There are a few things that make book coaching so rewarding.
When a writer catches on and finishes a draft that turns out to be just what they'd hoped for.
When a writer enjoys our work together as much as I do.
Blushing aside, here are what a few of the authors had to say:
"Michele Orwin was the perfect coach for me! She was super prompt, always providing thorough and useful feedback earlier than promised. She matched my energy, understood where I was going and was super helpful in getting me there—with honest, direct feedback and just enough encouragement."
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, Threads of Awakening: An American Woman’s Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art is being published on August 23, 2022
“My editor was more valuable than I anticipated. The formality of having someone to send work to. The self-imposed deadlines. The feedback. The phone calls post-feedback. The rewriting. The epiphanies. The complete overhaul. ALL proved extremely helpful in crafting what I think is an interesting book. I didn't want just ideal readers or friends/family or a writing group's input. I wanted a professional and that is what I got. Michele was my coach and she was very good. When I look at the initial work I sent her, I admire her encouragement--it was horrible. I'm embarrassed. But she stuck with me and taught me how to write better. I came to trust her instincts. Sometimes I would read a comment and think, "What do you mean you don't know who said that." But she was right every time. Also verbalizing my questions in post-editing phone calls proved VERY helpful. Articulation can clarify, and it did for me.” – Ken G.
"Michele Orwin was really a star. She was very honest with what worked and what did not. She celebrated small victories, kept me on task, and best of all, she made me feel as though what I had to say was really important. I needed someone to hold me accountable, and Michele did a wonderful job with that; she was also quick to respond . She was also very complimentary of my writing, which kept me going - she instilled a faith in me and my book that I didn't have at the start . She was very encouraging.” – Chuck Radke, Stuccoville: Life Without a Net, published January 2021
“Michele is terrific. She is very insightful and has helped me see the gaps as I formulate my story and move forward. The accountability and feedback from a book coach are incredibly helpful!” – Jennifer B.
“I was having a really difficult time getting started and felt as if I would not accomplish anything. I felt my story needed to be told, but I could not figure out how to write the volume of work that I needed. I asked my coach to pivot and help me develop my work as a short story. I needed a measurable achievement!” – Heather B.
And lastly, the reason I wake up excited each morning at 4:30 a.m. is because of my work with Michele Orwin. I am an embarrassing level of grateful for her. The speed with which she turns my submissions around, her sensitivity to my feelings on some hard family history and her keen eye make her absolutely essential to the work of a first time memoir writer like me. Even though I have only just begun the revision process, I can say that this is a true highlight of my life. - Elizabeth H.