Fox Tales, Big Picture Story Coach LLC
You have a novel and a writing dream. I can help that dream come true!
Fox Tales specializes in coaching writers wishing to create books for young readers. If you write for young readers and you dream of polishing your work to a high shine, read on.
What We Do
I can help your story take flight!
When we write for young readers, we are writing to, for, and about the child we once were. That twelve-year old self had dreams, that teen we were had hopes. At Fox Tales I help writers understand and harness the craft of story-telling, and uncover those hopes and dreams to discover the heart of the story they wish to tell.
Fox Tales offers services in multiple children’s genres, in age ranges from middle grade through young adult. My specialties include fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction.
Let me help you uncover your hopes and dreams, and write the book you are compelled to bring to life.
Who We Are
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.
When you work with Fox Tales, you’ll be working one-on-one with me.
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 am working on a Master’s Degree from UCLA Extensions, have a partial film degree, and four Donald Maass workshops behind me. I’m also a student in the Author Accelerator Book Coach Certification Program. 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. Find out more about me at www.kevinmaccabefox.com.
Janet is the owner of Fox Tales, and works with all clients. Her son and partner is a writer (writing as K. MacCabe) of science fiction. Janet consults with Kevin, especially 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.
Fox Tales provides a whole-book, whole-writer mentorship. We specialize in coaching writers wishing to create books for young readers.
With years of experience in the publishing industry, including award-winning books with big New York houses, in multiple genres and for all age ranges, I can guide you in crafting your best work. I provide honest, incisive, positive feedback. I won’t tell you your work is ready or perfect – until it is.
Hence, our mission statement:
Editing for the whole story.
Guiding the writer and the project.
Supporting the writer emotionally and creatively.
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.
Fox Tales does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation. I am proud to support and assist all writers.
Have you been trying to write a book, but feel lost? You don’t have to go it alone! I have years of experience in writing and publishing. Let me help.
“Janet’s perspective was just what I needed. She’s incisive, perceptive and, above all, positive and encouraging. Janet whipped me into shape with constructive criticism and a ton of encouragement! She can analyze a piece of writing and, with her considerable experience, recommend exactly what to do to make it engaging and marketable. Overall, working with Janet was, in a word, inspiring!” Brook M.
“Janet has great insight in what’s working (and not yet working) in manuscripts. Her knowledge of craft means she could point me to the right chapter (or exercise) in the right book to improve my work-in-progress. I finished my six-month mentorship with an almost-query-ready novel and a new sureness in my writing. I highly recommend Janet as a book coach.” Tara O.
“I had a novel languishing in a drawer, and Janet has breathed exciting new life into it. She took it in hand and expertly gave me specific recommendations on character, plot, and structure that develop the book in much more convincing ways. Janet’s professionalism and insights have been invaluable. If you have a manuscript in early, middle, or late stage of development – I recommend you get Janet’s coaching immediately!” Randle B.
“Janet has a kind, caring approach perfectly suited to be a book coach. She listened, connected, and spent considerable time pondering my work before writing the clearest most lovely editorial letter I’ve ever received. It sung the praises worth singing and plumbed the depths of story and character that needed revision. She deftly used broad strokes and finely tuned pointers to take my novel to the next level and beyond. Thank you!” Dan R.
“Finding the right person to deliver a constructive critique isn’t always easy. While many writers/critiquers I’ve worked with over the years are good at pointing out my story’s flaws, few excel at giving ideas for fixing them. With her extensive background in story writing and publishing, and her gift for seeing a writer’s vision for their story, Janet is skilled at both finding a manuscript’s weakness and giving suggestions for improvement. There’s no doubt working with Janet has turned my YA novel into a stronger story.” Dave W.
I want to meet you and hear about your project.
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 and that you are ready to commit to the process.
I want to establish a relationship of mutual trust and honest communication.
Let’s have a brief discovery call, so we can discuss your project and what I can provide, whether you need a short package or a long one, to help make your writing dreams come true.
