Writing + Coaching + Marketing
I am so delighted to be part of the MamaintheNow.com 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!
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 SingleMothers.us. http://www.singlemothers.us/single-mothers-day 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?
When the publisher of Single Mothers.us 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 http://singlemothers.us, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.