3-Day 1:1 Intensive for Your
What can we do in just 3 days?
How does it Work?
The planning phase
We meet via Zoom. These meetings usually last 20 to 30 minutes, but if we need more time, that's fine.
In this meeting we'll decide whether we're a good fit for working together. If we are, we'll have a chat about your book and the details for your intensive.
What details? Things like where you where you want to do the work (in a shared workspace in an agreed upon city or town* or from your home via Zoom), when, and any dietary requirements you have. I'll use these to craft your bespoke retreat.
Then I'll email you the contract and invoice for your deposit.
*Locations not on mainland Britain as well as those in London, the Midlands, the North of England, Scotland, or Northern Ireland will incur higher rates to offset the costs of my travel. If you cannot meet with me in the UK, we will have to work via Zoom.
Once you've signed the contract and paid your deposit, I'll put the finishing touches on your retreat plan and send you the details.
If you choose to do the retreat in person, we'll stay in a boutique hotel and work either in a meeting room in the hotel or in a nearby office space.
If you choose the Zoom option - I'll send you a few surprises to make your space feel like a retreat.
Between receiving your itinerary and our 3-day retreat, you don't have to do any preparation.
However, I know some writers are keen to get going as soon as possible, so in your welcome package, I'll send you a couple of creative exercises you can complete in preparation for our time together - if you want to.
The main event
We'll spend a couple of hours getting to know your ideal reader and what she (they, or he) wants from your book. We'll then discuss what you want your book to do for you, your business, and your readers before focusing your topic and producing your outline. We'll finish the day by making your plan for completion by identifying key dates and determining what support you'll need (structural editor, proofreader, cover designer, book formatter, publishing assistant, book promotion plan).
You'll spend most of the day writing. I'll be on hand to help you stay focused and motivated. We'll take a break to identify your beta readers - once we've done that, I'll craft a message for you (or your VA) to send to them to invite them to help you develop your book.
As on day 2, you'll spend most of the day writing, with my support and encouragement. During our break, I'll talk you through your options for the support we decided you needed on day 1, help you choose the best provider for you, and assist with getting them booked.
Between the end of our intensive and publication day, I'll provide email support and check in with you on each of the key dates we identified on day 1 of your intensive. You'll also have 6 half-hour coaching calls to book as an when you need them.
Throughout the retreat, we'll take regular breaks to go for walks, stretch, get some tea, and enjoy nourishing meals and snacks.
Check out these Bonuses
Book Launch Club
You'll get lifetime access to the Book Launch Club! £1500+ value
- Your book featured in my newsletter and across my social media at least once a year;
- I'll interview you for my podcast;
- you'll have a supportive community around you who are as excited about your book as you are;
- you'll have access to quarterly implementation days (via Zoom) to produce the marketing assets you'll need to keep your book flying off the shelves;
- and much more!
Book Formatting and Publishing course
I'm running the live beta version of this course in September 2022 (you don't have to be ready to publish to take it - just watch the sessions and provide any feedback you have). You'll receive the recordings of the beta run, and to thank you for your feedback, you'll get lifetime access to the final version of the course!
I'm selling a few spots on the beta version to clients I'm not coaching to write their books for £150; the final version of the course will sell for £350.
Additional costs for publishing:
- Atticus software: $147
- ISBN numbers: £164 for 10 - they don't expire and are nontransferable
- IngramSpark's fee ($50 for ebook and paperback); Amazon don't charge
- Cover designer
This retreat, and my coaching in general, is for nonfiction books. The intensive retreat works best for your expert book.
Your expert book is one that focuses on how you help your clients - what you do, why you do it that way, and what results your clients get. The 3-day intensive is perfect for this kind of book because the hardest part of writing such a book is getting started. You don't need to do research (you live the experience you're writing about every day), you just need to write.
The retreat could work for other kinds of nonfiction, but we'd have to have to have a detailed discussion of what kind of book you're writing, what research you've done, and where you are in the development process.
Want to write a novel? I'm not the coach for you - I don't write fiction, so I don't coach it.
To write your expert book, you must be an expert. This means you have experience in what you do, get good results for your clients, and understand how you get those results.
Note, I said you need knowledge of and expertise in what you do - you do not need to be an expert in writing!
If you're not sure whether you're ready or not, take my quiz.
We discuss this in detail on the first day of your retreat, but to help you understand the terms I used above and to prepare for our discussion, read on.
You'll only need a structural editor if you don't have time to refine your first draft before sending it to your beta readers. That is a service I offer, but I'll also talk you through how to identify other reputable editors and give you details of ones I've already vetted.
You will need a professional proofreader - publishing a book with typos won't help your business and you can't proofread your own work (I'm a trained proofreader, and I send my work to another trained proofreader). As with the structural editing, this is a service I offer, but I'll also help you find other options so you can make the best choice for your book.
Cover designer - unless you are a book cover designer, you'll need to hire one. A trained designer will help you produce a high quality, professional cover. There's really no point writing your book, if you're not going to package it in such a way that it will appeal to your readers.
Book formatter - this is the person who formats the interior of your book. Sometimes, cover designers offer this service. Other times, it's packaged with publishing support (see below). Occasionally, it's a standalone service. If you have the time and desire to do it yourself, you can purchase software to help you design your own interior. This is a service I offer, but we'll discuss all of your options.
Publishing assistant - you can do this yourself (if you do, read Sam Pearce's book Stress-free Self-Publishing: How to self-publish without losing the will to live), or you can hire help. This is a service I offer, but I'll also give you the details of other reputable assistants - the key here is to make sure you know what your intellectual property rights are and how to protect them. Which option is best for you, often comes down to questions of time and cost.
Book marketing - book marketing is audience building. If you need help building an engaged audience, I have a book marketing package you can buy, so you (or your VA) can learn how to get the word out about your book. If you already have an engaged audience but want a little help, you can buy a 'pick your brains' hour with me and we can discuss how to tweak your existing audience building efforts to support your book.
What my clients say
Working with Jennifer has given me a renewed love of writing. She shows the perfect balance of Coaching and Accountability and what I have learned from her is priceless.
Writing a book for my business just seemed to make so much sense. As it not only helped me to exorcise a lot of my own limitations it also be[ne]fitted my clients past, present and future... I could not have done it without the incredible support and expertise of Jennifer Jones. My business looks and feels like a success now thanks to her. Everyone should have a book for their business.
Writing a book was something I always hoped I would do but didn't think it would actually happen; now I am receiving coaching from Jennifer, and it's actually happening! I very much doubt I would be in this position, where I am close to publishing, were it not for her. I'm going to be an author!
I'm a speaker, published author, and expert writing coach who has been helping people become happier, more productive writers since 2001. I trained to teach writing during my PhD at the University of California at Davis. I've taught at universities in the US and the UK, and now coach consultants, coaches, and healers to write their credibility-building books. My book, There's a Book in Every Expert (that's you!), came out to rave reviews in 2020. When I'm not talking about writing, I can often be found researching and writing about Victorian medicine and popular culture.