About Gale & Co

Gale & Co was formed by Kathy Gale to provide authors with a uniquely helpful way to develop their writing.

During her experience in publishing, Kathy realised that writers flourished in response to a particular combination of circumstances: detailed, respectful interaction with their work; training and practice in skills and technique; and a generous and supportive environment.  These were not criteria that agents and publishers could meet for any but a tiny proportion of writers.

She also saw a considerable gap between publishers and emerging writers. Publishers found it almost impossible to communicate the complexities of their requirements to developing authors and new writers found it hard to understand how to write for and communicate with agents and publishers.

When Kathy retrained as a psychotherapist, she continued to work with a small number of authors as a writing coach, providing the support she now knew enabled writers to flourish. As her first authors completed their manuscripts, Kathy noticed that almost everyone who had been coached by her through to the end of the process was now becoming a published writer. In response to this extraordinary success and keen to offer this opportunity to a greater range of authors, she established Gale & Co so that she could train and supervise other writing coaches to work in the way that she does.

Our coaches work with writers in a wide range of genres and styles, in fiction and non-fiction. And we work with authors on an individual basis or as part of Gale & Co Writers’ Studio groups.

We give authors the opportunity to write the best books they can and provide the best-possible chance of success. And we aim to bridge the gap between authors, agents and publishers, increasing the range of successful writers and supporting a vibrant and creative literary scene.

About Kathy Gale

Across her thirty-year publishing career, Kathy was Senior Commissioning Editor of Pan Books, Macmillan and Hodder & Stoughton; Editorial Director of Pan Macmillan; Marketing Director at Simon & Schuster; and Joint Managing Director of The Women’s Press. For seven years, she was Project Director of the Quick Reads charity, a collaborative venture between bestselling writers and celebrities, leading publishers, government, the BBC and others to encourage more widespread reading across the UK and Ireland.

Kathy is also an accredited and registered psychotherapist and an executive coach.

She co-founded and co-runs the executive coaching organization, Working Edge, with her colleague, Harriet Spicer. Working Edge offers executive coaching, mentoring and professional support to individuals, organizations and groups.

I have always found Kathy the most charming and professional individual to work with. She has a can-do personality that makes things happen. Those authors privileged enough to work with her found her an absolute pleasure. In a dream team of publishing personnel for any fantasy publishing company, she will always be at the top of the list.
— Luigi Bonomi, literary agent

Other Gale & Co coaches

Other Gale & Co coaches are currently in training and their details will be added soon.

Articles

You can read some articles Kathy has written on writing and publishing here:

5 Myths They Tell You About Writing
Striking A Balance
The 5 Secrets of Writing a Bestseller

 
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Melody Sachs wrote her hilarious and irreverent family saga, The Girl from the Tyne, with detailed training and support from Kathy. She was published by Bonnier Zaffre.

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Kathy encouraged Laura Ginesi to write for a professional readership. She co-authored Dementia at a Glance, published by Wiley, and is about to deliver her second book.

Get it down. Take chances… it’s the only way you can do something really good
— William Faulkner

Coaching for individuals

Gale & Co's one-to-one coaching gives you the rare opportunity to have your writing read by a leading publishing professional and to work with her in detail and face-to-face with the aim of maximising your potential as a writer, and achieving representation and publication. more…


Coaching in groups

Gale & Co Writers' Studio groups provide coaching for four to six writers who would like to develop and flourish alongside other authors.  more…


Train to be a writers' coach

Writing coaches support authors to flourish and grow, helping to create a whole new generation of creative writers. This can be an extraordinarily rewarding and successful career. 

Kathy is now offering training and supervision to others who would like to become writing coaches and associates of Gale & Co. more…


Testimonials

We are very proud of the work we have done to support writers and writing. Take a look at some of the great things people have said about us here…