Limited to only three clients per
Get Your Book on Track: An Intensive 30-Day Coaching
If you've had a nonfiction book project on the
back burner for way too long, use my intensive 30-day
coaching program as a structure for getting it cooking
finally with flavor, substance and audience appeal.
Besides having worked on my own
writing projects with some of the best editors in the
USA, I've been a manuscript scout and editor for a small
press and worked one-on-one
with more than 225 authors.
(You'll find several client comments
For $1495, you get three concentrated
phone consultations with me on your book project and
unlimited email feedback on your work for 30 days. Our focus
together is two-fold: getting you working
productively and getting the book into shape in theme,
organization and style. I am happy to offer
advice about your publishing options as well.
Ultimately your goal is to complete a book-length work
that you can be proud of, that has appeal for a specific
audience and that not only sells but also gets positive
Got a get-rich-quick book idea
and don't give a hoot about quality? Then I am
not the right coach for you.
We start by taking stock of what
you've done so far on the book (if anything). We
set up a plan of action for the month, then discuss your
writing schedule and any obstacles you need to overcome.
As we go along, I provide specific, constructive
feedback by email on your outline, chapters, ideas and
While every client's feedback is
unique, I typically save you time, frustration and
heartbreak by showing how you can...
If the book is something you've just
always talked about doing, the 30-day structure turns it into action. If the book pertains to your
area of professional expertise, consider this coaching
program a very smart investment. According to Rain
Today's "The Business Impact of Writing a Book," a 2006
survey of more than 200 professionals who'd published at
least one business book:
Their median direct income from
the book was
$34,000; median indirect income
- from more speaking engagements, ability to
generate more leads, charge higher fees, close more
deals, etc. - was $100,000
Here are quotes from previous clients
who worked with me on book projects:
"I just received a contract from
Thompson Publishing. Thank you so much for your
help and guidance! You certainly helped me to
transfer my ideas into an outline that immediately
captured their attention and created lots of
excitement." - Susan Eckert, Brightwaters, NY
"Your skillful editing, your
ability to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of my
manuscript, and your thorough knowledge of the
publishing process gave me the guidance and support I
needed to complete my project and find an agent and
publisher. Thank you!" - Rabbi D. Lerner,
"Marcia's coaching helped me
structure for clarity, dig deeper for color and
liveliness and smooth my writing. Providing names of
potential agents, one of which worked out, was a real
plus!" - Nina Boyd Krebs, Ed.D., Sacramento, CA
"In working with Marcia, I
learnt how to express my thoughts in a way that directly
benefited the reader's experience. Her constant
commitment to clarity and simplicity drove me nuts, and
now pays dividends in the rave reviews I've had from
people reading my manuscript. Her input at proposal
stage was pivotal to me securing offers from two
publishers - giving me the luxury to choose the best
offer. Marcia encouraged me to work harder, be better
and the quality of my writing improved massively (and I
already thought I could write!)." - Julie Starr,
Like all the testimonials on this
site, the client comments on this page were provided
without compensation, incentives or rewards.
Got questions? Here are some
answers that might help.
What's the refund policy?
If I fall out of a 10-story window or for other
unforeseen reasons am unable to fulfill my part of the
bargain, you'll receive a refund. Otherwise, your
enrollment is nonrefundable. You cannot "transfer"
to another month if your business suddenly gets insanely
busy or you find yourself not in the mood to work on the
book. Making this type of a do-or-die commitment
is actually beneficial to you, part of the dynamic of
the program and why it works so well.
Will you help me with two books?
No. I'll provide general strategic guidance if
you have more than one book in mind, but you get
page-by-page, textual or organizational feedback on only
Can I expect a "final edit" from
you on what I've written?
I point out your typical mistakes and show how you
can tighten and liven up your prose, but I don't usually
edit everything to publishable standards. (Once in
a while I do it because I see exactly what to fix and I
can't help myself.) I function as your writing
coach, not your editor.
Can you advise on book proposals,
queries, synopses or marketing copy for the book, too?
Certainly. In fact, completing a traditional
book proposal that includes all the components a
publishing house editor would expect from you can often
be accomplished within 30 days if you buckle down and
Suppose I'm working on an academic
No problem! Although I don't advertise it
much, I have a Ph.D. in the humanities, taught at Smith
College and elsewhere and have coached professors from
Brandeis, University of Massachusetts, Babson, MIT and
other prestigious schools on their academic writing.
(One mentoree won a MacArthur "genius" award.)
Their subject matter included classics, sociology, urban
planning, philosophy, art history and business.
I write in English but I'm based
outside the USA. Does that work?
Again, no problem. My writing clients have lived in England, Switzerland, Canada,
Japan and Australia as well as the U.S.
What if I need more than three
All our phone consultations are scheduled ahead of
do not accept calls for a "quick question." You
have to write out your question in email, and I respond
quickly, most of the time within a few hours. If
you're the type of person who prefers to talk through
everything on a project, this program probably isn't
right for you. With that said, if you need extra
phone discussions within the 30 days, I'll do my best to
accommodate you at the special rate of $99 per
additional half hour.
Is the 30-day program renewable
when the month runs out?
Maybe. My goal is to assist you in getting your
book underway, restarted or zipping along toward the
finish line and to empower you to keep on going without
me. However, if you need further feedback and I'm
in a position to give it, we'll work out an arrangement
according to the level of help you need.
How to sign up
If you're ready to commit yourself to
intensive progress on your book for the next 30 days,
reserve your spot by paying a $100 deposit below and
sending me an email introducing yourself and
describing your book project and how far it is along.
I will return your deposit promptly if I feel I'm not
the right person to help you. Otherwise, I'll let
you know how to pay the remainder of the $1495 fee, and
at that point the 30-day clock begins.
Sign Up Now With a $100 Deposit:
Thank you for reading this far, and
whether or not you end up working with me, I wish you
great success with your book publishing ambitions.
Marcia Yudkin, Ph.D.