What do you need? Ongoing coaching? Strategic planning, an hour of my time, or several hours?
A one-hour session can be a book design spot check, a marketing strategy session, distribution strategy, or a "tell me what I forgot to do" session. You want to make sure you're on the right path. I can steer you in the right direction. See rates for group workshops as well as hourly rates, blocks of hours, and retainers below.
Self-Publishing Spot Check
The most common call I get is... "Help! Can you check my book before it goes to distribution. Is my typesetting correct, with headers and footers in the right place? Do I have the right front matter and back matter? Is my copyright page all good with publisher name, ISBN, LCCN, and CIP Block? Did my cover designer do a good job? Does my metadata look good? Can I publish with confidence? What am I missing?" SPSC includes a written evaluation of your typeset manuscript, cover design, and metadata, along with a worksheet, a checklist, and a 30-minute Zoom conversation. $497
You need ongoing support to create your book and make it real.
This process may include editing, audience evaluation, strategic planning, early marketing activities, creating a team, launch plan, distribution decisions... whatever you need.
It's not just about the hours. I offer a lifetime of experience and connections in my field.
Book Strategic Planning: Competitors and Collaborators + Target Audience + Influencers + Media
This program begins with research of the current market to nail down your genre, category, comparable books, and target audiences. We’ll figure out where your book belongs on the virtual shelves and ensure the focus of your work meets the needs of your readers.
We will evaluate what other authors and publishers with books similar to yours are doing to engage and attract readers. In addition, we’ll analyze the influencers and media they’ve attracted.
We kick off this effort with a 30+ minute logistics call to guide you through the research that will instruct the rest of our process. The findings here will help you create an overview, outline, and sample chapters that prove it meets the market expectations we’ve identified so you can continue to develop your manuscript with confidence.
Once I receive the overview, outline, and sample chapters, I offer input in 2-3 pages of suggestions or critique to strengthen your hook, overview, marketing plan, design, etc., focusing the direction of the manuscript to meet reader expectations and create urgency for your book. This includes a 1 hour consultation after I deliver the written critique.
This package also includes a peer-review and beta reader plan so you can begin sharing your manuscript. This step provides you with continual feedback from peers and readers so you can stay on track, and gathers an initial tribe of fans who will eventually become your book marketing street team, with the aim of winning 5-star reviews when you launch your book.
Availability is limited. Please book a free 15-minute session to discuss.
You need help and you need it fast. I love Q&A sessions and can help you with answers, solutions, and clear direction for next steps.
Here are the types of things I can help you with:
- Get the right start. A reality check on your publishing plans.
- Book marketing. How to build your audience (platform) and connect with influencers.
- Launch plan feedback.
- Spot check: Manuscript review, formatting, design, copyright, ISBNs, and more.
- Direct sales: Live events, online appearances, conferences, and speeches.
- Book production: Advance copies, special editions for events, offset printing, POD, and short run.
Book now and let me know what you need. If I can't help you I'll refer you to someone else and refund your money.
Includes a follow-up email with a summary of recommendations or instructions.
Retainers and blocks of hours
Book blocks of hours for continuity.
1 hour = $350/hr
Additional hours = $300/hr
Dev edit + platform building = $1000/mo
Set up a quick 15-minute session to discuss your needs. We can customize and streamline your activities with a combination of worksheets, checklists, and consultations.
Courses & Workshops
Each year, I run a six-week Book Publishing Master Course. The course is for:
- authors who want to publish professionally
- editors, designers, and VAs who want to learn how to better help their authors
- authors who aspire to running a small press
- anyone who wants to enter the field of publishing
The live course is recorded and you can take it on-demand.
Optional professional certification assures your clients you are qualified to assist them.
I look forward to helping you make your publishing projects successful!