How to Start (and finish) Your Book

Have you ever stopped yourself from writing a book because you’re not a ‘real’ writer?

Are you worried people will think you’re imposter?

Have you ever had an amazing idea, but haven’t been sure of where to start?

Do you wish there was more time in the day to write your book?

I know what it’s like because I’ve been there too.

My name’s Amanda Ashby and I’m award wining author who has sold nineteen books, including nine to Penguin/Random House (US). I write across multiple genres and have over thirteen years industry experience.


Why Work With Me?

I’ve been on the writing coalface for over twenty years

I’ve struggled with writer’s block, to the point where I almost gave up

I’ve received hundreds of rejections

I’m passionate about helping writers get their stories out into the world


How Can I Help?

I work with amazing writers, just like you, to get the story out of your head and onto the page. Whether this is your first book, or your fortieth, you don’t have to do it alone.

Together we can:

-Get clarity on your writing goals

-Identify any challenges and work out an action plan

-Develop and brainstorm your ideas

-Learn the nuts and bolts of what makes a great story with my unique Blueprint

-Be accountable

-Overcome any obstacles and self doubt

-Prepare for traditional submission or Indie publishing

How Does it Work?

Get my FREE meditation written and recorded to help authors just like you tap into their inner voice, giving you the confidence to write your stories!


What my clients are saying

“There are so many doubts that arise in an unpublished author’s mind, and I seemed to have them all! The mentorship and encouragement I received has been invaluable in tackling those limiting beliefs and set me on a path to believe in myself as a writer. With Amanda’s knowledge of the industry and craft, I feel confident in taking the next steps towards becoming a published author.  I highly recommend working with Amanda if you are serious about writing and wanting to take it to the next level! ”

Sarah Zonneveld , Napier. Author and Fashion

“Trying to be a productive author whilst taking studies at university is a little hard to time manage. With Amanda’s wonderful help we were able to work out an effective strategy that keeps me writing in small bites. It has been an honest blessing as it has helped me stay in my story and my universe particularly when I have dry periods of no writing. I can’t thank Amanda enough for all her writing wisdom. She’s so much fun to work with. Definitely worth it. Love you Amanda!”

Efthalia Pegios, Sydney. Author

“I attended one of Amanda’s writing workshops and felt an immediate connection to her genuine nature (and those delicious brownies!).  I found her structured teaching style very relevant and helpful as I began my first manuscript, and she easily drew upon her vast knowledge of genre and character / plot development techniques to help each writer with their personal project.  The attention she gave each writer showed me she valued each of our stories and genuinely wanted to help them shine.  Her passion for storytelling and great sense of humour shone through, and her approach to the craft has inspired me to better understand my ‘voice’.  I cannot thank her enough for her ongoing encouragement and belief in my project.  I am no longer someone with a secret writing hobby, I am a writer!”

Sarah Myles, Napier. Author

“It was so lovely to “see” you today!! You are honestly the best life coach ever. Seriously, I think everyone needs an Amanda in their life!!”

Amy Hart, Auckland

“Thank you for the gift of knowledge that you so generously shared. You have given me a confidence to write and I hardly slept that night from excitement. Yes, I have found my book, and yes, I cannot say no to the challenge. I wish you all the best.

Priscilla Gibson, Napier

“I was lucky enough to be coached by you, and you made such an impact on me. Through your incredible and intuitive questioning, you showed me how easily I see the good and beauty in the all people, but also challenged my thinking, which has triggered a change process. You have such a strong energy of support and acceptance, like everything I said was important and worth listening to. You made me feel worthy and special.”


Kirsty Fraser, Wellington