Book Coaching

What Is Book Coaching?

Often the hardest part about writing a novel is, well, actually writing it. Whether it’s lack of time, a plethora of plot holes, or simply not knowing where to go next, many writers feel frustrated as they struggle to give form to the ideas bubbling in their minds. I have been there. And that is why I am offering affordable book coaching that will give you experienced feedback and weekly encouragement in any stage of the writing process–outlining, drafting, or revising.

I have been tutoring and teaching writing for over seven years, and have loved helping my students–and now my clients–dig deep into the stories they want to tell. (You can view my full work experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/l-baumgarten/.) Here is what you can expect from my book-coaching:

  • Accountability. Often, all we need is the extra push of knowing someone cares about us and our work, and is eagerly expecting an update. That is why both of my book coaching packages include weekly texts or emails to check in on you and your goals.
  • A listening ear and experienced advice. It is easy to get stuck in the writing process, or to not know how your ideas might weave into a well-paced, cohesive plot. We often need to talk about our ideas with someone who will truly hear us and who has the experience to see how our ideas could fit together into the book we want. This is what I offer with the one-on-one video-consultations and video-feedback in each of my packages.
  • The opportunity to get your book done. These book coaching packages are designed to help you find your rhythm and see consistent, significant progress week by week. Once you start moving, the end is in sight!

My main goal as I coach you through your writing process is to help you unearth the story you want to tell. This coaching is meant to give you a safe space to explore your own process and express your own voice. I was honored when one of my clients, Cara, described my coaching in this way: “L. Baumgarten has a marvelous way of delivering feedback that’s direct, smart, and insightful. . . You’ll feel like someone believes in your story and cares deeply for your characters in an honest way. She’s a wonderful listener whose advice is informed by a deep desire to understand and to help, and I’d trust any of my work in her hands.” (You can see more testimonials here.) 

It has been a delight to meet the characters and thoughts in each of the stories I have edited and coached so far. I can’t wait to meet your story, too. 

Packages

Free – Your First Video Call

A 20-30 minute call to talk through your goals and concerns for your current writing project and what you hope to gain from my services. You may also bring 1,000 words of your work in progress to share for feedback. This is a great chance for me to get to know you as a writer, and for you to see what my experience and feedback can offer you.

$18/month – Full Book Coaching

A monthly package that offers weekly accountability and biweekly feedback. You will receive:

  • Weekly Accountability: Receive weekly emails or texts to check in on your writing goals and offer sincere encouragement.
  • Two Video-Feedback Sessions per Month: Get a 20 minute video call every other week where you share 1,500 words of your most recent writing and receive feedback on plot, theme, and style in that segment. Together, we will experiment with how writing principles could be applied in your writing. This video call can also be used to brainstorm and develop ideas for future writing. (Video feedback may be requested in place of video calls.)
  • Extra Phone Consultations: Set up a quick phone call to work through unexpected writing obstacles for just $6 per call. During this call, I will be completely available for writing advice and direction, or to simply listen as you bounce around ideas. This consultation can last up to 15 minutes. 

$30/month – Accelerated Book Coaching

A monthly package that offers feedback on a weekly instead of biweekly schedule. You will receive:

  • Weekly Accountability: Receive weekly emails or texts to check in on your writing goals and offer sincere encouragement.
  • Weekly Video-Feedback Sessions: Get a 20 minute video call every other week where you share 1,500 words of your most recent writing and receive feedback on plot, theme, and style in that segment. Together, we will experiment with how writing principles could be applied in your writing. This video call can also be used to brainstorm and develop ideas for future writing. (Video feedback may be requested in place of video calls.)
  • Extra Phone Consultations: Set up a quick phone call to work through unexpected writing obstacles for just $6 per call. During this call, I will be completely available for writing advice and direction, or to simply listen as you bounce around ideas. This consultation can last up to 15 minutes. 

Get Started

I am truly excited to work with your book! Just send me a message telling me which package you are interested in, and we can work out the details. 

Please note, I specialize in fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian novels for young-adult and middle-grade age groups, but I am open to all genres. I have reviewed outlines and chapters from fantasy, science fiction, romance, and action-thriller manuscripts. However, I do not work with manuscripts that have explicit sexual or horror content.

Testimonials

“My experience with L. Baumgarten was more than I could have hoped for. From editing my manuscript, a video edit, as well as a video consultation, I was able to receive valuable feedback that was tailored specifically to me. Throughout the entire process I never felt attacked or that my work was undervalued. Instead, I felt fully seen and supported in my writing. She took what I loved about my story and helped me see ways to improve it while still maintaining my voice. She also provided invaluable insight into the industry and what publishers are looking for in manuscripts that I could integrate into my own story. I can give the highest recommendation and assure you that with L. Baumgarten, you are in amazing hands!” –Samantha, 2020

“L. Baumgarten has a marvelous way of delivering feedback that’s direct, smart, and insightful but doesn’t leave you feeling small. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Laura helps stories and authors swell with the kind of excitement that comes when you like what you did but you’re even more excited about what you’re going to do. You’ll feel like someone believes in your story and cares deeply for your characters in an honest way. She’s a wonderful listener whose advice is informed by a deep desire to understand and to help, and I’d trust any of my work in her hands.” — Cara, 2019

“L. Baumgarten is a phenomenal editor who opened a new world of writing to me with her services. She critiqued my writing in a way no one had ever done before, and thoroughly explained the ways my piece could improve. Pointing out my strengths as well as highlighting my weaknesses, I was given encouragement to both continue and improve. Her feedback has given me the enthusiasm for writing I lost back, and I am eager to become a better writer than I was before her services. I look forward to working with her again in the future!” — Solange, 2019

“A huge . . . thanks to [L. Baumgarten] who gave me the most amazing feedback on my [work in progress] outline this week. Notes and a video, with great insight, actionable points, and positive encouragement about the bits that worked well. Definitely check her out!” — Amanda, 2019

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