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Where is a mentor when you need one?

I received a call from a fellow the other day who wanted me to speak to a gathering of writers.

"Do you have a subject in mind?" I asked. "How about the current state of Indie publishing, or maybe book coaching?"

There was a pause on the line. "Everybody is talking about Indie publishing, but I am just now learning about book coaching," he said. "I think most of the people in our group are about in the same boat. We are writing, but we need guidance."

"When I started writing seriously about fifteen years ago, I hired a coach. It was the best thing that I ever did for my writing."

"Tell me more," he said.

And I did. Thirty minutes later, we had agreed on the subject for my talk: How Indie publishing has fueled the rise of book coaching.

It makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. Now that so many writers have joined the Indie space, they need guidance on the aspects of writing that publishing house editors used to provide. They also need someone to help them sort through the minutia of chores associated with book creation and marketing.

In the old days, we might have said we needed a mentor. Now, the mentor is called a book coach. We talked to mentors in the past because we were searching for wisdom, the voice of experience, a person who would shoot straight with us on a matter of great importance to us.

That is exactly the task a book coach performs for a writer. It's up close and personal, maybe barbed, but always encouraging.

So, if you are looking for help on your writing project, reach out to a book coach.

It just might change your life.

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