How we work
BOOK WRITERS—WHETHER NOVELISTS, MEMOIRISTS, OR NONFICTION WRITERS—all benefit from a special kind of support: Patience, humor, an open mind, and a steady hand help a writer set their book’s roots and get growing.
Whether you are just embarking on your first draft or have a solid start in hand, I can help make your writing journey easier (and a lot more fun!). Job one? We’ll construct a solid plan, a map for the road ahead. Then, step by step—and with all the support you need—you’ll get your next magical pages/chapters/draft done!
Together, we will solve the problems that may have halted you in your book writing tracks.
How? Here are just a few examples:
- Baffled about point of view, plot, or theme? Together, we’ll make powerful narrative choices that will propel your story forward—and keep readers on the edge of their seats!
- Wondering how to organize your nonfiction ideas for best effect? We’ll explore options and choose the structure that’s most compelling.
- Simply need support getting words on the page consistently? You’re not alone! We’ll create strategies to keep you going strong—all the way to “THE END”!
While our work together will be unique (because you’re unique), generally, it will look something like this:
- Every couple of weeks, you’ll send me what you’re working on—a chapter or two, perhaps, or your outline-in-progress.
- We’ll meet by phone or video to dive into the material you’ve shared. (Our calls will be deep—and really exciting, too!)
- At the end of each call, we’ll plan your next best steps—always moving your book forward toward your publishing goals.
The reliable care and feeding provided by my writing coaching is like Miracle-Gro for your budding book. Expect to see significant, healthy growth from session to session.
Writing coaching rates
This single, stand-alone writing consultation will allow us to get to know one another—while we solve at least one literary issue. For instance, we might locate an obstacle to your writing practice or resolve an issue of plot, voice, or structure. Whatever the focus of our attention, once I’ve reviewed your work, we’ll have a deep-dive writing conversation—in which we’re sure to discover a golden key to unblock your writing path.
At the same time, you’ll get a feel for my style: Am I supportive and encouraging? Am I knowledgeable? Do you find me generous with my insights, right from the get-go? All of this—and that undefinable quality called “chemistry”—will let us know if we might continue to work well together.
If it’s feeling right (yay!), at the end of our Discovery Session, we’ll decide what’s next. We might agree to start by developing a solid outline for your book. If you already have an outline? We’ll launch a draft. Have a draft? Let’s talk revision!
$350: Your Discovery Session includes my review of 10 pages of your work + a one-hour in-depth phone or video meeting.
Over the course of 10 sessions, if you’re a novelist, we might clarify point of view, advance your plot, and make certain your main character is fulfilling their arc. If you’re writing a memoir, we’ll find the shape and voice that best convey your story. Developing a nonfiction concept? Then outline is king—and tone and audience are a pair of queens!
Depending on your project, we’ll be raising stakes, adding interest and clarity, and increasing opportunities for your readers to invest. And, always, we’ll be honing your writing style so it’s the sharpest tool in your writing kit. This package allows us to collaborate at deep and meaningful levels as we evolve your book toward its best self.
$2950: Your 10-Session Package includes my regular review of your work in progress + 10 in-depth phone or video meetings + office hours access + next-steps consultation.
Your first 50 pages can make or break an agent’s interest. Those same pages can also tell your writing coach how you can improve your book’s chances in the marketplace!
So, if you’ve got a solid start on your book, let’s begin with your first 50 pages. After I read your pages closely—considering your outline and synopsis, too—we’ll settle in for a powerful, collaborative conversation that will lead to impactful insights! We might discuss
- style, tone, and theme
- plot, pacing, and structure
- character development and point of view,
- and audience and genre.
From this discussion, you can create a road map to either a solid first draft or a significantly strengthened revision.
$750: Your First-50-Page Review (average 250 words per page), includes our dynamic, substantive phone or video call based on my assessment of your first 50 pages, your outline + synopsis, and a list of your questions and concerns.
Raves for writing coaching
Jamie Morris is an outstanding resource for writers who want to reach the pinnacle of success. She’s a warm, encouraging angel on your shoulder, but she’s also got the skills, experience, and good judgment to help you vanquish your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. If you’re a writer with serious ambitions, work with Jamie. —Elizabeth Sims, YOU’VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU (Writers Digest)
Jamie, I think hiring you is the single most important gift I’ve given my writing life in years. Your guidance has led me to completed manuscripts, better story structure, and increased confidence as a writer. You’re a genius, and you help me feel like one, too. Thank you! —Tia Levings
I’ve been teaching writing for twenty years, and I’ve been a writing coach for nearly as long. But I recently invested in five sessions with Florida writing guru Jamie Morris. Her fresh eyes on my work was exactly what I needed. —Ryan G. Van Cleave, author THE WEEKEND BOOK PROPOSAL (Writers Digest) and MEMOIR WRITING FOR DUMMIES (Wiley)
Jamie, I believe you are this story’s fairy godmother. You are making sense of what’s already been done and giving a new perspective on what is yet to be. Big Shared World is better thanks to you! —Colleen Waterston, BigSharedWorld.com
Jamie is one of the most insightful readers I’ve ever worked with. She not only sees the bigger picture of a manuscript, she sees the deeper picture. —Joyce Sweeney, literary agent and author of CENTER LINE (Delacorte Press)
Jamie, thank you for the knowledge you bestowed on me during my first draft. The manuscript that sold reflects your amazing instincts. —Melody Maysonet, author of Eric Hoffer Award-winning A WORK OF ART (Merit Press)
Many, many thanks to Jamie Morris. She’s a master at getting to the heart of a story. I was fortunate to have her at my side from the beginning on this one. —Julie Compton, acknowledgements, RESCUING OLIVIA (Macmillan)
[Jamie is] an insightful coach. Whether you’re an experienced writer or just starting out, I can’t recommend Jamie Morris highly enough. —Patrick Matthews, DRAGON RUN (Scholastic); columnist, DADDY TALES; publisher and editor, GAMES FOR EDUCATORS
Jamie Morris is a fantastic coach! No matter what I’m working on, from plotting to character development, Jamie always has an intelligent, unique perspective to present. If you’d like to take your writing to another level, I strongly recommend Jamie! —Alina Smith, songwriter, music producer, at LYRE