SUGGESTED PROGRAMS


What is the best book coaching program for your needs? At Ken Wachsberger, The Book Coach, we tailor our programs to fit your unique needs. Below is a selection of sample writing and editing programs. If you don’t see one that fits your unique needs, contact us today and let’s talk.

Master Momentum Builder

You’re just getting started and you can’t find time in your busy schedule. Or, ideas are filling your mind and you don’t know how to get them onto paper. Or, you’re making steady progress and you see the end in sight.

Wherever you are in the book-writing process, you will find times when you struggle to keep up your momentum. The Master Momentum Builder may be the best book coaching program to give you the structure, editorial expertise, and accountability you need to maintain your flow.

  • Background questionnaire
  • Weekly one-hour phone or conference call 
  • Daily emails with maximum 36-hour response time
  • Detailed ongoing action plan
  • Book outline
  • Light review of up to 5 pages per week
  • Copy of You’ve  Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You
  • Wrap-up conference call to review where you’ve been and plan for where you want to go
Introductory offer:

4 weeks:   $ 850

12 weeks: $2350

24 weeks: $4500

Payment plan available

In-person local meetings are available at no extra charge. Travel and lodging outside local area are additional costs.

For the Writer on a Roll

Your manuscript is taking shape but you have a long way to go and unrelated passages to complete. Which do you tackle first? Meanwhile, other issues are starting to arise. Should you publish through another company or create your own company and publish independently? What technology will help you? What do these ominous clauses in your author contract mean and how do you negotiate a better one? How do you nab those defining testimonial quotes?

  • Background questionnaire
  • Daily one-hour phone call
  • Unlimited emails with maximum 24-hour response time 
  • Detailed ongoing action plan
  • In-depth editorial critique of up to 20 pages per week 16 x $85 = $1360
  • Copy of You’ve  Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You
  • Wrap-up conference call to review where you’ve been and plan for where you want to go
Introductory offer:

4 weeks: $3900

8 weeks: $7600

Payment plan available

In-person local meetings are available at no extra charge. Travel and lodging outside local area are additional costs.

Weekend Private Retreat (for 6 to 10)

Is your best book coaching program a small group affair? For one weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, I join you and your colleagues, who you recruit, in your own creative space anywhere you want. There we deep dive into the entire writing and publishing process. You learn how a book can help your credibility, give you peace of mind, and transform your life. We discuss how to get those initial ideas onto the screen and start organizing them, create an outline, prepare for and conduct interviews, find experts to write forewords and testimonial quotes, understand and use new technology, negotiate book contracts, book promotion, and much more.

  • Background questionnaire for each participant
  • Morning-to-evening access for one weekend
  • One-on-one personal meetings for each participant
  • Group peer evaluation 
  • Daily writing 
  • Copy of You’ve  Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You for each participant
Introductory offer:

$3500 total for first 6 enrollees, plus travel and basic expenses, to be divided equally

$400 for each additional attendee up to 10, with total cost always divided equally

Final Editing

Final editing is strictly hourly. The quality of writing varies so radically from one manuscript to another, I am unable to predict in advance how many pages I can edit per hour.

So, I edit an agreed-upon number of pages and send them to you along with a detailed email critique and the amount of time it took me to edit the pages. Based on the quality of my work and my editing time, we can estimate how long the entire book will take and you can decide if you want me to proceed.

  • I provide detailed email critiques of your manuscript at every stage of editing.
  • During the time of editing, you have unlimited email access.
  • One free phone interview following complete editing of each draft.
Introductory offer:

$75 per hour

Let’s Talk

What is the best book coaching program for your needs? Complete the application today to schedule your free 30-minute phone interview.

You’ve got that book in you. I can help you bring it to life.

“Most people who write and edit for a living tend to view their own writing as perfect and flawless.  Having been a writer and editor for the last 30 years, I know better than to think about my own projects in that way.  So before I took the plunge of self-publishing A Mystery in the Mailbox, I sought fresh eyes in the form of the highly gifted editor, Ken Wachsberger. 

“I didn’t know him previously, but he had spoken at a National Writers Union meeting I attended, and I was impressed with his presentation, his humor, and his obvious intelligence.  I found his phone number and gave him a call.  I told him what I needed from him, we agreed on a price, and I shipped the manuscript off to Michigan.  I had a little trepidation when I considered that I was sending my heart and soul on paper to a stranger who, being a guy, probably preferred action novels to a book of indeterminate genre that he was about to receive. 

A Mystery in the Mailbox is a combination of inspiration, true life, how to, self-help, and a charitable project. I had no idea how he would react to the content or what kind of issues or suggestions he might send my way.  Truthfully, I was expecting a savaging response, but instead, I received a positive, well-reasoned, and accurate assessment.

 “I was blown away with Ken’s comments, corrections, and improvements.  His needed changes were things I couldn’t believe I had missed, and his suggestions for reworking the order of several sections of the text made a huge difference in the final product.  Ken steered me down the right road, rather than the primrose path.  I will be seeking Ken’s expertise as a book editor for all my future projects.  You would be wise to trust him with yours!” 

—M. E. Betsy McMillan author, A Mystery in the Mailbox