Don't Put Off Writing that Book!

by Linden Gross - Date: 2007-01-20 - Word Count: 508 Share This!

If writing that book you've always had in mind tops your list of resolutions or regrets, hiring a writing coach can turn fantasy into reality. Whether you want to write a memoir, a novel, a family history, a biography, a self-help book or a nonfiction treatise, a writing coach can help you organize your thoughts, enrich your work, refine your writing, and encourage you every step of the way. As a result, the pages mount up instead of the frustration.

As a writing coach, my clients are:

* Professional writers who are tired of soloing.
* Aspiring writers who need that extra bump to get published.
* First-time writers who need to know how to get started.
* Frustrated writers of all levels who need perspective and feedback.
* Anyone wanting to discover - or rediscover - the joy of writing.

I know how to guide them through the often complex and always taxing book-writing process because I don't just coach - I write. Books I've written range from Julia "Butterfly" Hill's national best-seller The Legacy of Luna (Harper San Francisco, 2000) to Surviving a Stalker: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Yourself Safe (Marlowe & Company, 2000), a revised edition of my book, To Have or To Harm (Warner Books, 1993), the first book ever written about the stalking of ordinary people.

I also edit and rewrite other people's books, including San Francisco Chronicle best-seller Power Healing by John Gray protégé Zhi Gang Sha. Which means that I can do more than find flaws - I can fix them.

As a writing coach, I'm brought in at all stages of a book. In each case, having a writing coach with whom to brainstorm ideas and gain feedback paid off. (Being accountable to someone didn't hurt either.) The Pilates teacher with a wicked sense of humor, a great title and five pages now has a rough draft. The art broker who had spent four years writing a biography of an American marine painter had 400 single-spaced pages, but not a single chapter break now has a finished manuscript to market. The realtor who wanted to write a book about home-buying for women now has a distributor for her book, and a contract for a new one. And at least four memoir-writers have the finish line within sight.

"I've struggled through the last few years with my memoir, and didn't know if I would ever see the light at the end of the tunnel," says Michele Ulriksen. "As my writing coach and editor for the last seven months, Linden's advice and expertise motivated me to add dozens of pages of additional detail requested by a potential publisher to my manuscript. She is organized, thoughtful and honest. This has been just what I needed. No matter whether you've been published or not, it is beneficial beyond words to have help when you're writing."

Isn't it time you got started - or restarted - on that book of yours? Check out for more information. Then send me an email. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to crafting the book you've always dreamed of.

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Linden Gross is a bestselling book author and editor, as well as a national magazine journalist with over 20-years experience both on staff and freelancing. As a writing coach, she works with aspiring and veteran writers to help edit and shape their works for publication. For more information, please visit her site at

In 2006, she started Incubation Press, which specializes in print-on-demand publishing. Clients - whether family historians ordering 10 to 20 copies of their story, authors ordering dozens of review copies of their manuscript, or commercial enterprises ordering hundreds of copies of promotional booklets - receive their printed and bound trade paperbacks within days. All retain 100 percent of their rights and 100 percent control of this easy and economical publishing process.

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