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The Art of the Book Proposal

After my private clients went on to secure contracts with major publishing houses, I realized many more writers and bloggers want training from someone who has already experienced great success and has the results to prove it.

My training program, “The Art of the Book Proposal,” is for writers who are seriously committed to becoming published authors by learning how to exactly create a winning industry standard proposal, grow in their craft and mentally prepare for the coming success they desire.

“The Art of the Book Proposal” is based on the very step-by-step, page-by-page work I did to create the best-selling author success I’ve had over the last 20 years.

When you work with me, I will guide you, step by step, section by section, to write your own book proposal that is accepted within the publishing industry.  You will also receive from me one-on-one coaching so you can prepare your mindset for coming success as a published author.

If you want the help you deserve to become published, please contact me directly at or fill out the contact query form below so I may help you get unstuck and on your way.

To your writing success!





What Happens When You Change Your Mindset

I was giggling when I learned how quickly one of my clients got her book published after we had just met.

During a full-day Author VIP retreat with me, Jean and I spent one-on-one time together tackling her challenges and shifting her outlook toward what was really possible for her and her life’s work.  She discovered how she was getting in her own way as we celebrated her and her beautiful day by the ocean at the Omphoy Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida.

I will always remember her hair blowing in the wind as she sat underneath an umbrella writing down answers to questions I gave her in her journal.  One thing she learned was that her definition of what a writer looked like to her was … downright ugly inside and out.  The image she conjured up in her mind did not match her at all nor her vision for her success.  In fact, it was quite the opposite!

By the time our coaching session ended, she walked away with more than a plan.  It was such a joy and privilege to help guide her to what she wanted for herself and her three (yes, three!) manuscripts!  I love guiding and watching my clients blossom right in front of my eyes!

Here’s what Jean had to say about our time together:

“A day with Christy Heady is like an oasis in the desert for anyone lost in writer’s insecurity. I was not really experiencing writer’s block. I was writing but only for myself – journaling. I was without a plan, a goal or direction. I was stagnant from indecision. Then someone referred me to Christy Heady, a writing coach. I made the trip to the Palm Beaches and spent a delightful afternoon with this encouraging, gentle lady. Christy helped me reorient myself. She was instrumental in helping me find my most lucrative direction. I still have miles to go, but feel I am on the right road.  Detours are part of everyday life but I know there is a beautiful view over the next hill. After my special afternoon with Christy, I am ready to take the course she helped me set for myself.”

—–Jean Riise Lefler, author of three books including Spirituality at Sunrise


When you commit to wanting the very best for yourself,

your writing and dreams will happen.


Email me at so I can help you invest in what it is your truly want for yourself and get you where you’ve been dreaming to go.

To your writing success!





Pen > Paper > Heart: My Guest Blog for

I am so delighted to be part of the community as today’s Guest Blogger!

Thank you, Tove Maren Stakkestad, Founder of MamaintheNow, for this lovely opportunity to share some thoughts with your readers!  It was a joy to be able to break out and take my pen and write from my heart.  Such fun!




10 Jul 2014

Writing During the Summer

I love summertime, when I can take my son to camp and watch him bounce with glee upon arrival — much different than taking him to school in the morning!  This extra dose of joy gives me a boost to be more creative and mull over what I want to write about.

That’s the thing about summer, I think.  The shackles of “shoulds” seem to fall off and be replaced by dormant desires to be free.  And this creates an amazing environment to write … write … write.

Recently, I wrote about the one ingredient that is needed in a single mom’s day for my blog at  It was the kickstart I needed to begin a summer of creativity and life at a slower pace.

What are you doing to expand your muse this summer?


How do you handle your writing demons?

If you are a writer, chances are you have a passion for seemingly impossible things.

That is why receiving a lot of rejection might hurt. But like anyone will tell you, it is not how many times you fall down, it is whether you get back up again. I would like to add this:  It is also how you feel about yourself and your work as you move forward while coping with the writing demons who want to travel with you.

