Not everyone who wants to write a book needs a ghostwriter or collaborator to make it happen. If you intend to write your book yourself, I can assist you in many ways.
Book Writing Coach
If you have a plan for writing your book but find yourself unsure of how to develop it, I can get you started and keep you moving. As your Book Writing Coach, I will be dedicated to empowering you with the tools, guidance, support, and encouragement you need. Book coaching often includes a strategy session for how to take your plan and execute your vision. I can also provide professional feedback on your writing, guidance on structure and organization, ideas for enhancing your author’s voice, and the unwavering support of someone who is right there with you. A dedicated and seasoned Book Writing Coach can make all the difference in turning your compelling idea into a dynamic book.
Whether you plan to self-publish or seek a commercial publisher, you want to feel confident that your writing is clear and solid so that you have the best possible chance of reaching your target audience. I can evaluate your completed book draft to identify your strengths and offer concrete ways to make needed improvements. If you are pursuing a commercial publisher, I can offer a market assessment and suggest adjustments to boost your chances of landing a publishing deal.
Editing & Revising
Once you believe your book is complete, you’ll want to ensure that it reads well and is free of basic errors. I can offer basic proofreading, detailed line editing, or large-scale content editing. A well-edited draft can separate an amateur from a professional. Whether you’re writing a memoir or autobiography, or a purpose-driven book, I can help your writing shine.
Literary Agent and Publisher Target Searches
When you’ve got a memoir, autobiography, or purpose-driven nonfiction book that you believe has real commercial publishing potential, your challenge is to find someone in the publishing industry who will agree with you. Unfortunately, commercial publishing is mired in a major decline and overhaul. The competition facing any author who does not happen to be a celebrity or best-selling novelist has never been tougher. Still, new books are being published. If you want to try to beat the odds, I can help. With my experience in dealing with agents and commercial publishers, and my research into current publishing trends, I will compile a target list of the most promising literary agents and/or book publishers that best fit you and your project. Then, I will coach you on making polished, professional submissions or step in to provide hands-on writing.
Book Proposals and Queries
Literary agents and book publishers reject about 98% of all books and book ideas submitted to them. Often, they hardly read beyond the first page or two. How can you make sure your book gets the full attention it deserves after all your hard work? A compelling and professional query and a polished Book Proposal can greatly enhance your chances. Even for experienced writers, these tools can be intimidating when you’re not familiar with what is expected. I can write these important pieces for you, or edit and advise on your Book Proposal and query.
Want to know the hottest trend in book publishing? It’s the growing number of authors who choose to publish their books themselves. Today there are more than three times as many books self-published as those published by the likes of Doubleday and Simon & Schuster. With commercial publishing in the tighter grip of a few major corporations that take fewer risks with newcomers, the pendulum will continue to swing.
There are many advantages to self-publishing: complete control over content, better deals on book sales and royalties, a faster turnaround from writing to publishing, etc. You also have more options for publishing at more affordable costs than 20 years ago. However, you need to understand the terrain to find the best home for your book and steer clear of unnecessary costs. As your self-publishing coach, I will help you sort through the print-on-demand firms, independent printers, and other self-publishing entities and advise you on how to deal with them. I’ve had two books of my own commercially published and three books self-published, and I’ve coached dozens of clients in both domains. I can help you make the decisions that are right for YOUR book.
Book Marketing Coach
When you get your book published (congratulations!), you will find that whether you self-published or caught on in commercial publishing, the primary force in marketing your book is…you! I can help you find your audience by advising on marketing tools and helping you pinpoint where to find your readers. My first book, Not, Now, Honey, I’m Watching the Game, attracted major national media, primarily through my efforts. I can offer tips for you to take charge of your book marketing. I also can help you produce professional press releases and and other communication, and provide guidance on how to best utilize social media and other tools to boost your book’s visibility.