Writing & Publishing Coach

All the writing support, none of the literary snobbery.

I love to create order from the chaos.

Writing is messy. I help you find your story, craft your structure, and hold you to a plan.Because sometimes all you need is a coach in your corner.

I offer three options, depending on where you are.

Strike Sessions
Plot a course or find your next bold move.
Strategic, actionable, and achievable guidance for artists and entrepreneurs.
Free 15-minute session to get you on the road to where you need to be.
May be scheduled twice per year.

Click here to schedule.

Click here to learn more.

Powerful Communication Planning
Your content is only the start. Crafting the strongest story and delivering it confidently ensures your message is received in a way that moves your specific audience to action. Topics can include publishing, marketing, platform development, market identification, social media strategy, speech writing and presentation preparation, messaging strategy, and developmental editing.

  • Comprehensive intake and planning session where we set goals and a plan
  • Weekly digital check-in
  • Bi-weekly assignments
  • 100% custom-tailored to the student
  • Final evaluation and next steps
  • 6 weeks, $449

Remarkable Writing Routine
The truest truth I know about writing is that the best of it emerges from the most mundane details, consistently attended to. From your grammar, to your structure, to getting your ass in that chair. It’s all rather tedious until it’s done. Then it’s remarkable. Let me get you started in the right routine.

  • Comprehensive intake and planning session where we set goals and a writing plan
  • Weekly digital check-in
  • Bi-weekly assignments
  • Bi-Weekly writing evaluation, with written feedback via marked up pages
  • 100% custom-tailored to the student
  • Up to 60 total pages evaluated
  • Final evaluation and next steps
  • 6 weeks, 4 sessions, $449

Shortcuts & Secrets Strategic Session
There are no real shortcuts in writing, but there are easier and harder ways to get things done. I’ve put in the 10,000 hours so that you can get to your best words faster. Here’s where you get to ask me anything, and I’ll reveal all my hard earned secrets. A bargain at any cost, but beware: writing is addictive, you might be back for more. Monthly appointments extremely limited.

  • Advice, direction, and next steps calculation
  • Identifying true goals and creating intentionality
  • Perfect time to “pick my brain” 🙂
  • Ideal for planning a large or small project
  • Can be used as an editorial assessment for up to 20 pages
  • Can include working session by video conference or in person
  • Up to one hour, $229

Because my capacity for coaching is extremely limited, and I want to ensure the programs are right for individual writers, these programs are offered by invitation only.

Please write to me and let me know what you’d like to work on. If I have room in my schedule, we can set up a 15-minute interview to make sure we are a good fit!



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I wasn’t sure what to expect working one-on-one with a published author, and felt a little intimidated before we started. However, Lela’s critique style is as masterful as her books. Working directly with each piece of writing as well as considering a larger body of work allowed me to focus on a goal and feel like it is achievable. I never felt like “one of many” — more like the star student.
Lela taught me techniques to make my writing more powerful and direct. I also learned to not apologize and to claim my authority. Now I feel like I can create publishable material, and I’m am more confident in the process of seeking out opportunities for my work to be read, and therefore impact lives. I would recommend Lela’s one-on-one coaching to anyone who wants to make a difference with their message.



Untitled design (12)“Lela is exciting, inspiring, and perceptive. I am writing again and loving it! This workshop was the most creative fun I’ve had in years.”

~Marie Clapper, Media Executive / Playwright, Author Everyday Matters: One Woman Savors Ordinary Days in Extraordinary Ways


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“I left the workshop with 101 (!) pages of writing, countless ideas and essay concepts to revisit, the motivation to relaunch and rethink my blog, confidence and enthusiasm that had been otherwise waning, and something else I didn’t anticipate I gained an intriguing, diverse, supportive group of writer friends.”

~Beth Stephens, Influencer Marketing Executive
(Read Beth’s full blog post about Second Story here.)



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