Publishing Coach

If you're looking for a publisher or agent for your book, you're in the right place. I offer three services to help writers on their publishing journey: Pitch Your Book course, Pitch Your Book 1-to-1, and  Publishing Coach. I'm also a book editor, which you can read about here:

I’m delighted to announce that my Publishing Coach client, Richard Wills, landed a publishing contract six months after we finished working together. His debut memoir Bloody Social Worker will be published by Thinkwell Books in 2022. Congrats Richard!

Pitch Your Book Course
9 - 30 January 2023

Pitching your book is a crucial part of ‘selling’ yourself as a writer to agents and publishers. This 4-week online course will teach you how to package up and present your book in its most compelling form. We start with your synopsis, then move on to your query letter, digital platforms, and finding agents and publishers to pitch. The aim is to build your confidence and get you one step closer to publishing your book.

What's unique about this course?

You’ll receive professional edits and feedback on your synopsis and query letter. You’ll receive feedback on your digital platforms and learn how to improve your online presence. You’ll receive guidance on how and where to find agents and publishers for your particular genre. By the end of the course, you’ll have a targeted list and you’ll be reading to start pitching your book. 

If you have questions or would like to book a spot, email or scroll down to register online.

How it works

To get started, you'll need a completed manuscript (fiction or memoir), a synopsis and a query letter. Each week I send edits/feedback and instructions for the weekly assignment. We have weekly group meetings on Facebook to review and critique your work (constructively and kindly of course!). We discuss each assignment and address any issues that have come up during the week. It’s a great way to meet other writers and also keep in touch after the course to share your pitching successes. 

About Julianne Ingles 

I'm the director and editor at Guts Publishing. Since 2019, I have edited and published the work of over 60 writers. We've had lots of success with our books (in particular with Euphoric Recall and Sending Nudes) as a result of effective and targeted pitching. Our books have landed in The Guardian, BBC Culture, The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Evening News, and many more. As well, Euphoric Recall was acknowledged by Scottish Parliament and John Gerard Fagan (Fish Town) had a guest appearance on the BBC Big Scottish Book Club.

Course outline 

  • Week 1 – Your Synopsis

  • Week 2 – Your Pitch & Query Letter

  • Week 3 – Your Digital Platforms

  • Week 4 – Finding Agents and Publishers

By the end of the course you will have:

  • A solid synopsis

  • A strong query letter and pitch

  • A strategy for using your digital platforms as promotion tools

  • A targeted list of publishers and/or agents

  • You’ll be ready to start pitching 


Please set aside a minimum of 3 - 4 hours per week to complete each assignment. If you have any questions, please get in touch

“Julianne was straight talking and encouraging at the same time. I learned a lot for my future as a writer. Already I’m working on my second novel and feeling confident that when it’s finished, edited and polished, I will know how to give it a good send off into the world of agents and publishers.” — Ruth Campbell, Pitch Your Book client

Pitch Your Book 1-to-1

This service has all of the elements in the course and some more. It includes weekly Zoom meetings, additional email support and a review of your manuscript. To get started you'll need a completed manuscript, synopsis, and query letter. I start by reading and reviewing your manuscript and/or detailed synopsis. I take a look at your title and make sure it's hitting the mark. If it's not, I make suggestions for alternate titles. I read and fine-tune your synopsis, query letter and pitch. I review and assess your digital platforms (social media, website, blog) and make suggestions for improvement - visually and in terms of content. Together we research and create a list of publishers and agents to pitch. Four-week duration.


Please get in touch with any questions or to book a free 20-minute intro meeting. If we decide to work together, I request a 50% downpayment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

“I knew I needed help with pacing and getting the narrative arc to move forward in a coherent fashion and Julianne gave me the tools to do this. Her editorial skills are sharp, and on the mark, and she was supportive and understanding throughout. The skills I have learnt will be invaluable to me for the rest of my writing life.” — Richard Wills, Publishing Coach client

Publishing Coach

This service is a combination of Pitch Your Book 1-to-1 and manuscript editing. It includes editing your fiction or nonfiction manuscript (up to 60,000 words), fine tuning your synopsis, query letter and pitch, and finding the right publishers and agents to pitch. As well, I assess your digital platforms (social media, website, blog) and help you improve your online presence.  


What you’ll need to get started – a completed manuscript, synopsis and query letter. Over a period of three months, I edit your manuscript with MS Word Track Changes and each week I send you a few chapters to review. We have weekly Zoom meetings to discuss editing progress and work on your synopsis, query letter, pitch and digital platforms. The final step is finding publishers and agents. I will show you where to search and who to search for (depending on your genre). By the end of three months, you will have: an edited manuscript, a solid synopsis, a compelling query letter, a 1 - 2 sentence pitch, and a list of publishers and agents to pitch.


I offer a free 20-minute intro meeting for this service. Please get in touch to book this. If we decide to work together, I request a 50% downpayment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.

"Once I completed my first novel I was overwhelmed when it came to what I’d need to do to publish. After a few attempts at submitting I realized I was way in over my head, and in need of guidance. I decided to embark on the Pitch Your Book coaching option with Julianne, and feel so lucky to have found her." — Erin Hosfield, Pitch Your Book client

If you'd like to find out more about my services, please get in touch. If you'd like some tips on query letters and pitching, here's a blog post I wrote:


xx Julianne

Director, Guts Publishing

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Coaching Services

  • PitchYourBook Course

    Valid for 4 weeks
    • 8 to 29 November 2022
    • Create a compelling synopsis
    • Write an effective query letter and pitch
    • Improve your digital platforms
    • Find the right agents and publishers
    • Weekly group meetings
  • PitchYourBook 1-to-1

    Valid for 4 weeks
    • Review of your full manuscript / detailed synopsis
    • Write an effective query letter and pitch
    • Create a compelling synopsis
    • Improve your digital platforms
    • Find the right agents and publishers
    • Four 30-minute Zoom meetings
  • Publishing Coach

    Valid for 3 months
    • Free 20-minute intro meeting
    • Editing on up to 60,000 words
    • Write an effective query letter and pitch
    • Create a compelling synopsis
    • Find the right agents and publishers
    • Improve your digital platforms
    • Twelve 30-minute Zoom meetings