The Story Hound

Shepherding Writers from Story to Publishing

Reconnect with your inner storyteller

The act of writing requires unequivocal commitment. Creating memorable stories takes patience and practice. Creating unforgettable characters takes imagination, courage, and passion. 

Mandy’s knowledge, wisdom, and integrity bring out the deepest expression from a novice writer—me. I value not only her experience but also her friendship. She is warm, inviting and absolutely genuine in her interactions with a writer starting out in delving deep in order to write a story with meaning, clarity, and authenticity of the heart. Thank you, Mandy!

Hildegard Alvarado

We all have a story to tell, are you ready to write yours?

New writers often become frustrated with their work. They know their manuscript doesn’t sound quite right, but no matter how hard they work at rewrites, they hit a wall.

Stories need flushing out, stripped naked until all that is left are the bare essentials, leaving the writer free to add color and breath, rhythm, and tone. Only then can the writer’s authentic voice be heard.

Writing Classes

The Story Hound writing courses
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The road from writer to author is long, lonely, and full of surprises. I'm there for you.

Shepherding writers and helping them discover the tools for story development, world-building, and character development is what I love to do.

As your story hound and writing coach, I’ll be your sounding board, creative consultant, and the voice of encouragement on your good and not so good days. I’ll also instill discipline by reviewing rewrites.

Here's what I look for:

Mandy is the best writing coach I have ever had the pleasure of working with! I’ve been working on my memoir for more than ten years now. Over that time, I’ve studied the art of writing with several different coaches and classes. Two of the things that make Mandy different is her positive attitude and encouragement. I never leave feeling overwhelmed or stupid. In fact, I leave her coaching sessions with a clear idea of what I must do to make my book better. Being an author herself, Mandy gets her points across in a way that other writers can easily understand. I feel confident Mandy is the key to getting my story down on paper in a way others will want to read it. After ten long years, that says a lot!

Susan Hartzler
Signed a publishing contract for her memoir Loving Dogs and the Single Life with McFarland & Company

Online Courses

The Story Hound offers courses for beginner and intermediate writers wanting to learn the fundamentals of the book publishing world, including building an author platform and social media for authors, understanding the choices in book publishing, and elements of story development.
  • Getting Your Book Published In The Modern World
    • Discover the knowledge you need to decide which style of publishing works best for you.
  • Building Your Author Platform Including Instagram And Facebook For Authors
    •  Learn how to self-promote your talents on your author website and social media platforms.