Be the Writer you were meant to be
I Just Need To Get My Butt In The Chair
More discipline or will power won’t help you if a glance at your computer fills you with dread or anxiety and you think, “I’ll get to it later.” It only makes you feel bad for not having written.
Novels get written when you allow yourself the time and space to sink into the story. Novels get finished when you embrace the editing process.
You don’t have to do this alone. Together, we will reconnect you with your creativity so that you can write the novel you were meant to write and be the writer you were meant to be.
Building a social media following and knowing all the marketing tricks mean NOTHING if you don’t have a QUALITY book people will WANT to read.
You’re ready to pursue your authorial dreams, write the best books (yes, plural!) possible, but the STRESS of work and family life keep pulling you away. You just need some TIME and SPACE to write, and to know in your heart of hearts, that writing isn’t a waste of time.
I got you!
I’m Sherry, and I guide writers through the process of writing their novel, teach them the beauty of the editing process, and give them the confidence to either submit to agents and editors, or publish their book themselves.
I give writers tools to master their own writing process so that they can put the words on the page, edit them, and send them out without the dread or anxiety of having to write after a stressful day, or the feeling of having failed themselves after putting off their writing for yet another day.
With a Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction and as a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, I’ve published five books (so far), one of which won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Award. Along the way, I experienced a lot of doubt, rejection, and writer’s block which pushed me to figure out how to get through it all to meet my deadlines. What I coach and teach are all tools and tricks I’ve used on myself first, so I know they work.
The real story
I’m a city-girl at heart, living in the country with my sweet, most precious bichon frise/toy poodle Ebby, truly the love of my life! My own hand-eye coordination may be off but I’m an unapologetic fan of hockey, football, tennis, and, well, any Olympic sport. The best presents have always been notebooks and pens and of course gift cards for books.
When I was a kid, I read “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery. Standard reading for any Canadian girl. More than anything, what struck me when Anne said that she wanted to be a writer and submitted her stories, was that Anne was a person telling stories. That meant this L.M. Montgomery wasn’t just a name, it’s a person! Like me! I had stories to tell too! And I could be like Anne! I could be like L.M. Montgomery!
The first story I ever wrote was about the hijacking of the Space Shuttle.
Heady stuff for an 8-year old. Spoiler: The hijackers flew the shuttle to my back yard. I don’t know why. My mom folded the papers in half, stapled an orange construction paper cover onto it, and I was hooked!
As encouraging as my parents were of my writing, I took it to heart when they said that writing would never pay the bills, I should keep it as a hobby. I never really gave up on writing, but I hadn’t really pursued it the way I knew I needed to if I was ever going to have a book in the bookstore with my name on it.
For the longest time, I wrote in secret. I wrote in my room at night when everyone else in the house was sleeping. I wrote between classes, I wrote when I was supposed to be studying, and I wrote on the quiet days at work.
When people found out what I was doing, I was again told that it’s a great hobby, it will never pay the bills, don’t you dare quit your super-intense job.
For the record, I never had any intention to quit the job! I had a mortgage to pay!
I knew the basics of how to write a story, but I also knew there was a lot I didn’t know. I puttered along writing when I could, but far too often, I went to bed wishing I had written that day.
Tired of writing only being a hobby, I decided to put more energy into actually pursuing it, starting with learning more about the craft of writing.
An amazing opportunity came up when I was leaving my job to work in Northern Ireland for a year. I had some inheritance money, and I’d sold my condo and I attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a 6 week intensive writing program. After returning from Northern Ireland, with a new job established, I earned a Master’s Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. I received my coach training for my work, through Erickson College.
I learned a lot through Odyssey and Seton Hill. I learned the craft of writing, the business of writing, the importance of a supportive writing community, and probably most importantly, to believe in myself.
It wasn’t easy. There were many times I questioned why I was writing, if it was even worth my time, if I even knew how to write and tell a story.
I’d stop writing for months, but the need to write was still in me, so I’d pick it up again.
And through it all, I learned not just how to write a story, and the craft and business of writing, but how to silence my self-doubt, my Inner Saboteur.
The result is the publication of the Ballad of Mabel Goldenaxe trilogy, and my two books for writers, Silencing Your Inner Saboteur, and Blueprint for Writing Success, which combine the tools I learned in my coach training and those I use to write, edit, and publish my books.
