Do you need a book coach?

It’s common to wonder do you need a book coach for your nonfiction writing journey. What role do they play? How can they really help? Is it possible to do without one for some or all of the process? Or is it best to work closely?

For many, understanding whether you need a book coach to write a nonfiction book isn’t straightforward, particularly if you’re already confident teaching your subject. What’s more, there’s plenty of free advice out there.

The notion that writing requires coaching, fancy retreats, expensive software, or long breaks dedicated solely to slavish writing might seem over the top to many. Essentially, it boils down to what you feel is necessary. Is it the whole shebang or just solid book advice? Is all that razzmatazz really necessary? For most business-book authors, I doubt it.

Is a book coach a luxury or a necessity

That said, many clients choose to work with me primarily because they’re navigating the writing world for the first time. They are often juggling other significant commitments, like running a business, caring for children or old parents. Many are trying to slay their book publishing demons and have struggled on their own with imposter syndrome. They aspire to write a book but want to avoid spending too long sussing out the optimal approach. For them, they want to be getting it done. Quickly.

For many business authors, an effective book coach is a time-saver. They guide you to craft your book in a way that amplifies your message. Your book coach handles the practical aspects, setting up a conducive writing environment and advising on how to balance writing with other obligations. You can focus on the quality of your elaboration, which saves a lot of editing pain later. Their influence extends beyond your current project. They equip you with skills beneficial for future endeavours. They can also help with evergreen book promotion once your book is published.

A book coach protects your professional reputation

Remember, your coach is also your insurance policy to make sure your professional reputation isn’t damaged by releasing something ‘sub par’.

Writing can be an isolating experience. Having a coach on your side when you put your author hat on offers reassurance. They are someone who shares your enthusiasm for sharing your ideas. This support can be a relief to colleagues or family members who may not always be eager to step in. Can you expect them to engage in many meaty discussions about your book’s content? And let’s face it, who wants to help you edit chapter 7 *again* after beta reading.

Lastly, a professional coach will assist in developing your outline, offer structural and creative solutions, and contribute ideas on style, tone, and layout. They provide valuable feedback, support through self-doubt, ensure accountability, and even research your topic area to keep your content fresh and unique.


In summary, while it’s not mandatory to have a book coach for writing a nonfiction book, having one can significantly ease and enrich the process.

And I am here to offer all the support you need on this journey. I offer DIY book coaching, with a series of focused, easy to apply book publishing self study guides, as well as live premium coaching with my fix it fast sessions. I also help with the never-ending journey of marketing your book.

(If you’re not sure where to start at all, check out my free guide first: How to write a nonfiction book.)

Choose your next author adventure with me…

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