"I came to Andrew with the need for someone who was able able to totally niche down and work with me on the soul of my novel: my magic system, which is completely tied into my MC’s growth and the heart of my story. I was not disappointed! Having a service like this for a story like mine informed every other dynamic of my story. I so appreciated how he showed a commitment to my story that rivaled mine: he ran with all my made-up terms and concepts, and talked about them as if they were real-world problems to be solved, and I believe that’s how we were able to get so much good work done in a short amount of time."
Heather Ensign, Writer
"I thought I had world-building down pat until I talked to Andrew. He opened my eyes to all the different aspects of world-building and what to consider to make everything work and be believable. In a very short time my world has drastically changed and have grown in a way I never thought possible!...Who knew world building could be so much FUN!!!"
A. L. Road, Writer
"I can't overstate how significantly my materials have improved in just a few sessions with Andrew. He quickly instilled in me some good habits in world building, and my world has taken off because of it. Andrew is able to offer advice and essential criticism without coming close to seizing ownership of another's world. Plus, he digs into the details to grasp them fully, to the point where at times I'm convinced he recalls the elements of my world better than I do, which is invaluable as we tie it all together."
Jake Waltrich, Fantasy Writer and CPA
"Andrew is AMAZING!!!!! I cannot say enough good things about this experience. I was so nervous about writing fantasy and he made me feel like I could do it. His world-building consulting helped me find my story and my characters. After each meeting, he gave me a detailed summary of our discussion. He came prepared to talk through anything and yet still walked me through the world in a structured and comprehensive way. Andrew asked specific questions regarding my world and characters and brainstormed with me on the various options I could choose, citing pros and cons to each option. I love that he shared his honest opinion, gave examples, and helped me find ways to work my ideas into the world. I have worked with Andrew for several sessions now and wish I could meet with him every week. His style was casual, warm, funny, and informative. He is very knowledgeable, and I would HIGHLY recommend him. I can't wait to work with him again!!!!"
Shelli R. Johannes, Published Author of Children's Books
"Andrew offered me both clarity and workable solutions for some gaps I had in my magic system. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up getting way more than I expected. He was easy to talk to and was very respectful of what I already had in place. Sometimes consultations can turn into what the consultant would do instead of what the consultee could do. Andrew didn't do that at all. I came away with a clearly defined magic system and some great insights for my plot based on that. I highly recommend Andrew."
R. V. Bowman, MG and YA Fantasy Author
"Andrew delivers the goods when it comes to world-building. He obviously has extensive experience with creating (and modifying) fictional worlds. For maximum results, I think the consult is best paired with the One-Month World-Building course."
P.E. Robinson, Speculative Fiction Author
"I worked with Andrew on further developing my Magic System as it was in the baby stages of what I had figured out and thought of. The amount of lore and understanding of my world that came out of my session with him is invaluable. Andrew's enthusiasm for my world made me excited about it again and I can't thank him enough for the amazing work we did together."
K.P. Escobar, Fantasy Writer
"Magic systems are pretty easy to get flustered over and just throw the story away altogether. Taking the time to have a talk with Andrew over my magic system helped in so many ways. Now I have such a solid foundation for my magic system to build off of. Before I was wondering if I would ever feel comfortable publishing my book. Even though there is a lot of work to go I now can see publication in the future for my story."
Jason Marsh, Fantasy Author
Story Planning Support
"At the beginning of 2021, I had lots of story ideas, characters, outlines, and unfinished drafts of scenes. I was writing in my spare time, and I had no idea what writing project to concentrate on. I began to stall. I found Katie on Instagram and she gave me the confidence to take the big step of committing to one character's story. She also provided excellent feedback, helping me turn my outline into something with more substance."
Thea Lizabeth, Fantasy Writer
“Katie takes a genuine interest in your work.
She took so much time to understand the world I had created. She knew my characters as well as I did. But what helped me the most was her ability to look at my novel with an outside perspective. Her questions really had me thinking. She gave me more than a few ‘ah ha’ moments with her notes.
She is able to see the potential in your novel and help you get it there! She takes being a book coach seriously! She really is in your corner helping you along, telling you when you do a good job but she's not afraid to say ‘hey! let’s work on this, how can this be better’. Katie is an amazing coach to have by your side on your novel writing journey.”
