I had no idea there was anything called a book coach. (Obviously this says something about my own impoverished imagination and lack of initiative, but for equally obvious reasons I would prefer not to dwell on those subjects.)
And I have to say, the questions being asked by the book coach at the other end of the above link are good questions. But I’m still stuck on the idea that book coaches even exist, and I can tell I’m not going to be able to shake free of this new obsession before this post ends.
How many book coaches are there? What is the average salary of a book coach? Who was the first book coach? What percentage of people initially misread ‘book coach’ as ‘book couch’, or am I the only one? Have any book coaches ever been murdered by their clients?
Anyway: what I really wanted to say here is that a whole book proposal dropped into my head while I was trying to come to terms with the existence of book coaches. It’s called, “Coach Coaching,” and pulls all the various coaches (life coaches, job coaches, programming coaches, football coaches, the-other-kind-of-football coaches, etc.) into one huge compendium. I see it as a reference work, meta-philosophy and career guide all in one, with a dedicated web site, yearly revisions, value-added content, back-of-the-book CD w/searchable database, CafePress shop for merchandise, lecture tour, consulting start-up and a cute trademarked mascot/logo that can be repetitively seared into the minds of young children so they’ll be much more likely to buy the book when they grow up.
First step: market research.
Second step: fielding offers.
— Mark Barrett