Book Coaching

 

 

 

 

 

Fox Tales, Big Picture Story Coach LLC

Editing for the whole story.

Guiding the writer and the project.

Supporting the writer emotionally and creatively.

Using insight and a dose of magic to change the world,

one book at a time.

Accolades

Have you been trying to write a book, but feel lost? You don’t have to go it alone! We have years of experience in writing and publishing. Let us help.

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, fantasy or science fiction, magical realism or historical fiction, we can guide you. Here’s what some of our clients have said after working with us:

“Janet was positive, insightful and clear in helping me with the query process! Her inside knowledge of the publishing world was invaluable as she passed on a number of time-saving tips and strategies.” Brook M.

And after I worked with Brook on her full manuscript, she adds, “Janet’s perspective was just what I needed. She’s incisive, perceptive and, above all, positive and encouraging. Once we started working together, I finally felt my writing was headed in the right direction.” 

 

“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. She gave me the direction, enthusiasm, and support I need to get the book ready for publication. 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.

Mission Statement

What is Book Coaching?

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.

Hence, Fox Tales, Big Picture Story Coach mission statement:

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 and expertise 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.

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 dreams.

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.

Please note that, although we can advise you as to the right market, we do not refer clients to our agents or editors.

Who We Are

Janet Fox: I love to teach. I taught middle and high school language arts for several years until I sold my first novel and I’ve taught writing craft to audiences of all ages. I’m the author of nine books for young readers, ranging from picture books through middle grade and young adult, fiction and non-fiction, six from major publishers. I also love to learn, and have an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Several of my books are historical fiction. I have a background in marine geology, and am very familiar with the neuro-diverse. I have a special fondness for fantasy and magical realism. Strong female protagonists, mainstream contemporary fiction, and out-of-the-box concepts – these, too, are in my wheelhouse.

I’m proud to say that I’ve been certified through the Advanced level of Author Accelerator’s Book Coach Certification Program. Their program equips book coaches to do that work with expertise and integrity. See more here: https://www.bookcoaches.com/

 

Kevin Fox: 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. 

What We Do

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.

Intake Process

Before beginning our relationship all of our potential clients will be asked to fill out a short intake form and send us five sample pages of the manuscript you wish to work on. 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 Zoom 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 timeframe for completion.

Packages

Currently Fox Tales uses a package pricing model.

All packages include a further intake process in which we query you on your goals and how you approach your work. All line edits are done with track changes in Word. Phone or Zoom conversations last for one hour except as indicated and are conducted as scheduled by both parties, but no more often than once per week during on-going packages.

All packages must be paid with a 50% deposit in advance, and the balance is due upon completion of the work, or monthly if applicable for longer projects, per our signed agreement and contract. Payment may be made through Paypal or by personal check.

Please note again 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.

Are you in a hurry? Please contact us for rush rates. Prices based upon package and time required.

Packages Offered:

Quick Takes

Janet is an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified book coach. Author Accelerator’s Certification Program equips book coaches to do that work with expertise and integrity. For packages that are offered by Fox Tales and use Author Accelerator courses – the Inside-Outline, and the Pitch Track – please click the live links for more details. Note: I can offer discounts on any of the Author Accelerator courses if you book a coaching package through me. Please contact me for details.

Initial query letter

Are you ready to begin querying? A strong query letter is an important asset to catch the attention of an agent or editor. We’ll help you revise and polish. (No phone conversation included.)

You:

  • Send us your query letter
  • Revise your query letter once and return to us

We:

  • Read and comment on your initial query draft
  • Read and comment on one revision of your query

Timeframe of 1 to 2 weeks

$210.00

For additional rounds of query revision: $40/round.

First twenty pages

Do you have a first draft or revisions and want a “starter assessment”? Have you queried and had interest but not been able to get further? Perhaps your opening pages aren’t doing the heavy lifting. We’ll read your first twenty pages and make general comments, which will include line edits. This package will focus on your concept, genre, and general execution. If you wish to take this first step and proceed with the same manuscript to one of our whole manuscript reviews, we offer a 10% discount on your next purchase.

You:

  • Send us your first twenty pages

We:

  • Return with comments, including line edits
  • Write you a one-to-two-page edit letter
  • Schedule with you one 30-minute phone or Zoom conversation

Timeframe of 2 to 4 weeks

$310.00

Comprehensive Author Accelerator query/pitch package

This package includes a pre-requisite.

You:

We:

  • 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 weeks once you begin with us

$790.00

Discover the Author Accelerator Inside-Outline to plan/refocus your book

This package includes a pre-requisite.

The Inside-Outline is a powerful tool to re-envision your entire novel, using the principle of cause and effect and following your main character’s emotional journey. Learn and use the Inside-Outline and apply it to your manuscript, under our coaching.

You:

We:

  • 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 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation each week

Timeframe of 4 to 6 weeks once you begin with us

$590.00

Publishing process

Not clear on how to go through the process from idea to publication? Want to understand the right path for you – whether it’s indie, traditional, or hybrid publishing? We also consult on the publishing process (no referrals to agents or editors, although we will make suggestions for you to pursue). 30-minute phone/Zoom conversation.

$99.00

Short reviews for existing clients

If you’ve worked with us before and need a quick eyeball on your pages once again before submitting, consider these options (one-hour phone or Zoom consult included with each):

Full manuscript read-through up to 75,000 words: $350.00

Full manuscript read-through with limited line edits: $500.00

Full manuscript read-through with limited line edits and edit letter: $750.00

Additional one-hour phone or Zoom consults: $75/consult

Whole Manuscript

If you wish to take any of these packages as a first step and proceed with the same manuscript to our next level assessment, or repeat the same level assessment, we offer a 10% discount on your next purchase.

Manuscript evaluation

This is a “quick-take” look at your entire novel or nonfiction book, up to 75,000 words. One-hour phone/Zoom consult included.

You:

  • Send us your manuscript

We:

  • Read your manuscript
  • Return to you a three to six-page edit letter of editorial feedback on big-picture issues
  • Recommend next steps
  • Schedule with you one 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation

Timeframe of 1 week to 10 days

$900.00 Above 75,000 words, add $5/page

Whole novel/book overview

This is a more comprehensive overview of your entire novel or nonfiction book, up to 75,000 words.

You:

  • Send us your manuscript

We:

  • Read and comment on your entire manuscript with limited line edits
  • Write a five to ten page edit letter with detailed suggestions and editorial comments on character arc, plot, concept, etc.
  • Provide you a detailed “next steps” outline
  • Schedule with you one 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation

Timeframe of 2 to 3 weeks

$1200.00. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page

Whole novel/book basic

This is a full manuscript critique over a 6-month time period, revising for concept, plot, character, and development possibilities, up to 75,000 words.

You:

  • Send us your manuscript
  • Revise as we go, returning your revisions as noted in our agreement

We:

  • Guide you through one month crafting an Inside/Outline
  • Read and comment on your manuscript in 5 monthly increments with extensive line edits following the Inside/Outline
  • Write edit letters 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 60-minute phone or Zoom conversation
  • Unlimited email conversations

Timeframe of 6 months 

$2900.00. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page

Whole novel/book extensive

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.

$4900.00, up to 75,000 words. Above 75,000 words, add $5/page

Note: If you have completed the basic 6-month assessment above and wish to add 6 months, the cost is $1800.00 (a discounted rate).

To Begin

Please contact us.

Fox Tales

Big Picture Story Coach LLC

FAQs

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.

Currently Fox Tales uses a package pricing model. Please click here for those details.

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