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Which personality types make the best book authors?

When I first started, these people will come to me with a manuscript and I say,

"Look...if you want your words in your language fixed up, I'm not the editor for you because I can see what's in here and there's so much more potential in here. If we get backtracked a bit and figure it out some of these things first then we can create such a much better product."

So nobody consequently went away, but what happens is people might spend months - years even - working on this manuscript and then come to me and I'm saying we need to backtrack.

So which personality types make the best book authors?

(And I don't just mean a crazy one :-)

Are there particular personalities or personality traits that facilitate a faster, more fruitful book writing process?

Do you "fluff around like a butterfly" (Like Kate shares in this podcast) or can you focus for long periods of time, in flow (like me)?

Find out in this fun conversation I had with author Kate Mason.

Kate and I worked together on her book 'Who Is This Monster (or Treasure) in My House?', which was published in June 2021.

As a Myers-Briggs coach, Kate's an expert on getting the best out of people and personalities, especially when it comes to parenting.

We chat about:

  • my personal type (INSP) and how I use it to work with authors
  • how I book coach others based on their own personality type
  • how to lean into your strengths and improve your weaknesses to address "analysis paralysis" and other blocks
  • how I organise my work to maximise focus and productivity (and how you can too)
  • how I work with - and often around - my husband and two young children to facilitate a happy work-home life.


We go deep into me as a person, parent and coach.
And chat about how Kate birthed her book baby, so you can also birth yours.

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Finally, if you've ever worked with me or seen me in action, I'd love to know, does my personality type marry up to me? (Listen to Kate's description at the 3 minute mark)

Kx

P.S - If you haven't yet filled out the Writer Type personality quiz that Kate and I discuss then you can do that here.

Kelly Irving

I’m an editor and writing coach with a love for deep-diving into brains and businesses. Through my one-to-one work and online program, I provide an action-by-action process that speeds up the time it takes to produce your best book, and turns overwhelm and self-doubt into momentum and excitement for writing.

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