Join Our Team as a Writing Coach
Can you spot a good story a mile away? More importantly, are you skilled at helping others find that great story from within? And, are you the kind of person that can help someone believe in the power of that story, and guide them through the emotional journey of putting the story on paper in a way that will help their reader, and be marketable?
If you have experience writing non-fiction books for other people or coaching non-fiction authors and you can help a sometimes scattered and overwhelmed mind organize and focus around a goal to complete a manuscript … then please keep reading! And, bonus points if you can double as a motivational coach when someone begins to doubt their book or waivers on their commitment to their project.
We have many things that make up the Book Launchers way, but the three most important things we do in the early phases of helping a client write are covered here:
- Hook of a book: https://youtu.be/JUzi4qGH0-A
- Elements of a marketable book: https://youtu.be/VwtYvIU6DOo
- 4 Ways to Start a Chapter: https://youtu.be/_z8mFkhvi1M
Finding the best person for this role is the most important thing. The work is done remotely, so as long as you’re in North America, we are happy to consider you for the position.
What is your role?
Support our entrepreneur and business professional clients to use the hook and basic outline they’ve created with our story expert to create a plan to draft that book. Then, through weekly or bi-weekly calls and email you’ll support them to write the first draft of their manuscript. You’ll play one part accountability partner, and one part the expert guide.
Your ultimate goal is to help them get the first draft done. We don’t expect the first draft to be amazing, but we do want you to keep the hook clear throughout and make sure the whole book speaks to the ideal reader. The rest, we’ll work through in content edit and beyond.
Our hashtag is #noboringbooks so it’s important that every book have emotion, story, and be reader-focused. We also like to think about marketing the book when we’re writing it (or, helping our clients’ write it)! But, our clients are not professional writers. Some are using their book to establish their expertise. Others, really want to tell an important story. Your primary goal is to guide that process to keep the author on track with their hook and their goals and ensure we get the first draft to develop further.
You will need to have a positive presence on the phone as you will need to connect with each person to motivate and coach them to success. You’ll need to be eloquent and concise in email communications as you check in, provide input and push the authors along.
A big part of this role is BUTT KICKING and ACCOUNTABILITY.
The better you are at adjusting your approach to motivate and support each client, the more success you will have.
And, a mind for marketing will be useful as you work with the author to write a book that will help them reach their goals and appeal to their end reader.
Book Launchers helps entrepreneurs and professionals to publish high-quality non-fiction books. But, this is not a traditional publishing company. Our authors retain all control and ownership over the content and keep all royalties. We provide the team and the guidance to help our authors write and publish, AND achieve their business objectives through their book. It’s not just about selling books (although we help them with that too!). It’s about using a book to build a business, boost a brand, become a recognized expert all while sharing valuable expertise and experience with others.
You will be the author’s biggest cheerleader, from start to finish as they draft their manuscript. You’ll coach, encourage, support and guide each author to complete their book. You will be there when they doubt their content, and when they think it’s better than it really is. It’s your job to help guide them to the best possible first rough draft.
So many would be authors fail because they start, but don’t finish their manuscript. They lose focus, doubt themselves and get lost in the project. You won’t let that happen.
As a coach, you’ll read their work to make sure it flows, engages the reader and will help the author achieve their most important business goal. As the writer, we expect that comes naturally and that you can capture the author’s voice while you do that.
You’ll build relationships with the unique and experienced people who want to become authors. You’ll learn about all kinds of professions, personal stories and businesses as you take the author through finishing the draft of their manuscript.
Our process has five phases:
- Pen to Paper (Writing Your Book)
- Process (Editing)
- Publishing (Design, Layout, & Set Up with Printing and Distribution)
- Platform (Building the business around the book including website, social media, and other services offered around the book)
- Promote (Selling the book).
Your job is to support the author entirely through Phase 1. The two of you will celebrate the milestones as they complete their word goals and finalize chapters. You’ll check in when you haven’t heard from them. And, when they complete each chapter, you’ll read it and give them content and flow-based suggestions to make it the best possible product. We’re helping them create a book they will be proud of.
When the book leaves your care, it’s ready for content editing.
Specific Tasks Include:
- Working with the author to develop a book outline based on their hook – if one isn’t give to you from our story expert. This is not as simple as it sounds. Many entrepreneurs and professionals will want to put WAY TOO MUCH into one book. Others will want to write a book that is way too much like a lot of other books that are already on the market. Your job is to help them find the sweet spot where their expertise mixes with the market needs and what they need to write about to achieve their business goals. Once you find that, then you’ll need to work with them to develop a detailed outline so all they have to do is fill in the gaps.
- Develop a plan with a timeline to make it easier and more efficient for each client to achieve their goals.
- Monitoring the book and the author’s progress as they write, and identifying potential issues early. You’re going to be their accountability partner while they write, so if you’re not hearing from them and receiving material to read on the schedule you establish with them, you need to chase them down and make sure everything is ok.
- Remember your most important role is to help each author produce the first draft of a manuscript that will help them achieve their most important business goal. You must always review the material with that in mind.
- Check in weekly with the client and with our team for progress reports and updates.
The ideal candidate for this role has written non-fiction books, has experience coaching non-fiction authors, or has a depth of experience working with non-fiction books and authors in the publishing industry.
If you have not written at least two non-fiction books or do not have direct experience working on non-fiction books then please do not apply for this job.
This currently is a CONTRACT POSITION. You will be offered work on a project by project basis.
If this sounds like a perfect fit for you then here’s a bit about us.
Book Launchers officially opened to authors in September 2017. We launched 32 books in 2019 so far and have nearly three times that underway for 2020 launch. We expect that we will likely triple that volume again over the next twelve months, so we need great people on our team.
It’s a great time to join our small but mighty (and growing team). Founder, Julie Broad, is a Top 20 under 40 award-winning entrepreneur, an award-winning OVERALL Amazon #1 bestselling author (her first self-published niche non-fiction book actually topped the charts of all the millions of books sold in Canada on Amazon and stayed there for 36 hours and was in the Top 100 overall for 45 days), and she’s a recognized expert on self-publishing, branding, and marketing.
The company is based out of Los Angeles, but many of the team members are located all over the United States and Canada. This position currently reports to Tim Testa, who runs the writing department. He’s an Emmy nominated writer, who took a non-fiction book and turned it into a seven year running tv series that he wrote and starred in. He’s a wealth of experience and knowledge to support you as you workwith our clients.
Again, this is a contract position at this time, but you want to eventually become a permanent part of our team, mention that during the interview process as we are open to that in the future. Please read all of the information and APPLY HERE.
If this doesn’t sound right for you, but you know someone who would be perfect for this position, please pass it along and make sure we know who to thank if we hire them. 🙂