Maybe a publishing coach can do absolutely nothing in the world for you. Or maybe they could be the difference between dreaming about a book and actually writing it for the rest of the world to read. In general, a publishing coach helps prospective authors write, publish, and promote their books. Allegedly they have some expertise in the field that allows them to guide you in directions more likely to succeed, but don't fall into the trap of thinking they're going to do all the work for you.
Do you need a publishing coach? Hmm…a good question with no hard and fast answers but here's something to consider. Have you been obsessively thinking about writing a book for more than a year and have yet to sit down and actually do it? We say a year because, if you only wrote a single page a day for a solid year, you'd have your book done and be on to the process of marketing and promoting.
If you're having trouble finding the motivation and discipline to stop thinking and start doing, yeah, a publishing coach might help, just keep in mind they won't actually sit down and write the thing for you. Where a publishing coach can really shine is once you have a book in hand ready to get the word out to the world. With the Internet at your fingertips, the sky really is the limit to how far you want to take it. Well, the sky, and your own willingness to spend hours online promoting, promoting, promoting.
Before you choose a publishing coach, or consultant of any kind, check them out. Call previous clients to see if they're happy ones. Talk to the coach and discuss exactly they will do if you hire them. Keep in mind that, even with a coach, the onus of production is on you.
The Speaking of Wealth Team
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