Whether you want strategic mentoring through the writing process, guidance and hands-on (or hands-off) help with building an author platform, a strong fast start in marketing your book, practical wisdom for self-publishing, or learning how to find an agent and draw the interest of a formal publisher, we can help you.
Our goal is to help you think and act, to live and work, like a successful author. Sometimes, all you need is assistance with some practical aspects of the challenges listed above. Sometimes you need author-specific life-coaching to shepherd your time, space, emotions, and physical & mental energies.
Either way, the first step is to schedule a one-hour free consultation with us to describe your struggles and we will craft a customized proposal for you, including time commitments and cost estimates. If we think one of our colleagues/competitors will do a better job of meeting your needs, we will gladly refer you to them; if we think a book or webinar is all you need, we will recommend it. And if your needs rest squarely in our strengths, we will tell you that too.
If you choose to hire us, the next step is to send a $100 deposit-and-retainer or pre-purchase a block of time at a discount right here on our website. If this is a job that will cost over five hundred dollars, we will sign a Letter of Agreement that will specify the amount of the down payment, usually 20% of the total estimated cost of the project.
You may decide to pursue our proposal on your own, of course, and that's fine too! If you ever get stuck, you will know who to call.
Focus on your craft. Write well, and publish wisely!
As it happens, we have a couple of writers' groups that could help you do those things...
PRESS Writers Group
Need some accountability to focus your full, fierce attention on that post, poem, article, manuscript, or screenplay you need to write? Join us for a writing sprint (or a study sprint, or a brainstorming sprint, whatever you need it to be) through one of our PRESS writers' groups! Let us help you press toward your goals, gain a new awareness of your personal productivity patterns, and discover productivity hacks that work for you. We will work and PRESS together! Click here for more information, or just sign up and barge right in.
*NOTE: as long as "Safer At Home" restrictions keep us from meeting in person, our online PRESS meetings will be 100% FREE. So far, this means for the month of March, April, May, and now June of 2020, there will be no cost for PRESS, and those who join PRESS during this time will receive a 20% discount off the membership fee when we do begin charging it again!
Normally, membership in PRESS costs $60 per month. Join now, during the Covid-19 "Safer At Home" quarantine, and you'll pay only $42 per month for as long as you maintain your membership.
SLAKE Writers Group
While PRESS focuses on productivity, on pressing words out of your head and onto the page (screen, document, whatever), SLAKE focuses on writing craft (and, to some extent, the business of writing), on quality, not quantity. At a SLAKE meeting we critique each writer's work in turn, and discuss various issues that come up. We also enjoy a bit of tea and snacks together, and might occasionally read aloud an excerpt too (but don't count on it). Unlike its more vigorous cousin PRESS, SLAKE has always been—and will always be— free. It will cost you nothing but your pride, your anonymity, your loneliness, and the time and diligence required to prepare a submission every month. SLAKE usually meets on the last Sunday of the month, for several hours, at the Wordsmith office (or on Zoom, if the office is shuttered). Click here for more information, or just sign up and send us your first submission.
This focuses on a specific piece of writing, and not on the author's habits, platform, or publication strategies. We offer several different editorial services:
An overall critique and section-by-section feedback concerning voice, mood, style, structure, story logic, characterization, rhetorical impact, etc. Focuses on the coherence and strength of the whole. You’ll see more comments than corrections.
Focuses on paragraphs, sentences, and word choice, to refine style, grammar, syntax, and genre conventions. You’ll see lots of corrections but plenty of comments too, especially in the form of clarification questions and requests for specific revisions.
Focuses on punctuation, spacing, formatting, and combing out every last error. No margin comments unless absolutely necessary to clarify something.
Traditional publishers, KDP, Smashwords, letterpresses, and custom offset book printers all require different document formats in order to accept your work for publication or printing. We can do this for you too.