How Busy People Finish Writing Their Books

Personalized online writing coaching designed to boost your confidence and write better stories, faster.

(4.97/5 from 72+ reviews)

“I KNOW I’ve got a good story in me. But I’m just stuck.”

Here’s the truth: You’re 100% right – you do have a great story to tell.

Here’s another truth: Wherever you’re stuck right now – we know the way out.

Don’t believe us?

You’ve said something like this before, haven’t you?

  • “I’ve got the basic story, great characters and tons of notes, but I’m having trouble getting started.”
  • “I’ve started the book, but I’m stuck in the middle and don’t know how to keep going.”
  • “I’ve written some amazing scenes, but I don’t know how to tie them together.”
  • “I’m just overwhelmed. I don’t even know how to get started.”
  • “I can’t stop rewriting.”
  • “I have a great tale that I want to tell, but I’m afraid I’m not a good enough writer.”
  • “I guess I’m just not cut out to be a writer.”

Your idea is totally unique, but your problems?

They’re actually pretty common – and there’s a solution for each of them.

Ready to see what they are?

Just like Craig...

His Challenge: Craig thought it would be easier to write his second book but he still had the same underlying issues: a busy life with little time to spare, no idea if what he was writing was any good, and nobody he could trust to bounce his ideas off of.

His big win: Craig finished his book in just 5 months -- with the confidence that it was something that people were actually going to want to read!

What helped the most: Craig remarked that our writing coach quickly identified where his story gaps were, and gave him immediate actionable steps that made it easy to polish his writing. With direction on where to focus his writing energy, Craig forgot all about worrying.

We're a team of professional writing coaches, and have helped dozens of authors just like you.

We've seen all the struggles that authors think are too hard to overcome, and together, we’ve overcome each one of them to reach a completed novel.

How would it feel to say one (or all!) of the following:

  • "I’ve created a plot that I’d be excited to discover as a reader."
  • "My characters sound authentic and jump off the page exactly how I envisioned them."
  • "I’m not afraid to show this book to my family, friends or even a potential buyer."
  • "My story flows and the plot feels natural, not predictable."

(and best of all…)

  • My book is finished!

What do you want to say about your story?

Look How Evan Benefited Using Our Services

His Challenge: Evan worried about the quality of his narrative. How much description was enough? Was he writing captivating dialogue? Could the reader really put themselves into the scene and get sucked into it?

Evan’s AHA moment: In just one session, Evan got clarity on how to sew the story together so that his ending would be as impactful as he intended. No more writer’s block.

What helped the most: The writing coach’s insider tips on story building, development, and reader expectations gave Evan a way to troubleshoot tricky spots and move the story forward.

"I had a session with Mairead as I was struggling with finishing up my second novel. I had some character questions and needed some clarification on shaping my narrative for how the book was going to finish. Mairead was courteous, responsive and very encouraging in helping me talk through my current concerns and set me up on a path to finish my novel. I would highly recommend her to anyone that has any questions about writing a novel."

What skills you work on are personalized to you but here are just some of the ways we've helped other authors like you. Whether you consider yourself a "plotter" or a "pantser", or neither, coaching is here to help you improve your confidence, writing skill, and editing time. 

This Is How You'll Write

Write Confidently 

Complete your story in your voice and stay true to your vision.

Finish Faster

Avoid rewrites, writers block, and common writing obstacles.

Grab the Reader 

Craft a story that grabs readers and keeps them hooked

Improve Your Prose

Use pro feedback to gain clarity, sharpen your copy and maintain the themes and intent of your story.

Sharpen Your Dialogue

Craft dialogue that builds your characters, drives the story and engages the reader.

Tighten Your Plot

Get rid of plot holes, organize your narrative and carry your reader from the first page to the last.

Edit for Success

Learn how to edit yourself and when to trust an editing pro.

How We Work Together

Reliable connection

Between video calls every 2 weeks, I’ll provide you with recommendations for books, websites, authors and videos that I think relate specifically to your work.

Unlimited Editing

No word counts! I’ll give you the professional editing treatment that includes direct, actionable feedback that helps you sharpen your story and resonate with your target audience.

Plotting Support

Let’s talk ideas! We’ll work together to iron out the plot of your story, and I’ll introduce you to software that helps make it easy.

Goal Setting

Any journey is composed of many small steps, and we’ll create realistic, manageable goals that will help you get to the end of your story. This includes word counts, hours per day or week, or whatever suits your ideal workflow.


Studies show that your 95% more likely to meet a goal if accountable to a specific person. We’ll check in regularly and make sure that you’re on target to your ultimate goal

Whatever issues you’re having, we know how to help.

Contact us today and you’ll be one step closer to telling your story.

