Celebrating a writer’s success
We’d like to introduce , one of our Author Accelerator members. Courtney McKinney-Whitaker recently finished her manuscript. We invited her to sit down for a little interview to talk about his experience. So without further ado, here is Courtney!
Q: Okay, Courtney, can we have the basics about your project and your book coach?
Courtney: My book, which is currently untitled, is a historical fiction novel set during the Civil War. I worked with book coach, Sheila Athens.
Q: How long did you work with Author Accelerator on this manuscript?
Courtney: I worked on this manuscript with Author Accelerator for 10 months.
Q: How does it feel to have finished?
Courtney: A little unbelievable but very exciting!
Q: What did you do to celebrate?
Courtney: I’m a big tea drinker. I went to a fancy tea room for lunch.
Q: What’s next for your book?
Courtney: Revision (obviously) and more research.
Q: What are the next steps in your writing career?
Courtney: I’m going to get this book submission ready, and I’m going to work on updating my author website and social media channels.
I also write poetry for children, and I have a poem coming out in the May issue of Highlights High Five.
Q: Why would you recommend coaching?
Courtney: It’s absolutely invaluable to have feedback on your story as you’re writing it. It helps silence those little voices that say, “Is this story worth writing? Am I the right person to write it? Have I completely lost my mind? Am I wasting my time? Is this any good? Does it make any sense?”
Q: Do you have anything you would like to share about the coaching process or your coach specifically?
Courtney: I am in the Manuscript Accelerator program with Sheila Athens. Without her support, I would have been second guessing myself at every other line. She’s given me so much valuable feedback to work with in revision.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, Courtney. And again, congrats on your huge accomplishment!