Author Shepherding

Author Shepherding

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A Book Shepherd is someone who can take your book idea or manuscript through all of the necessary processes to create finished book. But our services go beyond that, preparing the soon-to-be author with writing assistance, layout and book design, branding, positioning, and professional promotion.

Do you really need a Book Shepherd?

A Book Shepherd is someone who can take your book idea or manuscript through all of the necessary processes to create finished book. But our services go beyond that, preparing the soon-to-be author with writing assistance, layout and book design, branding, positioning, and professional promotion.

  1. Saves you money. A Book Shepherd is someone who can take your book idea or manuscript through all of the necessary processes to create finished book. But our services go beyond that, preparing the soon-to-be author with writing assistance, layout and book design, branding, positioning, and professional promotion.
  2. Saves you time. A book shepherd knows the easiest and most efficient route to success. Whether self-publishing or taking the traditional route of finding a publisher, manuscript preparation takes time. The right book shepherd knows the publishing business because he or she has been published. They know the fastest and most efficient route to success.
  3. Assures that the manuscript is properly designed and prepared. Most first-book authors know they need things like an ISBN, LCCN, SAN, P-CIP, etc., to ensure the book is properly recognized and distributed to the market. The right book shepherd will help you obtain them and show you how to maximize their benefits.
  4. Connects you to important resources. Whether crafting a beautiful and impactful cover or writing a compelling introduction, most authors need assistance. Good ideas don’t sell book, good books sell books your book needs a professional look and feel. The right book shepherd knows what resources to use to accomplish the creation of a good book and where to find them.
  5. Provides leadership and direction. Successful book publishing is a team effort. Most authors cannot effectively write and manage the publishing of their work at the same time. The demands are too great to go it alone. The right book shepherd provides organization and leadership where it is necessary and most effective.

The right shepherd helps in other ways as well. The right book shepherd assists the author with positioning and marketing as well. It is not enough for most authors to simply be published; most authors want their book to sell. The right book shepherd assists with the formulation of a great title, subtitle (yes, you need a subtitle) and cover to wrap your book. He or she assists the author find their voice and write fluidly and convincingly. They also find the right distribution channels so that the finished product sells and sells big.

How to get started

The process begins with the need or desire to become an author. Once the author has made the decision to write, he or she should decide the purpose of the new book. Will it be used to promote his organization or one of its products or services; or is it for the purpose of promoting goodwill or the author himself? Next consider whether you have the time and skill to publish alone. If you do fine. If not, send us an email with your idea and a description of the assistance you think you need. In most cases we respond in 24 hours or less.