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Kathryn Dodson, PhD

Next Step Book Coach

Strategies and solutions to

help you write your best book.

Do you have a finished novel and want to know what's next?
Are you ready for a thorough edit?
Do you want to learn about your publishing options?

You've come to the right place. As a book coach and published author, my mission is to provide you with the feedback, tools, and one-on-one support you need to improve, publish, or market your novel.
Expect honest, compassionate feedback and a plan for
taking the next step in your writing journey.


I am a published author and experienced book coach who loves helping others at every step in the novel writing process. I am an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach, the former Vice President of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and a partner with the Book Coach Collective

I have a B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University with a  Creative Writing Specialization, an MBA, and a PhD.


Before becoming a full-time writer and coach, I was an executive at nonprofit, for-profit, and government agencies.
With more than 20 years of executive experience, I provide writers with the strategies and solutions that help them write their best books.  

Expect honest and compassionate feedback with clear next steps to move your book forward. 

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Kathryn Dodson, PhD

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"I really appreciate your feedback and encouragement;  it's going to help me make the final project something I'm really proud to share."

- Julia Voge

"I just wanted to thank you again for all your work, time and feedback on my manuscript. Your notes, especially on the two-tier outline, helped me see what I was missing not just in that manuscript but in my WIP as well."

- Christine Adler

"After years of struggling along on my own and feeling paralyzed by fear, I finally found the writing coach I needed in Kathy. She found ways to help me feel confident about my writing after a long season of discouragement. Kathy was able to ask me the right questions and do the work to see the story I was trying to write ... I can truly say that her feedback and encouragement were pivotal to me this past year. I would highly encourage writers who need someone in their corner, to ask Kathy for help."

- Sarah Kennedy

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