WHAT to expect
It's a tough world for writers. Whether you're writing nonfiction, freelancing or blogging.
As a mentor I will hold you accountable and help you find outlets that respect and pay.
I recommend three sessions, spaced no more than a month apart to progress your thinking.
- Promote yourself or your brand
- Job interviews and career progression
- Create content for your blog or website
- Get feedback on pitches
- Communication and presentation skills
- Improve your blog content
- Find new outlets online and in print
- Enable career progression
- Improve relationships at work
- Crisis management and decision-making
Got an idea for a nonfiction book? Brainstorm with me and work on a strategy.
We will look at:
- your expertise
- the competition
- a gap in the market
- chapter headings
- writing a blurb
- content and pitching to a publisher or agent
- engaging via your blog
- writing articles while your book is in preparation
Individual sessions: from £80 an hour. £110 90 minutes in London or via Skype
Group sessions: My group sessions also offer an element of Mentoring. You will get individual feedback see Pitch Clinics (London).
DEFINITIONS Mentoring V Coaching V LIFE COACHING
MENTORING is where you are looking for guidance and expertise from someone who is experienced in your field. The Mentor will enable you to progress your thinking and offer insight and expertise. With 30 years of working in the media, as a journalist, broadcaster, editor and travel writer it isn't surprising that many of my clients are looking to get published and further their careers.
COACHING is where a trained individual looks at the issues you raise objectively and enables you to find solutions. The coach is skilled at listening and asking questions. I offer both Coaching and Mentoring. I may use Coaching skills in a mentoring session.
LIFE COACHING is where an individual employs a coach to help them achieve their goals in life
OUTCOMES include feeling more motivated and confident to being able to make important decisions and move forward.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED HELP?
You may be stuck in life, disillusioned with relationships at work, looking to change direction, restless, unable to focus or move on.
You may be writing in a work capacity for a publisher or in a staff job and need help to move on from a professional in a similar field. You may feel new technology has made you unemployable, or be returning to work after bringing up children.
You might be planning to write a non-fiction book.
You might feel stuck or depressed about your prospects and capability to increase your earnings.
A Mentor/Coach can help you explore any issue that is holding you back from being your true self.
Coaching and Mentoring are not a 'quick fix'. I usually suggest an introductory session, to see whether you feel we can work together, followed by two further sessions, spaced about a month apart. I also have clients who return regularly as their situation develops or changes.
Skype works well if you are outside the UK or London.
My clients live as far apart as Melbourne, Zagreb, Venice and Scotland.
CLIENTS Many of my clients are writers and creatives: journalists and non-fiction authors, photographers wanting to add words, women returners and freelancers at home with young children. I also work with PRs and marketing departments, travel industry professionals, CEOs and entrepreneurs seeking individual help with start-ups and blog
They come to me when there is something that is holding up progression. The media profession is changing rapidly and there is often a need to re-fresh or learn new skills. Experienced editors and journalists may be reluctant to embrace social media or engage in writing digital content; marketeers may be good at selling by may need to hone their writing skills.
Whatever the buzzwords there will also be a market for articulate writing and good research skills, without letting go of integrity.