Hire us - mentoring and assessment

Mentoring and Coaching:

Our help is available for as little as $9 per week with The Story Bridge Writers' Coffee Club. Click here to find out more about this Writers' Coffee Club.

We also offer personalised one-on-one coaching/mentoring to help with:
  • Guidance and tuition with writing craft.
  • Motivation and planning to finish that book that you've always wanted to write.
  • Advice on how to Indie publish (self-publish) your book (whether in print or e-books).
  • Sales and marketing - how to get noticed and sell more books.
  • Advice on website design, blogging and social media (such as Twitter).
We work alongside of you to help you achieve a particular project. We can provide encouragement, expertise, guidance, feedback and ideas and help you to stick to your deadlines to complete your project on time.

The coaching/mentoring sessions are one hour duration and may require several sessions or just a few.  The sessions are customised to suit you. Before we start we agree on what you want to achieve and within what time frame. We then provide an estimate of how many hours will be required.

Coaching/mentoring can be face-to-face or via phone calls (local Auckland calling area) or Skype. 

Our rate for coaching/mentoring is $87 per hour.
For face-to-face mentoring, travel costs will be added at $.70 per km.

Note: If your Writers' Coffee Club membership is current when you need coaching/mentoring then you'll qualify for a 10% discount, which reduces the rate to $78.30 per hour.

Contact The Story Bridge now to get started or if you have questions:
Jocelyn Watkin and James George, Co-Directors of The Story Bridge
Ph 027 493 9851

Want free writing or indie publishing tips and ideas?  The Story Bridge team collate their best ideas twice per month and only for e-newsletter subscribers. Send an email now to: thestorybridge@gmail.com with newsletter please in the subject line.
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Manuscript assessment
This is for writers who have crafted and re-drafted their manuscript (m/s) to a point where they feel it is the best they can do. They now need something more - independent feedback from an experienced assessor on the overall strengths of their manuscript and how the weaker points can be improved (such as with voice, point of view, characterisation, structure).

You send us your final draft. We read it and then prepare an objective report which will highlight the problems and offer suggestions on how to resolve them and rework your m/s. 

Please note that our comments and advice will be directly about your text and not about selling and marketing your work. Our turnaround time for m/s assessment is between 2 - 3 weeks.

Our rates for manuscript assessment:
  • Up to 25000 words, $300
Note: If your Writers' Coffee Club membership is current when you need your manuscript assessed then you'll qualify for a 10% discount. This will reduce the rate for "up to 25000 words" to $270.
  • 25001 - 50000 words, $450
Note: If your Writers' Coffee Club membership is current when you need your manuscript assessed then you'll qualify for a 10% discount. This will reduce the rate for "25001 to 50000 words" to $405.
  • 50001 - 75000 words, $605
Note: If your Writers' Coffee Club membership is current when you need your manuscript assessed then you'll qualify for a 10% discount. This will reduce the rate for "50001 to 75000 words" to $544.
  • Rates for more than 75,000 words are available on request
Contact The Story Bridge now to get started or if you have questions:
Jocelyn Watkin and James George
Co-Directors of The Story Bridge
Ph 027 493 9851
Email: thestorybridge@gmail.com

Want free writing or indie publishing tips and ideas?  The Story Bridge team collate their best ideas twice per month and only for e-newsletter subscribers. Send an email now to:
thestorybridge@gmail.com with newsletter please in the subject line.

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About The Story Bridge
The Story Bridge is a partnership between James George and Jocelyn Watkin. Its kaupapa (founding principle) is to offer writers a bridge over troubled writing and to provide a supported pathway to new heights for storytelling and publishing. 

James George is a professional creative writing teacher and mentor. He's been teaching for 12 years at various venues (including Auckland University Continuing Education, AUT and Unitec) and has mentored on the Masters of Creative Writing Programmes at AUT and Auckland University. 

He's also facilitated writers' workshops in the community for many years and events for Toi Maori Aotearoa.

He has three novels published, two of which have been shortlisted for major awards.  He loves teaching and helping people to get into the world of creative narrative and storytelling.

James' Whakapapa: Born and raised in New Zealand.  James is Ngapuhi and is of English and Irish descent.   

Jocelyn Watkin is a full-time writer, freelance journalist and blogger and she also has over 25 years management experience in sales, projects, events and logistics.

She is an experienced indie publisher (self-publisher) and has managed the publishing process for three collections of writing and four of her own books (print and e-books). She was the first ever blogger (travel writer)-in-residence in Zell an der Mosel (Germany) in October 2011

She has tertiary qualifications in journalism, teaching and management, including a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). She has lectured on selling and sales management for Manukau Institute of Technology and taught courses on “How to self-publish, blog and sell books online” for the University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education. She was the Manager of First Chapters – Ngā Wāhanga Tuatahi, a 4-year programme for new writers that she created for Manukau's and Papakura's Libraries. 

She loves helping people to find the best way to create, share and publish their own stories.  

Jocelyn's ancestry: Born and raised in New Zealand. Her ancestors arrived in NZ in 1842 and she is of Scots, Irish, English and Scandinavian descent.

Contact The Story Bridge now to get started or if you have questions:
Jocelyn Watkin and James George
Co-Directors of The Story Bridge
Ph 027 493 9851

Want free writing or indie publishing tips and ideas?  The Story Bridge team collate their best ideas twice per month and only for e-newsletter subscribers. Send an email now to:
thestorybridge@gmail.com with newsletter please in the subject line.

The Story Bridge Writers' Coffee Club
Many writers want someone to talk to when they have a problem that needs sorting or advice on just one question. They may not be ready for a full manuscript assessment but they just need something now to keep them on track with their book or writing project.

If this sounds like you then The Story Bridge Writers' Coffee Club is for YOU.
Click here to find out more about it.

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