About

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Beth Mende Conny
Founder & President, WriteDirections.com

Writing a book is hard.

My job as book coach is to make it easier for you.

From concept development to publication to marketing, I’ll give you the invaluable advice you need to get your book into readers’ hands.

Together, we’ll create a strategic plan to fast-track your success. You’ll learn how to organize your material, sharpen your skills, master your time and overcome your blocks. You’ll also learn all aspects of book production, enabling you to choose your book’s design and format (print, ebook, etc.). And you’ll learn how to publicize your book and self, so that you can experience the joy of being a published author. More about the coaching process and services for writers with special needs (autism and other developmental and physical challenges).

Should you want an objective critique of your manuscript, I can help with that too. More about critiques.

Personal stuff

Beth Mende Conny's laptop and pen.I came up through the ranks as a newspaper reporter, feature writer and syndicated columnist. My work has appeared in the Washington Post, Denver Post and weeklies and monthlies across the country. Along the way, I fell in love with books and have since written, edited, ghosted and helped others produce more than four dozen of them, more than a million copies of which are in print.

That I became a writer was no surprise to my parents. I was born into a family of writers, which was a blessing and curse. For while I love to write, I don’t always like being a writer. It’s a 24/7 job, with no days off. I sometimes threaten to change professions. The only problem is, writing isn’t a profession. It is who I am.

I’ve been writing since I first learned to form letters on a page. I’ve got a master’s in journalism and a Ph.D. in writer’s angst. I carry a pen and pad wherever I go. I eavesdrop on conversations to steal dialogue. I have more book ideas than can comfortably fit into my brain. I write even when I’m not writing. I drive my family crazy. I drive myself crazy too.

Still, I write. I can’t explain why, but maybe I don’t have to. If you’re reading this, you likely understand.

With you on the writing road,

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