Writers Corner

About

Do you have a book in you? I frequently run into people who tell me they are writing a book, want to write a book, or have other people telling them they should write a book. The word author comes from the word authority. Writing a book places you as a perceived authority in your field. And that’s a great place to be.
The challenge often occurs when authors or aspiring authors realize there is a lot more to writing a book than just getting the words down on a page. Gone are the days of writing a book manuscript, sending it to major publishing companies, getting picked up by one of them, getting your advance, and then sitting back waiting for the royalty checks to roll in.
Today’s publishing companies are very selective in whose work they publish. Many do not take risks on unknown or first-time authors. And even if you do get a publishing contract, you often lose creative control of your material and will earn a minuscule amount on each book sold.

Today, 80% of all new books are self published according to Jerry Jenkins of the Jenkins Group. Should you decide to self-publish, too, there are many factors to consider

This is where we come in. We shorten that learning curve for you. We have professionals who know the answers to those questions and can provide the expertise you need. Whether you only want consultation and referrals, you want our deluxe package where we handle everything, or something in between, we can take you from a wannabe author to the published author you want to be.

Writers Group

Are you thinking of writing a book but don’t know how to get started?

One of the biggest challenges in self-publishing is being able to write a book that others want to read. You could have the best book in the world, but if it doesn’t match what book buyers know as ‘industry standard,’ your book will only be bought by family and friends. Certain standards need to be followed in order to have a real chance at success. And that’s where we can help. 

The group meets monthly oh the last Monday of the month from 7:00- 9:00p central standard time.

Areas our Writers Group Covers

Research

Research is used to fill the gaps in your knowledge of the topic, learn what others have already said in order to embolden your unique voice in the field, and to determine the physical characteristics of books similar to yours. You don’t want to stand out as a self-publishing author; you want to fit in. What section of the library or bookstore would you find similar books in? What are the physical dimensions of the books, number of pages, types of covers, etc.? How is your work different from the work of others in your same category? Research is easy when you know what to do and where to look.

Writing

Treat the dates you make to write like your best client. Would you cancel with your best client to do laundry, go grocery shopping or go out with friends? You’ll learn methods to avoid canceling the appointments you make to write. You will also learn about the other biggest problems for new writers: trying to edit while writing and self-sabotage.

Cover Design

Unfortunately, everyone does judge a book by its cover. If you want people to buy your book in book stores and online, your cover needs to be a perfect fit. Most people would not be able to identify what makes them leave a book behind, but it is often something they can’t consciously identify about the cover. We know how to make you a book cover that sells.

Editing

Writing your book is only about 10% of the work involved. Once the words are out of your head, the editing begins. By the time you are finished, if you follow our process, you will have edited your material about 10 times. When you are finished, you will know your book forward and backward!

Peer Review

Peer review is a crucial step in non-fiction writing. You can leave this part out, but it is a great way to involve other perspectives to your content, making your book infinitely better.

Back Cover

When self-publishing, you’re more than just an author; you also have to be a marketer. No one knows your book like you do! We will help you craft the back copy of your book. You will be focused on the benefits for your target audience, and we will stay with you through your book release and beyond.

Distributors​

You will want a distributor to manage your book. It will get you into bookstores and provide you some sales traction. We can help you find a reputable distributor.

Interior Design

Most new writers are unaware of this piece of the process, despite it being the heart of what you’re selling. There are professionals who work to make the inside of your book comply with industry standards. This includes chapter titles, subheadings, font that aligns with the cover font, margins, page numbers, illustrations, and Library of Congress blocks. Beyond standards are the style choices that give your pages a fitting personality. Leave that to us.

Marketing

Once your book is in your hands, you will want to sell some copies, so it’s time to think of marketing. Actually, marketing begins the minute you know you are planning to write a book. You will learn how to talk about your book to people you know and to strangers. We will teach you how to have a successful book launch, assemble your street team and get your book into bookstores. We will also discuss whether your book is right for specialty audiences and how to approach them.

Need just a piece of the puzzle?

We can help you with every step in your journey to becoming a published author. If you have already started and just need some help in particular areas, we can jump in and help you reach your goals. We have packages to choose from or you can create your own package based on your needs. Pick and choose the services you need.

Editing & Copy Writing

Design

Marketing