FAQ

HOW WILL I USE MY BOOK?

My guess is you are to have several ideas of how you’re going to use your book to advance your platform and your business.  It’s really not a matter of how will you use the book, it’s a matter of how will you get the darn thing done.

Books open an incredible number of doors. I send my book with a note to people with which I want to connect. Something about getting a personal note along with a 200 page calling card compelled them to reach out–and when they did, they knew a lot about me. A well-written book is the world’s best calling card.

 

DO YOU SUGGEST THE TRADITIONAL OR SELF PUBLISHED ROUTE?

Like everything, there are benefits and drawbacks to both. Summing it out, traditional publishing still has cachet, but it’s a long arduous road with many gatekeepers and you’re not likely to make much money.   Self-publishing is now completely legitimate instead of waiting years hoping someone deems you worthy, you can deem yourself worthy. The other major upside is that there is margin in selling your books that you’ve never get with a traditional publisher.  There is also the hybrid model.

I write both traditional and self published books. A traditional book starts with a proposal whereas a a hybrid or self-published book skips that step. See our services.

 

ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A PHYSICAL BOOK, E-BOOK OR AUDIO BOOK?

Yes, yes and yes.  You want the physical books to sell and to give. You want the e-book and audio for those that consume content that way. Once you have the book, it’s pretty easy to get the other two together.

 

WHOSE NAME IS ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK?

That’s open to agreement. I can be just yours or both, yours as the author and mine “as told to,” just like the celebs and politicians.

 

WHAT does the PROCESS look like?

Writing partnerships are a peculiar animal. The information I need for the book is stored in your head, that’s why my legal background is helpful. I have oodles of experience digging into a story and pulling out the essence and lessons. It’s my job to pull the information from you and it’s your job to let me do it.

Logistically, first you reach out via the contact form and we get together for a discovery session via videoconference (Zoom) to make sure we’re a good fit.

The first three months we spent hour together via Zoom each week. We frame up the content, agree on the outline and interview through the chapters. We send chapters about every 2 weeks. After the book is written through the second chapter we hit a hard stop. At that point, we agree on the tone, pacing, voice and double check that we’re hitting the target then we continue interviewing and writing. After the chapters are done we work through the full manuscript and then you go through it. It then goes to an editor and proofreader and is done!

It’s a fun and by the end – we’re friends.

 

HOW MUCH OF MY TIME WILL THIS TAKE?

You need to dedicate an hour block of time each week as well as time to read through the chapters as they are written and the final full manuscript.

 

What is the COST?

I know I sound like a lawyer when I say, “it depends”, but it does. Reach out to me via this form and we can chat about your needs and your budget. If we’re not the right fit, we know many others who may be.

 

WHO OWNS THE BOOK? WHO GETS THE ROYALTIES?

You own the book and you get the royalties.   That was easy.

 

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

This is one of my favorite questions, basically, I don’t know what I don’t know.

Probably the final question to be answered is how I work. I work on projects I’m passionate about. I really want to enjoy each book I work on and the people I work with. I retain the right to pull the plug if it’s not a love connection. If it is, winner, winner chicken dinner!