Advanced Book Coach Training and Certification

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Go deeper into all the elements of book coaching, from managing a project to developing story structure to understanding the primary paths to publication. Learn step-by-step how to coach a story from zero and how to analyze a complete rough draft. Gain experience with live clients, participate in small community of peers and mentors, and feel confident about your skills.


  • Guiding a Project Forward from Zero
  • Developing the Story Structure
  • Developing Scenes
  • Basics of Giving Feedback
  • Hierarchy of Editorial Concerns
  • The Big 5 Story Editing Skills
  • Basics of Client Intaking
  • Designing a Project Framework
  • Handling the Writer's Emotions – and Yours
  • When Things Go Wrong in the Coaching Process
  • Full Manuscript Evaluation
  • Featured interviews with a psychotherapist, a corporate coaching expert, a writer's block expert, and more
  • Working sessions with Author Accelerator founder and 6-figure book coach Jennie Nash and Author Accelerator Managing Editor Laura Franzini
  • Practicums (2): Engage your own clients, coach them in writing and on the phone, and get feedback on your work from Author Accelerator's certification team when you apply for Advanced Certification

To earn Advanced Certification, you must submit your Portfolio (both practicums and some additional coursework) for review. The submission fee is $499.

Completion of this course will allow you to move on to the Pro Book Coach Certification course and market yourself as an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified book coach. Advanced Certification is good for two years – you must renew it and pay a renewal fee to retain certification.

Note: This course is focused on fiction only. To learn how to run your own book-coaching business, help a writer prepare to pitch or self-publish, work in particular genres, and more, stay tuned for forthcoming master classes and our Pro Certification course. These will be coming in late 2019 and early 2020.

Your Instructor

Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash

Jennie is the author of eight books: three memoirs, four novels, and a guide for writers.

Her book publishing credentials include:

Simon & Schuster | Scribner | St. Martin's Press | Penguin | CreateSpace (Amazon's self-publishing arm)

She has freelanced for dozens of publications, including:

GQ | Child | Glamour | The Huffington Post | The New York Times

She has been on staff at:

Random House | New York Woman magazine

She has been featured on blogs such as:

Jane Friedman | The Write Practice | Compose | Write to Done | Writer Unboxed | and many others.

Lately, her private clients have been racking up some seriously awesome success – books published by Scribner, Norton, Hazeldon, Ten Speed, and Simon & Schuster; self-published books that have won top awards; and writers who have landed some of the best literary agents in the business.

One client recently landed on the front page of the Sunday review section in the New York Times, and the next week, went on the "Today" show.

Jennie has been an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program for 12 years. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her husband and has two grown daughters.

Some of Jennie's raving clients:

"Want to change your life? Hire Jennie!"
"You have this amazing ability to explain how a story actually works, and not in a hoity-toity way but in a way I actually GET and can DO."
"I've never seen anyone with so much whip-cracking, can-do, positive energy."

These are Jennie's books:

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