Author Accelerator Member Spotlight: Ken Guidroz

Celebrating a writer’s success

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We’d like to introduce Ken Guidroz, one of our Author Accelerator members. Ken recently finished his manuscript. We invited him to sit down for a little interview to talk about his experience. So without further ado, here is Ken!

Q: Okay, Ken, can we have the basics about your project and your book coach?

Ken: My book, Letters to My Son in Prison…Dear Lucas, is a memoir. I worked with book coach, Michele Orwin.

Q: How long did you work with Author Accelerator on this manuscript?

Ken: I have been working on this project with Author Accelerator for 6 months.

Q: How does it feel to have finished?

Ken: It’s refreshing and relieving. Having a deadline helped and I’ve strained toward the finish line and it feels great.

Q: What did you do to celebrate?

Ken: Went out to dinner with my wife. Nice, Italian food. Really nice.

Q: What’s next for your book?

Ken: Now I need to figure out how to get my story out into the world. Do I tweak it and create a blog and try to build a platform/audience? Or do I try to get published directly? Not sure but I plan on spending the next couple weeks trying to figure this out.

Q: What are the next steps in your writing career?

Ken: I have a first draft I’m proud of. But it’s not quite there yet. It’s not quite what I think it could be. I’m light years from where I was six months ago, but it still needs refining.

Q: Why would you recommend coaching?

Ken: My editor (preferred word) was more valuable than I anticipated. The formality of having someone to send work to. The self-imposed deadlines. The feedback. The phone calls post-feedback. The rewriting. The epiphanies. The complete overhaul. ALL proved extremely helpful in crafting what I think is an interesting book.

I didn’t want just ideal readers or friends/family or a writing group’s input. I wanted a professional and that is what I got.

Q: Do you have anything you would like to share about the coaching process or your coach specifically?

Ken: Michele was my coach and she was very good. When I look at the initial work I sent her, I admire her encouragement — it was horrible. I’m embarrassed. But she stuck with me and taught me how to write better.

I came to trust her instincts. Sometimes I would read a comment and think, “What do you mean you don’t know who said that.” But she was right every time. Also verbalizing my questions in post-editing phone calls proved VERY helpful. Articulation can clarify, and it did for me.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, Ken. And again, congrats on your huge accomplishment!