Consultant pricing

What do you do if you just don’t feel like going it alone; or, if you simply can’t do it, for one reason or another?  What if you don’t want to waste time with the unpleasant, energy-consuming aspects of the writing profession?  Or, what if you need an extra set of hands or another pair of eyes?  Regardless, my consulting services can be helpful—in those instances and more.

Project Management

. . . scheduling meetings, press runs, deliveries . . . exploring marketing strategies . . . researching and pricing publication alternatives . . . selling . . .  I call these chores  “the work of writing”  because they are behind-the-scenes but necessary annoyances that get in the way of writing—I’ve actually worked with authors who would not finish manuscripts because they didn’t want to face the chores!  Writing is not always (some would say it’s not often) an easy job; however, it might be just a little bit easier if you let me help with the background chores—those nasty, pesky administrative details that you never want to do—so you can concentrate on your writing.

Personal Histories

Whether you call them memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, or personal histories (and, yes, they do have differences), you really should seek out the help of an experienced professional to help you decide what type of presentation you want to make and how to present your message in the best possible way. The same applies to family histories and business histories or corporate histories. I’ve worked with businessmen, teachers, and farmers, and if I don’t know best how to help you, I have an entire group of eager associates who will.

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

While errors in spelling and grammar and logic  are  becoming more and more common in publications of all types, do you really want your name associated with such sloppiness?  If not, let’s work together to make sure your work is ready for the self-publisher or e-publisher of your choice. I can also help you format and prepare your work for submission.

Marketing and Blogging

Even with advances in cross-publishing between social media platforms, you’ll still need time to market your work on the Internet. And, while it is definitely worth the effort, setting up and maintaining a blog can take much of that time. I can help get you started and help you develop a routine, or I can do some of the work for you—as always, you choose.

Manual Indexing, Tables of Contents, Bibliographies

Indexes (and tables of contents, as well as bibliographies—especially annotated bibliographies) increase the value of publications many times over.  In fact, some publishers have been known to base their final purchase decisions on the presence and quality of a book’s index. To that end, I provide manual indexing services, which easily surpass any automated service currently on the market!  In many instances, a complete table of contents and thorough bibliography are just as important.

Instructional Design

For projects in which the primary concern is readability (books for young readers or ESL students, for example) or if the main objective is to present sequential information (as in directions, guidebooks, or manuals), I use established, research-backed instructional design techniques to ensure your words are easily read and understood while still looking polished and professional.

Other Consulting Projects

You name the topic and I can probably assist you with it in one way or another, even if I need to refer you elsewhere.  After all, I’ve been writing, researching, and editing for many, many years in many, many settings.  I’ve worked with independent presses and small publishers for almost as long.  And, I’ve been blogging and helping bloggers since the early days of the 2000s!  So, get in touch—I love a good challenge!  I also love helping writers reach their audiences. But you’ll never know how I might be able to help if you don’t get in touch . . .

Any of these consultant options can be priced for your budget and planned around your schedule, on an hourly basis, a project-based arrangement, or my fairly unique “Monopoly Plan,” during which you get my full-time, undivided attention!  For information on the basics of these pricing plans, use the drop-down “Pricing and payment” menu above.

 

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or  if you’re ready to see about getting your complimentary sample edit
and an estimated rate and schedule, contact me today.