Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What's a book coach and how do I get one?

The Book Coach

There is more to writing a story, than just...well....writing a story!!! Have you ever found yourself inspired to create a new story masterpiece and then somewhere in between "Once upon a time.." and "The end" you just lose yourself, or rather, your characters seem to lose their way? There is help and trust me when I say, you are not alone...

Crafting a story is like painting. Anyone can put colors on a canvas, but that (in the end) doesn't make it a story--or art for that matter. Part of learning to perfect our craft--our art--is learning there are certain fundamental aspects that must be applied in every story in order for them to be effective. Stories that stand the test of time are those created by authors and story-tellers who knew how to grasp those key concepts. Understanding them takes patience and anyone can learn these concepts but applying them takes time. In this business, we don't always have "time" and therefore have to get help or assistance from others. By freeing up our time in having others help us, we are able to continue working to create new material. It doesn't make you less of an artist or professional for seeking help, it actually makes you a better artist in the long run.

One of the services I offer other authors is my "book coach" service. What I offer is story-writing insight based on mythological studies, philosophical studies of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell and screenplay structure work learned from Christopher Vogler. I also offer insight into the longevity of your career with relation to story edits and critiques. I offer consideration for author and story brand building as well as, standard punctuation and grammatical assistance, all for an affordable cost.

I get many solicitations for this service and I have to be selective with whom I choose to offer my assistance. If you are serious about enhancing your story depth and character strength, then you need to start reading the stories that have lasted and stood the test of time. Pickup a copy of "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell or "The Writer's Journey" by Christopher Vogler. If you don't have the time or don't wish to learn character development to that depth, then hire a book coach or a story assistant...someone who can determine what is lacking from your story to help see it along.

...supporting the independent arts...

~Bobby Ozuna

Book Coach Services are based and quoted on a submission-by-submission basis. To have your work considered to determine what is missing from your story, or get a quote, you can query Bobby Ozuna here.

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