Guest Blogs and Bloggers

by janbking on December 29, 2013

For the next few months I’ve invited some VAA pros to give their perspectives on topics related to authors.  Enjoy! Jan King


There is no place to learn to write a book

by janbking on August 17, 2013


The Work of the Book Coach Today

August 2, 2013

Today a book coach can choose to be a writing coach or he or she can also choose to work with the writer on book publishing and book marketing as well.  Today’s book coach may be the primary person guiding the publishing process, especially if the writer is planning to self publish. Book coaches owe […]

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Starting Your Book Over the Summer

July 26, 2013

I received 4 books this week that were the final results of work on with my clients over the past few months or longer – One of the books was published by John Wiley & Sons and 3 of them were self-published. All of them are available on This is a time of major […]

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Common Writing Problems to Avoid

June 26, 2013

Even the most compelling writing can fail if you let the small irritations get in the way of that connection with your reader. These include: 1 Poor organization. Sometimes, people can’t follow an author’s line of reasoning or organization. The writer hasn’t created a beginning, middle, and end that anyone can understand. As a writer, […]

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Write a Transformational Book

May 26, 2013

The thing that differentiates a great book from simply a good one is its ability to transform the reader, no matter what the topic of the book is.   Transformational books are the kind you always remember and which touch your life. There have been hundreds of these types of books on dozens of subjects […]

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The Work of the Book Coach in the Past

April 17, 2013

Book coaches have been around for a long time. When I was the CEO of a publisher (we did about 200 titles a year), we occasionally worked with authors who had book coaches. We generally didn’t think much of their work. Why? Because they usually knew nothing about book publishing. They coaxed a writer into […]

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What is the Work of a Book Coach or Book Shepherd?

March 17, 2013

There is clearly no recognized explanation of what a book coach or book shepherd does and because more and more people are using them, this has become important to those of us who do this work and our potential clients. This particularly hit home for me today when I got an email today from Becky […]

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We Need Your Book -Please Find a Way to Make it Happen

February 3, 2013

My 91-year-old mother is in her last days. About 20 years ago she decided to write about her life the way she lived it. She intended that it not be read until she was gone – not wanting to account for mistakes or be questioned for further explanations. She abandoned the project at some point […]

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The Year of Ghostwriting

January 24, 2013

Maybe this is you:  I’ve wanted to write my book for years and although I start the year by calendaring time to do it, it never happens.  Clients call, employees or contractors need assistance, a new opportunity comes up – all generating income I can’t afford to lose.  But if I don’t get to my […]

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