Welcome to Fox Tales!
You have a children’s story and a writing dream. I can help that dream come true!
What We Do
Success Stories!! In the next couple of months, I’m excited to report that I’ll be able to share client success stories! Stay tuned…
You’ve written a middle grade or YA novel or picture book, or you’ve started one. It’s your first draft – or your tenth. But the dream in your head hasn’t come alive, no matter how many craft books you’ve read or writing conferences you’ve attended.
I’ve been there. And learned – the hard, lonely way – how to craft a story. Here’s the thing: you don’t have to do things the hard way or feel alone in your writing journey.
I help kidlit authors grow story-building confidence so they can achieve the dream of writing a book that kids will love.
I’ve written and coached children’s books in age ranges from picture books through young adult. Whether you are writing fantasy or science fiction, contemporary or historical fiction, picture books or non-fiction, I can help.
I’ll help your story take flight. Let’s get started!
I want to learn about your writing dreams, your hopes and expectations.
I want you to feel confident that I can guide you to do your best work.
I want to establish a relationship of mutual trust and honest communication.
If we agree to work together I will provide honest, incisive, positive feedback. I won’t tell you your work is ready or perfect – until it is.
Let’s have a free 30-minute discovery call, so we can discuss your project and what I can provide. Whether you need a short package or a long one, my job is to help make your writing dreams come true. Be sure to download my free Imagine Your Story Workbook!
(If you’d like to “try out” book coaching first, check out my Story Heart Workbook!)
Who We Are
I’m Janet Fox:
As the author of nine books for young readers, six from major publishers, I’m well acquainted with the publishing industry and the beauty of a well-crafted book. I have a special fondness for fantasy and magical realism. Strong female protagonists, neuro-diversity, mainstream contemporary fiction, and out-of-the-box concepts – these, too, are in my wheelhouse. I’m a former teacher and an MFA graduate from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Writing for Children and Young Adults. I’m proud to say that I’ve been certified through the Advanced level of Author Accelerator’s Book Coach Certification Program. I also coach writers in the coaching track for She Writes Press and SparkPress.
All clients who sign with Fox Tales work directly with me. My son, writer, and consultant offers his expertise through me on projects of speculative fiction. If you have a project of spec fiction and would like to work with Kevin one-on-one contact him here.
From the cinematic flickering of film to the pages of a novel, the world of story has fascinated me since I was a child. I’ve been working on a Master’s Degree from UCLA Extensions, have a partial film degree, and four Donald Maass workshops behind me. Whether you write in a land of fantasy, where mages, unicorns, and fairies all frolic about, or the shady streets of a grim-dark cyberpunk city – I will be the coach for you. I know what makes a world tick, breathe, and live to a reader, and how to make character and story shine through the vibrancy of your world. Let’s build your vision together.
Fox Tales does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation. We are proud to support and assist all writers.
Discover Your Story Heart
If you want to try out book coaching, I have an offer for you. Together, we’ll dig into the heart of your story.
You’ll answer the questions in my Story Heart Workbook on your own, and then you’ll send them back to me with your pages and I’ll make notes on both. We’ll follow up with a quick Zoom meet to discuss your next steps.
Whether you have a completed novel, or just the opening pages, this package is for you.
I only offer a few Story Heart slots each month. When you purchase, I’ll immediately email you the Workbook with instructions. This special package is only $310, with workbook and coaching.
Are you ready to get started? Click here, and let’s get to work!
Whether you are writing your first draft, or revising a previous draft, I can help.
Whole Novel One-on-one Coaching
This is a full manuscript edit, whether writing your first draft or revising your tenth, for concept, plot, character, and development possibilities. While not required, I highly recommend 3-6 months of coaching to achieve the goal of first draft or revision of a full novel.
- Send me your manuscript/pages/concept
- Write/revise as we go, returning your work as noted in our agreement
- Read and comment on your manuscript at every-two-week increments with extensive line edits
- Write brief edit letters as needed with each incremental deadline
- With each deadline I comment on 20 to 30 pages of your revision/next set of pages
- Each deadline includes a 30-minute phone or Zoom conversation
- Provide unlimited email support
- For clients who complete a full novel revision, I do offer separate query and submission support.
