“To write is to plumb the unfathomable depths of being. Writing lies within the domain of mystery. The space between any two words is vaster than the distance between heaven and earth. To bridge it you must close your eyes and lead. Ultimately, to write is an act of faith.”—Elie Wiesel

So long as you write, you are a writer and you probably have more than once closed your eyes, taken that leap of faith, and put words to paper. But you also must know that writing is a craft and like every craft, a writer is a craftsman—no different than a carpenter who requires the proper tools and know-how to construct the building that has been envisioned in her mind’s eye. Even if you’re not concerned about being published, you still want your writing to express what you wish to convey so it may be read with comprehension and enjoyment.

 

Over the years, I have frequently been asked by writers to critique their manuscripts or guide them along the precipitous road to get their work published. Although I sometimes provided suggestions, I never formalized the relationship. Now however, given the ever more daunting challenges in the publishing industry even for the most talented writers, I have decided that with what I have learned in five decades as a writer, author and teacher of writing, I can help writers at the early stages of their careers.

 

But before we go further, I’d like to tell you what I won’t do. I am not a line editor who will charge you as much as $10 per page to edit your work; nor am I a book doctor who will fix your book length manuscript so it is presentable for presentation to publishers and exact a fee of thousands of dollars; nor do I want to help you revise and rewrite your work and then leave you adrift aimlessly in search of a publisher.

 

What I have decided to do is to serve as a writing coach to serious writers. While I can’t make any promises, nor guarantee your work will be published, I will tell you that I’ll improve the odds that you’ll see your work in print and when we’re done, you’ll be a better writer.

 

Services I Offer:
 

By using the term “writing coach,” I have purposely tried to define my role by offering three types of services from which you can select one, two or all three categories.

 

I. General Appraisal:

I’ll read your work and provide an assessment regarding its strengths and weaknesses; how you might make improvements; and the likelihood it will be published.

 

II. Comprehensive Evaluation:

You can opt for a more in-depth examination of your work with my comments and suggestions inserted throughout your manuscript. With this in hand, you should be ready to re-write a final draft suitable for submission if you seek publication.

 

III. Getting Your Work Published:

If it’s seeing your work in print you’re after, I can suggest how you go about getting your work published by independent publishers of books, magazines and periodicals; how to obtain an agent; guide you as you submit your work to agents and editors; and inform you of other options such as e-publishing and self-publishing.

 

 

My Fee:

 

To get started, we’ll set up an initial consultation at no charge. I’ll review your work and learn of your aspirations as a writer and explain how I can be of assistance. If we agree to proceed, we’ll determine what services I’ll provide, establish a timeframe, set our goals, and settle on my compensation.

 

 

Richard D. Bank

Author & Writing Coach

Writing Coach

 

So long as you write, you are a writer and you probably have more than once closed your eyes, taken that leap of faith, and put words to paper. But you also must know that writing is a craft and like every craft, a writer is a craftsman—no different than a carpenter who requires the proper tools and know-how to construct the building that has been envisioned in her mind’s eye. Even if you’re not concerned about being published, you still want your writing to express what you wish to convey so it may be read with comprehension and enjoyment.

 

Over the years, I have frequently been asked by writers to critique their manuscripts or guide them along the precipitous road to get their work published. Although I sometimes provided suggestions, I never formalized the relationship. Now however, given the ever more daunting challenges in the publishing industry even for the most talented writers, I have decided that with what I have learned in five decades as a writer, author and teacher of writing, I can help writers at the early stages of their careers.

 

But before we go further, I’d like to tell you what I won’t do. I am not a line editor who will charge you as much as $10 per page to edit your work; nor am I a book doctor who will fix your book length manuscript so it is presentable for presentation to publishers and exact a fee of thousands of dollars; nor do I want to help you revise and rewrite your work and then leave you adrift aimlessly in search of a publisher.

 

What I have decided to do is to serve as a writing coach to serious writers. While I can’t make any promises, nor guarantee your work will be published, I will tell you that I’ll improve the odds that you’ll see your work in print and when we’re done, you’ll be a better writer.

 

Services I Offer:
 

By using the term “writing coach,” I have purposely tried to define my role by offering three types of services from which you can select one, two or all three categories.

 

I. General Appraisal:

I’ll read your work and provide an assessment regarding its strengths and weaknesses; how you might make improvements; and the likelihood it will be published.

 

II. Comprehensive Evaluation:

You can opt for a more in-depth examination of your work with my comments and suggestions inserted throughout your manuscript. With this in hand, you should be ready to re-write a final draft suitable for submission if you seek publication.

 

III. Getting Your Work Published:

If it’s seeing your work in print you’re after, I can suggest how you go about getting your work published by independent publishers of books, magazines and periodicals; how to obtain an agent; guide you as you submit your work to agents and editors; and inform you of other options such as e-publishing and self-publishing.

 

 

My Fee:

 

To get started, we’ll set up an initial consultation at no charge. I’ll review your work and learn of your aspirations as a writer and explain how I can be of assistance. If we agree to proceed, we’ll determine what services I’ll provide, establish a timeframe, set our goals, and settle on my compensation.

 

 

“To write is to plumb the unfathomable depths of being. Writing lies within the domain of mystery. The space between any two words is vaster than the distance between heaven and earth. To bridge it you must close your eyes and lead. Ultimately, to write is an act of faith.”

—Elie Wiesel

Richard D. Bank

Author & Writing Coach