Meet with a personal writing coach and get the critical feedback, advice, editing, and regular doses of accountability you need to finish your book.
If group coaching programs aren't your thing, of if you're looking for a more intimate way to hone your craft, a 1-on-1 is for you. A 3 or 6 month mentoring program with Alisha, a former literary agent, current editor, and published Young Adult (YA) author, could save you years of additional work and self doubt and put you on the fast track to (finally) finishing your writing.
Learn what's not working in your book, what changes could make it better, and leave with actionable next steps to help you publish your best work.
How it Works
Over the course of 3 or 6 months you will meet with Alisha every other week for a total of 6 or 12 sessions. Each session includes:
45 minutes 1-on-1 with an experience literary agent with 30+ years of experience
Tips on how to create a book outline and structure that flows
Insight into understanding what's working in your story—and what's not
Critique to help you improve your writing craft—including characters, plot, and dialogue
A roadmap of actionable steps you can take to see real progress
About Alisha Sevigny
Alisha Sevigny is a former literary agent, current freelance editor and published author of several acclaimed Young Adult (YA) novels, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, KISSING FROGS, and the SECRETS OF THE SANDS trilogy, set in Ancient Egypt.
As a former literary agent with The Rights Factory, Alisha has had the pleasure of representing many talented domestic and international clients, including a holistic beauty guru and a renowned environmental activist, as well as several debut fiction authors:
Kristen Ma (Beauty, Pure and Simple)
Emily Hunter (The Next Eco-Warriors)
Susan Glickman (The Tale-Teller, Safe as Houses)
Aya Tsintziras (Pretty Bones)
Karen Wheeler (Tout Allure, Tout Suite)
Exceedingly familiar with the publishing industry, both as a former agent and hybrid writer, Alisha specializes in pitches and developmental edits.
Her editorial client, P.H. Oliver, (THE GYNESAURS) was the only self-published author to be long-listed for 2018's Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour Award, representing the top 10 funniest books in the country.
Other freelance clients include award-winning musician, Linda Brooks, and her non-fiction collection of essays, songs and photographs, ORCHESTRA IN MY GARDEN.
Alisha is continuously giving workshops on the writing and publishing process and enjoys working with authors of all genres and backgrounds.
What Writers are Saying About Alisha
"Working with Alisha was wonderful — from pitching to her via email to meeting in person to discuss her evaluation. Alisha made it easy to work together as she is always pleasant and genuinely cares about helping writers. I appreciate that she offered lots of encouragement and specific recommendations to help make my book the best it can be." — Marisa B., Toronto
"I really benefited from the clear comments on my manuscript which Alisha provided me. They were concise, very helpful and improved my knowledge of the writing trade. Her comments certainly improved the quality my non-fiction novel. — James B., Orillia
"Alisha was a great help in reviewing and in helping to refine my pitch for my novel before sending it off to a literary agent." — Rhesa S., Toronto
"Alisha combed through my 140,000 word manuscript offering many different strategies that I could employ to bring it down to the recommended maximum word count (under 100,000) for the genre in which it would be classified. Readers have since told me that they were most impressed with the tightness and pace of the book, feeling that every line was worth reading. There is no doubt in my mind that this high praise was due to Alisha's keen instinct for what a reader wants and needs in order to keep turning the page. Indeed, this, I would say, is the hallmark of Alisha's own writing. She pointed out plot and character inconsistencies that I had missed, even after much scrutiny and gently curtailed my penchant for overly verbose descriptions. She provides a thorough and discerning voice that will allow you to reconsider and/or validate your work from a fresh and knowledgeable perspective, always keeping the writer's delicate ego in mind. A pleasure to work with from beginning to end." — P.H. Oliver
Once you purchase your coaching package, we'll email you within 2 business days to schedule the date and time of your first meeting, and to chat about any specific requirements or requests you have.
We'll also send you an intake form, which will involve questions surrounding your mindset, what you're looking to accomplish, and what you feel is standing in your way. You'll need to fill this out and send it back to us at least 5 days before your meeting so that Sam has a chance to review it thoroughly.
At the time of your meeting, Sam will contact you by Zoom to dive right in!
You'll walk away with excellent insight from a professional about how tostay motivated, build creative confidence, and write your bookor other work!
Have a question?
If you have any questions about working with Alisha, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!