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Writing a book isn’t the right path for everyone.
But if it’s right for you, we can make it happen.

You’re Ready to Write a Book

You’re ready to share your knowledge and your passion…
To reach a wider audience …
To stand out as a leader in your field…
To build your list and attract more clients.

But when you actually try to get started, it looks something like this:

Staring at a blank screen without actually writing anything.
Starting one book after another but never finishing any of them.
Having too many ideas … or not enough ideas … or vague ideas that you can’t seem to flesh out.
Or even…
Getting so overwhelmed at the thought of everything you need to do to get your book on the market that you never even start.

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what to write—

and what to write after that?

Let me be your guide

I’m Sarah Barbour, a book coach who helps entrepreneurs who want to write a book but feel overwhelmed by the process, or simply don’t know where to start. I help them go from a basic idea to putting a published book in the hands of the people they most want to reach.

For the past four years, I’ve been helping authors tell their stories. I’ve worked with best-selling professional authors and solo-preneurs with a story to tell; I’ve also written and published five books of my own.

With one foot in the professional writer world and one foot in the entrepreneurial world, I’m able to help new authors navigate the world of writing and self-publishing — while keeping their professional goals front and center.

From blank page to first sale, I’m here to help you bring your book to life

Sarah Barbour is the best book coach I know! She’s so knowledgeable about all things self-publishing, book creation, and writing, I know I can send her any question and she’ll have an answer. She’s also the secret book weapon of some very successful online entrepreneurs, hint hint, nudge nudge. If you’re thinking about writing a book for your business, you’ve got to give this chick a call.

—Lauren Vanessa Zink
Copywriter & Queen of a TinyHappyEmpire.com

Discover Your Story
Your Author Journey
Editing, Etc.

This three-hour intensive will jumpstart your book. We’ll get clear on your purpose and your topic, create an outline, and organize your writing schedule. There’s no better way to set yourself up for success.

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This six-month program takes you from blank page to first sale. Together, we’ll refine your book idea, keep you on track while you write it, and create a launch plan just for you.

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A program designed just for you. Wherever you are on your book writing journey, whatever you’re struggling with, we’ll meet there and work through it.

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My book was good; Sarah made it MAGICAL! She didn't "read and edit" my book, she understood what was in my heart, and helped me to tell that in a way that would be best received by readers. She played up my writing strengths and she polished up my weaknesses. She did all this while still allowing me to keep my unique voice. Above all, I have never had a greater pleasure working with someone. She is talented and she is generous and kind, and if I write 500 books I would want no one else to edit them but her!

—Krystal T. Chong Author of What the Hell Am I Supposed to Do with My Life? A Fun and Friendly Guide to Finding Your Meaning, Your Magic and Yo’self
krystalchong.com

“I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to help me work through my first book. Sarah’s knowledge and passion about the book publishing process clearly shines through. Her work was thorough and insightful and she really helped me improve the book. Highly recommend her!”

—Catherine Basu
Author of Superwomen Secrets Revealed: Successful Women Talk Fitting in Fitness and Dare you to Join Them
www.fitarmaillo.com

During our coaching, call Sarah outlined some very simple ways for me to start identifying the key points of my book, my audience, and how I could start getting the material together for my book. Instead of feeling intimidated about the idea of writing a book, I now feel that I know exactly how to start.

—Charlotte Jacob
Book forthcoming
PragmaticTransformation.com

Discover Your Story

Book Planning Intensive

How do you feel when people tell you that you should write a book?

Flattered … but secretly terrified.

Overwhelmed (where would you even start?!).

Guilty, because you know you “should” write one, but it just keeps sinking to the bottom of your to-do list.

Or maybe your heart just sinks a little, because it’s something you’re longing to do, but you just can’t seem to make it happen.

It’s time to stop thinking about a book and start writing one

The Discover Your Story Intensive is designed to make sure you write the right book, the one that will serve your business and your readers best. It’s designed to eliminate false starts and wasted writing time so that you can dive into the writing process, confident that you’re on the right path.

In our three-hour intensive, we’ll explore your personal and professional goals and how a book will help achieve them—and then we’ll figure out how to write the right book for your needs. We’ll get clear on who your ideal reader is and how your book will help him or her. And we’ll begin mapping out your narrative—because the best way to get there is to know where you’re going.

By the end of it, you’ll be equipped to start your book writing adventure!

