Then you might need a publishing coach!
Publishing nowadays is a tough proposition. I know–I’ve been in this game for more than 15 years. I have extensive experience writing, collaborating, editing, and contributing to books in the evangelical Christian market. Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far with books: author (6), co-author (1), writer (5), editor (10), and contributor (8). I’ve served as a literary agent, bringing good authors, good books, and good publishers together.
Jerry Jenkins, owner of the Christian Writers Guild, says: “I never miss a Stan Guthrie book. I consider him one of the most refreshing and cogent Evangelical thinkers writing today.”
I can share my expertise with you. Sign me up as your publishing coach, and I’ll help you learn how to:
– Discover or refine your idea.
– Discover and expand your platform.
– Write or refine your book proposal.
– Write or refine your book.
– Evaluate an offer from a publisher.
– Market your book.
You can hire me by the hour or by the project. E-mail me at guthsc[at]att.net for rates and availability.
And if you need just a little help, consider getting a …
Authors who desire professional guidance (not a complete editing) for their articles and books may request a manuscript evaluation by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with brief information about themselves, a concept statement about the article or book, its length, and a table of contents (if applicable). As quickly as possible I will reply about whether I can do the evaluation, and by what date.
Unsolicited manuscripts may or may not be deleted.
If I decide to evaluate your project, you must send it as a Word attachment that can be marked up electronically. (I choose not to work with physical copies and the mail service.)
I will provide comments about your ideas and writing style. I will encourage you to use short sentences, active voice, strong verbs, solid research, compelling anecdotes, and whatever else your manuscript needs. I may also provide my opinion about what it might take to get published.
I will not necessarily flag every single problem but will assume that once I have noted a type of problem (for example, the use of passive voice when active would be better) that you are competent to find the rest.
There is a $100 upfront fee, the minimum charge for this service. This amount must be paid by cash or check before I can undertake the job. Once I receive this fee, I will commence the work, at $100 an hour (with a six-hour maximum for books).
The upfront fee will disappear once I pass one hour during the manuscript evaluation process (replaced by the hourly charge, for a total of $100, at $100 per hour).