Remember, in order to get published, it takes just one publisher who really loves you and your work. Just one big YES. And the naysayers – whether internal or external – have a beauty of a time holding you back.

Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell all have received rejection letters only to persevere onto bestselling author status. According to Mental Floss, an online magazine, Ayn Rand sent in her manuscript The Fountainhead and received a curt reply that it was unsaleable and unpublishable. Random House picked up her work, reassuring Rand she would not be censored, and to date she has sold over seven million copies in the United States.

My own first rejection letter came in 1993 from one of the senior business editors at The Chicago Tribune. In a terse reply to my request to write full-time for the paper, he told me my writing clips revealed I did not have what it takes to write about business.


A year and a half later, I celebrated the publication of my first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money on Wall Street that, along with the other four books I have published, have sold almost 500,000 copies to date. I am grateful to the magazine, newspaper and book publishing editors and executives along the way who helped me achieve this first dream: John Wasik, Hugo Ottolenghi, Tom Seidell, Dennis Fertig, Bill Barnhart, Barry Pruett and my father, the late Robert K. Heady.

As writers, you were created for adventure, pursuit and pioneering.  Pitfalls, rejection letters and tears might accompany you.  Writing is a lifelong quest of discovery and growth. Kinda like a relationship when you know it’s good and healthy but the potholes hurt. Unfortunately, writing demons surface and keep a bigger dream wound tight in a button jar. Like a runner who trips over her own feet while training for her first marathon, dusting off the pebbles embedded in her legs, you get up again (I had to out of sheer embarrassment because my friends saw me, but I did set a personal record).

If you know where you are going, you will get to the finish line. So, if your ultimate life as a published author is waiting to be lived, what steps are you taking to bridge the gap to pretty much squash the uglies?

Do you disable your dream by believing the writing demons who lie to you and give you the very thing you fear (which usually is the very thing you create)? Or do you pack up your tent and shake off the “I’ll settle for what they tell me” mentality, knowing that something greater is writing your story as your write your book?

I have done both.

In their book, The One-Minute Millionaire , Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen offer a suggestion in a novel-like story set inside this financial tome on how to deal with unhealthy thoughts that bar you from success:

Imagine that demon as a person, a tiny person, in the palm of your hand. And then purse your lips and blow them away.

It’s amazing what you will see on your literary landscape when each one of your critics are reduced to dust.

If you want to be published and believe you were meant to share your message with others, make it official.  Find a place where you can be alone and write about it. Not the project you are working on – but about your writing. Claim it. And then remind yourself often about this resolution of yours until it becomes such a part of you that nothing ever tears it away.

When you believe in the vision, the story of you and your book will find its happy ending.


Authors – Your Time for Publishing Success is Now!

People are writing books now more than ever before and with good reason.  There has never been an easier time to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a published author!

Christy Heady has been a published author for more than 20 years.  Since starting on her path as a published author and writing coach, Christy has written four books, is currently writing her fifth book, and collectively has sold more than 500,000 books during her career.  All her clients have gone on to publication or representation, and their work featured in radio, TV, print and online nationwide.

When you sign up for Christy’s Author Strategies Coaching Session, you will receive personalized attention directly from Christy.  For a two-hour coaching session, the fee is $350* (special Groupon Promo begins April 7th, 2014!).

During the past five years, Christy has worked with many people on how to excel at their craft and establish their author platform so they can shift from their places of doubt and fear about their work and move into becoming recognized in their areas of expertise.  So whether you are a business owner, stay at home mom, professional working woman or longtime novelist, when you work with Christy you will learn the strategies and important craft techniques to bring you and your project into your desired sphere of excellence.

To begin your Discovery Q&A Process with Christy, which is the first step in signing up for an Author Strategy Coaching Session, please complete the Contact Form below.



Can you write … happier?

When I stopped writing as “the how-to” girl and began to take the craft of writing seriously, I was challenged.  My writing needed to mature.