Discover Your Story includes …
  • A pre-session questionnaire so we can make the most of our time together.
  • One 3-hour intensive over Skype or Zoom.
  • Worksheets that you can fill out during our session to keep you on task. You can refer back to them and revise them as you begin to write.
  • Post-session strategy report. Based on our conversation, I’ll create a personalized plan to keep you focused on your writing.
  • An audio recording of our session for reference.
  • A 30-minute follow-up call within 1–2 weeks. Inevitably you’ll have questions once you begin writing, and I don’t want to leave you hanging. This is your opportunity to make last-minute adjustments and get feedback on them before you begin writing in earnest.

Sarah provides very helpful guidance about how to navigate the writing process in a way that inspires creativity while ensuring an author stays practical …. I really liked that she looked at my manuscript as both a creative endeavor as well as a business opportunity. She was constantly providing tips for how to reach out to my audience, build a mailing list/website, and direct readers to my website for more books or programs.

— Mary Kay Sellek
Author of The Body Whisperer:Using the Principles of Integrative Body Conditioning to Create a Strong Body for Life
www.dare2bestrong.com

The Investment for the Discover Your Story Intensive is $997

Your Author Journey

6-month Coaching & Editing Package

There’s a lot of good advice for writers out there, but much of it is aimed at people who want to be full-time authors — not at people who want to write a book or two as part of a larger business model.

I created Your Author Journey to help entrepreneurs turn themselves into authors. My role is to help you not only finish your book but to package and publish it so that it represents you and your business the way you want it to — and to do it as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

This program includes an intensive orientation session to organize your book and create your personalized writing system; accountability and feedback as you write; a full developmental edit of your book (worth $2K–$3K alone); and help through the entire self-publishing process and launch.

Milestones in Your Author Journey:

  • By the end of our first session, you’ll have a plan in place and be able to start writing the book you’re meant to write.
  • By the end of the first 100 days, you’ll have a finished, edited manuscript.
  • By the end of our 6-month journey, you’ll have a finished book, professionally packaged, on the market and ready to take on the world!

3-hour Intensive session

How will a book help your business? How will it help your clients? How will it help you? We’ll kick off our Journey with a 3-hour deep dive in which we create a personalized strategy for your book.

We’ll explore your personal and professional goals and how a book will help achieve them. We’ll get clear on who your ideal reader is and how your book will help him or her. And we’ll begin mapping out your narrative—because the best way to stay on track is to know your destination.

By the end of it, you’ll be equipped to start your book-writing adventure!

This phase includes:

  • One 3-hour intensive session over Skype or Zoom.
  • Worksheets that you can fill out during our session to keep you on task. You can refer back to them and revise them as you begin to write.
  • Outline and chapter templates so you can start planning your journey.

Months 1–3

Now it’s time to start writing! Together, we’ll work out a realistic writing schedule for you and create a detailed outline and chapter templates so you stay on track. We’ll have regular meetings to address any problems, and you’ll have unlimited email support from me. I will provide feedback on your writing whenever you need it, and I’ll do a complete developmental edit of your first draft.

By the end of the first three months, you’ll be ready to start the publishing process.

This phase includes:

  • One 30-minute Writing Strategy Session: We’ll create a strategy for maintaining a consistent writing schedule.
  • Six 30-minute Progress Sessions. We can hold these biweekly or as needed. They’re an opportunity to talk about questions that have come up, overcome blocks, and celebrate progress!
  • Unlimited email support. Questions? Getting stuck? Just send me an email and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. (If it looks like a question might be more efficiently dealt with face to face, I may suggest we discuss it at our next meeting).
  • Daily email check-ins. These are auto-generated emails from me to you simply asking if you’ve met your daily/weekly goal. All you need to do is hit reply and say yes or no. If too many no’s come in, we’ll address what’s holding you back.
  • Full Developmental Editing. This is a complete evaluation of your first draft and a personalized revision plan based on your readers and your business.

Months 4–6

We’ve come this far—let’s make sure your book makes a smooth landing! I’ll introduce you to the best cover designers, copyeditors/proofreaders, and formatters for your book. Together, we’ll create an Amazon listing that includes an amazing blurb, author bio, and editorial reviews; on the backend, we’ll make sure that you have keywords and categories set so that the right people can find your book.

We’ll also strategize your launch plan, including book bonuses that will have readers excited to sign up for your list. And of course we’ll make sure you have a paperback edition ready to go — not just because it looks more professional, but because it’s so cool to finally hold your book in your hands!

