The Book Concept (Consulting)

Sometimes an author knows that there is a book to be written but either does not have the tools or the motivation to do the actual writing. We believe that where there’s a viable and valuable book idea there should be an author, and we are equipped to provide a service to assist prospective authors in making their thinking concrete and to help in the evolution of a concept, an outline, and even a writing style that will realize the author’s creative dream.

This is purely a consulting/educational service and can be extremely labor-intensive. At times, it may take only a few hours’ interaction (fact-finding, discovery and coaching) to get an author organized and moving ahead. We do that work on an hourly basis and we charge $90 per hour.

In other situations, the consulting role may ¬†extend all the way to “ghost writing,” a situation in which the author provides the ideas or the experience and the writer translates those into a manuscript. It is a fact that many of today’s political tomes, some of which become “best sellers,” are written by professional writers from the notes, audiotapes, transcripts, personal papers and interviews of the listed author. These assignments are suitable only for very experienced writers. We have several on call to assist, if needed. Generally, their services are contracted on a project basis rather than on an hourly rate or upon final word count. The project cost averages $15,000 to $25,000 for a finished manuscript, including research and conferencing time.

Should you be one of the people who would benefit from the services of a seasoned professional at either of these levels, please contact us. We will refer you to at least two consultant/coach candidates, and — following a complimentary 30-minute session with each of them — you will make a selection based upon the relationship you believe can develop from such a collaboration.

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