Whole-Author Coaching

Author Companioning, Developmental Editing, or Book Midwifery are other words you could substitute for Author Coaching. Publishing is just one aspect of what happens when you work with me, Shelly Francis, here at Creative Courage Press.

I am interested in supporting “the whole author” from

  • the writer who writes the book (who is also living the questions of the book),
  • to the author who will engage readers in the finished book,
  • to the publishing partner who is committed to understanding the business of producing and distributing books.
I’ll be your companion as you grow your idea and prepare to shine your messages’s light in the world.

How would you like to ensure your message reaches and serves as many people as possible? What would feel true to who you are? What might stretch you? What will fortify you? Are you equipped with clear expectations about ROI, including your return on integrity (not only your financial investment)?

As I’m sure you can imagine, I tend to talk from the perspective of “creative courage” with all the paradoxes like brave and safe, gifts and challenges, shadow and light, speaking and listening. My work as a publisher and author coach/companion/mentor is about amplifying “voice and agency” of people with remarkable and relevant ideas. To me, “voice and agency” is code word for courage. What would you do with more courage? How do you encourage your readers?

The big picture is as important as the details of your story, and developing a marketable and meaningful book would be one goal. Marketable includes title, subtitle, cover design ideas, and your long-range plans for interacting with readers. And then advising &/or collaborating on publishing and launch. If “marketing” makes you feel sick to your stomach, reframe this as “how to reach the many people who need your hard-won wisdom, and in a way that feels aligned with who you truly are.”

It’s a broad menu. I’d be happy to have an initial conversation to meet you, hear about your work, and share more details. Contact me here.

If you have a query about manuscript submissions, please read this page first.