Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Chenille Books works with nonfiction authors and memoirists. Founded by Anne M Carley, Chenille Books offers creative coaching and manuscript development services, to sustain and inspire writers. We love to sit down face-to-face, and also enjoy working via Skype and email with authors around the globe. To see some events we’ve been involved in, learn more…
Okay But What Does Chenille Books Actually Do?
We provide strategy and guidance for nonfiction authors, supported by calm, thoughtful feedback and structure. Our 90 Day programs offer a three-month structure in which to develop working habits and momentum on your writing project. Creative Coaching sessions are one-to-one intensive conversations. Manuscript Development programs create longer-term relationships with goals, benchmarks, and deliverables, often in concert with strategic partners. Another Look offers authors a quick re-set with optional manuscript review. Learn more…
Chenille Books can help you build the team you need for your texts, books, and magazines. To serve our clients we work with experts in design, web technologies, printing and pre-press, indie publishing, promotion and publicity, crowdsourcing, and other related fields.
What’s A Chenille?
When I picked the name, I didn’t know this – but it’s French for caterpillar. Which is pretty great, because manuscript development turns out to be transformative. Metamorphosis – the way the egg becomes the caterpillar which becomes the chrysalis which becomes the butterfly – is such an apt analogy for the process.
Anne M Carley, Founder
In midlife, I moved from New York City to Charlottesville, Virginia, and made plans to phase out my primary business of 25+ years. I took a look back at my life, and noticed that what brought real joy were the moments when the minds met. A problem discovered its solution – a knot unraveled itself with grace – eyes lit up with enthusiasm and inspiration. I saw that my favorite medium for these moments is the written word. A longtime writer, reader, and editor, I took the next step, and in 2012 began coaching nonfiction authors through my company, Chenille Books. I’m so glad! (For more background, check out the conversation I had with Bay Area coach and trainer Thuy Pham.) To learn about my work as a writer and workshop facilitator, visit amcarley.com
Is This Where You Come In?
Do you have a book project under development? Have you gotten stuck? Are you beginning to consider writing a book? Want to be a part of our community? Does our About You page describe you? Read what our satisfied clients say about their experiences working with Chenille Books. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more answers.
Then think about where you are now, and where you want to go next. Connect with us if you want to know an expert who’ll help you get there.