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Next Step Book Coach



Kathryn Dodson, PhD

Kathryn has written four books and loves helping others at every step in the book writing process. She is an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach, has a Writer's Digest Copyediting Certification, is Vice President of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and a founding member of the Book Coach Network. 

She has 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, she was an executive at nonprofit, for profit and government agencies. With more than 20 years of executive experience, she provides writers with strategy and solutions that help them get their book done.  

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


"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 Alder

"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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