You have a story worth telling - always. The thought of leaving a legacy, sharing your joys, challenges, and unique past with family and friends and/or the world is compelling, meaningful, and maybe exciting. The thought of writing one's life story, however, is a daunting one to most.
I would love to help you tell and share your story.
There are several facets to the process, and some are separate service options for you to consider.
CAPTURING THE STORY
WRITING, EDITING, PROOFREADING
BOOK INTERIOR DESIGN & LAYOUT
BOOK COVER DESIGN
PREPARATION FOR PROPOSALS TO PUBLISHERS
APPLYING FOR COPYRIGHT
Here is my wonderful uncle's autobiography (available in my store):
How do you charge for your services? We have a consultation about what you're seeking to do, to see how well we converse and like each other, and if it feels like a good fit on both our parts, I customize a quote for you.
It's so important to know we can work together, as we'll be working together closely for a long period of time. I take very seriously that you are entrusting something very special with me, and want you to feel confident about me and your investment.
Do you have a standard rate? Not exactly. Please read all the FAQ answers to better understand the complexity and factors involved. That being said, you can expect $6-8,000 as the typical starting point for print books, and slightly less for electronic books only.
How long will it take? The short answer is "it depends," and the long answer is "it depends." (smile) It depends on factors like how fast you want and need it, do you want to print it, how long you envision it being, how available and organized you are during the process, and more. In general it will be at least six to twelve months, unless you're only wanting an electronic publication, and even then six months is likely.
How do I tell you my story? We agree on the overall outline for the book; straight chronological outlines are the easiest. From there, it depends. You have the options of
- Recording your story digitally and providing me with a Word document transcription,
- Telling me your story via phone or videoconferencing (such as Skype) which I record digitally and get transcribed,
- Arranging for in-person recordings with me coming to your location. As you can imagine, this would be the most expensive option.
- If you have written your story already, or at least parts of it, that is another piece to the quote that's considered.
Can I include photos in my book? Absolutely! Photos make the book more compelling. There are a number of factors that go into determining that piece of the quote.
What if I don't like the writing? We work very closely early on to ensure your voice is being heard on the page as you want it to be. You are heavily involved in reading the chapter drafts, ensuring accuracy, and approving each chapter. I make sure from the start that you like - hopefully love - the writing.
Is self-publishing hard? Not at all! If you are savvy and wish to do it yourself, I can prepare the files as needed. If you'd like me to take care of that for you, that is something I enjoy doing, and can include in the quote if interested.
Do I own the sole rights to the book? Absolutely!
Does your name appear on the book, or can it just be mine? That is entirely up to you. Sometimes people will have only their name on the cover, and then give credit to their writing assistant in the acknowledgments, or list both names on the cover ("byYour Name, with My Name" sort of a thing) or both, so it can be managed however you like.
How does payment work? Do I have to pay you royalties or a portion of the profits if I make it for sale?
- First, no to the second question.
- For payment/the first question, I do require the 80% of the quote up front...
- As, things can change during the process, such as it's far longer than originally planned, there's far more editing than usual, you make a significant change to the project, all the additional time will need to be taken into account and billed for; because we will communicate regularly, we will come to agreement in writing if changes occur.
- The final balance is due in full prior to your book being printed and/or published electronically.
What experience do you have? I am an author, haven written, edited, formatted and published two books on my own and assisted on a number of others in various capacities. One is an autobiography (see above), and I loved the process. I've also been part of an anthology writing team, and have been the director of production overseeing project managers.
I have been a successful writer of many formats for employers, freelance, and for my own work for over 20 years. I have a long history of copywriting, editing, and proofreading. I have a graphic design background and have designed four book covers, and hundreds of pieces of collateral materials, extensive experience formatting and image manipulation.
I have questions that aren't answered here. How can I get them to you? Great question! We can schedule a call together, or you are welcome to click here to use my online contact form; depending on the nature and number of your questions, I will write back or request a phone call.