Writing Coach

I help writers with all aspects of book creation, including:

→ the initial idea

→ planning the book

→ identifying theme(s)

→ identifying the essential takeaways

→ planning the structure of the story

The topics of coaching sessions are individualized to suit your needs. Sessions can also include review of new material a chapter or section at a time, with written feedback and discussion.

Coaching sessions are 30 or 60 minutes by phone or videoconference with Facetime, Zoom, or Skype. Sessions are paid ahead and can be divided over several weeks. You can use a package spread over several weeks or work with me hourly, as needed.

Package I: 3 hours: $485
Package II: 6 hours: $895

Coaching: Hourly $165, Half-hour $85


SCHEDULE a free 15-minute call to get started.

PLEASE NOTE: I take calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After March 29, please schedule your call with me for after April 18, when I return from my 2018 vacation. Thank you!


Writers are as unique as their projects and much of what’s needed is discovered once a coaching program is underway. Here are a few of the ways writers benefit by working with me as their writing coach.

If You’re Considering Writing a Memoir

I offer creative solutions. We’ll uncover your storyline (plot) and identify your story’s themes and key turning points so you have that to build the book around.

If You Have a Memoir in Progress

I help writers stay true to their goals for their book, reviewing chapters as they’re written and offering feedback. I help writers find and use a consistent, natural tone and provide feedback on such things as pacing, character development, and the use of scene and narrative. Our coaching session is devoted to discussion of the material and the written notes I send you before our call.

For Writers of Other Nonfiction

Informational, self-help, and how-to books require a format appropriate to their topic. I can help identify the best format, create or tweak the outline as needed, and offer manuscript review as the book develops.

How Coaching Is Done

Coaching sessions are done by telephone or in my online office using Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. Coaching sessions are weekly or twice a month in 30- or 60-minute sessions. I recommend setting a regular time that fits with your schedule and gives you a sense of consistency and structure.

What Coaching Sessions Include

• Discussion of any topic of the author’s choice at a regular, repeating time.

• Review of written material emailed in advance of our scheduled call. This review is billed separately from the call at the same rate.

• Optional recording of the coaching sessions emailed to you (if done on Zoom).

What Coaching Sessions Do Not Include

• I do not edit your written material. (See my editing services to get that kind of help.)

• I do not act as an agent for your book, but I can provide recommended resources.

How Coaching Sessions Are Paid

Coaching packages give you a discount on the hourly fee and can be used in 30- and 60-minute sessions within 90 days (3 months) of purchase. Choose the package you’d like below, then schedule your coaching appointment in the box below.

How Coaching Sessions Are Done

When you schedule a coaching session using the calendar below, be sure to include your contact information. I will call you at our appointed time. If you would like to send me material to review in advance of our call, please email for details.


About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.


Start Writing Right!

These 7 easy-to-follow essentials can get you started right or help you fine-tune your writing in progress. It’s a short, info-packed resource to help you improve on a good idea and give you the tools to build your exceptional story.