To assist writers in the grueling task of getting their books published well,
we offer a range of services from a free initial telephone consultation
to manuscript evaluation
to sending out queries to publishers and agents on behalf of the author.
If you are beginning to think about publication for your writing project,
you can write or e-mail us to receive an information packet, or give us a call.
In that call, for which there is no charge,
we will help you decide if you are ready for professional assistance.
What We Charge
Are you ready for professional assistance to publish your book?
When you call
Where Books Begin,
we will give you a free 20-minute consultation
to determine if our services are right for your project.
Our services include:
for a new project
Evaluation of a work in progress
Book proposal preparation
Working with an illustrator
Analysis of Competing Books
Queries to publishers and agents
Contract Review and Negotiation
STEP 1 : EVALUATING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
An expert editorial and marketing perspective
Office Consultation ($250)
This hour-and-a-half discussion of your book or your overall work
in our Allentown, PA, office
follows an agenda we both agree upon in advance
and often includes manuscript evaluation
as well as publishing strategies
like marketing, personal promotion and proposal preparation.
If you prefer,
we can arrange to meet at your office instead
for an additional $50 plus travel expenses.
Reader’s Report ($350)
This one-page report provides a professional evaluation
of your book’s potential
from both its literary and marketing angles.
I guarantee a one-week turnaround,
and the charge includes a follow-up phone discussion
to answer all your questions.
Revised Manuscript Review ($350)
You’ve revised it and you think it’s about right,
but you want to be sure.
That’s when you need this service.
We discuss the goals you intend to achieve with the manuscript,
criticisms you are addressing
and trouble spots you are focusing on.
Then we read your manuscript with a cold critical eye
to determine what you have achieved in your rewrite
and what you still need to do.
Adherents of the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school,
we encourage authors to move ahead.
This report shows you what you are doing right
so that the next leg of writing is easier.
STEP 2 : MARKETING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
Selling your work to agents and publishers
Query Letter ($100)
Rare is the author who can write an effective query letter
that catches an editor’s attention.
We help by sending the letter back and forth several times
so that you have the experience of opening it and reading it yourself.
We also encourage brevity (editors tell us they appreciate that!)
and focus on sales points (agents love this part!).
This service is a give-and-take where we work together
to create a letter that sells you and your project.
Agent List ($240)
Only ten percent of books are sold through agents,
but it’s the top ten percent.
Through my extensive publishing career,
I have developed contacts with all kinds of agents working in every genre.
I will tailor a list of 12 agents who will be right for you and your work.
I can personally guarantee the agents on my list are not senile,
opportunistic, thieving or hopelessly green.
Manuscript Submission to Agents and Publishers ($50 per submission)
If you prefer to have us handle submissions to agents and editors,
we will send the requested materials with a cover letter.
Each submission is preceded by a phone call to the agency or publisher
so that you circumvent the Slush Pile.
We track the submission for you with polite and persistent follow-up.
Competitive Analysis ($300)
This listing of books on the same topic
or in the same genre as yours
will show your agent or editor that you are a pro.
The list differentiates your project
from the many other books like it
in the marketplace today.
We can give you a list of your major competitors
to help you convince a publisher
that now is the time for your book!
STEP 3: BOOK PROPOSAL PREPARATION
Selling your manuscript as a book
Marketing Plan for Proposal ($250)
We’ll help you develop your own marketing proposal,
dictated by the special needs of your book.
We’ll steer you away from the cliches,
generalizations and easy assumptions
that can turn off publishers.
Our marketing plans are precise, concise,
and based on years of experience.
They reflect the real and current needs of those
who are actually peddling your title.
Outline Preparation for Fiction and Non-fiction ($300)
Every editor is overworked and underpaid.
They don’t have time to read your entire novel
before deciding on a contract.
We will convey your fiction book’s
magic, richly complex plot and characters and well-drawn setting
or capture your non-fiction book’s
ideas, range of research and prose flow
concisely in three perfect pages
that will delight the beleaguered editor
and give you a better chance at getting a contract.
About the Book ($250)
The synopsis is an important part of any book proposal.
If done well, it can capture the interest
of busy publishing professionals
who must read hundreds of book proposals every week.
We provide a quick tag line and a full paragraph
succinctly describing your book to hook them
on your project immediately.
Illustration Advisory ($250)
Today, pictures can be the ticket to publication.
This service includes advice on how to develop
a preliminary design for your book project
by finding cost-effective pictures,
reproducing those pictures
and supervising illustrators and photographers
to create the look you want.
If you need more technical help,
we have many resources to fit your needs.
We can also help you devise a contract
for working with illustrators and photographers on your book.
STEP 4: EDITING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
Line by line, page by page
Conceptual Edit ($20 per page)
addresses length, structure, compatibility in a genre,
plot, character development and setting.
Continuity Edit ($20 per page)
addresses pacing, dialogue, introduction of new characters
and consistency of characterization and setting.
Copy Edit ($20 per page)
crossing the T’s and dotting I’s,
this edit includes grammar, punctuation, spelling,
paragraphs, clauses and uniformity of tone.
Charm Edit ($20 per page)
for non-fiction and humorous writing,
this final edit makes your story sparkle,
adding delightful tidbits to make the book more browsable.
Turn Your Blog Into A Book Outline ($500)
Many writers have been running blogs for months or years
and feel that there is a book in there.
We encourage this approach to book preparation.
This service adapts your blog entries into book form
by suggesting additions and deletions as well as sequence.
Step 5: MARKETING YOU
Introducing you to your reading public
Author Biography ($200)
All authors need help in preparing their biographies.
Publishers want to know who you are in relation to your literary work,
not your whole life story.
We can tailor your facts to please the publisher and the reader
and maximize interest in your book.
Agent Contract Review ($200)
Good fences make good neighbors,
so we always recommend at least a letter of agreement with your agent.
We will draft one up for you or review the one the agent offers.
As with the book contract, negotiation takes time,
and we guarantee handholding through the entire process.
Publisher Contract Review ($250)
We can save you from signing your book away
and guide you through the long (average four weeks) negotiation process,
avoiding tricks, rip-offs, and antiquated industry legal jargon.
You’ll find our expertise in this area invaluable.
Website ($200 per page)
We help the author develop a website
that suits the audience for each book.
Each different title has a unique web presence
which we will create with you in design, content and programming
for as little as $200.
First we send you copy for your site
that you can tweak and then approve.
Next, we choose signature images,
appropriate typefaces and design
for the look you want.
Finally, we upload your site on to the web with your own address
so that you can see what it looks like.
We charge $20 for each design change or update;
$5 for each content correction or addition;
and $200 per page for the basic page.
If you want bells and whistles,
we can do that as well:
Flash, shopping carts, PayPal and links
are available at extra charges.
Personal Appearance Brochure ($250)
“Meet the Author”
- the sweetest words this side of
“I love you”!
We’ll develop a mailing piece for both snail mail and email
to introduce you and your book to the public.
Our price includes two pictures and advice
on where to find the mailing lists
you need to maximize promotion of your work.
We can also do the mailings for you for a flat $100 fee
for each email list
and $1 per brochure (that includes postage and handling) for snail mail.
We update addresses and forward responses to you.
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