Cheryl Doherty – Writing Coach

What is your specialism within book publishing? 

I’m a writing coach taking everyday people and teaching them the writing skills, techniques and practices that sell their story. I work with fiction writers, business influencers and inspirational influencers.


Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?

I transform everyday people into authors.


What led you to go freelance? 

My passion is writing, sharing stories and teaching. Being freelance gives me the freedom to do all of this.


Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix? 

I work independently.


What’s the best part of doing what you do?

Working with clients. Listening to their stories and helping them focus on the message within. It’s fantastic. We both get a lot out of it.


What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey? 

That I am my greatest critic. Not other people.


How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually? 

Too many to mention. Reading is my favourite go-to.


Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I like both. E-books allow me to read no-handed - yet physical books are equally pleasing because I like the way they feel in my hands.


Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing? 

Know your market. Get to know readers. Readers are the number one priority in publishing. Without them … what would be the point?


What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book? 

Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (children’s book) and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

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