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Six of Adrienne’s Romance novels have become #1 bestsellers, while winning multiple awards from reviewers and readers. More importantly, Adrienne knows how to teach the business of writing commercial Romance — an art form which is significantly different from writing other types of fiction.
As a writing coach, Adrienne receives referrals from publishers, who want their up-and-coming writers to polish their manuscripts for higher sales and better reviews.
If you are a graduate of any paid course on this website, you are eligible for discounts when you enroll in Adrienne’s private Mentorship Program. Your submission for the coaching program must be a commercial Romance, as defined in the course, The Business of Writing Happy Endings.
Learn to Write Romance That Sells
“Too many times, a self-published author relies on the advice of amateur writers, or worse, freelance editors who have no professional understanding of the Romance genre,” Adrienne explains. “Writing a salable manuscript requires much more than the mastery of punctuation. A ‘resume editor’ or a ‘blog editor’ (for example) may understand grammar, but she won’t understand how to analyze — or improve — the commercial viability of a Romance novel.”
Adrienne is referring to the difference between “line editing” and “developmental editing.” By definition, a line editor corrects sentence structure. A developmental editor corrects weak plotting and characterization.
Adrienne specializes in developmental editing for Romance novels. She helps authors understand the difference between two goals:
- Writing to sell, vs.
- Writing for personal satisfaction
“While it is possible to achieve both goals as a Romance writer,” Adrienne says, “the author who keeps getting rejection letters and poor reviews is the author who hasn’t mastered the writing strategies that are crucial to commercial success.”
As a developmental editor, Adrienne can help you:
- Pinpoint the plotting problems that lead to rejection letters and/or poor book reviews
- Create heroes, heroines, and secondary characters that will enchant Romance fans
- Develop a long-range plotting strategy for spin-off novels and multi-book series
How Adrienne Developed Her Mentorship Program
Adrienne was approached to create the curriculum for this course by Creative Writing students. These students had grown frustrated with their college courses, because the curriculum wasn’t preparing them adequately to sell a commercial fiction manuscript to a New York publisher.
From that original curriculum, Adrienne developed her Mentorship Program. She can help you, the aspiring Romance novelist, when you are:
Tired of contradictory story critiques that leave you confused about how to write a Romance novel that sells.
Ready to roll up your sleeves, finish writing your Romance novel, and market your fiction proposal to literary agents and book editors.
Looking for advice about how to become a published Romance author, how to win concessions from book editors, how to market your published novel, how to determine when to write a cross-over novel, and how to plan a successful career writing Romance novels.
Adrienne’s Approach as a Writing Coach
As a writing coach for aspiring Romance authors, Adrienne maintains a positive, eye-on-the-goal focus. She has successfully mentored Romance writers through all manner of personal and professional challenges, including the balance of home life and career demands, creative writing blocks, money shortfalls, editorial rejection, the cancellation of a fiction line, and career stagnation. Adrienne creates a supportive environment so writers can:
- Develop Romance novel ideas
- Improve Romance writing skills (including sexual tension)
- Deepen their creativity
- Set achievable goals while writing Romance novels
- Balance writing time with other professional or personal obligations
- Build faith in fiction writing talent, and ultimately
- Achieve publication
To receive a student discount for coaching:
- You must complete at least one of the paid courses on this website; and
- You must be writing a commercial Romance (as defined in the course, The Business of Writing Happy Endings.)
Want to learn more about coaching? Read the FAQs.
Adrienne accepts a limited number of new writers for coaching each month. She will ONLY coach writers whose work-in-progress is a commercial Romance.
(If you don’t know the difference between commercial Romance, Mainstream Fiction, and Literary Fiction, do not submit your manuscript until after you’ve completed her course, The Business of Writing Happy Endings.)
For coaching purposes, Adrienne gives priority consideration to students, who have completed at least one paid course on this website. By completing our courses, you are proving that you are serious about improving your writing skills. You are also proving that you’ve studied (and therefore, that you have some understanding of) the Foundations of Fiction, Narrative Structure, and the business of writing Romance.
If you are graduate of a paid course on this website, and you are accepted into the coaching program, you will be eligible for 2 discounts:
- Your application fee will be waived (a $25 value)
- You will receive a discount on manuscript critiques, editing, and coaching
If you would like to review Adrienne’s fees or apply for her private Mentorship Program, please visit our Coaching Portal.
Adrienne is excellent at teaching the commercial aspects of writing. I had an author come to us with a novel that was not commercially viable. I sent her to Adrienne as a writing coach. This author came back with a phenomenal re-write. The book was just recently released and is pulling excellent reviews, averaging 4.6 stars at Amazon.
I asked Adrienne to critique and line edit my first short erotic romance. Her insights, suggestions and techniques made my story much richer. I’m now applying everything I learned from Adrienne to my (bestselling novels.) I really appreciate her advice and encouragement and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who would like to improve their writing.
Thank you, Adrienne! You must have worked very hard on this (critique and homework plan!) I am very pleased. This is so exciting, exactly what I was looking for. And with the extra (character and) plotting help, I should be making improvements shortly!
In my fiction writing, Adrienne pinpointed weak areas quickly and offered excellent suggestions for improvement, which helped me get my first publication credit in an anthology of short stories. Adrienne is a wonderful, inspiring writing coach and teacher.
Not only has Adrienne written successful Romance novels, she has mastered the skills for helping other writers succeed. Through her keen insights and intuitive advice, my current manuscript has been refined into the type of work that shines. Thank you, Adrienne, for helping me become a (bestselling) author!
Thank you for your critique. It was very useful. You taught me more in this email than I learned in 9 months of the (critique) club I was in.
Adrienne’s comments encouraged and helped me focus on the technical aspects as a beginning writer without becoming overwhelmed.
Working with Adrienne was a great investment. (She) was a huge asset to the final product of my book. It was great knowing I could turn to an experienced writer for advice!
I so appreciate your help with this project. I have been working on it for over 2 years and have not been able to pull it together. I have been very hungry for some positive feedback, so (your comments) make me feel great! I will keep moving forward!
Thanks for the hard-hitting questions. They’re really helpful and connected me back to my original intent with this book—to write a Gothic (Romantic) Suspense novel.