Story Planning Support

One of our favorite things to do is to enjoy stories... by consuming them together, by making them up for each other and our kids, and by helping writers.

As book coaches, we know there are certain elements that make a story successful. If those elements are missing or weak, then the story won't grab and hold readers in its grasp. So what are those elements?

  1. A core theme. While any given book may touch on a variety of themes, having a core theme that readers can connect to is huge.
  2. A solid character arc for the protagonist... and all of the other major characters.
  3. A plot that harmonizes with the characters' arcs.

Read below to find out how we can help you build a solid foundation for your novel!

FIRM Up Your Novel for Drafting

This is a 4-deadline package that focuses on making sure the foundation of your story is FIRM by addressing the Foundational principle, Internal desire, Route, and Manuscript. By defining your goals and vision for the story, we are then able to formulate a clear outline to ensure that your draft embodies that vision. After going through FIRM, most writers complete a "first draft" that is more like a third or fourth draft, since the story's foundation is so solid.
This package includes:
  • 4 deadlines (weekly or every-other week), where you read workbook materials and complete exercises to submit to me,
  • Written feedback on each set of submitted exercises, and
  • 4 coaching calls (three 2-hour calls and one 1-hour call) via Zoom held after each deadline to discuss your submission and my feedback and to work together to strengthen your material.
By the end of the package you will have:
  • A clear understanding of your vision for the book's story.
  • A solid outline of how to bring your vision to life.
This package costs $1350.

FIRM Up Your Series

This is a 4-deadline package that focuses on making sure the foundation of your story is FIRM by addressing the Foundational principle, Internal desire, Route, and Manuscript. By defining your goals and vision for the bigger story of your series, we will be able to put together a plot outline with defined book breaks and character goals. Completing FIRM for your series ensures logical flow from book to book and keeps you clear of contradictions along the way. 
This package includes:
  • 4 deadlines (weekly or every-other week), where you read workbook materials and complete exercises to submit to me,
  • Written feedback on each set of submitted exercises, and
  • 4 coaching calls (three 2-hour calls and one 1-hour call) via Zoom held after each deadline to discuss your submission and my feedback and to work together to strengthen your material.
By the end of the package you will have:
  • A clear understanding of your vision for the bigger story you are telling across multiple books.
  • Well-defined character arcs at both the series and book levels.
  • A solid grasp of the beats that make up your series' plot as well as how many books are required to tell your story well. 
This package costs $1350.

Work with Andrew

I love complex worlds and stories. Fantasy, sci-fi, and horror for YA or adults are right up my alley!

I don't currently work with other genres or age groups.

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Work with Katie

For the planning stage, I most enjoy working with contemporary fiction, fantasy, soft sci-fi, and historical fiction for YA or adults.

At this point in time, I don't work with children's literature (picture books, Middle Grade), erotica, horror, nonfiction, and memoir. I tend not to work with literary fiction, though I will occasionally.

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