What’s a Book Shepherd? Simply this: a person who has a depth of experience within the publishing and writing fields; has connections with vendors and associates that will bring your book concept and vision to life, creating the actual book; someone who has marketing moxie and understands book selling, including the alternative and niche markets; and someone who is an enthusiastic coach for your “baby.” Make sure you have a clear understanding on how they get paid, what time lines they work within and if they have expertise in your specific book area. Get references.
Where the book shepherd brings power to the publishing arena with his or her strengths in a variety of areas, many book coaches come out of the gate with a narrower field of experience to draw from. A book shepherd or coach who has had multiple experiences as an author—with titles achieving success and some not—brings a true understanding of the ups and downs of authoring. His or her hiccups (and successes) could be an important element in your success. Check out their pedigree.
If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen.
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