FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I write my book?
1. Write it your self. You need to be an excellent writer, or have the time to learn to become an excellent writer. You also need to know how to write a book vs writing short form content like emails and blogs.
2. Hire a coach. A coach will take you through the process and may also provide accountability services, etc. You will learn what you need to write a book with a coach, and it will take a long time and/or a lot of effort. I am not a writing coach.
3. Hire a ghostwriter. This is the fastest most efficient way to get your book done. This is what I do!
What is the difference between a writing coach, a ghostwriter, and an editor?
A writing coach will take you through the process, and you will do the work. You will still need to hire an editor after you've written the book.
A ghostwriter will do the bulk of the work for you, and it's most efficient to hire a ghostwriter before you even start "writing." My signature approach emphasizes the PRE-writing phase as the most important phase for my clients... that means you just keep doing what you do best, and when you decide you want a book call me, and I'll take care of the rest!!!
An editor reviews a completed manuscript; everyone who writes a book needs an editor, and possibly more than one (there are different types of editing). I am not an editor. I have an amazing editor who works for me and reviews all my books and all my client's books, and this is included in the project price for my clients. If you write your book yourself, make sure you find a good editor.
Is it still "my book" if I hire a ghostwriter?
Absolutely!!! Your book is based on all the brilliance inside your brain! (And, no, it's not "cheating" at all!!!!) I have a personalized process to help my clients share that information with me in a fun and efficient way so I can create YOUR book. I really like to consider that when I write my clients' books, I "channel" your book. I get it out of your brain, and onto the page. Versus when I write my own books, it's my own ideas and genius on that page. The skill of writing is involved in both, but the source of inspiration, ideas, wisdom, expertise, and value is all based on your brain and genius!
I have a blog. Can't I use that for my book?
No. Please don't just publish a bunch of blog posts as a book. A blog might help you write a book, or it might actually hold you back because you feel attached to what you already wrote. A book is long form. A blog is short form. They are very very different.
I have a course, workshop, webinar, presentation, coaching process, etc, etc, etc...
Please contact me! You are my ideal client, and I can take what you have already created and make it into an amazing book that will add value to your business and for your clients! But, no, you still can't "just turn it into a book." I've seen it attempted, and it makes a very lame book.
What is your process, Alegra?
My specialty is in what I refer to as the "Wisdom Memoir" - a book focused on sharing knowledge and expertise, based on the author's personal voice and experience. I consider myself a channel to get your words and concepts from where they already exist (talks, presentations, workshops, classes, coaching programs, short articles /blog posts, diaries, etc) and simply put them on the page. It's particularly suited for those in service and/or personal development realms.
The beautiful thing is that ghost writing is really a form of outsourcing. It takes a minimal amount of your time, which is usually in an interview format (so does not require you to prep). And it's fun! (If you are actually looking for a writing coach, or don't know what the difference is, let's hop in the phone! I can explain the difference and make a referral if needed.) If you have questions about my process or approach, please let me know.
I'll work with you to gather all I need to create a detailed outline. I'll keep in touch as the book progresses, allowing you to review each chapter as I go. You approve every step along the way. Expect a maximum of about one hour of your time per chapter. Most books are completed in 3-4 months. All my work is also independently proofread to ensure a polished product. You own the entire thing and my name appears no where. (unless you want it to, which is cool, too!) All our work together is confidential, unless you don't care.
Do you write print books or ebooks or both?
I write both! Let's have a conversation about what makes the most sense for your business! One of the added value features I love to bring to my clients is HOW a book will actually serve them in their business, and which can help make a decision on the best type of book to create.
P R I N T & E B O O K R E A D Y
To keep things flexible, making your book print ready is offered as an add-on service. You can choose to publish with Amazon, IngramSpark, or Barnes & Noble (I'll walk you
through the pros and cons). This package is a complete self-publishing service. After your book is written, I'll manage the interior design and formatting, the production of the ebook, the design of the front and back cover (you get the final say), assign your book to distribution channels, and even write the keyword rich book description. This is a "done for you" service!
W O R K B O O K S & J O U R N A L S
Add another revenue stream with a workbook or journal! These can be freestanding purchases or compliment the book I write for you. Workbooks and journals can help your audience learn about your topic and also get to know you. They are a consumable product, which your clients will love to buy! All workbooks and journals include a custom publication package catered to this form of media, in which they are print
ready and available for sale as pdf (this is different than ebook formatting). The option to make them ebook ready is also available at no additional cost, if you choose to include it (not all workbooks perform well in this format).
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