A WORD FROM MY CLIENTS
Some of my clients share their experiences with The Book Coach and how my services have helped them.
If you're looking to improve your writing, Stuart's the perfect mentor.
He has a knack for finding the heart of a story and helping you develop it even further. His feedback is always geared towards making your writing the best it can be.
He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and he shares it in a way that's both encouraging and insightful. His feedback has helped me to develop my skills as a writer and to become a more confident storyteller.
I highly recommend Stuart's mentoring services to anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level.
Gil Kenway, Monthly Mentoring, Gay Fiction
I did a LOT of research before hiring Stuart. I chose him over other book coaches because of his experience, expertise, and his positive and informative interactions with other writers in online writing groups to which I belong.
What I found especially valuable are Stuart’s abilities to piece out exactly where the story needs work. Just as important are his skills in guiding me to view my story and characters from a variety of perspectives. His thought-provoking questions and suggestions encouraged me to explore my story’s elements and my characters’ motivations thoroughly. For example, I struggled greatly writing the book jacket copy. I was lost in the details and could not focus on the overarching story and main character’s journey. I had to rewrite the jacket copy several times; it was not easy. Stuart stayed with me for the whole process, always patient and encouraging. His insights and compassion guided me through the struggle. As a result, my book jacket copy now captures the heart of the story while also being succinct and interesting. It even piqued the interest of a friend who doesn’t read fiction.
Every work-in-progress novel needs story development. Because I decided to work with Stuart, my novel will be exponentially better. I will work with him again. He is an exceptional book coach.
BA Davies, Story Development, Gay Fiction
Stuart is an incredibly warm, encouraging, and insightful book coach. His soft-spoken, thoughtful demeanor immediately put me at ease, and his attention to detail and tough-love honesty assured me that I was in expert hands from start to finish. Working with Stuart sparked my creativity and helped me think in new directions, simultaneously helping me to deepen my story and motivating me to do the hard work involved in making it the best version of itself. Stuart has a deep understanding of story logic and what motivates readers to connect with characters. He deftly pinpoints issues with the character development and plot inconsistencies. If you want to write a book that resonates with readers—Stuart is the perfect book coach to connect with!
Heather Davis, Story Development, Speculative Fiction
Stuart was the first person, other than friends and family, to read my writing since I was at university, so of course I was a bit apprehensive sharing my baby - but as it turns out, I needn't have worried! I really looked forward to reading Stuart's comments because they were smart, insightful, and in some parts really made me laugh. Editing can be such a demoralising experience but Stuart has been so supportive and I couldn't be more grateful!
Heather Mussett, Development Edit, Commercial Women's Fiction
Writing a book is scary; requiring the need to pepper your walls with phrases like ’She believed she could, so she did’. Alternatively, you can hire Stuart’s professional services.
Through his unique blend of kind and gentle guidance he'll give you all the confidence you’ll need. Not least, because he: knows what he’s talking about; will be constructively critical when necessary; and is brilliant at structuring, proof-reading and brainstorming
I’d say you’re lucky to have found him. He’ll make your journey so much more enjoyable.
Jess Morency, Development Edit, Commercial Women's Fiction
No exaggeration - Stuart is a magician and I cannot rate him highly enough. He always knows the way around a problem and has helped me take my pitch package from a tangled mess of insecurity and procrastination, to something that, dare I say it, actually feels like the real deal. I feel immeasurably more confident in everything that I’m doing and I genuinely don’t think I would ever have got to this point without his steady hand, approachable nature and wealth of knowledge and experience. When you’re completely stuck and bamboozled by a page that’s just not right, he has an incredible ability to cast his eye over it and immediately pinpoint exactly the thing to do to suddenly make it all come together beautifully. If I could afford it I would have him on permanent speed dial for all my writing needs!