Make this the year you finally write your book.
make this the year you finally write your book.
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Welcome! I'm Kim Duke.
Have you always dreamed of writing a book?
You're at the point of no return. There's a nonfiction book inside of you and you're willing to go the distance to make it happen. But, you don't know where to begin and doing it alone feels overwhelming.
You don't have to do it alone. I'm here to help.
Welcome to... A book of her own
Ready to become an author?
You'd love to write a book but you...
You'd love to write but you...
Don't know how to begin.
My clients say exactly the same thing! I help you plan out your entire book and you receive guidance and homework from me on the phone and via email.
Secretly worry you're not a good enough writer.
Don't put pressure on yourself. I share my formula of how to write a nonfiction book that captures the reader's curiosity and keeps them engaged.
The book writing process seems overwhelming.
This stops most people from ever writing a book. When we work together, I'm your personal writing coach and I give you step by step instruction. Breathe!
Wonder if you have enough time.
There's no doubt about it. Writing a book is a commitment of time. Thankfully, I show you the process, how many pages your book should be and break it down into bite-sized chunks. You can do it!
My book, Email Attraction, is an Amazon bestseller, has rave reviews in the international media: The London Financial Times here in the UK, Forbes, CNBC.com and many more! This has led to some truly mind-blowing business opportunities. Kim has paid for herself many times over - she’s the real deal.'"
I've always loved writing. But once I started working in corporate Canada, I didn't make the time to write on a regular basis. And when I started my own business? I managed to squeeze in writing one small book and some creative writing. But it was never enough.
Finally, 10 years ago, I decided to invest in me. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Once I made time for writing AGAIN by signing up for writing classes and writing daily? I wrote 2 books. Oh yes, I did. Now, I'm a published, Amazon best-selling author with national and international media coverage.
What will happen when YOU show up for YOUR writing?
Writing a book is so much easier when you have someone to guide you through the process. That's where I come in.
I'm a professional full-time writer, author of 3 books and you can find out more about me HERE.
My lovely clients say I'm a life-changer.
When you write on a regular basis something magical starts to happen. Writing becomes easier. Ideas flow to you faster than before. You feel excited about learning and practicing your skills. And your style and writing voice begin to emerge.
In 90 days, if you take my advice, do the work and commit to the time schedule? You'll have a first draft manuscript of approximately 100 pages. (I don't recommend you write more than that.) But at the end of the day - it comes down to you.
Writing a nonfiction manuscript: self-help, motivational or business book, memoir, or a collection of personal essays, doesn't happen by accident. You need accountability and momentum. We have a 1 hour call 2x a month. You also email me writing twice a week. We set writing goals together, and review your work. You'll fly!
LET'S BREAK it DOWN
Why? Due to high demand and limited spots - the short application helps me decide if I'm the right fit for your project. I'll contact you within 5 days.
You're in! I'll send you a non-refundable deposit link and the balance of the program is divided over 3 months & automatically charged to your credit card every 30 days for a total of 3 months.
Once we've received your non-refundable deposit, I'll contact you and we'll book your first call.
“I had the pleasure of working with Kim as my writing coach for both of my books! I had a goal of writing a book since I was a kid. And, after a decade or so of trying to do it on my own, it was clear I needed an expert to help. That’s when I found Kim!
Hired! How To Get The Zippy Gig. Insider Secrets From A Top Recruiter, became an Amazon best-seller in both Canada and the USA within 24 hours of being released. Five years later, it’s still a top ranked resume book on Amazon. And I've been interviewed by national media across Canada.
Kim encouraged me to write with personality – that’s one of the reasons “Hired!” has been so successful. It doesn’t read like every other dull and boring resume book on the market. ”
Sheila Musgrove, Canada
“Madeline gave me the courage to finally quit my day job and start my own business. I couldn't be happier!”
I'm in the business of getting women writing. Let's explore your story, your love of words
and why writing a book calls to you.
Yes, A Book Of Her Own Really Works
“My book, Email Attraction, was given a big, glowing review by the London Financial Times."
Kim, thank you for alternately holding my hand and kicking my butt throughout the writing process. (Even the I WANT TO STICK A FORK IN MY EYE - REWRITE comments!) My book, Email Attraction, was given a big, glowing review by the London Financial Times!"
Kim Arnold, UK
“I never saw myself as an author. Kim did.”
As an international speaker and experienced BBC producer, Kim knew I was bursting with juicy content – it’s what I ‘DO’, yet for some reason, I never saw myself as an author. She did.
Kim encouraged me to forget linear, go with the flow, write what you feel, when you feel. Break it into chunks, re-version blogs, just DO -IT…make a start. So, I did.I was able to write and guess what? I was pretty good at it. And I listened to her words: "Let me edit it, you write.”
