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Write Better, Write Now with Dr. Janice Harper, Book Coach

Are you ready to write a book, but don’t know where to start?

Have you wanted to write a book for years and now you’re finally ready to begin? Do you have a business you would like to promote and you’d like a book to establish your expertise in your field? Or do you just have a story that you’d love to turn into a novel, an idea you’d like to turn into a nonfiction book, or a collection of recipes, inspirational quotes, tips or tricks or twisted tweets you’d like to put together and plug as the next Chicken Soup for the Soul?

If you’ve never written a book before, the whole process can seem overwhelming and confusing. Writing a book is hard work and does take time. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing. Writing and selling a book becomes much more manageable when you break the whole process down into a series of steps. Just by taking these steps one at a time, and learning some techniques in the process, eventually you will get there. The important thing is that rather than just writing everything at once, you keep taking those steps–and they all begin with the first one. 

The first step to writing a book is to make a plan. You need to manage your time, clarify your idea, and organize your material and ideas in a way that makes it easier for you to write it, and easier for your reader to understand it. By working with a writing coach who can help you conceptualize and organize your book, improve your writing, and help you navigate the publishing process, the book you dream of today, will be the book you hold in your hands tomorrow. If you’d like your own personal writing coach to help you get there, contact Dr. Harper today.

Whether you have never written anything before or you are a polished academic writer hoping to break into popular writing, an experience book coach can guide you through the complex process, refine your writing, find your “voice,” and get started turning this year’s dream into next year’s book! Why wait another day when you can get started right now on your path to becoming an author?

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation today.

What you can expect from a book coach

As a professional author and book coach, Dr. Harper can guide you through the writing process from proposal to publishing. She’ll work with you on:

  • Clarifying your idea
  • Understanding the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. independent publishing
  • Building your platform (your audience)
  • Writing your book proposal and finding a literary agent if you opt for traditional publishing
  • Conceptualizing the structure of your nonfiction book, or the narrative arc of fiction or memoir
  • Finding your narrative “voice”
  • Writing dialogue, creating memorable and believable characters, conjuring an evocative setting and building suspense—even in narrative nonfiction
  • Holding yourself accountable, so that you are able to set and reach your writing goals each week, as you write each chapter one page at a time.

Testimonials

Janice proved invaluable for helping me embrace a more clear and simple way of writing.

Sharon A. Suh

Author, Silver Screen Buddha: Buddhism in Asian and Western Film, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015

Without the instruction, guidance and wisdom of Janice Harper, I would never have conceived nor written my book.  Her knowledge in memoir writing helps refine a story, dig out the secret parts, and face the sorrows and joys.  Her coaching provides discipline and her discernments allow great insight into one’s memoirs.  I simply could not have done it without her.  For the writing of memoir, her knowledge and coaching is without parallel.

Lisa Richesson

Author, White Lady, Black Sons: A Memoir of Adoption, Abuse and Awakening

Thank you for teaching me to be a better writer. . . for all your advice, suggestions and encouragement. You helped me transform my first draft manuscript into a book that I am proud to share with the world.

Andrea Borg

Author, The Mindset Cure: How I Beat My 90-Day Death Sentence, Versluis Press

I feel fortunate and blessed to have worked with Dr. Janice Harper, an exceptional and highly-skilled writing coach and mentor. Working with her for over a year has been an invaluable and life-changing experience. I’ve learned so much from her expertise, wisdom and guidance. She has given me the courage to speak my truth. I am grateful for her unique perspective and insight, compassion and warmth, which has helped me maneuver this journey.  Thank you, Dr. Janice Harper!

Jane Nash

Author, The Bully, The Boss and the Job That Ate Me Alive, forthcoming

I have had the distinct honor to have worked with Janice Harper.  Janice became my Pied Piper and drew the stories out of me. She was so gentle with me that I was able to finally put the memories of my childhood to rest. She helped me through the frustrations and mental blocks  to a delightful clarity. She gave me my adult narrator voice and created a narrative that brought my book to life. I owe so much to Janice for her help in getting my book finished. I don’t believe in coincidence; I know that Janice was a gift to me. I honor and trust Janice, and you can too!

Zoe Niklas

Author, Driving in the Dark

Without Janice’s coaching I would never have started writing my first book, let alone finished it! Janice helped me develop my authentic voice as a writer and taught me the essentials of memoir writing. She was patient while I learned how to accept and incorporate feedback, spent the time to understand my goals, and instinctively knew when I needed a pep talk, or a metaphorical kick in the butt to get me back on track. Janice helped me achieve my lifelong dream of becoming an author.

Kimberly Severn

Author, The Making of a Mom: My Unexpected Journey through Birth & Adoption, Longest Day Press

What a Team. I wouldn’t have and couldn’t have written my manuscript without Janice. Without her encouragement, education and guidance through the writing and publishing process, my book would be just an idea I hoped I could accomplish some day. I am proud of the work that we accomplished together. 

Mark Gerardot

Author, Irreparable (forthcoming, featured on 20/20 Fall 2019)

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COACHING & EDITING SERVICES

Dr. Harper provides complete editing services of academic, nonfiction, fiction and memoir, including developmental editing, content editing and proofreading.

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ACADEMIC EDITING & COACHING

Academic editing services include content editing of Graduate papers, Admissions Essays, Theses, Dissertations, Grant Proposals and peer-reviewed Journal Articles.

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