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... When it was time to find an agent and a publisher, you helped me along every step of the way. You never gave me false hope, but provided gentle encouragement. Your opinions were always wise! Now that my book has been published and is receiving the positive comments of others, I truly know it couldn't have been done without you.

Sharon Romm, MD, Seattle, WA, author of Dating After 50, published by Quill Driver Books

 
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Type of Writer-->"Get Your Book Published" Strategy



Which kind of writer are you?

A serious nonfiction writer ...

You are determined to build your career and establish yourself as an expert in your field
through your book. Suggested publishing strategy: Traditional or Be Your Own Publisher.

A serious fiction writer ...

You are aiming to build a career as a writer. You are willing to make the effort to create a quality manuscript and take the time to develop a fanbase/readership. Suggested publishing strategy:
Traditional or Be Your Own Publisher.

A serious dabbler ...

Uncertain about your writing, you are not sure you have what it takes to be a serious writer.
But you want to give it your best shot. Suggested publishing strategy: Traditional or Standard Self-publishing.

A hobbiest, NOT serious about writing ...

Although you like to write, you could care less about building a career or a readership.
Maybe your friends and family will like your book. Suggested publishing strategy: Friends and Family Self-publishing.

A dejected writer ...

Your manuscript has been rejected. Now, you don't have a clue as to what to do with it.
Should you toss it in the trash or keep working at it? Suggested publishing strategy:
To be determined. We need to know more about your manuscript and rejections. Submit our Complimentary Feedback Form. We will help you sort through the complexities.

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Know the Basic Differences in Publishing Strategies




Explanatory notes to the chart:     #1-3      #4     #5      #6      #7      #8-9      #10

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Already Rejected? Or just plain confused? We help breathe life into your manuscript and agent search.

  • Have you been rejected by literary agents and believe your writing project is dead?
  • Do you have a manuscript, nonfiction proposal, or book idea and wonder what to do with it?
  • Have you paid a fee to a literary agent and wonder what s/he has done with your manuscript?
  • Are you confused about publishing options (POD, self-publishing, e-publishing, traditional publishing) and wonder which is best for you?
  • Have you been offered a variety of book promotion services costing hundreds of dollars and wonder if they're right for you?
  • Do you want to promote your writing career, for example, by entering contests?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, AuthorAssist can help. Today's publishing world is dynamic and confusing. As a writer, you can't be objective enough about your material to determine the best course of action.

We provide the objectivity and expertise to help you map a publishing strategy based on your project and your goals.

We keep up to date on industry news and maintain proprietary databases on literary agents, independent publishers, and writing contests, fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Together, we can determine your best publishing strategy.

Cost: We offer an affordable consulting package or we will include publishing strategy with other AuthorAssist services -- such as query material development, proposal development, or editing.

To get started, complete our convenient form or e-mail us the following information:

  • the working title
  • the specific genre, e.g. mystery, memoir, how-to, children's fiction/nonfiction, etc.
  • the stage you've reached in the project, i.e. first, second, third, fourth draft
  • the total number of words (Hint: open the document in MS Word, click TOOLS, WORD COUNT)
  • any concerns you have about your work
  • the service(s) you are seeking
  • anything else we should know about your project

E-mail your information to us.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not handle poetry.

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AuthorAssist Saves Time and Money -- Regardless of Publishing Strategy

    Traditional Publishing:

  • Take a targeted approach with our agent directory.
  • You will know exactly how to begin your search using our list of top-selling agents interested in your genre. Choose from 16 fiction categories and 27 nonfiction categories or we can create a custom list for you. We update our database weekly to capture research on recent agent sales.

  • Streamline the contact process.
  • Our 15 Tips for Getting on the Fast Track to Agents provides step-by-step directions for contacting agents efficiently and effectively. You'll quickly identify those agents who are excited about your writing project.

  • Eliminate wasted mailings.
  • You will learn specifically who is interested in reading your sample chapters or manuscript. Otherwise, you'll waste money every time you mail your manuscript to an uninterested agent -- $40 for the average 300-page manuscript. (Copying manuscript @$.10 per page=$30.00; manuscript box=$3.00; Priority Post=$7.00)

  • Avoid agent scams.
  • Our agent directory lists only legitimate agents interested in your genre. We help you avoid unethical agents who make their money by charging up-front fees, rather than selling manuscripts to publishers.

  • Consult with an objective expert who has your best interest at heart.
  • You hear about a new agent, but have no idea if s/he is reputable. How do you find out? You're contacted by an agent. How should you respond? As questions arise about the agenting process, you have access to our expertise 24/7. When you become a client, we're happy to answer your questions and help you determine your best publishing strategy.

    Self-publishing:

  • Ensure your manuscript ready
  • Before you self-publish you will want your manuscript to be in mint condition. That's where AuthorAssist comes in. We'll take a look at your manuscript and recommend editing for your needs. Our editing services range from proofreading to copyediting and developmental editing. More on our editing services .

  • Select a reputable self-publishing company.
  • Your vendor choice is based on your goals for your book and your readership. You'll need to decide on distribution first--print (POD) and/or an e-book for Kindle, Sony Reader, iPad, and/or mobile phones. Next come decisions regarding format, services, and specific publishing companies. Self-publishing companies are different in terms of price structure, services, royalties, and quality.We can help you sort through the various options and prices--based on your publishing goals.

  • Avoid unnecessary services and expenses
  • Self-publishing companies offer a amazing number of high-priced add-on packages to pump up the cost of publishing your book. We take a personal approach--helping you create a marketing plan designed to feature on the unique aspects of your book and capitalize on current social media marketing opportunities. We create a marketing plan tailored to your goals so you will avoid unnecessary services and save money.

