Meet Kim O’Hara, Book Coach

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Book Industry Experts

Book Coach Kim O’Hara and I connected on LinkedIn a few years back. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and can highly recommend her services.headshot of Kim O'Hara Book Coach

  • Tell us a little bit about your business.

I am a Book Coach to Best Sellers®. I stand by that title with my company A Story Inside because I have seen eight authors alone this past year get to that status with fantastic books I have helped them germinate from a dream to distribution.

  • How would you describe your ideal client?

My ideal client is a go getter, ambitious, a thought leader and willing to invest in the best coaching for a book that can stand out among all the rest. They are seekers of higher education whether it be in the Navy, Masters programs, coaching programs or in their profession.

  • How did things change for you in 2020 and how did you manage to weather through the year during the pandemic?

In 2020, I finally leaned in to what people have been telling me to do for years and started a podcast You Should Write A Book About That, which is exactly what my clients have said to them so many times before they finally surrender to the process and write the darn book!  We are on all podcast platforms and very quickly passed the 15,000 subscribers mark in Covid.  On the show are all kinds of folks with stories to tell, who may or may not write a book, but they get their moment in the sun.

  • What is your favorite tip for using social media?

On social media I would not direct sell to people just because they are now in your network.  I always wince when someone friends me, I accept and six seconds later I am receiving some blanket pitch for their program or event. Get to know me first. Ask me about my day, or my business, or even make small talk.  People use social media as a knee jerk and it should be a longer game.

  • What are your goals for 2021?

My goals for 2021 is to increase the amount of white glove clients I sell and have more access to my teachings and coaching with entry level offerings like Own Your Authorship which launched for 8 weeks on December 28th.  Mindset work for people who are almost ready to make the leap into private book coaching but feel blocked.

  • Where can authors find you?

Authors can find me everywhere!  I am on LinkedIn and very accessible. I am also at my web site at where an email is posted. If you sign up for my newsletter (which gives you a series of free teachings) you can know everything I am up to.  Also, if someone has a great story, I would love to consider them for the podcast. It is funny how transparent I am and people still hold back to reach out.


  • Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I hope that everyone who is torn about becoming an author change agent reaches out so we can talk about how they can fully step into their greatness!


Book Coach to Best Sellers® Kim O’Hara knows how to get to the root of the story.  She guides her clients from the dream of writing a best-selling book through the creation to publishing and marketing.  Her authors have been on the Wall Street Journal top ten business books lists, USA Today top 150 and numerous Amazon #1 best seller lists as well as #1 in all of non-fiction. She has been a storyteller for over thirty years with a previous career as a movie producer and screenwriter.  She also has a successful podcast You Should Write A Book About That®  where she interviews fascinating people with a story to tell.  Her own memoir Kicking Abuse in the Ass, faces the effects of sexual abuse denial and recovery. She can be found at

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