4 Reasons Why You Need A Book Coach
People turn to book coaches for many reasons – for critical and objective feedback, publishing industry expertise and advice, emotional support during what can be an incredibly lonely and uncertain time, and of course, accountability to make sure deadlines are reached (and NOT repeatedly extended).
But why do writers feel that it’s worth it to hire book coaches? Here are the 4 most common reasons I encounter:
1. Gain Clarity and confidence through an experienced book coach
“Is this the right book idea? Or should I be doing something else?”
As the hours, days, weeks, months, years even – go by it is very easy to write off track, to doubt yourself and what you’re doing. As a result, we’re writing around in circles, struggling to start, looking at that blank screen or having 66 documents or tabs open.
They want great ideas, passion, and motivation. They want to see what their strengths and weaknesses are and where they might have to refine or do some more work.
Their book is like a house where they want to invite their reader in and create a journey for them that they can follow, feel comfortable in, and want to come back to. In order for their readers to digest their great ideas, they have to write the overall book, the chapters and sections in a logical format. They know that with the help of a book coach they can develop a solid structure and writing plan.
2. Book writing coaches help you influence your audience
From thinking “I know this and other people need to know this too”, they switched to a place where they start to think more deeply about their audience, the pain they are solving for them, and what they need to hear and feel.
They want to change or make their reader’s life or work easier and better.
Writers often secretly confess that their biggest fear is that what they’re writing about is so common, so small, that no one will be interested. Ironically, that is exactly what people are interested in. Why? Those common, everyday things like love,loyalty, and trust are things we all experience. Readers are always looking for new insights that might help them navigate their everyday lives in a new and fresh way. Hiring a book coach will help them find out the heart of their message.
3. A book coach helps you to transform as a person
They know that one intangible value of a book is how it transforms you as a person, how it impacts your overall life, AND how it brings joy, knowledge, depth and a sense of worth for other people, too.
When you ask people why they read books, here's some of the answers you will get back.
1. learn something new
2. expand knowledge and better yourself
3. understand others more deeply
4. feel an affinity with the world and others
I actually think these are all valid reasons to write a book, as well.
In an interview with social justice warrioress Thriving in the Fight author Denise Collazo (@denisepadincollazo), she mentioned that one of the reasons she wrote her book was to "become better than she was before".
I really love this because, sure there are a lot of surface-level reasons why you write a non-fiction book: for example, credibility, authority or positioning. Other than those, it’s amazing how it transforms a writer and the people around them.
4. Create the BEST book you can with book coaching services
In my experience, most entrepreneurs and experts I meet actually want to write their own book (as opposed to hiring a ghostwriter to interview you and write it for you). They want to accomplish what may be a lifelong goal, or something they’ve always dreamed of.
Writers who hire book coaches know that “winging it” is a NO-NO. The right strategy for their book is integral to their success. This is so that they can manage their own expectations, and have some sort of measure to their success.
They know that a book coach can nurture them, motivate them, and help them get to the goal of a finished manuscript.