Chapter Book Coaching

Chapter books are geared for readers transitioning from picture books.

They have chapters so the new readers feel like they’re reading ‘big’ books.

Here’s a basic outline of what a chapter book involves:
•	The age bracket varies, but the usual is seven to nine.
•	Because the child is new to reading on his own, the chapters should be 500-700 words. Short and sweet. This helps with the ‘easy wins.’
•	Considering the word count per chapter, having 10-15 chapters is a good amount.
•	The book should have a full character arc as well as a full story (narrative) arc.
•	There should be one point-of-view, that of the protagonist.
•	The word count can be 5,000 to 15,000, but the sweet spot is around 10,000.
•	It can have 64-128 pages.
•	It should have illustrations here and there. The beginning of each chapter is a good place, and where you want to ‘show’ the reader what’s going on. You can have black and white illustrations or full color like picture books.

The word count with chapter books gives the writer freedom to elaborate, provide details, description, and so on that you just can’t do in a picture book as the picture book should be 800 words or under.

Well, if you want to write your own children’s chapter book, but aren’t sure how to go about it, or you don’t feel confident enough to jump in, or you’ve already started but need help to get from point A to B, you need help. My coaching program can help you get started and finished in 8-weeks.
Here’s what you get:

•	Hand-holding as you write your own book. I’ll provide an e-copy of my book “How to Write a Children’s Fiction Book” and you’ll start your story.
•	Once a week 30-minute calls to go over what you’ve done, and I’ll guide you through the process. I’ll review each period’s work and give you constructive feedback and guidance.
•	You go at your own speed over the 8 weeks. I will, though, offer a writing structure to help keep you on track. 
•	Review your manuscript to make sure it’s formatted properly.
•	Tips on submitting to traditional publishers.
•	Review of your book’s synopsis and description.
•	A list of reasonably priced and quality illustrators if you’re self-publishing.
•	My 29-page, all content ebook, “DIY Self-Publishing (From Manuscript to Publication).” It’ll help you take your manuscript onto the self-publishing path – if that’s the direction you want to go.
•	My DIY eCourse “Build Your Author Platform in 4-Weeks.” I instruct this class through WOW! Women on Writing and it’s an important element all authors should be aware of whether traditionally publishing or self-publishing. This is a $97 value!
•	I also recommend three specific traditionally published chapter books to study during the program.
So, what are my qualifications?

As a professional writer and author, I have years of experience having ghostwritten and rewritten well over 300 books for clients from all over the world, and I’ve worked with child psychologists, therapists, professors, principals, teachers, parents, grandparents, business owners, and even a dentist. More importantly, I have return clients and series clients. 

You can also check out my own traditionally published books on my Books page. And I have another 3-book picture books series in contract. In addition, I’m a former lead editor with 4RV Publishing, and former staff writer for two online reading comprehension learning centers.

I’m also the founder and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move, a writing and marketing group of writers and authors, and my blog Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing was honored as Writer’s Digest Website of the Week, June 25, 2012.

Along with this honor, Brian A. Klems, online editor for Writer’s Digest, added a wonderful comment: “This site from Karen Cioffi should stand as a model for other freelance writers.”

In addition to this, I teach an e-class through WOW! Women on Writing, Ghostwriting Your Way to a Profitable Business (a 4-week interactive class).
You get all this for $960 (payable in 4 payments of $240 each)
If you pay in full at the get-go, the discounted price is $929.
Payment service fees, like with PayPal, are additional on whichever payment plan you choose.

If you'd like to get started, just send an email to or call me at 347--834--6700.