“Having a clear plan will drastically compress the timeframe to complete your book.
Clarifying your message, market and structure
before you begin
will save an enormous amount of time and money”
How Alex can help:
LISTEN to a free one hour interview on getting your book written
“After working with Alex Mitchell to write my book, I can’t imagine how any writer could afford not to have her skilful, experienced and wise guidance. Alex has saved me countless hours of directionless work and bucket-loads of frustration. She has given me the priceless gift of having clear direction in my writing process. This has saved me from experiencing my tendency towards writer’s block. Alex is the ultimate writer’s secret weapon. I can’t thank you enough Alex!”
Lisa Fitzpatrick, www.lisafitzpatrick.com.au
It is important to ensure that your project is heading in the right direction, whether you are just starting to write, are already part way through your manuscript or have finished writing and are wondering where to go from here. Let’s get together by Skype or over coffee to discuss your vision for the book and the structure and direction you have in mind. This way you can ensure that your book meets your market, speaks in a language your readers can understand and gets your message across with passion and clarity.
Just send me your contents page, an outline of your goals for your project, who your perceived market is and what your book is about, and a sample chapter or two.
I’ll provide an informal analysis of your project and give suggestions on your writing style and layout, as well as answering any specific questions you have about your project, publishing options and business strategy.
Together we will check your vision against what you have created, and against what your market is looking for, then look for a path through those variables to create a book that meets your goals.
This service costs $300 and will save so much time and money to tweak your ideas while they are still coming together so you can create a book plan that takes you where you want to go.
For some people this consultation is enough to set off along their own path with confidence. For others it is the starting point of an ongoing consultation process between us. Either outcome is great – my aim is simply to have you leave our meeting armed with confidence and a plan of action.
Good editing walks lightly on the page, leaving no footprints.
Paint the picture you want the world to see by having your work professionally polished. Add that extra finesse and create a reading experience that makes your customer want more! Make sure you are meeting your target market and that your reader is really hearing your message.
As an editor I am an advocate for the reader. My job is to see what the reader sees, to listen to your story through a reader’s ears. After working for so long on your manuscript, you know it so well that it can be hard to see what is not there in your writing. Editing will pick up the missing links and help you fill them in. It will help you structure the book so that it flows in a way that takes the reader along a seamless journey of knowledge or story telling.
Your book may need Structural Editing, where we discuss how the chapters and concepts come together with a good flow and rhythm, and/or Copy Editing, where each paragraph and sentence is checked for readability. Editing is charged at a flat rate of $60 per hour.
Your needs are unique. Our pricing is competitive.
Because every job is so different, we will need to chat about your specific needs, and can give you a personalised quote. However, please know that my rates are very competitive for the high level of service I provide.
Try us out for free.
I also know how uncomfortable it is to initiate a conversation about pricing or to hire an editor before you know the quality of the work you’ll get in return. Because of that—and because it also helps me get a sense of your project and how long it will take—I offer all new clients a free short work sample. That way you can see what we do without making a financial commitment. (In other words, you are under no obligation after you see the sample. It’s simply a quick way of determining whether your needs and our skills are a good match.)
Publishing is a many-step process, and it can be time consuming and confusing for new authors to work out what needs to be done, which choices will best suit your outcomes, and how make it happen.
The best way to save time, money and stress in this process is to get help from someone who knows the process, and all the options, very well. That’s me!
This process is not a mystery to me, it’s something I do all the time. For a flat hourly rate of $125 AUD I will help you find your way through the maze of choices so you can make informed decisions about what publishing options will work for you and your vision for the book. Just open a tab to have help on tap, as much or as little as you like.
Whether it’s occasional advice, or doing it all for you I’m here to help!
Some areas you might like a helping hand:
- Registering your book – ISBN and CiP
- Creating the pages in the front of the book before Chapter One
- Plotting out the resources and bibliography at the back
- Creating a great book cover
- Internal book design and typesetting
- Printing and distribution
- Integrating your book into your online presence
Contact me for personalised service
Alex Mitchell – Author Support Services – Sunshine Coast, Australia – 0434 088742. Or email me here: