AUTHOR COACHING AND MANUSCRIPT GUIDANCE

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author guidance programs 

 

 

Paula Coomer is a long-time teacher of writing at both the university and community level. Her methods are at once challenging, humorous, serious, informative, and nurturing. Her approach is exemplified by this quote from author Marilynne Robinson: “I try to make writers actually see what they have written, where the strength is. Usually . . .  there’s something that leaps out—an image or a moment that is strong enough to center the story. If they can see it, they can exploit it, enhance it, and build a [work] that is subtle and new. I don’t try to teach technique, because frankly most technical problems go away when a writer realizes where the life of a story lies. I don’t see any reason in fine-tuning something that’s essentially not going anywhere anyway. What they have to do first is interact in a serious way with what they’re putting on a page. When people are fully engaged with what they’re writing, a striking change occurs, a discipline of language and imagination.” —Marilynne Robinson in The Paris Review

Packages (all amounts are in U.S. dollars)

  • Ask a Nice Lady one-time phone/Skype consult—meet one-on-one to talk about any aspect of the writing life or life in general

    • $30 (30 minutes)
    • $45 (60 minutes)
    • Phone/Skype consults must be scheduled and paid for at least 48 hours in advance. See payment information below
    • Available to answer questions about writing and the writing life and to provide coaching
    • Former Booktrope authors and Clearwater Writers alumni 25% discount
  • Short Draft Consult—draft feedback or publication guidance

    • $35 for up to 10 pages; add $1.50 for each additional page (See formatting requirements here)
    • Short Draft Consults must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance and preferably a month
    • Manuscript must be at least a moderately advanced draft (no rough drafts, please) and must be provided at the time of payment
    • Discussion of manuscript will take place over phone or Skype.
    • I’m very picky about formatting. Please click here for manuscript formatting requirements
    • Former students of Paula Coomer, Booktrope authors, and Clearwater Writers alumni receive 25% discount
  • Long Draft Consult—draft feedback or publication guidance

    • $400 (up to 250 DS pages; add $1.50/page for subsequent pages
    • Feedback is up to 120 minutes via phone or Skype for first read
    • Follow-up reads with 60 minutes of feedback $300
    • Long Draft Consults must be scheduled a month in advance
    • Manuscript must be at least a moderately advanced draft (no rough drafts, please) and must be provided at the time of payment
    • Discussion of manuscript will take place over phone or Skype
    • I’m very picky about formatting. Please click here for manuscript formatting requirements
    • Former students of Paula Coomer, Booktrope authors, and Clearwater Writers alumni receive 25% discount
  • 6-month book-mentoring package—unlimited one-on-one support for book-writing and/or the publication hunt and process

    • Mentoring Packages are 6-month arrangements for writers at any level who are looking for coaching and support through manuscript development, publication pursuit, or for new writers who are looking for an alternative to academic writing programs and prefer one-on-one instruction
    • Unlimited consults via phone/Skype/ manuscript review
    • Basically, you get to decide what your mentoring package will consist of. You can’t call me in the middle of the night, but certainly any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Pacific Time. Think of me as your writing therapist. Tell me what level/frequency of help/instruction/support you want, and I will be there for you
    • $1750 ($750 down payment; $500 beginning of month 2; $500 beginning of month 3)
    • Former students of Paula Coomer, Booktrope authors, and Clearwater Writers alum $1500, various payment plans

Payment Process

Payment for all programs can be made via PayPal or check. Please email paulamariecoomer@gmail.com to receive PayPal information or mailing address.

Email paulamariecoomer@gmail.com to schedule a phone/Skype appointment, purchase an Ask a Nice Lady package, or to receive PayPal information.

Paula Marie Coomer is a poet, fiction writer, and, on occasion, a food writer. She has authored seven books, including Jagged Edge of the Sky, Blue Moon Vegetarian, Dove Creek, and Nurses Who Love English. A former long-time university writing instructor, Ms. Coomer lives near the mouth of Hell’s Canyon in southeast Washington State, where she teaches writing in the community, organizes retreats and workshops, and has completed work on a third novel.