Greetings Christian Author and Future Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to today's Empowering Post, where I will teach you valuable lessons that will impact your Christian authorship.
If you are new to my writing ministry, I want to briefly introduce myself and what I do for new writers like you.
I'm Felecia Killings, and I help aspiring authors cultivate a writing ministry that will last a lifetime. I strongly believe that God has anointed writers spread throughout the world, ones who will help Him usher in the revival that was prophesied decades ago. I believe that you and I are just as important to the Lord as the Pastor, Apostle, and Evangelist; and without the gift of writing, no ministry can ever look to grow and expand.
But I also believe that in order to walk in this calling as one of God's writers, we must be well-trained. I have spent the majority of my adult life perfecting this skill in Christian writerpreneurship, and teaching others how to grow in it. And I'm honored that now I can assist writers like you to build writing ministries that will be powerful, profitable, and life-changing. And this leads me into this post's main topic.
For today's article, I want to discuss the importance of mentorship or coaching. When I first began working with Christian Authors, I did not realize how many of them needed assistance in this area. I made the assumption that every new Christian Author knew how to build their writing career just as I did; but this was not so.
And since discovering this gap in the Christian market, I have cultivated myself as a professional coach and mentor to Christian Authors from around the world.
This aspect of my business is not far from what I did as an English instructor to high school students and adult learners. In fact, many of the teaching strategies that I developed over the years are also employed when I work with Christian Authors like you. And I want to share with you the many benefits of having a writing coach--a Christian one, at that--who can help you build your work on a solid foundation.
New authors who have made the decision to invest their time and resources into their writing ministry, including hiring a dynamic coach, have witnessed great success in their work. And in a moment, I will share why this is so.
But for now, I want you to consider how far you wish to go in this journey as a Christian Writerpreneur. Because in truth, you can only succeed based on the vision and current training that you have.
In other words, your writing ministry will be limited unless you are willing to work with someone who can take you further in your work. You need someone who is more skilled and advanced than you so that your ideas become a reality.
And that's what a great mentor and writing coach will do for you.
So, here's what you can expect from today's Empowering Post, Christian Author. In this article, you will learn:
So, without delay, let's jump into today's teaching on "How to find the right writing coach for your writing ministry."
What Do We Mean By Having a Mentor or Coach?
Let me begin this discussion with a clear definition of a mentor and coach.
The term that I want to highlight based on these definitions is the word "guide."
A mentor is not one who uses her knowledge to make herself look good. Her role and function is to help her mentee achieve success.
One of the influencers that I follow, Donald Miller, discusses this concept heavily within his online business, StoryBrand. Miller encourages businesses to step away from telling their own stories to try and gain customers, and to start telling the stories of their customers, who are essentially the heroes in the story.
And the same concept can be applied to mentorship.
When I'm working with my clients as a coach or mentor, one of the first questions I ask is, "What are your goals for your writing ministry? And what is your vision for your writing career?"
These questions help me to better understand my client, and to help me create a mentoring process that will work best for my client. It's not my job to tell my clients how successful I am and how I continue to achieve success.
I'm not the hero in their story.
I'm simply the guide who will lead them to their destiny; and once they reach that place, then they can help others along their journey.
You will notice that mentorship and coaching involve elements of teaching. And I believe this is why this service comes naturally to me. I've been teaching people for more than 20 years (as of this post...by the way, I'm just 34).
Mentoring is not just about encouraging my clients or inspiring them with thoughtful suggestions; but it also entails helping them develop a strategic plan.
When you think of coaching in terms of sports, it's not enough that a coach tells the team that it can win. He must also tell his members HOW to win. And the same idea is applied when it comes to mentoring or coaching Christian Authors.
If you are wondering if acquiring a mentor or coach for your writing ministry is necessary in this venture, I must tell you that is.
Unlike with other fields of study, you can't go to a college to earn a degree in Christian authorship...not yet, at least. (I'm developing plans for the first university for Christian Authors. It's a dream of mine, and one that I will put into place a few years from now.)
