Jillian is 14 years old. She goes to school, is in various clubs, participates in community activities, and is currently writing her second novel. I say novel, although Jillian believes it will be more of a novella. I was first introduced to Jillian while working for a publishing company. Her father had reached out, looking for help for his daughter. We spoke at length about Jillian’s work; I even reviewed it as was genuinely impressed with what she had already accomplished. As we discussed what this publishing company could do to help Jillian, her family decided it just wasn’t the right path for her at the time. We remained in occasional contact until I was no longer working for that publisher.
I was then contacted once again, privately, by Jillian’s father. He had learned I was no longer with the publisher and reached out to let me know he knew Jillian still needed help and that he trusted my belief in her work. Her father and I exchanged a couple emails, and I then spoke with their entire family as we discussed what was needed and what I could do to help. I received an email from Jillian’s mom the next day, informing me that they wished to hire me.
Jillian my first coaching client. And she has been amazing! Her book is futuristic, intrinsic and it never ceases to amaze me at how well she is able to write at such a young age! The best part about Jillian is her ability to communicate well, and she is VERY coachable! We have worked on character development, description, flow, reader engagement…and she has absorbed it all. Even in just this one book, I have watched Jillian grow as an author.
Jillian has won an author award for this book already – even though it is not yet complete. We have worked out a basic timeline and she is diligent about staying on schedule.
You may be wondering why I am sharing so much about Jillian. Well, it’s to simply showcase the importance of having a coach. Jillian was stuck. She was writing and making progress, but she had no plan. Her parents didn’t know what to do. Jillian didn’t know what to do. She now has someone to help her. To give direction, hold her accountable, and advise along the way. And she is progressing wonderfully!!
I don’t know the future for Jillian’s book. But I do know this – if she continues on the path she is on, she WILL make it!
If a teenage girl, with all of the things that come with being a teenage girl, can do it, then there is not one excuse you can give me that will make me believe you cannot do it, too!
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand” – Vince Lombardi