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Book Coaching: The Perfect Side Gig to Support A Writing Career
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She Writes
November 2019
Written by
She Writes
November 2019

One of the dirty little secrets about publishing is that it’s extremely difficult to earn a full-time living as a writer. The idea that you will write a book and hit it big – bestseller list! Reese Witherspoon movie deal! $30,000 in speaking fees! – and make enough money to quit your day job is a fantasy. A tiny percentage of writers get to that level. Most writers work other jobs, have partners who support them, or develop other income streams.

Like book coaching.

Book coaching is a perfect side gig for a writer because it allows you to stay immersed in writing. You spend your days thinking about words and ideas, stories, and narrative design. With every writer you coach, you learn something new that you can apply to your own work. You help other writers do their best work, which is satisfying and soulful.

Book coaching also allows you to have a stable income to complement whatever writing income you might have, which can be so uneven. You get to control how much or how little you work, and how much or how little you make, which means you can dial it up or down depending on what is happening with your book writing. If you have a book launch coming up, you can dial back the book coaching. If you are in the middle of a book project, you can dial it up.

I've trained more than 50 book coaches at Author Accelerator and all of them are writers who wanted to add a steady income stream to the mix of what they do. Our coaches find it incredibly comforting to be able to do work that aligns with what they love. One of our coaches – a women's fiction writer – took up coaching after a long career as an HR professional. When we interviewed her at Author Accelerator, she said, "For my second career, I just want to be immersed in the world of stories all day." She now writes and coaches, and her dream is a reality.

We have found that a lot of writers who are drawn to book coaching are already lending a hand to writers in similar ways. They are the people everyone asks to be a critique partner or a beta reader, or they are serving as a Pitch Wars mentor – but they are not being paid for their work. Book coaching gives them a way to continue doing that good work, and monetize the skills they have been honing their whole life.

This post was sponsored by Author Accelerator.

Jennie Nash is the founder and CEO of Author Accelerator, a book coaching company on a mission to help writers write books worth reading. Join her on January 20, 2020, for a free online Book Coaching Summit – an entire week of programming about what book coaching is, how it works, and how to run a successful book coaching business. If you don’t want to wait that long, also check out her free course: Book Coach Basic Training.

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