I did write “Goodbye Glossophobia – Banish Your Fear of Public Speaking”. And it went on to win the UK’s “Highly commended Short Business Book of the Year 2020.”
Esther Stanhope, UK
But if you're anything like me, you need help to take your writing to the next level. You just want someone to tell you what works so you can turn your dream of writing a book into reality.
If you: have lists of book ideas which never seem to come to life; secretly have one burning idea for a book that you think about all.the.time; are envious of people who have written a book; and you're starting to realize if you don't write your book NOW...when will you do it?
You’re A better writer than you think you are.
"This is the time to give yourself the gift of writing your book.
"If you’re dipping a toe into writing a book, you need Kim on your team. Writing a book is a gargantuan task. She guides you through the stages of writing your book. She’s your biggest cheerleader and gives you a kick in the pants, when needed. Your job is to write your heart out.
"Following that one-liner highlight from your client's testimonial you are going to want to add the entire thing hear to really drive home how awesome people think your course or product is."
My Writing life
I worked for two of Canada's largest national television networks for 15 years before launching my own international sales training company. I wrote piles of articles, ezines and 2 quirky business books that attracted a ton of media, readers and business. Personal essays about life are my love, so I took 10 years of writing classes, read a hundred writing books and wrote daily. In 2016 I received a breast cancer diagnosis. After a year of treatment (and good-bye cancer!), I wrote my book, A Fine Mess, found a publisher, and it's an Amazon best-seller! I also decided to blow up my 18 year company and redirect all of my passion to writing, and helping women write.
Now I'm a full-time writer, author, essayist; my work has been featured on NBC News, the Globe and Mail; and I'm a top writer for Medium.com.
And I'm just getting started.
but it wasn't always this way.
I've been in your shoes. I know how hard it is to get a meaningful book off the ground. Many people self-publish, however, the majority of these books are terribly written. What's the point of writing crap??
I know something about you. Deep down you have a secret desire to write a non-fiction book. You have a story you want to share with the world and it refuses to sit on the back burner any longer. Maybe you'd like to write a series of personal essays. Perhaps you're a speaker ready to share your knowledge. Or does the thought of writing a motivational memoir make your stomach do cartwheels? You don't have to do it alone. With coffee, chocolate and me in your corner? You'll soon have a manuscript in your hands. (If you do the work.)
If you're accepted into A Book of Her Own it's because I believe in what you want to accomplish. I bring my decades of writing experience to your book. And I bring me and my big brain. Trust me. You're in for a creative and joyful experience!
Kim persuaded me in 2018, as a “non-writer” to take the plunge and …. WRITE!
“You're going to write your beautiful book, and I'll help you”
She could see I was terrified of my bad spelling and grammar, the self-doubt, my slightly dyslexic tendencies, and the worry that I wasn’t good enough.
As an international speaker and experienced BBC producer, Kim knew I was bursting with juicy content – it’s what I ‘DO’, yet for some reason, I never saw myself as an author. She could.
“If you can speak, you can write.” Her advice was brilliant.
“Just write a page a day, write total rubbish if you need to, and send it to me – I'll edit you.”
I did write “Goodbye Glossophobia – Banish Your Fear of Public Speaking”
And it went on to win the UK’s “Highly commended Short Business Book of the Year 2020”
a book of her own is now open for applications
There are limited spots available for A Book Of Her Own because it is an intense commitment of my time. If you're ready to write your book manuscript this year? Now is the time to get started.
Check out my application form here:
Write the book you think about constantly.
Get some help so you don't waste more time.
Work on writing that lights you up.
Move from dreaming to action.
Release the fear of not being good enough to write.
Invest in something you'll be proud of for the rest of your life.
Find time to do what you love most - WRITE!
No. In this program I'm your writing coach and I give you examples, suggestions and guidance. However, you're the one who writes your manuscript. I walk you through the steps on how to do it (and not lose your way.)
Frequently Asked Questions
I can't guarantee you'll finish your manuscript in 90 days. But most of my clients do. I give you advice, encouragement, suggest revisions and more, however, ultimately if you don't/can't do the work required- you won't finish. Your book is absolutely worth your effort!
My program is best if you want to self-publish. The process of pitching to a publisher can take years and there's never a guarantee someone will publish your book. I did find a publisher for my book, A Fine Mess, but the process was 2 years from start to finish. Do you really want to wait that long?
I don't teach fiction writing or help with fiction books. (Although I love reading them!) My specialty is non-fiction: personal essays, memoir, self-help, motivational and business books.
Because I accept a limited number of 1:1 coaching clients and the amount of time and effort I put into your coaching - I don't offer refunds of any kind. I can't guarantee your work ethic, dedication, or writing ability.
Yes, I do. You pay an initial non-refundable deposit to join my program and then you're charged the balance of the amount over 3 months. Your credit card is automatically charged every 30 days.
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