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While teaching in the UCLA Writers’ Program, the experience highlighted a need for one-on-one mentorship in the writing process to help students become better writers and meet their goals. Focusing on the ‘why’ of writing helped move Jennie Nash out of the grind and inspired her to develop a new teaching model.
As a solution, Jennie devised a one-on-one teaching framework with writers who need accountability, editorial feedback, and emotional support. She explains her experience in shifting into working from home, starting her own business as a book coach, and training aspiring book coaches. While sharing her fulfillment as a mom and a coach simultaneously, she is happy with her job and continues to inspire others to write.
In This Episode:
- [01:11] How Jennie started in the publishing industry.
- [02:38] Why teaching about writing should be one-on-one.
- [04:10] The questions of a book coach to book-writing students.
- [08:04] About reading and writing a lot: tips for writers
- [08:58] Putting a certain level of inquiry of work in books.
- [10:47] Jennie has been working at home for almost 30 years.
- [12:23] On working from home after her children moved out.
- [14:52] Jennie on running a business unpaid.
- [18:00] The ideal book coach to be coached with.
- [22:00] The importance of setting the right price.
- [24:13] An advice for starters who want to publish their books.
- [26:22] Her strong sustainable business a year and a half later.
- [28:52] What can Jennie offer and where you can find her.
- People may write because it feels therapeutic to them, and they’re trying to work out some feelings or thoughts or ideas.
- You get better by having somebody inquire about your work and push you to define it.
- Guiding someone through the whole process, focusing on their words and themselves as a writer, has to be done one-on-one.
- If you’re going to write a book, you have to know why you are doing it and why it is where you want to spend time and energy.
Meet Jennie Nash:
Jennie Nash is the founder of Author Accelerator, a business that has trained more than 50 book coaches to support writers through the entire creative process and matches writers with the right coach that can give them the sustained editorial support they need to complete their book projects.
Jennie’s book coaching methods bring back the powerful and time-tested concept of artistic mentorship – which has been largely squeezed out of a publishing industry hungry for the next big, fast hit. Jennie has spent 30 years on all sides of the publishing industry and is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers.
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