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Your Writing Coach

Coaching to help you fast-track your writing.

Meet the team

Writer coaching at The Novelry

 At The Novelry, our writing coaches are acclaimed and recently published authors who enjoy being part of our writing community, and who positively enjoy working with aspiring authors. They have hit the bestseller lists and been nominated for and won famous awards.

Our book writing coaches are all part of The Novelry in-house team, chosen for their warmth as well as their outstanding publishing record. Between them our writing coaches have extensive experience across the full range of genres of fiction. 

Our coaches have been trained in our positive coaching method, and our kindly and encouraging one-to-one writer mentoring program is a big part of the reason we’re the world’s best-loved creative writing school.

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Why do you need a writing coach?

If you’re aiming to get published, you need a good writing mentor to develop your story faster and with more depth. Almost all professionals benefit from a mentoring relationship to develop their skills and in every other walk of life an apprenticeship is considered a wise idea.

Even writers with extensive experience and strong writing skills can benefit from new ideas from a writing coach and ongoing support.

In the literary world and publishing industry, most well-known published authors have studied with other writers and continue their writing journey with feedback from a trusted mentor over the course of their career.

Imagine if you had access to not only one great coach but the benefits of a coaching team. Imagine being able to hop on a Zoom with a successful author with particular experience of your kind of story or technical skills you need to borrow at any stage of your writing? Now, you can. At The Novelry we work with you one on one and also collaboratively as a team to ensure we are giving you our combined advice.

Our writer coaching team


New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and award-winning authors currently published by major publishing houses worldwide.

Based in the USA, Canada and the UK, our team offer coaching sessions for all time zones worldwide.

Kate Riordan

Historical Fiction


Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of five novels, a has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.


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Amanda Reynolds

Psychological Thrillers
Crime Thrillers


Amanda Reynolds is the author of three novels, and her thriller Close To Me was a major C4 TV production.


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Lesley Kara

Psychological Thrillers
Sleuths, Crime Fiction


Lesley Kara is the Sunday Times bestselling author of four novels.


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Emylia Hall

Literary Fiction
Reading Group Fiction
Cosy Crime


Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four novels with her fifth, a cosy crime novel, publishing in 2023. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.


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Libby Page

Up Lit
Women’s Fiction


Libby Page is the bestselling author of four novels. The Lido became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world.


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Rachel Joyce

Up Lit
Literary Fiction


Rachel Joyce is the multi-million copy bestselling, award-winning, Booker Prize-listed author of six novels and short stories.


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Mahsuda Snaith

Upmarket Fiction
Women’s Fiction


Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew (Penguin Random House) saw her named an Observer ‘New Face of Fiction’. 


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Alice Kuipers

Young Adult
Children’s Fiction


Alice is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghost writer experienced in writing memoir.


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Piers Torday

Children’s Fiction
Middle-Grade Fantasy


Piers Torday is the award-winning and bestselling author of seven books for children dubbed the new master of children’s fiction by The Times.


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Tasha Suri

Fantasy Epics and Sagas


Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Empire of Sand was rated by TIME magazine as one of the best fantasy novels of all time.


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Andrea Stewart

Fantasy Fiction
Speculative Fiction


Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor, and The Bone Shard War) and a finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and The British Fantasy Award.


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L.R. Lam

Science Fiction


El, or L.R. Lam, is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of nine novels, with three more under contract. Their books include the epic fantasy romance Dragonfall, the beginning of the Dragon Scales trilogy, cyberpunk near-future thrillers, space opera novels and a near-future thriller. 


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Katie Khan

Speculative Fiction
 Magical Realism


Katie Khan is the author of two novels. Her first novel, Hold Back the Stars, was published in the U.K. by Penguin Random House and in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster, and has been translated into twenty-one languages around the world.


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David Solomons

Children’s Fiction


David is the author of middle-grade children’s novels. His children’s books have won The British Book Industry Best Childrens Book and The Waterstones Childrens Book Prize. 


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What makes a good mentor?


An aspiring writer will want to consider a potential writing mentor carefully to choose an experienced writer who has navigated the publishing industry successfully, with a proven track record, who has standing and recognition in the literary world and the publishing industry.

A good mentor is someone who loves learning and who understands that they too, as a writer, are always learning; that way the one-on-one mentoring relationship becomes a mutually fulfilling and exciting experience, open to new ideas and feedback that flows naturally both ways. 

To choose your potential coach, consider the writing coachs work.  Have they been published recently? Do they write in your genre? Do they understand the book publishing process? Have they got teaching experience? Do they belong to professional organisations? That they belong to a writing community and are willing and able to work generously with other writers is an important test.

Find your writing coach at The Novelry


Our writing coaches are chosen for their collaborative coaching style. As an experienced writer, each and every one of them has chosen to work with aspiring writers because they enjoy it.

Our team are on-staff and members undergo constant training as a team sharing the benefits of the hive mind to get better at helping your story get stronger faster! 

Choose your book writing coach based on whether theyre working in a similar genre of writing to yours. Have a look inside the first pages of their books on Amazon too. You can read articles written by the individual members of our team at the blog

But dont worry, once we get sight of your writing plan, we will be sure to give you our advice on the right coach for you.

I remember him saying... that writers were made as well as born... It was a great thing to have happen to me at that period of my life, to have someone who took me seriously enough... I knew something crucial was happening to me, something that mattered. He helped me to see how important it was to say exactly what I wanted to say and nothing else.

—Raymond Carver, on taking a Beginning Fiction Writing Course with John Gardner

The writing coach relationship 


Your writing coach at The Novelry will be cheering you on every step of the way, delighted as you tick off your writing goals, develop your skills, complete a first draft, submit your manuscript to literary agents and achieve your ambition to get a book deal. You’ll not only have a mentor you can return to again and again as you enter the book publishing process, you’ll have a friend and cheerleader in the writing community.

 You’ll find your sessions with your writing coach are fun, lively and inspiring. We help you grow as a writer and build your confidence. Well shine a light on what’s working and help you solve problems. We get far better results this way. We know writers because we are writers! Each and every one of us.

At the heart of The Novelry is a warm-hearted writing community. We offer a collaborative environment, not a competitive environment.

Coaching at The Novelry: the magic in the process


At The Novelry, you can enjoy access to the experience of all of our writing coaching team on your terms in coaching sessions of 45 minutes recorded and sent to you to keep for your reference.

You can schedule your personal online coaching sessions at times convenient to you and we operate in all time zones with our writers coming from the USA, Canada, the UK, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Publishing is global and so are we.

You can choose the writing coach you would like to work with, and you’re not tied to one coach for your entire course program. Feel free to switch and swap to get the right advice for you as your story develops.

As a team, overseen by your course director, we’ll be keeping an eye on your progress.

Our state-of-the-art systems allow for a smooth handover. Our writing coaching team work hand in glove with our editorial team and get the latest publishing industry advice from experienced professionals connected to the worlds leading literary agencies, and go to former Big Five publishing editors for their thoughts on your storys success.

Coaching to finish your novel.


‘I found The Novelry at a time when I was ready to give up. I was feeling very low on confidence and knew I’d be my own worst enemy if left to my own devices. The sessions with Emylia, my writing coach, were a real highlight – she always made me feel like she genuinely cared about my novel, and I was constantly amazed at the way she engaged with the story and the creative suggestions she brought forward. The sessions kept me on track and helped me work through plot kinks along the way and I felt like I had a real champion through the whole process.’

—Becky Hunter, now with a major two-book publishing contract in the USA and the UK

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