Hi, I'm Brad, "the heart-centered memoir writing coach."
I help people write and publish memoirs about their healing journey, recovery, and personal or spiritual transformation.
I also write and publish my own books and articles about healing, wellness, and adventure. My own memoir, Adventures in Healing, will be published by a major publisher in 2023.
In my spare time, I teach yoga and meditation.
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Do you desire to write a memoir about your healing journey, recovery, or personal or spiritual transformation?
Maybe you've tried to write a memoir but your progress stalled and you don't know how to get the mojo working again?
Or did you succeed in getting the basic story down on paper–and you're happy about that–but now you feel as if your book is missing something. You know you can do better if you just had some coaching from an expert?
Hi, I'm Brad Wetzler, "the heart-centered memoir writing coach."
I coach people to write memoirs about healing, recovery, and personal and spiritual transformation.
I've spent my life and three-decade-long career writing (and helping people to write) books and articles about adventure, wellness, healing, and personal and spiritual transformation.
As a book writing coach, I pursue a quiet revolution to help people transform their lives by reframing and telling their life stories.
I've helped more than a thousand people become published authors.
When my clients write and publish a book, they get more income and more opportunities to impact the world.
My clients include NYT best-selling authors, renowned journalists, CEOs and entrepreneurs, Ivy League academics, psychotherapists and life coaches, professional athletes, mountaineers, and adventurers, spiritual teachers, and thought-leaders from various paths and traditions. Bottom-line: I help people play a bigger game in career and life.Apply to Become My Memoir Writing Client
Write a Book and Transform Your Career and Life!
As your book writing coach, Brad Wetzler will guide you to write and publish your book. He's the one book writing coach you can trust.
Our world needs writers like YOU to show up strong with your stories and ideas. When you write a memoir or nonfiction "big ideas" book, you heal your past, embolden your NOW, and serve the greater good. There's no better time than NOW to write and publish your memoir or nonfiction book. Not convinced that anyone would want to hear your story In the first half of 2018, over 26 million dollars were spent on Memoir and General Non-Fiction in the USA alone.
More than a thousand people have used his Fearless Writing Method to discover their writing voice and tell their story. Bring your story and ideas to life--and write and publish your book today! When my clients write and publish their books, they transform their lives and get more opportunities to impact the world.
Writing is like life. It isn't always easy.
A memoir or nonfiction book is not a diary. Posting your personal journal on the Internet will not lead to gobs of money and instant big-time speaking opportunities.
Diving deep into your past takes grit and hard work. Sharing your wisdom with the world can feel scary. Writing with emotion and heart while creating a coherent, suspenseful storyline can be overwhelming even to expert writers. We've all heard the jokes about the aspiring author who can't finish her book. Avoid becoming the cliché.
Let me help.
In addition to writing coaching for memoir and nonfiction, I offer developmental editing, manuscript evaluations, line editing, publication consulting, and self-publishing solutions. When you work with me, you benefit from my 20+ years of experience at the highest levels of publishing. You get hard-earned wisdom about how to: hone your book idea, make progress and finish your book, and find a publisher or self-publish your book.
I work with all types of aspiring authors working in memoir and nonfiction. I specialize in working with positive-change-makers, such as progressive businesspeople, life coaches, spiritual teachers, psychotherapists, as well as everyday people who know they have a story to tell.
The Stories You've Lived to Tell
In this video, author, journalist, editor, and writing coach Brad Wetzler shares the secrets to write memoir and nonfiction books with power and grace. When Brad's clients write and publish, they get more opportunities to impact the world!
"Trust Brad Wetzler and his two-plus decades of hard-won professional writing and editing experience with your next book project." J.S.
"Brad is the only book writing coach who has lived the life of a real working professional writer and editor." G.M.
"Brad Wetzler is the most experienced, knowledgeable book writing coach in the business." –P.J.
"Brad Wetzler has done it all. Book and magazine editor, award-winning journalist, world-traveling adventure writer, magazine columnist, university professor, entrepreneur." –M.J.
"Hire Brad Wetzler, and you will write and publish your book. His real-world experience in writing, editing, and publishing is unrivaled among book writing coaches." –S.F.Apply to Work With Brad
About Brad's Personal Writing Coaching
I mentor writers to write books and become published authors. I help both experienced and up-and-coming writers through all stages of the writing and publishing process. Whether you have a vague idea for a book or a finished manuscript, I meet you where you are, and guide you to the finish line, whether your goal is to land a traditional publisher or to self-publish.
My coaching process is tested and proven to work by the tangible successes of my clients: published articles, essays, and books. I work with writers of nonfiction and memoir. I've worked with more than a thousand professional and new writers.
My Coaching Process:
Step #1: Clarity
All nonfiction books are answers to specific problems. I help you get clear about your book's main problem and how you propose to solve the problem.
