mostly, she is the best kind of friend, and that's really what it takes."
Bringing Your Treasures into the World . . .
WHAT A BOOK DEVELOPER DOES
(AND WHY YOU MIGHT WANT ONE)
Inside you there is a wish to write something. And it is more than a wish, its a push, an urge. But what is it inside that wants to be brought out? How do you find and sustain the courage and confidence to follow the emerging thread? How do you give it form and shape in a way that is creative and satisfying, not scary, lonely, or overwhelming?
This is what a Book Developer is for. "Development" suggests a process, which allows for patience, compassion, trial and error, learning from what doesnt work for you, and becoming more finely attuned to what does.
IS A "BOOK DEVELOPER" THE SAME
AS A "WRITING COACH"?
People sometimes say to me, "A book developer. Thats like a writing coach, right?"
Well, you could see it that way. Coaching is a big thing right now, and its meaning is pretty clear. A coach helps you fulfill your goals, using action plans, etc. to get you there. A coach is a kind of motivator, firing your own intrinsic desire to do what it takes to reach your goal.
Book development shares some of that, but not everything. You do take actions (you write, from session to session), you do have a desire for a particular achievement (to write, complete, and hopefully publish a book that reflects the truest of your essential being), and I do provide the kind of encouragement that can activate your own motivation. But book development also takes place on a different level from the achieving self altogether.
Book development, you might say, involves more of a process. There are treasures inside everyonedreams, forgotten memories, forgotten promises, glints of your own character-gold hidden beneath the dull rock of shame and overly harsh self-criticismand these treasures cannot be marched out and made to reveal themselves on a list-of-to-dos kind of itinerary. They have to be uncovered, gently, for it is that shy, vulnerable, gentle Self who first went into hiding. It must be safe to come out now, into the light of your own and my attention (and the possibility of later readers to come). Further, these treasures of yours must be invited out, must be wanted, must be welcomed into the world. And this is where a book developer comes in.
While it is true that I bring decades of expertise in how to put books together, that is only the technical foundation of my work with a client. Much of what I do is just listeningdeep listening, listening for what already moves you, fills you with that inexpressible beauty for life, whether the tone is joyful or bittersweet. And over time, as your trust in me takes hold, and as your trust in yourselfas a human being and a creative persontakes hold, you begin to play with how to let the treasures out.
It is not that there are no things to do week by week, or that I refrain from asking where you want to go next with your writing, or even that I refrain from giving "homework" assignments if that is what spurs you to write. It is more that, although I have all my skills at the ready to help you take the next step, what Im really doing is meeting you where you are, reflecting back the desires, struggles, and beauty of yourself as a person doing the writing as well as the writing itself, and encouraging your art and your trust in your own ways to unfold.
Soit develops. We
see whats there, and respond to that. And as your intention refines
itself, we work to bring your writing into harmony with your intention
and the great beauty of your being.