You’re writing, or have written, something. Maybe it’s a novel, maybe it’s nonfiction (narrative or instructional), maybe it’s a cookbook. Maybe it’s a simple kids’ picture book, maybe it’s for young adults. Maybe you have the idea crystallized in your head and just need to get it on paper, or maybe you’ve written it and need to polish it.
That’s where I come in. I am here to help you realize your dream book. I provide proofreading and copyediting services. I can advise you on how to get your book into stores. I can work with you to develop your manuscript into a book that stores will want to stock and people will want to read. I’m here to make a difficult process easier to navigate.
Used to be the only way to get your foot in the door was to find a literary agent to shop your book or idea around. Things have changed. When I started my first bookstore job in 1993, self-publishing was mostly still described as working with “vanity presses.” But authors have many more options now. Getting an agent is still recommended, but self-publishing has come a long way since then. It’s cheaper and more available to everyone. Self-published authors may still find it complicated to get their books into stores, but if it has been professionally edited and looks good (you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but a lot of readers do), it becomes a lot easier. See the Self-Published Authors link for more information.
I have extensive background in the book business. June of 2023 marks 30 years in the industry for me. I’ve worked as a bookseller, a book buyer in both a chain and individual store setting, and as a sales rep for several major publishers, including Workman and Sourcebooks. I am co-owner of a bookstore myself. I also have an MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama.
In short, I’m here to help. Just let me know how I can do it. I’m available for a free consultation any time. Just give me a call at 704.497.3035 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.