Book Coach

More than anything, I love working with other writers and helping make their dreams come true.

Whether you are working on a book, book proposal, article, or essay, I am ready to help you:

  • Refine your concept
  • Get organized
  • Create a timeline
  • Wrangle your ideas
  • Clarify your message
  • Pace your book
  • Strengthen your voice
  • Understand your audience
  • Hone your words
  • Finish your project
  • Find an agent or editor
  • Write a proposal that will sell

I’ve worked in publishing for more than 25 years and I use all of that experience to help your project succeed. Whether you have an idea for a book, have written an outline, just can’t seem to finish your project, or want someone to read what you’ve written, I’m here to give constructive, supportive feedback on your non-fiction, children’s book, memoir, fiction, essay, or article.

One of my clients won the Hay House Workshop Grand Prize while others have gone on to find publishers or agents or to self-publish their work. I only take on projects I believe in and work to get you where you want to go with your project. I accept individual clients as well as referrals from a few select agencies.

How it Works

Some of my clients simply send me their work and ask for editing, rewriting, or feedback. With other clients I have regular calls to talk about their project, offer direction, encouragement, and suggestions. I work to see your project through to completion and get huge satisfaction from seeing my clients realize their dreams.

Whether you have already started writing or just have an idea, I’m here to walk you down the path to a completed published book or project.

What People Are Saying

“When I asked my literary agent for a referral to a top-notch editor who could turn a good proposal into a great proposal at a reasonable expense and had the patience to deal with a new author, she recommended Brette because of her amazing range of skills.

After Brette worked her unobtrusive magic on my proposal (it was still my voice) it sold. As a new author, I had no idea how long it would take to go from signing a contract with a publisher to signing off on a book, but Brette has been with me every step of the way. Working with Brette on editing my manuscript, I was often amazed at her ability to fix a rough spot.

I felt Brette was reading my mind. She is an expert book doctor. She followed my thinking and my style of writing to meet me where I was at. As an English teacher I enormously value this skill. This means that the way a rough spot is fixed is a perfect fit with the way I write. The revision is not Brette talking, it is still me talking – still my voice, not hers.

Over time, I asked Brette for help on a range of other tasks from condensing my biographical sketch to doing the index for my book, to giving me feedback on graphics used in the interior design of my book, to consulting on how to display endorsements. She has provided me with valuable perspective and guidance.

There were times when I was really stressed out over deadlines and she could get me to chill because she has written so many books and been through all the deadlines so many times that she has the best sense of how well the process is going in terms of the time constraints. She could tell me “we have plenty of time” or she could tell me “we have to move on, we do not have time to keep going over x or further expanding on x or adding new things.” I was always in awe of how fast she thinks. She would have a problem solved while I was sending her an email explaining what I thought the problem was.

So, if you are short on time and do not think you have enough time to consult with an editor, book doctor, ghostwriter – think again. I would absolutely call Brette. She works so incredibly well under pressure.”

C. Jay Stratoudakis
author of SAT 2-Second Shortcuts

“I highly recommend Brette as an editor and book coach. In almost 40 years of working in publishing, she is the best I have ever encountered.”

Echo Garrett
co-founder/co- publisher Lucid House Publishing

“Brette is 50% artist, 50% coach, and 100% the reason why I have a publishable book that I am proud of. At the beginning of working with her, I had an idea and a desire to write a book; she helped me bring that tiny seed into full bloom with her structural feedback, detailed suggestions, and invaluable insights into the book world. Her experience as an author and writer are clear from her long list of accomplishments, but what may not be as easily quantified is her perfectly-timed pep talks, loving candor, and raw skill. I am incredibly grateful for her influence and her guidance through writing—what will always be—my first book. As I inevitably go on to write a second book, I will carry with me the lessons and care from the experience of working with her, and I’m already looking forward to working with her again one day.”

Jamie Hillman
author of 7 Signposts

“Brette is a literary artist! Her professional feedback is incredibly supportive and encouraging. She has a gift for helping me articulate my thoughts into writing, without compromising the integrity of my voice. I’m so lucky to have found her.”

Tricia Easter
author of the upcoming Bold Trust

“Brette is a great writing coach, cheerleader and editor in one. She helped me to work on big enough pieces of my book proposal to feel like ( and make ) great progress while keeping it from feeling overwhelming. From concept to proposal in just over 8 wks! Wahoo! I look forward to working with her again- on the full book when it gets accepted in the next few months.”

Mary Meston
VP of Talent Management at Concentrix and
author of the upcoming book Intuitive Leadership

“After participating in a Hay House writer’s workshop, I came to Brette with an idea, but it was her magic touch that helped me make it a book. Not only she has many years of experience and can spot immediately what can make the book more fun, engaging and easier to understand, she knew exactly what Hay House would want to see in my book proposal and how to make it a great value proposition.

She helped me keep pace with her very prompt response and clear guidance.

Brette was my editor, my book coach and my cheerleader. I am now happy to say that thanks to her amazing help my book won the grand prize and will be published by Hay House! I couldn’t be more grateful for Brette’s advice.”

Sandra Hinojosa Ludwig
author of Chica, Why Not? How to Live with Intention and Create a Life That Loves You Back
Grand prize winner of the Hay House Writer’s Workshop Contest

“It was my first book proposal and I had lots of books on the shelves to tell me how to do it, researched the internet, but in the end my truest form of help came from Brette Sember. Once I sought her help for this overwhelming project, everything came together.

Brette clearly is a master at crafting and honing book proposals and helping you find your voice. She not only gave me practical advice but encouraged me to use my own voice in the proposal. I still remember her little notes, “Where’s that Claudine bravado?!”

My agent complimented me on the book proposal (I think she was expecting a mess from a first time author) and sold it to Running Press. The book is doing very well, and after 3 months of its release went into its second printing.”

Claudine Jalajas
author of Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects

“Brette was a huge part of my book writing process. She gave so much incredibly helpful feedback and helped me bring my book together. The advice I was given was to DEFINITELY get a book editor, and I’m so glad I got to have Brette as mine!”

Felicia Broccolo
Impossible Goal Coach
author of Create the Impossible Life: How to Achieve the Extraordinary Goals You’ve Always Wanted

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