Sunday, April 03, 2011

Writing Help for Your Nonfiction Book--By Skype or In Person

My friend Ellen Snortland helps writers with classes and personal coaching at her Writers’ Workout three Tuesday evenings each month in her home in Altadena, CA. , She is the author of “Beauty Bites Beast," journalist, and Pulitizer prize nominated playwright. She also helps those with a nonfiction book in mind bring it to fruition via Skype. Keep reading.  She says:
OK, you have an inner writer locked in you. What are you doing to release him/her? Talking about it? Do you have a novelist in there? Do you have a murder-mystery writer screaming to emerge? Do you have the next best selling non-fiction author trapped inside, with no apparent “how to” get the book done in sight?

Perhaps you need to make a commitment to work out your “writerly” self. Maybe you need to put some money where your mouth is. Like physical fitness, writing fitness requires strength, time and discipline. Some people can work out on their own. Most of us need support, something like “Writers’ Workout,” the gym for writers.

Tuition is $100 per month for the first year; $75 per month thereafter. Writing wimps need not apply. It takes courage to write! (3 month minimum commitment.) 3 evenings per month, from 7:15- 9:45 p.m.

First Time Nonfiction Book Writers!

Are you serious about writing a book? Do you keep thinking that “tomorrow” or “some day” will be the magic time for you to start? Did you already start your book but are “stuck”? Or have you finished the first draft but are clueless about the “what’s next” part? Ellen Snortland can help you move to the next phase of your book with fun, grace and ease!

Maybe you need to make an investment in your own work. People often become more serious about their art when they put money behind their commitments.

Ellen Snortland — author of “Beauty Bites Beast,” Pasadena Weekly columnist and playwright does private coaching with her consulting business “My First Book Coach.”

Rates are:

$125 per hour with a 3 hour minimum commitment.
Free 1/2 hour consultation. Do you live in another time zone? No problem! I SKYPE all over the world!
(Rates negotiable in customized “packages.”)

Find Ellen at

----- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:

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