My latest blog at Working Mother Magazine covers this in detail.  And, I have learned how to infuse more joy and rely less on a formula in my writing:

The writing craft will always be a work-in-progress for me.  It is a lifelong endeavor, and one I wish you much joy with, too.

To your writing success,





Who is your ideal reader?

Quick question.

If you were to bump into several of your ideal readers for your book in a coffee shop, grocery store or waiting in line at a theme park, what questions would you want to ask them that would relate to your manuscript?

Steven Covey, the late New York Times Bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, often tested his material over and over again before he wrote his books.  He did so by gathering information from people as he trained them on the concepts he intended to write about.

That’s not to say you must refrain from writing your manuscript at all before it’s tested.  Not at all.

What I am saying is that given the opportunity for some impromptu demographic research … what would you ask those people if you had the chance?

Happy Interviewing.  :-)

11 Mar 2014

Thrilled! My New Position Blogging for Single Moms

When the publisher of Single reached out to me to ask me to contribute a weekly blog to a new Web site, I was elated.  Overjoyed, in fact.  I think the 11 million or so single moms in the United States alone need as many solid resources as possible.

I said Yes.

This week marks my debut on the Web site, and I look forward to watching it evolve and grow into the vision the publishing team has for its online pub and community.

I’m honored to be part of the team and look forward to providing weekly blog posts for the community.  Stop on by, have a read and leave a comment or two.

And if you know a single mom who needs some encouragement, please … pass it along.

Thank you!







Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


I am considering hiring a writing or book coach.  How does your initial process work?

If you have an idea or project you are working on and are interested in working together but uncertain how to proceed, simply email me at to receive a Discovery Q&A worksheet. It is a simple, short questionnaire that helps me learn more about you, your project and your immediate goals. Typically clients send it back to me completed within a day or two. Then, they schedule their follow-up 30-minute consultation call with me so I can answer any other questions and we can both determine if this would be the best fit for us.


What can I expect during my 30-minute consultation call before hiring you?

This time together gives us both a pretty solid idea on whether or not it would be a natural fit. During our call, you will be able to ask me questions about the process, what service is best for you, address your expectations, and discuss your goals. I do not provide specific feedback about your project during this initial consultation. Based on my experience, both my clients and I have been able to tell whether or not working together will help them achieve their goals from these calls. I have been able to accommodate the majority of women and men who have sought my expertise to help them with their needs but not all inquiries result in securing a spot on my production timeline either due to the lack of seriousness by the prospective client, personalities or timing.


I want to hire you. What is next?

Welcome! I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with you. You will receive an Editorial Agreement specific to your service and/or project. Once I receive your signed copy, I schedule your coaching sessions and/or project on the calendar and an initial non-refundable retainer is due within three (3) business days of my receipt of signed copy of your agreement. The Editorial Agreement protects you as the author and your copyright of your work. At this point during the process, you will receive a Writing and Your Goals Worksheet to complete once the Editorial Agreement is signed.


What if I signed up for an editing or writing project with you and want to add on several coaching sessions? Can I get a discount?

Absolutely. Clients who have secured spots on the production calendar can opt-in for a la carte coaching sessions at a 30% reduced rate off of my hourly coaching fee.


When do you schedule your coaching calls?


All coaching calls or in-person strategy sessions are set to Eastern Standard Time (EST) and are typically held at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.; however, I have made exceptions on occasion when clients need to work around this timeframe.


I need to cancel my coaching session with you. Will I still get billed?

No. Clients are expected to provide at least a 24-hour cancellation notice prior to their coaching session dates. You will not be billed, but the initial $50 deposit to reserve your coaching session will not be refunded, but it will be applied to your next session if rescheduled within 30 days.


How often do you keep in touch with me during the production on my project if I do not sign up for coaching sessions?

I touch base with clients consistently on Mondays and Thursdays either via email or phone to provide them a status update. Although I am working on your project on a telecommuting basis, silence does not mean lack of productivity. Often times during the production process I will reach out during the week or for serious deadline-driven projects over the weekend via email with questions, feedback or additional materials needed.