Celebrating a book coach’s success
We’d like to introduce , one of our Author Accelerator members. Savannah Gilbo recently became a certified book coach. We invited her to sit down for a little interview to talk about her experience. So without further ado, here is Savannah!
Q: Okay, Savannah, how did you come to book coaching? Were you a writer looking for a way to dive deeper into the craft? A coach hoping to expand or enhance your services? Were you entering book coaching totally fresh?
Savannah: I was burnt out in my corporate job looking for something I could do for a living that I was passionate about. In 2017 I became a Certified Story Grid Editor and started working with writers shortly after that. I fell in love with helping people tell their stories and haven’t looked back since!
Q: What was your experience in the Advanced Training and Certification course? What did you find most satisfying? What did you find most challenging?
Sarah: Because of my Story Grid training, I felt like I had a good grasp on the technical side of editing, but I wanted to round out my skillset and learn how coach someone through the writing or editing process. That’s how I found Author Accelerator and why I decided to enroll in the Book Coach Certification program.
The best part of the program for me was learning a step-by-step structure for writing a book. As a writer, I understand how overwhelming it feels when you have an idea, but you don’t know what to do with it or how to start writing. Now, I have a proven process to follow when working with clients or when writing my own stories.
I wouldn’t say there was a “most challenging” part besides being disciplined enough to show up for the work. I had so much fun working through this course that it didn’t feel like “work” at all.
Q: What is the most valuable piece of advice you’re taking away from the training?
Sarah: The most valuable thing I learned is to just “trust the process.” You won’t have everything figured out when you start writing — and that’s okay! I also learned a lot about the “human side” of coaching and how
special the relationship can be between writer and book coach (or editor).
Q: Do you plan to coach writers in your own business?
Sarah: I offer both coaching and developmental editing services for fiction writers. I love working with stories in the fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, thriller, and mystery genres. World building is one of my favorite parts of the writing and editing process so, I’m definitely happy to help any writers who need assistance there! My website is www.savannahgilbo.com
Q: What are you going to do to celebrate your certification achievement?!
Sarah: Told my boyfriend, brother, and parents who were all super proud of me. One of my personal goals for 2019 is to share more about my life with my friends and family so, it felt really good to tell them about my accomplishment!
Q: What are the next steps in your career?
Sarah: I’m open for business and accepting new clients! I plan to take the next Book Coaching course you guys offer and to keep adding to my “writing toolbox!”
Are you ready to start your book-coaching journey? Enroll our free 6-part email course today.