FULL-SERVICE BOOK-BUILDING SYSTEM

starts at $15,000 usd

If you need support throughout your writing and publishing journey, you've come to the right place.

WHAT IS THE FULL-SERVICE BOOK-BUILDING SYSTEM?

Self-publishing can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be that way. The Full-Service Book-Building System is for authors who are just starting the process of writing and self-publishing a book and who want the security of having a publishing professional on their team throughout their journey. I'll be your guide every step of the way and will help you with any and all of these tasks:

  • Getting ideas

  • Turning an idea into an outline

  • Creating an overall structure for your book

  • Fleshing out characters

  • Worldbuilding

  • Overcoming writer's block

  • Figuring out why something "just isn't working" (even if you don't know exactly what that something is)

  • Forming a convincing argument

  • Plotting out a storyline

  • Fixing slow or boring sections

  • Planning your next book

  • Checking and fixing character arcs, plot, structure, logic, argument, supporting evidence, etc. (developmental editing)

  • Checking and fixing flow, tone, cohesion, diction, etc., in the manuscript (line/substantive editing)

  • Checking and fixing grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. (copyediting)

  • Checking for typos (proofreading)

  • Finding an illustrator (if applicable)

  • Finding a cover and/or book-interior designer

  • Choosing a self-publishing service (such as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, IngramSpark, etc.)

  • Formatting your manuscript

  • Getting your book set up on your chosen platform (uploading the manuscript, filling out the metadata, etc.)

  • Finding a book-marketing specialist

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Of course, each writer and each manuscript is different. But in general, here's how it works:

Phase 1: Coaching

  • You and I have regular one-hour phone or Zoom calls (up to four times per month) to discuss whatever is on your mind about your manuscript.

  • I help you narrow down your target audience and tailor your writing to them.

  • I help you structure your plot (for fiction) or argument (for nonfiction).

  • I help you plan your characters' arcs and development.

  • I help you develop the fictional world of your story and flesh out details such as government, social structure, geography, climate, supernatural elements (e.g., magic), and so on.

Phase 2: Editing

  • You send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file.

  • I perform the developmental editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as character arcs, plot, structure (including chapter order), logic, argument, supporting evidence, etc.

  • I write you a summary of any patterns of issues I’ve found.

  • I send the edited manuscript and the summary back to you.

  • We have a one-hour phone chat to review the patterns and resolve any big questions.

  • You take up to one week to make the necessary revisions in Microsoft Word with Track Changes on.

  • You send me the latest copy of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I review and incorporate your changes.

  • I perform the substantive editing in Word with Track Changes on. I check for and fix issues such as flow, tone, cohesion, diction, etc.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you.

  • You take up to one week to make any other needed changes.

  • You send me the latest version of your manuscript as a Word file.

  • I subcontract the copyediting to another professional editor so you have multiple sets of eyes on your manuscript.

  • The copyeditor does the copyediting in Word with Track Changes on. He/she checks for and fixes issues such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, commonly confused words, etc.

  • I review the copyeditor’s work and run your manuscript through several automated checkers to catch any errors that have slipped through.

  • I send the edited manuscript back to you.

Phase 3: Self-Publishing

  • You and I hammer out what you’re looking for in illustrations (if applicable) and cover and interior designs.​

  • I help you find illustrators and/or designers. If we can't find the right person for you among my contacts, I'll help you find someone else.

  • You and I discuss what results you're hoping to get from self-publishing: number of copies, format (ebook, print, both), whether you need to include photos/illustrations, etc.

  • I help you choose which self-publishing service(s) to use, such as Smashwords, Amazon, IngramSpark, etc.

  • I either format the manuscript for upload myself (if I’m familiar with the platform) or have the designer do it.

  • I upload the formatted manuscript to your chosen platform and fill out the metadata required by the platform (author name, genre, etc.)

  • You and I determine what you’re looking for in a book-marketing specialist and any marketing information you already have: intended audience, pricing, genre(s), how this book is different from others in the same genre(s), what marketing you've already done, your marketing budget, etc.

  • I help you find a marketer for your book. If we can't find the right person for you among my contacts, I'll help you find someone else.

Throughout the process, you can email me whenever you have questions. If a question is too big or complex to answer in an email, we'll schedule a Zoom call to talk about it.

READY TO GET STARTED?

SEND ME A SAMPLE!

If you'd like an exact price for this service, send me a sample of up to 1,000 words from somewhere in the middle of your manuscript. This gives me the best idea of what the manuscript needs so I can provide you with an accurate quote.

Disclaimer: Anything you submit here remains your intellectual property. I will perform a sample edit on that text and use it to provide you with a price quote for editing the entire manuscript from which the sample came. Your price may vary based on factors such as word count, the type of editing to be done, and the results of the sample edit.

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