Discover Your Story Heart
You’ve written a novel, or you’ve started one. It’s your first draft – or your tenth. But the dream in your head just doesn’t seem to appear on the page, no matter how many books you’ve read or writing conferences you’ve attended.
Here’s the thing: you don’t have to do things the hard way or feel alone in your writing journey.
As a published writer and a book coach I can quickly see to the heart of your story and help you find the right words to bring that story to life.
Let’s Find Your Story’s Heart Together
If you want to dip your toe in the waters of book coaching, I have an offer for you. I want to help you get started, to dig into the core of your story. To do that, I’ll respond to your answers to the questions in my Story Heart Workbook, and read the opening pages of your manuscript.
Whether you have a completed novel, or just the opening pages, this package is for you.
All this for only $220.
I only offer a few Story Heart slots each month. When you purchase, I’ll immediately email you the Story Heart Workbook with instructions.
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 manuscript evaluation
This is an overview of your entire novel or nonfiction book, up to 75,000 words.
- Send us your manuscript
- Read your entire manuscript
- Write a five to ten page edit letter with suggestions and editorial comments on character arc, plot, concept, etc.
- Provide you a “next steps” outline
- Schedule with you one 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation after we return your manuscript
Timeframe of 4 to 6 weeks
$2100.00. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page
Whole novel six-month coaching
This is a full manuscript workshop over a 6-month time period, whether writing your first draft or revising your tenth, for concept, plot, character, and development possibilities, up to 75,000 words.
- Send us your manuscript/pages
- Write/revise as we go, returning your work as noted in our agreement
- Guide you through one month crafting an Inside/Outline
- Read and comment on your manuscript at every-two-week increments with extensive line edits following the Inside/Outline, using the Blueprint For a Book
- Write brief edit letters as needed with each incremental deadline
- With each deadline we comment on 20 to 30 pages of your revision/next set of pages
- Each deadline includes a 30-minute phone or Zoom conversation
- Unlimited email conversations
Timeframe of 6 months
$3200.00. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page
Whole novel twelve-month coaching
This full manuscript critique offers what is included in the basic assessment package above, but also includes an additional 6 deadlines and 6 phone/Zoom visits, for a total of 12 of each.
Timeframe of 12 months.
$5700.00, up to 75,000 words. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page
For existing/prior clients only:
If you’ve worked with us before and need a quick eyeball on your pages once again before submitting, consider these options:
Full manuscript read-through with no line edits, 30-minute phone consult, and brief edit letter: $1150.00
If you’ve completed the whole novel 6-month package, and wish to add a la carte months one at a time: $500.00/month
If you’ve completed our full manuscript evaluation or our 6-month package and need 3 months of additional coaching (deadlines every two weeks; extensive line edits; 30-minute consults with each deadline; unlimited email conversations): $1300.00
Additional one-hour phone or Zoom consults: $100/consult
Also for prior clients only – Query/pitch package:
- Help you polish and edit three sample chapters, up to three rounds
- Help you write a synopsis
- Help you develop a pitch/query up to three rounds
- Help you develop an initial agent wish list and pitch plan
- Coach you on initial rejections and help you hone or revise your pitch
- Schedule with you one 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation
Timeframe of 4 (working) weeks once you begin with us. Revisiting after initial rejections is included, within a three-month waiting period.
Discover the Author Accelerator Inside-Outline to plan/refocus your book
The Inside-Outline is a powerful tool to envision or re-envision your entire novel, using the principle of cause and effect and following your main character’s emotional journey. A fantastic planning tool, if you are just beginning your novel. Learn and use the Inside-Outline under our coaching.
- First complete the Author Accelerator Inside-Outline course, purchased through us at a discount.
- Guide you through 4 rounds of creating and revising a One-page Book Summary and Inside Outline
- Provide detailed feedback in each of the weeks/rounds and instruction to take your work to the next step
- Schedule with you one 30-minute phone or Zoom conversation each week
Timeframe of 5 to 7 weeks once you begin with us
Discover Your Story Heart
This is a short package designed to get you thinking about your story in a new way. 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.
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.