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“Esmé is a brilliant editor and is easy to work with. Not only does she have a keen grasp of the written word, but also understands how to make each piece stronger and clearer.” — Paul Jarvis, pjrvs.com
Book Proposal Coaching & Editing for Bloggers
You may have been blogging for a while—but what you’re really interested in is a book deal. You’re familiar with the writing process—after all, you have reams of content online—and now you’re ready to make moves in a new direction.
What you need is a book proposal. And if you’re overwhelmed by the idea of creating a book proposal from scratch, what you’re probably looking for is someone to guide you through the process of discussing your ideas, shaping your book’s structure, and anchoring your content in a whip-smart book proposal that will land you the deal of your dreams.
That’s where I come in.
BOOK PROPOSAL WORK WILL ENTAIL:
- Preparatory call (60 mins)
- Call OR audio 1
- Call OR audio 2
- Call OR audio 3
- The timing of these three calls (or audios) are really dependent on how you’d like to structure sending material to me; the way I’ve done it in the past is to have clients send me what they have at the time, for me to then review it, and then to talk about it with the client over the phone for an hour each time. These calls are designed to help hone what you’ve already written, to gain clarity, and to bring up ideas for things to add or to cut back. Another option, instead of using the calls, is for me to send you lengthy review audios.
- Editing & copy editing (est. length 70 pages)
- Final call (60 mins)
EXTRAS: A limited amount of email correspondence is also welcome.
Work with editing and copy editing of the final proposal: $5000
Work without editing and copy editing of the final proposal: $3500
“Without a doubt, I can tell you that Esmé’s been worth every single penny. She’s devoted to her work — Esmé is so professional that I had to steal some of her practices (really) — [and] her orientation to detail and clarity during the process is simply outstanding. She understood my needs, and went the extra mile to make me feel that she also cared about my book. Her feedback and suggestions were on-point, and made me feel sure of my writing and of my decision of choosing her. I will continue to have her as my editor for my future books, because I simply doubt there’s anyone else out there as amazing as Esmé.” — Kisaira Peña, Writer and Co-founder of Sisters Bind
From a blog post announcing her Hay House book deal: “With Esme’s help I put together an ambitious plan to write my entire book proposal in a matter of weeks, with regular Skype check-ins and frequent reviews. The pressure it puts on me is just what I need and the proposal starts to flow… My first book will be published by Hay House in Spring 2017, just a few weeks before my 40th birthday. I cannot wait to share it with you!” — Beth Nicholls, Do What You Love and forthcoming author of Freedom Seeker
And my credentials?
I received an MFA at the University of Michigan, which is regularly considered to be one of the top three MFA writing programs in the US. I’ve edited books for folks who later went on to get quarter-million dollar deals and their work picked as one of Oprah’s Top Books of the year.
Because of my background in the blogging community—LiveJournal, anyone?—as well as my upbringing in the literary world, I’m perfectly suited to help bloggers adapt their ideas from blog to book deal. I’ve coached bloggers through the process of creating book proposals that helped to get them multiple offers and to get signed with top agents.
NOTE: Due to my book tour schedule this year, as well as the needs of my chronic health conditions, I will only be working with THREE INDIVIDUALS on book proposal coaching in 2016. Once these spots are gone, this service will not be available until 2017.
Interested? Email me, and we’ll talk.
I do take on an extremely limited number of writing mentees per year, as each mentorship requires a commitment of three months.
Here’s what I provide, as a writing mentor:
◇ Encouragement, support, feedback, and resources. Oh, and enthusiasm. I want to encourage you toward whatever level of mastery you wish to aim for. I’ll send links to essays and/or stories that touch upon your own pet topics. I’ll concoct specifically curated reading lists. When we both agree that feedback on your writing is the right thing for where you are in your development, I’ll provide feedback that exhorts you to stretch and grow. Is your goal to become published in top-tier magazines and journals? I’ll help you. Do you want to write a book? I’m not a book coach—my assistance won’t be as nitty-gritty as that of a book coach’s work—but I will help you approach the project in a way that suits you best, will review your work and its progress, and am available to talk you off the ledge when you’re 150 pages in and panicking.
◇ A high level of customization. This is all about you and your goals as a writer, which is why the so-called “deliverables” are difficult to describe—but it also means that the mentorship, in which I bring my hard-won experience to your learning process, is adapted completely to you. It’s also why I’m only taking on one new client right now.
◇ Regular contact. I’m available through email throughout the week, and am fond of sending voice memos instead of verbose emails. Our mentorship includes one 60-minute Skype call per month (two Skype calls are possible for an adjusted fee). If you’re in the United States, do not be surprised if you get some fun mail in the post.
◇ Cost: $1000/month; $1200/month for two Skype calls per month
Prerequisites: You want to be a writer. This means different things to different people, and what it means to you will be one of the first things we talk about. However, this mentorship does require that you want to be a writer.
As for my credentials (please forgive the third-person nature of this bio, which is typically used for publications):
Esmé Weijun Wang received her MFA at the University of Michigan’s top-tier Creative Writing Program. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she also studied creative writing at Yale and Stanford. Her writing has appeared in places including Salon, The New Inquiry, and the Believer; awards include the Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress, the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and the Sudler Award. Her debut novel, THE BORDER OF PARADISE, is forthcoming in Spring 2016. A former lab manager at the Stanford Psychology Department, she is currently writing an essay collection about schizophrenia.
“Improving your craft as a writer can be difficult, particularly as a freelance writer. Our only contact is with terribly busy editors via email, so getting feedback or advice is often met with virtual silence. When I reached out to Esmé about a mentorship, I felt I needed more direction about where to head with my writing, and I also felt confused about my style as a writer. I’m still on this journey to figure it all out, but with Esmé’s help, I’ve learned how to get honest with myself, translate these thoughts into structured prose, and write from a place of authenticity. During our time together, I’ve been published by XOJane and received various other freelance writing jobs. I would not hesitate to recommend Esmé to anyone who wanted to truly learn and grow as a writer.” — Camilla Peffer
“Esmé is a humble master of the craft of writing. She’s not only brilliant and wonderfully talented, she’s an extremely gifted mentor. Her care and compassion are unparalleled, and she possesses an uncanny ability to discern her students’ needs. She also carries a wellspring of empathy and humility; in a world of self-aggrandizement and hyperbolic proclamations, her wisdom serves as a beacon of hope to those who are committed to the process of writing over the external rewards our society prizes above all else. The writer’s journey is a difficult one, and no writer can reach their potential without the guidance of mentors along the way. I cannot recommend Esmé enough to any writer seeking an extraordinary teacher.” — Tim Lawrence
NOTE: I will only be working with THREE INDIVIDUALS in this capacity in 2016. Once those spots are gone, this service will be shuttered until 2017.
Interested? Email me, and we’ll talk.