But you can work with Christian Authors and writing experts who know how to cultivate this skill for you.
The Many Reasons Why Having a Mentor Will Take You Further in Your Writing Ministry
So, now that you know what a coach and mentor are, here are some reasons why you should hire one that will specifically address your needs as a Christian Writerpreneur.
1.) Christian Writerpreneurs who hire a writing coach or mentor see greater success than those who don't have one.
If you asked me for the data on this statistic, I can't deliver it as of today. But I can assure you that this is a fact because it's what I have witnessed over the last several years. Writing a book is not often the hard part; it's putting something together that will help build a career that becomes the challenge. And Christian Authors who refuse to invest in a coach who can help them overcome this challenge often experience failure in their writing ministry.
I know this because I've had clients come may way who tried to enter this venture on their own, and have yet to make any progress. But those who have taken on my coaching services have experienced eye-opening results. As I mentioned earlier, the point of mentoring is to be a guide and support. Therefore, as a writing coach to Christian Authors, I help them see the full potential of their work while assisting them in the development of their authorship plan.
2.) Christian Writerpreneurs who hire a writing coach experience phenomenal qualitative results.
In other words, there are elements of the coaching process that help authors become confident, bold, and courageous. This is not something that can be quantified, but it certainly adds to the positive effects of coaching. I have witnessed my share of enthused clients who were elated by the knowledge and education they received from my coaching.
Knowledge brings forth a light, and that is not easily achieved on one's own. In other words, while a writer may feel that she can discover everything there is to know about being a successful writerpreneur, in truth, she will only be limited by her current understanding. A coach will always bring so much more to the table, and that is truly valuable to the client.
3.) Christian Writerpreneurs who hire a writing coach are one step ahead of the average Christian Author.
This statement is similar to what I have already discussed. You have to see yourself as a writer who is hidden within a sea of millions of other writers. Authors who make the investment into their own writing ministry by hiring a coach will automatically surpass other average authors simply because they will obtain knowledge and wisdom that is not freely acquired.
This is why I emphasize to you and to my members in my network that you have to take this authorship thing seriously; and you must see yourself as a professional Christian Author if you want to thrive in this industry. And the only way that you can cultivate your professionalism is when you take the bold step and invest in your business by acquiring a mentor.
4.) Lastly, Christian Writerpreneurs who hire a writing coach demonstrate that they truly care about their brand and their audience.
When it comes to creating great content for you and my other readers, I don't rely on my own wisdom and knowledge. I pull from the training I received in college and the knowledge I acquired through my observations and research over the years. Why? Because I want you to have the best. I don't want to give you watered-down material.
I recognize that your success is largely dependent on your ability to have access to empowering material that you can't find easily on the Internet. In like manner, every Christian Writerpreneur who takes on a mentor proves that the business and the audience are important to him/her. He recognizes that for a small investment, the coaching can help him yield an unlimited supply of clients and customers. And that's what you want to do, Dear Writerpreneur, as you look to build your writing ministry.
Search for Your Mentor Today, and Start Working on Your Ministry
Here's what you need to take away from this article: You cannot do without a writing coach or mentor.
You absolutely need one, and you need to add this element to your author's annual budget.
I want to mention one thing here, and that's not every writing coach is the same. You will find some Christian Writing Mentors who claim to know how to do something, when in truth they have not been in the game long enough to qualify as an expert.
I have seen this time and again: One person writes a book in one week, and then all of sudden she is an expert on teaching others how to write a book in 7 days.
Don't invest in that. You want experience and you want quality. You want that coach to prove to you that once you hire her, then you can expect to receive clear results that will last a lifetime.
As I mentioned before, each coach is different. I know of writing coaches who work predominantly with Christian Coaches; I know of another Writing Coach, Tamika Sims, who has a phenomenal writing ministry. And in fact, she is one that I would recommend and trust.
I certainly would recommend my own coaching services. Unlike the majority of Christian Writing Coaches, my mentoring includes access to my online school. In fact, I won't take on a coaching client unless he or she is willing to engage in some of the lessons that I teach in my course.
