Holy Moley … I just got off the phone with one of the many trust publishing service providers I work with and refer clients to. This time, I was the listener to my colleague’s rant—she was exhausted in working with a particular client … on that always had the “but” in her vocabulary, ready to flow at a moment’s wink. Repeated phone and Skype calls asking the same questions over and over. When the solution/response was generated, virtual heels were dug in.
What gives? Should there be a Caution Alert posted … maybe for the benefit of all:
Caution: Screwed Up, Misguided, Resistant Author in the Midst
Authors … when you are engaging consultants … either in the interview stage to see if working with them is a fit or you have hired them … LISTEN. Don’t talk over them and interrupt. Their years of experience is what will make your book, website, art work, structure, etc., sing. Are the situations when they are the wrong fit? Of course –that’s what the interview or a sample of work is all about.
And … just because you don’t have face-to-face time with them doesn’t mean that they aren’t noodling your book or in many cases, doing direct work on it. There isn’t a consultant that I work with who doesn’t generously give of his or her time where the author gets a “free ride” and is never billed. It’s what many of us do because we believe … you need to as well.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 34 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #34 was published this summer: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers. Get your copy.
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