collectively have sold in excess of one million copies. As a long-time co-author, agent and friend of John, I recommend him with complete enthusiasm and confidence. John is a talented writer for both fiction and non-fiction and also a wonderful mentor, researcher, editor, sounding board and friend.”
President, Waterside Productions
“Investing in the help of John Selby to coach me and ghostwrite my Spiritual Psychology book was one of the best professional decisions I've made. I came in with only a general idea and John brought me to clarity, commitment, and action. We met twice weekly by phone. John then advanced this raw material into the final manuscript. I couldn't be happier with the outcome – John is kind, timely, responsible and a consummate professional, while also easy-going and friendly. 5 stars!”
Therapist, author of Demons & Allies
“John stepped in and completed the ghost-writing phase of my book Voice: How to Share your Message, Products and Business with the World. The results were wonderful - the book has earned a number #1 bestseller ranking on Amazon. John is articulate, diligent, an accomplished editor and writer, and prolific author. I enjoyed working with John personally and look forward to using him on future book projects. Please feel free to call me with any additional recommendations as needed: 505-660-6622.”
"Last year I felt the strong urge to write a personal account of my long-term struggles to recover from a terrible brain-damage accident. A friend recommended John Selby as ghostwriter and literary mentor - and we teamed up for 6 months of phone-based recording, rewriting and editing. The result is the book “My Path To Healing” which John also helped me publish. On all fronts John’s participation was experienced, professional, supportive, insightful, respectful, challenging - and ultimately satisfying and enlightening. Both thumbs up for John!”
Author: My Path To Healing
"To my rewrite editor John Selby - thank you so much for your major ghostwriting contributions to making my book SHARP a success, and for your mentoring and guidance in helping me live more fully what I teach through this adventure."
"I am Swiss/French and luckily found John Selby in California to transform a very bad English translation of my inspiration-book into a truly wonderful expression. His expert knowledge of psychology and meditation enabled him to advance my writings into new realms. John is also now building me a special app. He has the ability to raise an author's writings into a higher level of expression, without altering the tone and message - we're lucky he's now sharing this gift and helping writers manifest their highest vision.
Author: Accepting Who You Really Are
John Selby author coaching projects:
The Wisdom Of Transition (corporate consulting, Cheryl Benedict)
WINNER OF THE 2020 SABA BOOK AWARD!
Tapping The Source (spiritual guidance, Bill Gladstone)
Voice (business success, Kristen White)
The Seventh Mindset (novel, Jeffrey Frick)
Sharp: Managing Your Brainpower (self-help, Heidi Hanna)
Power To Bloom (inspirational, Nassrine Raza)