This is because I take a business-minded approach with my clients. I don't simply want to teach you how to write a great book; I want to train you how to build a thriving writing ministry. And that's the difference between me and another mentor.
So, when thinking about adding coaching to your authorship, consider what you want to achieve with your authorship, and then find the right expert who will guide you along the way.
7 Strategies to Help You Find the Right Writing Coach for Your Ministry
This article would be incomplete without providing you some tips on securing the right writing coach for your writing ministry. So, let me leave you with these 7 strategies:
1.) Hire LiyahAmore Publishing's coaching services.
One of the major differences between my services and that of others is this: I've spent considerable years learning how to perfect this area of Christian Writerpreneurship. And everything that I apply to my writing ministry is what I give to my clients. I go beyond simply helping you to write and publish your book. I will teach you about the business side of authorship so that you come to walk in your gifting full-time. Here are just a few testimonials from the people I have helped over the years:
2.) If LiyahAmore Publishing is not right for you, then start shopping around.
You can find several writing coaches on Google and even social media by searching for keywords such as "Christian writing coach" and "Christian content editor." Make a list of about 10 coaches that interest you, and find their contact information to inquire about their services.
3.) Do a thorough search of each coach's website.
You want to find ones that have a blog or other type of content marketing method that will enable you to learn more about their skills as a writing coach. Do they have videos that they can share? Do they have empowering, educational blog posts that provide value even before you attempt to hire them? If not, cross them off your list, and seek to only work with people who have a proven record of their abilities.
4.) Continue to narrow your search based on your budget.
There are some coaches who are willing to work with what you have, while there are others like me who have a set fee. If you find that your budget is too low, you can do one of two things:
5.) Don't be cheap with your training.
I'm not saying that you have to invest $10,000 for coaching, but don't expect to receive $10,000 training for $100. It's insulting to the expert and a disregard for your own training. Be willing to invest what is necessary in order for you to thrive. Remember: a great coach is someone who will help you multiply your investment by at least 10x what you put in. So, if a coach is asking for $1,000 for a few coaching sessions, that coach ought to be able to teach you how to earn $10,000 back on your investment within the first year. If they can't do that, then scratch them from your list. (This is one of the markings of my coaching services. I provide my clients with a proven plan for generating wealth through their writing ministries, as long as they follow the steps as instructed.)
6.) Check for social proof among your prospective coaches.
By social proof, I mean testimonials and case studies that validate a coach's ability to help others. Case studies are actual stories that come from the coaches themselves AND stories from people who have implemented the training's principles. Whenever I interview a prospective client, I share with them that everything that I have with my writing ministry is a direct result of the lessons that I teach through my coaching program. EVERYTHING! And because I'm always willing to grow, my lessons receives ongoing updates, which is always a bonus for my clients.
Prospective coaches should be able to provide this type of social proof for you as well. If they can't, scratch them off your list. You don't have time or money to waste on people who haven't implemented their own strategies, neither do they have proof that what they teach actually works. Your writing ministry deserves better.
7.) Finally, once you have found the person with whom you wish to work, start cultivating that relationship immediately.
If possible, you can acquire a free consultation, which ought to give you an idea of the type of teaching your will receive. If you both feel good about the working relationship, then the coach will provide you with further details about getting started in your training. In my case, once I have consulted with a potential client, I form the contract, and we begin work immediately.
So, I hope these strategies helped you to see how you can go about acquiring the right writing coach for your writing ministry.
I want to add just this last element: Be sure to work with someone who understands that your writing ministry is a part of your calling, and you are seeking training because you want to perfect your craft. A great coach will take you under her wings and will help you blossom in this area of writerpreneurship.
So, Christian Author, I bless you. I pray that this teaching helped you. And if you will, please share this article with someone else who has a desire to build their writing ministry.
If you would like to connect with me today to hold a FREE, 30-minute consultation, you can email me and I can set you up. But if not, I want to wish you well on your journey towards finding the right writing coach for your ministry.
And as always, let's grow together!
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