Go from “I have this book idea”—to pitch-ready proposal.


Hello! I’m Vanessa Soto, book coach to aspiring nonfiction authors.


I work with creative, skilled, accomplished women who have something powerful to say.

Women who have a “big idea” burning away inside them that just won’t go away.

Women who are experts and thought leaders in their fields of science, leadership, marketing, or mothering — and who also feel deeply driven to write a nonfiction book that will both make an impact on others, and expand their own place in the world.

Vanessa Soto, Book Coach

I help aspiring nonfiction authors turn a "big idea" into a polished and effective book proposal they feel confident pitching.

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Let’s get that idea of yours out of your head and out into the world.


You’ve been talking about this book for a while now.

You’ve read all the blogs and ordered all the books on writing a book proposal.

You’ve probably even started writing the book.

And, you wonder if you should even bother trying — there are so many other “real experts” out there.

You catch yourself thinking that you’re not a “real writer”, definitely not “an author”.

You fear your platform isn’t “big enough”.

Here’s what you need to know:

Questioning yourself. Feeling scared. These feelings are totally normal and incredibly common.


Just thinking about writing a book—it’ll bring up all your sh*t.

As a book coach I give you the support and guidance you need, so you can stay focused on developing your big idea—instead of worrying and questioning yourself.

The book proposal process

Publishing Expertise

Guidance in shaping and honing your idea so it is clear and compelling. A big-picture view of the publishing landscape and marketplace. Editorial feedback every step of the way. Development of a marketing plan for your book.

Book Coaching Support & Cheerleading 

Help getting out of your own way, recognizing when your inner critic or Imposter Complex might be running the show. Encouragement, coaching, and pragmatic support, resources, and solutions to build confidence so you will complete your book proposal.

Step-by-Step Book Proposal Guidance

Writing a book proposal is a complex project that will take place over a number of months. I will define a clear, deadline-driven structure to help you manage your time and effort. I’ll keep an eye on the details, and hold the big picture, so you can focus on doing the work.

Wondering about the difference between an editor and a book coach?

You’re not the only one!