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The Working Writer's Coach

If you long to become a freelance writer and make it a career, the best person I know to help you do that is Suzanne Lieurance, "the Working Writer's Coach."

I don't know about you, but when I look for someone to help me learn how to do something, I want to make sure that not only have they successfully done what they are teaching me, but that they are still doing it now. Otherwise, how do you know that what they're teaching you still works?

Suzanne Lieurance is still a "working writer," though now she is also coaching other people how to do it. She has written 13 books for children that are currently on the market, with one more due out next year. She was an instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature for over 5 years, working with over 100 students every year. Many of her have become published--some of them even before they finished the course with her.

Suzanne has also been a regional advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and she taught online workshops about children's writing at www.coffeeshouseforwriters.com for several years.

As you can guess, Suzanne's specialty is children's literature. However, many of the things she does to be a successful children's author translate to any kind of writing.

Any author must know how to write a query letter to an editor, slant her writing to a publication, writie a book proposal, keep writing and marketing time in balance. In addtion, Suzanne also does many of the things working freelance writers might do--ghost writing, editing, writing articles and creating other kinds of information products, such as audio training courses. Suzanne understands not only the writing side, but the business side as well--and that's what she can teach you.

Check out her website for the different learning opportunities she offers:

  •  For instance, you might want to check out the weekly one-hour group coaching calls,Writers on Call. Each Monday, she will be sending a short preview podcast of who will be on that week. Calls are on Thursday nights, 7-8 p.m. Central Time. Listen to what's happening at Writers On Call this week.
  • If you prefer more personal, one-on-one coaching, Suzanne also offers an 8-week intensive Working Writer's Coaching Program. You'll find Suzanne not only knowledgeable, but clear and very personable. Her materials are top-notch!
  • If you like to work at your own pace, Suzanne's Working Writer's Coach self-study program is for you. You will get the Working Writer's Marketing Guide outlining a week-by-week program to turn your writing into a paid freelance writing career, as well as  two 15-minute coaching sessions by phone with Suzanne.
  • Finally, if writing for children is what interests you, Suzanne's National Writing for Children's Center has a wealth of resources, such as the Children's Writers Coaching Club, "Book Bites for Kids" podcasts,  and The Secrets of Writing for Children training course.

If you do nothing else, sign up for Suzanne's list. You'll get her two free ebooks - Get Your Freelance Writing Career Off the Ground and Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children. Every weekday morning you'll also receive The Morning Nudge, a few words to inspire and motivate you to get a little writing done.

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