Writing coaching & manuscript development

Writing coaching and manuscript development workshops will help you get your book where you want it.

Writing can be a lonely occupation. Your friends and loved ones can cheer you on from the sidelines but they don’t really know what you’re going through. Sometimes you need someone who knows your story as well as you do to help you get to the next milestone, to give you confidence that you are making progress, or to guide you back if you wander off track. That’s what a writing coach is for.

Writing coaching and manuscript development can help you:

  • work through story or character issues
  • hone your craft
  • stay focused and on track
  • implement feedback from a manuscript appraisal
  • get your book where you want it.
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Writing coaching FAQs

How does it work?

Coaching can be the next step after a manuscript appraisal workshop (mini or maxi) or it can be the beginning of our work together.

We start with a conversation about your book – where you’re up to, what your hopes are for it and what you think it needs.

Then I do a mini manuscript appraisal (first 10K words) and read your chapter outline (if you have one) so I can develop a coaching proposal.

We have a one-hour video workshop to discuss my appraisal and coaching proposal. We tweak the proposal if needed, then we’re ready to get started. (Note: you might find the feedback from the appraisal is enough for to get you back on track, if so that’s a win for you! You can always come back later if you run aground.)

Coaching proposals vary from person to person, depending on where you’re up to with your book and what help you need:

  • with some writers we’ll be ready to go straight into a schedule of manuscript development workshops after the appraisal
  • with others I might suggest starting with a close edit of a chapter to unveil the potential power of your writing and give you some direction for self-editing before we move into workshopping
  • with others still I might offer some writing exercises to help you develop a character or an aspect of the story, either before workshopping begins or at some point during the process.

Manuscript development workshops are one hour, via Zoom. They are recorded so you can go back over them. I read your submitted chapters in advance (up to 5000 words) we work through them together on screen, then discuss the next steps.

How many workshops will we need?

This depends on where you are with your book. It may only need one or two sessions to get you on track to final draft, or you might want to work with me for longer.

How much does it cost?

  • initial appraisal $350
  • subsequent coaching workshops $180*

* If we begin with an edit there will be an additional cost (approximately $50  – depending on the word count).

Is writing coaching and manuscript development your next step towards getting published?

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Lu Sexton

Hello, I’m Lu Sexton. I’m an editor and writing coach. I’ve been working with writers like you since 2009 and I love it. My mission is to help you bring out the best in your writing and get you one step closer to being published.

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Lu has been a pleasure to work with. Her manuscript assessment, one-on-one writing workshops and copy edits have been invaluable in the development of my first novel. Lu has a lot of knowledge and attention to detail which, along with her enthusiasm, really helped me take my manuscript to the next level.

I’d strongly recommend Lu to any writers – she can really help you develop a solid finished product.

Nichola Scurry

Author of 'With the Music'

Lu worked with me on my book Smart Parenting from first draft to publication. Her keen eye for structure, her word magic and her wit made it an unforgettable experience. I’m forever grateful for her support. Can’t wait to work with her on my next book.

Dina Cooper

Dina Cooper

Author of 'Smart Parenting'

Lu has been incredible, her ability to help my voice and give me the guidance and confidence to tell my story has been more than I asked of her. I highly recommend contacting her, no matter what stage you’re at, and you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait until we can work together again…after I implement some her insight and rework a few more chapters. Love ya style Lu 😁

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Shane Cunningham

Creative writer