I’m a book coach who helps romance authors write stories that work.

Are you ready to write a romance novel that touches lives and makes readers feel?

Are you ready to write the best possible version of your story?

Are you ready to send your manuscript out into the world with confidence?

The writing dream

What would it feel like to write a story and be content in the knowledge that it means something?

To have it touch readers’ lives?

To have those who read it love it so much that they share it with their friends?

Imagine if you could do this without being hindered by your lack of storytelling know-how.

Or the little seed of doubt in your mind that says you’ll never make it as a writer.

Or the fact that you have no one to hold you accountable as you write.

Imagine the possibilities . . .

What would you say if I told you that it’s possible to achieve your writing dream?

It is possible to produce the best version of your story and send it out into the world with confidence.

It is possible to touch readers’ lives with your words and to make people feel.

It is possible to give them courage and strength and hope, and to show them, through your characters’ journeys, what it means to love and be loved in return.

And, in doing so, you’ll feel as if you’re doing what you were born to do, living the life you want to live as the writer you were born to be.

Wondering what it would take to achieve this?

Let me introduce you to . . .

Book Coaching!

Book Coaching is a service in which I offer support, guidance and accountability to writers just like you.

Want to know more?

Through a range of different coaching options, I can help you to:

feel proud of producing the best possible version of your story,

find fulfilment in creating a story that means something,

and triumph over your struggles as a writer.

By having me in your corner . . .

You’ll gain confidence as a writer and see the possibilities of your story as you plan, write or revise.

You’ll discover how to give your story the best chance of success in a crowded market.

And you’ll learn how to hook readers and keep them engaged so that they’ll be thinking about your story long after they’ve turned the last page.

When you hire me as your romance book coach, you’ll receive:

Support

We’ll work through problems and brainstorm solutions during one-on-one live coaching calls.

Guidance

I’ll offer step-by-step guidance as you progress through planning, writing or revising your novel.

Accountability

You’ll achieve your writing goals by submitting your work for feedback according to agreed-upon deadlines.

Keen as mustard?

Want to know more about me?

My name is Libby, and I’m a romance book coach and developmental editor.

I spent three years as the Commissioning Editor of Romance for a boutique publishing company, and during that time, I worked with authors at every stage of the book production process, from early concept to the final proofread, but I discovered that story development is where my passion lies.

Trust me, there is no greater reward for an editor than in helping an author fall head-over-heels in love with their own story.

As well as being an experienced editor, I’m also a published romance author, and my writing has earned me finalist placings in a number of competitions offered by the Romance Writers of Australia. Feel free to check out my author website, Libby M Iriks.

With a background in education, I channel my teaching skills when working with clients to ensure they understand the why as well as the how, and to let them know what they’re doing right as well as where they need to improve. I provide honest and constructive feedback, but I always deliver it with compassion and understanding.

After spending years as a freelance manuscript assessor and copyeditor, I decided to focus my efforts on helping authors with story development because I noticed that many of my clients were hungry for ongoing support; they wanted to be guided through the process of improving and strengthening their stories. And when I learned that book coaching was “a thing”, I realised it was exactly the service my clients were crying out for, so I enrolled in a course and am currently working towards my book coaching certification.

Discover the possibilities!

By hiring me as your romance book coach everything is going to change for you.

These are just some of the ways my work is impacting writers’ lives:

Nancy Cunningham avatar

“Libby has helped me shape the structure of my manuscript, enhance its themes and deepen both character and point of view. My manuscript is a much stronger story for Libby’s involvement, and with her help, I can put my best draft forward. I’m enormously grateful to her and highly recommend working with her.”

NANCY CUNNINGHAM

Tanya Nellestein

“Libby’s evaluation of my manuscript was spot on! She offered pratical guidance in the steps I should take to tackle revisions. Her services are a worthy investment for any writer wanting to take their novel to the next level.”

TANYA NELLESTEIN

Vikki Holstein

“Libby is dedicated to making each story the best it can be; she guides me to hone my strengths and build on my weaknesses without destorying my confidence. Libby has encouraged me every step of the way to be a better writer. I love that her feedback points out what works as well as what could be improved. I’m looking forward to being the writer I will become under her patience and guidance.”

VIKKI HOLSTEIN

The Lady Detective book cover

The Lady Detective

by Ava January

THE CLIENT: Ava requested an evaluation from me after receiving a full manuscript request from a publisher. She had concerns that the manuscript wasn’t as strong as it could be after receiving feedback from beta readers and other publishers, saying that the story “meandered”. Ava interpreted this feedback to mean that there wasn’t enough story, and she hoped an evaluation would highlight where she was going wrong and help her to revise in preparation for submitting to the publisher.

HOW I HELPED: I conducted a full read-through of Ava’s manuscript and discovered that the story’s issues stemmed from the goals and motivations of the protagonist not being made clear for the reader. This is what gave the impression of the meandering storyline, because the events that occurred didn’t appear to move the protagonist towards her goals. I also determined that if Ava drew on the protagonist’s backstory in crucial moments, it would help the reader to better understand her character’s motivation.

AVA’S RESPONSE: “Libby, I just wanted to touch base with you to say thanks! Your feedback made perfect sense and helped me dig a little deeper into the motivations and goals of my protagonist. I’ve officially sent the manuscript to the publisher now, so fingers crossed!”

THE OUTCOME: The Lady Detective won first prize in the Orange County Rose Prize for Emerging Writers 2020 (Historical category) and was a second round winner in LERA’s The Writer Contest. And to top it off, Ava landed a publishing deal with Escape Publishing! Congratulations, Ava!

THE EXPERIENCE: I absolutely adored working on this story. Ava did a wonderful job of balancing a strong female lead with the societal norms of the historical setting. The romantic tension between the heroine and her love interest grew from cheeky, innocent flirting to intense emotion-filled moments that were expertly handled. With equal parts romance, mystery and comedy, this story is a must-read! Order your copy now!

Are you ready?

Are you ready to write a romance novel that touches lives and makes readers feel?

Are you ready to write the best possible version of your story?

Are you ready to send your manuscript out into the world with confidence?

Or find out more about my services below . . .

Book Coaching

Do you need help to plan, write or revise your romance novel?

Or perhaps you just need someone to help you nut out a problem with your manuscript.

No matter the level of help required, there’s a book coaching option for every writer.

Editing

Already have your manuscript in pretty good shape but need another set of expert eyes on the big picture elements?

Or maybe you need a story ninja to show you exactly what you’re doing right and where you need to make improvements.

Libby M Iriks

Want to know more?

Still not sure whether I’m the right romance book coach or editor for you? Good on you! It’s important to be cautious when hiring a professional to help you with something as precious as your book baby. Let me share more about myself and my approach to editing.

Let’s work together on your next romance novel.

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