Ashley Campbell, Educator
"I highly recommend working with Katie on building the outline for your next project. Her Save the Cat-focused method really allowed me to hone a structure that dove deep into character arc and definition, keeping in mind the character's emotionality at every plot point. Her collaborative approach was a total joy to work with when hashing through the muck of possibility, and her suggestions were always on point and thought-provoking. The end result is a very tight and crisp outline where scenes flow from one to the next organically with clear direction and story arc; everything you need to get successfully started writing!"
Nola S., Historical Fiction Writer
"Working Katie is a MUST for anyone serious about getting their book, and their craft, to the next level. She respects your vision as a writer while pushing you to keep honing. Her diligent approach to structure and character arc, and her astute observations combined with a collaborative, solutions-oriented approach will completely revolutionize your story."
Nola S., Historical Fiction Writer
"Katie provided me with candid and actionable feedback on the first pages of my manuscript. Not only that, she took a big picture look at the novel’s plot, structure, and characters, providing me with professional insights that I wouldn’t be able to get from critique partners alone. Everyone needs outside and objective criticism to grow and learn. Katie provides this with kindness and support. Recommended!"
P.E. Robinson, Spec-fic author
"Katie helped me apply a pile of notes from an agent's revise & resubmit request to my manuscript, ultimately whipping it into such shape that the agent then offered me representation! Her ability to see what's missing is such a huge asset in a book coach, and I absolutely credit her help in leveling up my manuscript. She took my story and pointed out exactly where I needed to do more thinking and revising, leading me to several big breakthroughs in both my main character's emotional arc and in tightening up my plot. She's also a fantastic listener, and I left each of our calls feeling heard and full of excitement for my next steps. She's organized, prompt, and professional, and I cannot recommend Katie and Craft Better Books enough!"
Samantha Skal, Thriller Author and Book Coach
"Katie can zero in on everything that is holding back a book's potential, and give you clear pointers on how to fix these things. She was especially good at helping me to clarify my character's arc, by analyzing my own jumbled description, which is extremely important for a novel. Katie clearly has the heart for books, which is why she can expertly help you see through the blockages and get to the heart of your story! She stirred up my excitement to revise my book, which isn't an easy thing to do!"
Alexis Jacobs, Multicultural Writer
"My book was in rough shape when I shared it with the Craft Better Books team. It's still a work in progress, but I now feel armed with a load of incredible feedback regarding plot, story progression, and pacing issues to look out for while revising. Their help and extra attention has made all the difference in my rewrite."
Rachel Schmidt, nurse/writer
"The editorial note was very thorough and confirmed some underlying problems that I had already suspected. Katie's coaching skills are helping me to marry the elusive word + story dynamic in my book. I so appreciate her thoughtfulness and professionalism!"
Huck Beard, Writer
"Katie Wall's review of my manuscript provided clarity that I had not otherwise been able to find. I had queried my manuscript with twenty or so agents and received some nibbles, but ultimately all passed. I knew in my heart that my lack of clarity around my query letter probably highlighted an issue with the manuscript, but until Katie pointed out the specifics, I didn't know how to proceed. Katie has given me the confidence and optimism to shape this story into the manuscript I envisioned."
Lynn Harpham, Fiction Writer
"Katie and I talked back and forth on Instagram for a while before I asked her to help me with my manuscript. Best decision! She was able to show me things I needed to work on and also brought to light the things I knew that I needed to rework and change in my story. Thank you! Sometimes we just need that little push or encouragement. Katie provided that with her coaching."
A. L. Road, Writer
"I am a novice at fiction writing and Katie not only provided quality editorial review, but she also delivered remarkable coaching to me. I came away with to-the-point recommendations to improve the story and writing style, but more importantly, she invigorated me as how I could weave a better experience for the reader. I could not have asked for or received more."
George Sabol, Secular Franciscan, Horseman, and Engineer
"Katie is thoughtful and thorough in her editing. Her recommendations for revision are spot on and done with a kind spirit."
Whitney Buckley, Aspiring Romance Writer