An intensive mentoring programme to be taken over a full year. This is my premium coaching service, aimed at a few select clients who are seeking immersion in their writing work: a year of writing, fully supported by an experienced coach who is dedicated to your success as a writer. If you are looking to make deep changes in your writing life, this is the programme for you.
What is the Ultimate Literary Coaching Programme?
This is an intensive coaching and literary consultancy programme for those who are serious about making big leaps in their writing life and taking their writing work to a new level. You will work closely with me, by phone or in-person. To familiarise yourself with how I work, please read the Coaching and Mentoring page of the website. The Ultimate programme also includes a strong element of literary consultancy work and represents the best investment you can make in your writing career.
The Ultimate Literary Coaching Programme includes:
- Twelve individual coaching sessions with me, Jacqui Lofthouse, over twelve months. These hours may be taken in-person or by telephone/Skype. This package can include twelve in-person meetings (within London) – the cost is the same whether sessions are taken in-person or by telephone.
- Reading and annotation of up to 80,000 words of your work-in-progress over the twelve months (this is a response to the work and not a full edit, though short passages may be fully edited).
- Coaching includes work on productivity, confidence and career management as well as direct advice on agent/publisher submissions and all aspects of the writing life.
- Intensive email support between coaching sessions as required.
- A copy of Get Black on White: 30 Days to Productivity and Confidence for Writers.
- Access to our Facebook group for clients only.
Who should consider the Ultimate Literary Coaching Programme?
The Ultimate Programme is aimed at clients who want to make a huge leap in their writing life over the next nine to twelve months (from April/May 2016). You must be ready to make a real breakthrough in your writing life with a coach who is experienced, supportive and deeply knowledgeable. Our coaching can address many areas of your life and your writing, including inspiration, motivation, writer’s block, time management, working methods, marketing including blogging and social media, submissions and publishing. My aim is to help you to find the focus and passion that you need to become a truly committed writer who is confident, productive and business-savvy. As an Ultimate Client, you will be one of my VIPs. Together we will open up your awareness of what is possible for you as an individual and as a writer. I also offer firm constructive criticism about your work in progress, to ensure that your development as a writer is truly fast-tracked.
Do you work with Published writers?
Absolutely. Many of my clients are already published authors. Professional career development is an essential part of the Ultimate Coaching Programme and I specialise in working with writers who are already at an advanced stage.
Examples of writers I have coached or advised on their writing work include:
- A Booker prize judge and bestselling novelist
- Academics teaching at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol
- Many MA Creative Writing graduates
- Published authors, mid-way through a two-book deal
- Successful playwrights transitioning into writing fiction
- PhD students needing help to write their theses
I also regularly teach absolute beginners, so if you are a beginner, but you want to get serious, I am happy to work with you.
Please note that whilst you can reserve a place on this programme by booking now, it is vital that my clients are a good ‘match’ with me and once payment is received, I will set up a preliminary call with you to ensure that we both feel fully happy in the coaching relationship. If for any reason either of us decides not to progress at that stage, a full refund will be given.
The fee for this service is £1800 (approx. $2833) when paid in full in advance.
OR £1950 (approx. $3070) via one advance instalment of £850 ($1343) followed by eleven monthly payments of £100 ($157).
Travel expenses are invoiced separately. For 12 meetings in central London, for example, this equates to an additional fee of £150.
If you are interested in the programme or have any questions, please contact me directly to arrange a time to speak. Please note that if you put payment through prior to speaking, I will contact you personally within 24 hours of receiving your payment, to arrange a time for an initial conversation.
Literary experts told me the book was “midlist,” too quirky, would not be my “breakout” novel, but Jacqui’s and others’ faith kept me submitting, kept me somehow believing, despite all the outright rejections which hurt like a potato peeler thrust into the gut. This is why I call Jacqui, “Yoda,” – even though she is way better looking and has much more fluent grasp of grammar! – and why she utterly deserves that name. In the end, though, after working with Jacqui, I started getting more and more near misses with agents and major literary competitions which I told myself meant I was getting nearer – and, as it turns out, for once, I was right. One day on Facebook, I stumbled on Unthank Books and really loved their unconventional and distinctly literary approach to publishing – and, luckily, when I sent them Welcome to Sharonville, they liked what I did too. – Dr. Sharon Zink
You can read the whole of Dr. Sharon Zink’s article about mentoring here: Everyone needs a Yoda – or why mentors matter
At the beginning of 2009 I had a dozen short stories, two novels in rough draft, and an unfinished screenplay. I was writing in my spare time – I was a full time website designer and have three children. I had no idea what writing project to concentrate on, and had completely stalled. A friend recommended Jacqui and, over six months, she gave me the confidence to take the big step of committing a whole year to one project. She also provided excellent literary feedback, helping me turn my first chapters into little diamonds. Now, my first novel Cuckoo – the one Jacqui helped me with – has been published by Headline. I am about to hand my editor my second. I have one of the best agents in the country, have sold Italian, French, German and Dutch rights and I write full time. I can say unequivocally that if I hadn’t contacted Jacqui I would still be battling with html. These days the only website I look after is my own!”
Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo has since gone on to have three further novels published.
I am looking forward to meeting my 2016-17 Ultimate Clients and working with them to help them reach their writing goals. I am a long-established literary coach who specialises in working with serious writers. I am a published literary novelist (Penguin and Bloomsbury) with experience of digital publishing. I have an MA in Creative Writing (UEA) and am a fully trained coach (CoachU) and teacher (PGCE Institute of Education). I would love to be your mentor and to support you as you develop as a writer and a creative individual.