Step #2: Structure
I guide you through the process of creating a reliable book structure that you can lean on throughout the writing process.
Step. #3: Progress
Once you are clear about your book idea and structure, the next step is to write! I show you my time-tested secrets to making consistent progress. I hold you accountable to the timetable you set for yourself. I hold your hand through the inevitable dark nights of the soul when the going gets tough and doubt creeps in.
Step #4: Feedback
I offer useful, honest feedback on your writing. I share the positive--the ways you are "killing it." And I show you the areas where your writing needs improvement. I always offer specific solutions that help you take your writing to a new level, from good to great.
Step #5: Completion
I help you stay true to your goals and purpose. I guide you to FINISH your book.
Finally, I offer advice about publishing options--both traditional and self-publishing.
My clients include NYT best-selling authors, renowned journalists, CEOs and entrepreneurs, Ivy League academics, psychotherapists and life coaches, professional athletes, mountaineers, and adventurers, spiritual teachers, and thought-leaders from various paths and traditions. Bottom-line: I help people play a bigger game in career and life.
I bring to this work the same passion I've brought to my own writing for more than two decades. My approach is detail- and results-based as well as compassionate. Writing is difficult, and success requires equal amounts of self-compassion and grit.
I bring a mindful approach to my work with clients. A devoted practitioner and teacher of yoga, I bring the same dedicated, patient approach to my work with my writing clients that I bring to my daily yoga practice. I adhere to the yogic ideals of honesty, respect, kindness.
In short, I pursue a quiet, guerrilla revolution to help people transform by guiding them to rewrite their life stories.
What My Clients Say about My Coaching:
"I was in a tough spot before I found Brad Wetzler. I'd been working on a manuscript for Penguin-Random House for two years and rewritten the entire text two times over. It was the sequel to a New York Times bestseller I had put out a couple years prior. With deadlines looming, I needed to get the book done. So I called up Brad and over the course of a month he helped me work the kinks out. He could see the forest for the trees, and gave me actionable advice that turned the book around. I'd highly recommend professional editor and writing coach Brad Wetzler to anyone looking for a structural or developmental edit. I'll definitely be using him again in the future. –Scott Carney, best-selling author of "The Wedge" and "What Doesn't Kill Us"
"As my writing coach, Brad helped me find the heart of the story, connect it to the larger world, and improve my skills."–L.L.
"Brad's life experience gives him humility, wisdom, and a humanity that sets him apart from his competitors."-M.J.
"I urge you to hire Mr. Wetzler to be your writing coach. You will not regret it." –Paul Jones, author of "From Farm to Ocean: A Memoir"
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Watch More of Brad's Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Instructional Videos
Learn from Brad's Three Decades as a Professional Writer and Editor
When you hire me to be your memoir or nonfiction book writing coach, we work together to mine your memory for the crucial experiences and life lessons to share with the world. We will find the gold. Your book will inspire your readers--and, in the process, you will transform your own life.
First: Free Phone Call
Next, We Determine Goal Date and Sessions needed
Together, We Will Start the Transformation
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What My Editing and Book Coaching Clients Say:
Author of Mimi's Brain
A few years ago I was referred to Brad when I started editing my memoir and I had no idea what I was doing. Brad took the mystery out of book writing and broke things down for me step by step and tailored his mentorship to my writing needs. He challenged me to get to the root of my emotions so that I could engage my readers authentically. He made me do the emotional work! He consistently asked me the right questions at the right time so that I could unclutter my narrative. It was like book therapy! I'm happy to tell you that Brad's work with me paid off! Just a few months into moving to New York City to option my book I picked up a book deal! If it weren't for Brad I would've been stuck on my storyline, unable to break my story free! Pick it up this fall and check for Brad's name in the acknowledgments! He's the real deal!
Working with Brad has been a transformative experience as he has been the catalyst for turning a solid and potent idea (but lacking structure and cohesiveness) into a real live book proposal. His ability to bring focus to something expansive without losing the heart of the content is one of my biggest appreciations. Brad helped me add sophistication and availability to my writing without changing the intention and message of my ideas. He has helped me put a vision into grounded reality and for that gift I am eternally grateful.
Author of What Doesn't Kill Us and The Wedge
I was in a tough spot before I found Brad Wetzler. I'd been working on a manuscript for Penguin-Random House for two years and rewritten the entire text two times over. It was the sequel to a New York Times bestseller I had put out a couple years prior. However, the editor assigned to me by my publisher couldn't offer me any useful advice for how to fix i. With deadlines looming, I needed to get the book done. So I called up Brad and over the course of a month he helped me work the kinks out. He could see the forest for the trees, and gave me actionable advice that turned the book around. I'd highly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a structural or developmental edit. I'll definitely be using him again in the future.
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"How To Tell a Great Story: A Guide for Writers of Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction."
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