  • Determine how best to market and promote your book
  • If you want to increase the readership of your book, you must be ready, willing, and able to take the steps to promote and market online. That means creating a presence with an author web site or blog and Facebook page at a minimum.

  • Avoid disappointment by having realistic expectations about your book
  • You want to have a reasonable understanding of where to sell your book and the level of book sales and royalties to expect--and if you should quit your day job.

To get started, complete our convenient form or e-mail us the following information:

  • the working title
  • the specific genre, e.g. mystery, memoir, how-to, children's fiction/nonfiction, etc.
  • the stage you've reached in the project, i.e. first, second, third draft
  • the total number of words (Hint: open the document in MS Word, click TOOLS, WORD COUNT)
  • any concerns you have about your work/li>
  • anything else we should know about your project

PLEASE NOTE: We do not handle poetry.

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Getting your book published: Our clients say ...

Trish, you've helped me do it again. This time a major publisher has bought the rights to my memoir and offered a six-figure advance. And again, I could not have done this without you.

Kerry Cohen Hoffman, MFA, Lennox, MA, author of Easy, published by Simon & Shuster.


You were invaluable in helping me see my project through from the earliest stages to publication. You read my manuscript with an impartial thoughtfulness and with intelligence. You made helpful suggestions for change and aided me to implement them. Your editing was always for the improvement of the work.

When it was time to find an agent and a publisher, you helped me along every step of the way. You never gave me false hope, but provided gentle encouragement. Your opinions were always wise! Now that my book has been published and is receiving the positive comments of others, I truly know it couldn't have been done without you.

Sharon Romm, MD, Seattle, WA, author of Dating After 50, published by Quill Driver Books


After receiving my MFA, publishing many stories, and receiving awards for my writing, I knew I was a skilled writer. But, like any writer, I have areas in my work that need improvement. Trish, you gave me exceptional, directive support in those areas in my case, plot and wordiness. With your guidance, it took me only six months to write the book Ive been trying to write for years -- and to get a top New York literary agent to represent me. You led me (at times hand-held me) through the process of creating a superb query and synopsis. I could not have done this without you.

Kerry Cohen Hoffman,MFA, Portland, OR


In today's ultra-competitive market, even seasoned writers can use an objective and knowledgeable mentor. Trish, you helped me refine my marketing queries and did so in a pleasant, constructive manner. The first query I sent after consulting with you has resulted in a publishing contract. Thanks, Trish!

Morgan Hunt, Ashland, OR


Trish, I received the final version of the nonfiction proposal and it looks great. I can't thank you enough for your help. I see now that although I think I'm a pretty good writer, I didn't know jack crap about writing a proposal. I cringe at the thought of sending my original draft to my prospective agent. Thank goodness I came to you. Very impressive. ... And now I've been signed by a top New York literary agent.

Jon Ibrahim, Chicago, IL, author of Chicago Tribune Redeye column, "The Sex Playbook"


I just thought I'd let you know my memoir about my strange childhood home has been accepted for publication. With the addition of some historical material, the book is essentially the same as when I worked with you on it. Thank you so much for all your help. You were very instrumental in my getting this published.

Kate Barlow, Oakville, Canada, author of Abode of Love, in press, Mainstream Publishing.


Trish, I am happy to inform you that today-about 5 minutes ago-I found a top literary agent who is enthusiastic about my manuscript and would love to represent me. I am one of those persons who believes in 'render to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar' and in this case you were my Ceasar. Thank you Trish for your invaluable help in reviewing and polishing my manuscript. Without your very professional and yet mild and respectful critique I would not have made it this far. I am elated and hope to soon be able to inform you that we have found a publisher. In the case that I will need your professional help, you will certainly hear from me.Thank you again and wish me luck.

Yolanda Croes, Aruba


Trish, you take concepts, ideas, and disjointed thoughts and make them sing. Thank you for clarifying the complex psychological and emotional issues of retirement to ensure the readability of my book. I am deeply grateful for your support.

Douglas Fletcher, Laguna Beach, CA, author of Life After Work: Redefining Retirement


After working with you on my query letter and synopsis, I'm writing to update you on the latest positive development in my agent search. A top New York literary agent wrote:

Thank you for the wonderful query letter and brief synopsis. Absolutely, we would like to have a chance to read your novel. Please send the complete manuscript. We are most intrigued and are grateful for your consideration.

Trish, thank YOU once again for helping me get this kind of attention.

Don Reneau, Chicago, IL


Thank you so much for your help with my literary agent search. I would never have been able to drill down to the important pieces of the story that needed to be included in the query letter and synopsis without your assistance, and your input on the story has been valuable as well.

Lanie H., Sacramento, CA



I  e-mailed my query to the agent last night per your directions. He called me first thing this morning and asked me to send him the entire manuscript.  It's unbelievable! I didn't expect anything that quick. Your query methods really move agents. Thanks again, and again, and again.

PCP, Ontario, Canada



I don't know what to say. I'm the e-mail equivalent of speechless. The query letter is better than the novel! I would never have thought to write anything like this.

  FP, Ohio



I queried more than 60 agents over the course of two years without getting a single positive response. After using AuthorAssist, I am getting numerous requests for the manuscript.

  MS, San Diego, CA



AuthorAssist helped me create professional and attention-getting query materials including my letter, bio, and synopsis. Patricia has ingenuity and respect for the art and craft of writing.

JE, Carlsbad, CA



You're performing an invaluable service. You may end up responsible for a whole new generation of published writers.

SR, Sugar Hill, GA



One thing is clear, your service is invaluable and you certainly earn every penny of your fee.

CE, Delaware

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