Meet Your Coach

About Máiréad {ma-raid}

Award-Winning Editor and Writer
Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

Originally from the United Kingdom (UK), now living in North Carolina, Máiréad is an award-winning* editor, coach, and writer with a decade of experience.

She is committed to helping you bring your story to life and adapts her approach based on you: your genre, your audience, and your goals.

She's here to help you with your next story. Click here to book your free discovery call.

Máiréad's Awards & Accreditations

  • 2021 First Place (Writer Advice Flash Fiction Award)
  • Member of North Carolina Writers' Network
  • Member in good standing with the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

What To Expect During The Discovery Call

In roughly 45 minutes, we will coast through 3 stages:

Stage 1: We'll ask you questions to better understand your situation. There's nothing for you to prepare ahead of time (except for maybe a cup of your favorite warm drink). Sample questions include:
"What inspired you to write your book?",
“What’s your biggest challenge standing in the way of achieving your goal?”,
“What would have to happen so you feel like your time and money were well spent?”

Step 2: Explain the program to you and how we work to achieve your goals.

Step 3: Open it up to questions from you. Ask us anything - we want you to feel comfortable with your decision.

Book Your FREE Discovery Call Here

Our Guarantee to You

After your discovery call:

  1. You'll have much more clarity about how to finish your book.
  2. You'll know whether or not our program and our team are right for you.
  3. You might just have some much-needed breakthroughs! We'll be finding out in a short time what drives and motivates you. So, even if we don't proceed together, you'll get some insight into what kind of coach you should be looking for.
  4. No stress. And absolutely NO high pressure sales tactics. Our process is a collaborative one. It should feel like a mutual agreement, because what feels right to you is what feels right to us too!

Testimonials from Happy Authors

Catherine Joyce Writer

Working with her has pushed me to finish my book

Working with Mairead was so beneficial for me and my book. From the first contact, when I hit a wall with my mystery novel, she steered me back onto an even keel. We created a plan, discussed and improved the believability of my main character, and she was able to answer any questions I had, as this was my first book. Ultimately, working with her has pushed me to finish my book and begin moving on to the publishing stage- I really couldn't thank her enough.

Susie Kimnell Screenwriter, Playwright, and Actor

I would never hesitate to recommend her.

Mairead is an extremely conscientious individual, and a very trustworthy editor. She is immensely creative and intelligent and has a truly unique eye. I would never hesitate to recommend her.

Marc Davis Writer

Her communication skills and ideas will bring out the best in your project.

Mairead edited my first book, and my experience working with her has been nothing short of exceptional. She is very professional, knowledgeable, and will get the job done in a timely manner. Her communication skills and ideas will bring out the best in your project. I would recommend Mairead to anyone. It was a great experience!

Mark Quigley Author of three books including Scars of the Leopard

She was extremely thoughtful and articulate with her suggestions.

Mairead took time to fully understand my requirements, writing style, and what I wanted to achieve. She was extremely thoughtful and articulate with her suggestions as we moved successfully through the project. Additionally, she made sure my voice was retained, within the flow of the changes she suggested. I would highly recommend her with any literary project you may require professional editing to be performed on.

Matt Miller Author of five education books including Ditch That Textbook

She makes you sound like YOU.

I hired Mairead to edit a manuscript and LOVED the experience. Here's why I'll hire her again: 1) Her editing chops are top-notch. She knows her stuff. 2) She has fantastic attention to detail. 3) She protects the writer's voice. She doesn't make edits so it sounds the way she wants. She makes you sound like YOU.

Kaite McKenna Writer

I could not have gotten my novel started without her.

Mairead is an absolute joy to work with and I could not have gotten my novel started without her. She listened to my needs, walked me through the editorial process, and we began quickly. The process was smooth and worked to meet my deadlines. Mairead’s coaching and developmental editing guided me as I worked through my novel’s first draft. Her feedback enabled me to get to the next step in the writing process. I recommend her to every other writer I know.

Gina Ruffcorn Author of “Our Class, Our Voice”

... her suggestions, ideas and comments were spot on.

Mairead was a pleasure to work with. After receiving my manuscript, she reached out and offered the option of a Zoom consultation/chat. I genuinely appreciated the ability to meet with her virtually and talk about my manuscript. As an author I felt valued, appreciated and at ease when we ended our call. I was certain that she was the perfect choice due to her kindness, understanding and level of professionalism.

As she began to work through my manuscript, her suggestions, ideas and comments were spot on. Mairead was open and receptive. Her edits truly made my words more concise and impactful.

I would thoroughly, without hesitation recommend Mairead. Her knowledge and level of precision as she worked through my manuscript was perfect. Her extra added attention to understanding me as an author was an unexpected gift.

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