Suggested timeframe of 3-6 months
New! Picture Book Coaching!
I can help you write or revise your picture book text. Contact me for details.
Whole Novel Group Coaching
This small group (no more than 4 students) coaching offers a more affordable way to edit your novel. We will meet as a group, and I will edit individual pages in that group setting, with every student having feedback in each session. It allows you to learn craft at a deep level, make progress on your manuscript, and grow into a cohort of writers to continue your writing journey.
- Agree to participate in a small group, 2-hour Zoom “workshop” every 2 weeks
- Send 10 new pages to me ahead of each session
- Read and comment on your pages at every session, returning comments to you
- Provide limited email support
- With each session I comment on all 4 students’ pages, giving you the opportunity to learn from one another’s coaching session
Discover Your Story Heart
This is a short package designed to get you thinking about your story in a new way, and to try out book coaching without a long-term commitment. Once you sign up and pay through our app, I’ll send you the Story Heart Workbook with a number of questions for you to answer, and you’ll return those together with pages from your work in progress. Then I’ll respond with a brief edit letter and we’ll have a 15 minute chat about where you hope to go next.
Timeframe of 2-4 weeks. For this package only, sign up here.
You can also download the FAQs in pdf form here.
It may be easier to say, first, what a book coach is not. A book coach is not a copy editor. A book coach is not a ghost writer. A book coach is generally not a line editor, although she may comment on a manuscript with line edits at some point in the process.
A book coach is a developmental, holistic editor, with the addition of supporting the writer through the entire process of writing a book, from start to finish, including time-management and publication guidance.
In other words, a book coach is a whole-book, whole-writer mentor.
Editing for the whole story.
Guiding the writer and the project.
Supporting the writer emotionally and creatively.
Our mission as book coaches is to challenge our clients to write to their full potential. We will employ our skills as writers and editors, in combination with our desire to support and uplift fellow writers, to create a relationship built on trust. If you are ready, willing, and able to invest in your work with heart, energy, and time, we are here to help you reach your writing goals.
Fox Tales can help you with your writing at all levels. Writing is a lonely business and the publishing world is confusing and constantly evolving. If you are nurturing a book but unsure how to bring it to life, book coaching may be for you. Our mission is clear: edit, guide, and support writers through the entire process of writing a book.
We offer a number of services in multiple genres, including children’s genres from middle grade through young adult, new adult, adult fiction and nonfiction. Our specialties include fantasy, historical, and science fiction. Please query us with your project.
Janet Fox, principal of Fox Tales, is the author of nine books for young readers, from picture books through young adult, fiction and non-fiction, contemporary, historical, science fiction, and fantasy. Most of her books have been published by Big Five publishers, and her work has won numerous awards and accolades. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught middle and high school language arts. Janet has been certified through Author Accelerator’s Advanced Book Coach Certification program.
All of our potential clients will be asked to fill out a short intake form and send us five sample pages at any level of development. We’ll return to you with a letter outlining our initial responses to your work. We’ll also conduct a brief (30 minute) phone or Skype conversation with you to discuss your feelings about your work and your hopes and dreams. We want to be sure that we can meet your needs, and that you feel comfortable working with us.
After this conversation and, assuming we are all happy with the relationship, upon receiving a signed agreement, contract, and 50% deposit from you, we will add you to our first available calendar spot. Once your project reaches its assigned date on our calendar, it will receive our full attention and we will clearly indicate a timeline for delivery.
That’s something we cannot guarantee.
While we cannot promise that your book will sell for a huge advance, reach the bestseller lists, become a movie, or even find a place in Big Five traditional publishing, we will strive to give you our best assessment of your work and a place to feel comfortable through your writing journey as you work to achieve your dream of crafting the book of your heart. And we’ll guide you in taking the next step toward publication, of whatever kind you choose – self, hybrid, or traditional.
Please note that we do not offer referrals to our agents or to the editors we know, nor do we offer marketing services, though we can make suggestions for you to investigate and pursue.