Nicola Kraus, your partnership in the creation of this work has been unparalleled. I’m so glad I brought you on as my writing coach. What we have created here, thanks to you, is exactly, precisely, what I’d hoped it would be. Thank you for your endless grace, service, wit, optimism, and wise counsel. You are a dream.
~Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D, CEO of Bright Line Eating, and New York Times Bestselling Author
I hired Nicola to do a developmental edit on my manuscript for The Subway Girls before I started querying agents. Her comments were astute, insightful, and constructive and I embarked on a series of revisions accordingly. Not only did that manuscript land me a wonderful agent, but The Subway Girls was also sold to St. Martin’s Press in a two-book deal. I truly enjoyed and benefited from working with Nicola and have recommended her whenever the opportunity has arisen (and I will continue to do so). Her experience in the publishing industry and her keen knowledge of what makes a book work can absolutely help authors in any stage of their process.
~ Susie Orman Schnall, Author of On Grace, The Balance Project, and The Subway Girls
As excited as I was when I sold the proposal to write my first book, I was also completely overwhelmed. This was uncharted waters for me and Nicola became my lighthouse, buoy and — at times — lifejacket!! Her patience, work ethic and sense of humor is a rare combination that carried me through the whole process. If you are lucky enough to work with her, you and your book will be better for it.
~Tracy McCubbin, Author of Making Space, Clutter Free
I completed the first few drafts of my manuscript, I convinced myself that I was ready to publish. Then reality struck when I queried some literary agents and was either ignored or rejected outright. Thankfully I found Nicola Kraus. She believed that both my story and my writing were worthy, but that I simply needed some guidance to accomplish my goal. After poring over and dissecting my work, she gave me a detailed, yet concise and manageable plan to fill in the gaps. I was then able finish the manuscript surprisingly quickly, and almost immediately I received two offers to have my book published. Nicola’s intelligence, efficiency, disarming and honest approach to her craft make her the perfect writing coach, and collaborating with her was an absolute pleasure.
~Ron Bahar, MD and published author
As much as I love to write, I was pretty overwhelmed by the idea of writing a book, sure that I'd end up in the depths of hell. But I've discovered that, by working with Nicola, writing a book doesn't suck! In fact, it's extremely invigorating and she's helping me use this process to shape the strategy of all the content I produce for my company. I'm having fun and feel extremely productive!
~Randi Zinn, founder of BeyondMom.com
Working with Nicki has been an incredibly empowering experience. For over two years I'd been waiting for the “right time” to write my second book, but the project was just too challenging to begin. When I started working with Nicki she ingeniously guided me step-by-step, making the process doable--and actually enjoyable. I feel truly blessed to have her on my team helping me birth one of my dreams into a reality.
~Patricia Moreno, founder of intenSati
Emma provided an incredible sense of clarity, instruction and knowledge on book writing and publishing - so much so, that I can't imagine becoming a published author without her on my team. Her way with words coupled with her vast experience made her the ideal coach for me. Publishing a novel doesn't end with the writing and Emma has been instrumental in breaking down each daunting step throughout my journey from idea to manuscript, turning editor-speak into action items and industry understanding. Emma is the real-deal, in-person "On Writing" and "Bird by Bird" master class, and I am blessed to have had her pearls throughout this delicate process.
~Lindsay Roth, Executive Producer of Ora.TV: Larry King Now
Working with Emma made me a much better writer. The editorial process began with a raw manuscript and ended with an actual book. Emma dispenses her wisdom with unapologetic determination so that only the best work survives. It's remarkable that she can have both a holistic as well as a granular view, simultaneously utilizing both perspectives to guarantee a finished product that flows and is complete. I cannot imagine, nor would I recommend, writing a book without such a partner.
~Michael Baldwin, founder and CEO of Michael Baldwin, Inc.
I'd been overwhelmed by twenty-six years worth of experience, hundreds of stops and starts on outlines, and a paralyzing ambivalence toward my project. No matter what I tried, I never felt closer to understanding what my book was about. Emma came into my life and within hours not only did I have a clear sense of direction, she'd managed to ignite my enthusiasm. She's always quick to disable my inner-critic and help me to see progress where I think there's none. The speed with which she's able to organize my notes into a workable outline is mind-blowing. I have never left a session without feeling empowered and excited to get back to work. Her experience, skill, compassion and commitment to helping me grow as a writer is invaluable. I feel lucky to have her in my corner.
~Patty Powers, Recovery Coach, A & E's Relapse