Writing has always been, and will always be, my passion.
Everything you Need to Write your Novel
In spite of the stress of the day job, and responsibilities of family
You’re here because you’re tired of scrolling your social media while binging Netflix and seeing all your friends post about their short story and book sales.
You feel guilty because you’ve taken writing classes, you have stories inside you to tell, but you never feel like writing after a long day of work, so you don’t.
You’ve set your own writing aside because you’ve put so much time and effort into your writing community, providing feedback, and commiseration, and cheering their successes.
If only you had that motivation and time to write.
- You could post about book Sales too.
- You could get feedback on your writing.
- You’d enjoy spending time with friends and relaxing, guilt- free.
Of course, writing a Novel isn’t for everyone.
It takes time, energy, and dedication. It isn’t always fun or easy, and there are no guarantees of bestseller-dom. It’s much easier to scroll social media and eventually feel so jealous and guilty that you lose friendships. And you will always wonder “what if I had pursued it.”
NOT writing hurts too much. You KNOW that after a single writing session you feel like you can conquer the world.
You can’t give up on the dream. Not yet.
The stories inside you NEED to be told.
The world NEEDS to read them.
Don’t keep your stories to yourself a minute longer!
Introducing my coaching and mentoring services, an all-in-one 6-month program to guide you through every step of the writing process.
On the first call, we’ll look at where you’re at in your writing process and set up a plan for what you need to finish your book. Whether it’s starting with outlining and discussing possible structure for the book, first drafting, or diving straight into the editing process. We’ll establish a timeframe for each step you need to take to get to your end-goal. This will be the blueprint we’ll work off of.
I will guide you through the outlining, drafting, and editing processes, with tools and tips to make the writing process easier, and answer your questions. VIP coaching clients will also receive an in-depth critique of up to 30k words.
Here’s what you get:
- 6 months of coaching for l-l guidance and mentoring. with teaching and support that will take you from idea to finished manuscript so you can stop wasting time when you’re stuck, write efficiently even when you “don’t feel like it”, and finally share your story with your readers.
- We will meet via Zoom on the first and third week of each month, for our 30 – 45 minute coaching call.
- Email support between coaching calls. If you have a quick question about the writing process, or you need a little boost of motivation or accountability, shoot me an email.
- In-depth feedback on your novel, up to 30k words, to speed up the editing and revising process, improve your writing skills, so you can make this book your best one yet!
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Book your Free Discovery Call
This is a one-on-one call with me so we can pinpoint exactly where you struggle most with writing, and create our plan to take you from start to finish.
Step 2: We schedule the Discovery Call
Once you request a FREE discovery call, I’ll email you back and we’ll schedule the call for a time that works best for you.
Step 3: We get started!
We have the discovery call, and if we decide to move forward with coaching, we get started.
What’s my investment?
You could attend an intensive 6-week workshop, attend grad school, hire external editors, join writers groups both online and in person, and buy countless books on how to defeat Writer’s Block. What that looks like:
Grad School: $20,000
Intensive workshop: $4,850
The total value? $27,050
Your time spent searching for each of these services? Priceless.
Your investment for my coaching and mentoring service is:
A One-Time payment of $1400.00 USD
6 monthly payments of $250.00 USD
And Just Who Am I?
With a Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction and as a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, I’ve published five books (so far), one of which won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Award. Along the way, I experienced a lot of doubt, rejection, and writer’s block which pushed me to figure out how to get through it all to meet my deadlines.
I know exactly how difficult it is to come up with a story idea and believe in it enough to spend time developing it into a novel. I’ve struggled without having a deadline or a writing partner to hold me accountable. But I also know how much more productive I am with that accountability, constructive in-depth feedback, and with guidance to help me through the drafting and editing process. I also know how AMAZING it is to be sitting at the table after my book launch, and signing books.
I’ve got your back
In the FREE discovery call, you’ll get a good feel for me and my coaching style, and if we’ll be a good fit. We may even decide that coaching isn’t what you need, in which case I’ll direct you to the resources that will be more beneficial to you. But if we do start coaching, and either of us find it isn’t working, we’ll talk about it, see if the issues can be resolved. If they can’t, you will receive a pro-rated refund.