Do you want to write and get published?

I’ll help you get your message out to the world.

I remember what it was like when I was working on my first book, Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time. I wanted so much to have a book published. Even though I’d worked as a writer for my entire career, I longed to write from my own experience rather than reporting on others’ lives. I wanted to share a point of view, telling stories that I knew would be meaningful.

That ratcheted up many notches when I wrote The Only Little Prayer You Need, which has become an international bestseller, and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, which won a silver award from the Nautilus competition, honoring “better books for a better world.”

20150913_Group writing at Lied Lodge retreatNow, while I continue to write my own books, I’m also delighted to offer writing retreats, small-group coaching and one-on-one mentoring. My goal is to help you develop your own manuscripts and proposals for books that matter.

I’m proud that this has resulted in books like…

  • All I Could Be, a powerful memoir from Miyoko Hikiji about her service in Iraq.
  • On Thundering Wings, a first-person story by Ermalou Roller about the acceptance of gay rights within the Methodist church.
  • And I’m thrilled to announce that another client, Dr. John Opincar, has written a must-read series on Ethical Intelligence in the workplace—and in life.

From helping writers determine the very seed of their idea to delivering a professionally edited and designed book, I’m here to help you and your writing thrive and flourish.

Deb Engle

Want to get started?

For one-on-one writing mentoring, I charge an hourly rate, which includes my time reading your work and meeting with you via phone or Skype. If you’re committed to writing a book or book proposal, I offer discounted packages for multiple mentoring sessions, since we’ll work together for several months.

The best place to start is with an introductory phone consultation. This is a free 30-minute phone call or Skype session, and it gives us a chance to get acquainted. I’ll learn more about your writing project and goals, and you’ll learn how I can support you in completing your manuscript and getting it published.

To schedule a call, please send me an email with “Writing mentoring” in the subject line.

What others are saying

As I re-read some of what we did yesterday [in our one-on-one session], I am so aware of how much, with each re-write we work on, you are helping me to write better. I hope when I am done here that I will have something else to write about so I can keep learning. You are so good at what you do. But beyond the technique, you get it…that’s what affirms me and my writing. One is technique and one is heart and soul.

—Rebecca Strom


I can’t tell you enough how great your workshops are. Besides discussing the mechanics of creativity, each session feels like a retreat to me.

— Zita Quade


Letting Go cover Jean BakerI’m celebrating while working on a workshop facilitation that came about as a result of the book! Thank you so much for all your hard work in making the book a reality, Deb! Your great insight regarding the “shaping” of the book really helped make it something I am proud to put my name on!

—Jean Baker, author of Letting Go: The (Sometimes Messy) Art of Relinquishment


“I wanted to thank you for the excellent feedback, especially regarding the technical details we discussed. Your feedback is always spot on!”

—Dr. John Opincar, author of Ethical Intelligence OPINCAR-1-FINAL-F.indd