This phase includes:

  • Getting your cover, formatting and final edits underway.
  • One 90-minute launch planning session.
  • One 30-minute Amazon listing session.
  • Self-publishing checklist to help you plan ahead.
  • Bonus: access to my masterclass, List Building for Nonfiction Authors.
If you were to hire out editing, writing coaching, and publication consulting separately, you’d easily spend $10,000. I want Your Author Journey to be accessible to a wide range of entrepreneurs, however, so I’ve made it significantly less than that.
The investment for Your Author Journey is $6000, or six payments of $1100.

“I am a published author!”

There is no way I would be able to utter those words if I hadn’t had Sarah Barbour by my side. Sarah guided and supported me from the beginning of this book journey, all the way to the end. Her words of encouragement, her expertise in editing and her amazing recommendations got my book to the finish line. Sarah is knowledgeable about this business and made it less scary for me. She helped me stay focused and step by step, my book came together. I am so proud of it, and I am so grateful to Sarah. If you have a message or a story to share, the world needs it now more than ever. Hire Sarah and get to it.

—Rita Hari Author of Live Consciously, Catch Health: The 8 Pillars to Health & Wholeness
www.ritahariwellness.com

FAQs
Why a 6-month program?
90 days is a reasonable timeframe to complete a first draft of your manuscript. But it’s important to leave time after that for editing, cover design, formatting, advanced reviews, and a pre-launch period that will build anticipation among your readers. Six months gives us enough time to write your book and launch it.
What if it takes me longer than 6 months to write a book?

First, rest assured that it’s very possible to write and publish a book within 6 months (especially with a coach holding you accountable!). Our goal with this program is to make the writing and publishing process as efficient as possible and to get your book on the market quickly.

But life happens, and sometimes we get thrown off track. I get that, so I’ve built a three-month cushion into the program: you actually have ninemonths (275 days from the first session) to complete all your sessions and editing. In all probability, it won’t take that long, but just in case, you can rest easy knowing that there’s some leeway.

Does this program cover all the costs of publishing a book?
In addition to personalized writing and publication consulting, this program also provides you with a complete developmental edit (value: $2,000–$3,000). Services such as formatting, cover design and proofreading are not included because I want you to have the freedom to choose the providers best suited to your book and your budget. I will introduce you to providers that I trust, but you are also free to choose your own.
Should I build a platform and then write a book, or write a book to build a platform?

Either way can work. If you’re just getting started, a book can be a great way to draw attention to your business, build your list, and give you a reason to reach out to podcasters, influential bloggers, and the media. And if you already have a platform, you can use it to market your book to an even wider audience.

If you’re not sure whether a book is right for your now, feel free to book a discovery session, and we can discuss whether a book is right for your current stage of business.

Editing, Etc.

Maybe you’re good with writing your manuscript, but self-publishing has you over a barrel.
Maybe you’d like some one-on-one help designing a traditional book proposal.
Maybe you just need a good old-fashioned editor.

Tell me what you need. I’ll meet you there and we’ll make it work. I’m here to create a customized plan for you, whatever stage you and your book are at.

Editing services begin at $500/manuscript

Consulting packages begin at $197

I worked with Sarah on both my books. She is an amazing editor! She knows what she’s doing, and she’s very professional. Just as importantly, she loves her work and does it from her heart. She makes sure to really understand the author’s desires and dreams for their book so she can make sure it has the right information for the the right audience. I loved working with her and will definitely work with her in the future.

—Buyantogtokh Sukhbaatar
Author of the 28 Day Yogurt Smoothie Challenge for Busy Mothers and Homemade Mongolian Yogurt

After seeing only a sample chapter of editing from Sarah, I was impressed. She’d taken the time to familiarize herself with the location I was writing about, found an error in the spelling of the location I wouldn’t have figured out if you gave me three years, and corrected a variety of missteps I made.

When I got the finished manuscript back, I found the same consistent attention to detail, both the grammatical and the editorial. She made extremely helpful suggestions to make the passages flow better, discovered technical errors, and made the book worlds better. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone who is looking for a careful pair of eyes to check over their work.

—Robert J. Crane

Author of The Girl in the Box Series, The Sanctuary Series, and The Southern Watch Series

Sarah is clearly very knowledgeable about the writing and self-publishing process. In a single call, she quickly hit on the two pieces my work needs the most — a blog and an outline. She offered just the right amount of encouragement — with a dose of much-needed organizational advice — to get this show, i.e. my book, on the road.

She also demolished 3 different invisible scripts of mine, which will help me get to where I want to be faster and better! If you’re writing a book, thinking about self-publishing, or are curious about the writing and publishing world in general, I highly encourage you to reach out to her.

—Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Author of B. the Best You (forthcoming)

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