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CoCreative Sessions: Customized Consulting Packages & Workshops

The road from inspiration to publication raises questions at every turn. How should I publish? Do I have what it takes to get a book deal? What kind of book am I writing? What should I title my book? Having traveled this road many times with many different authors, I’ve designed my consulting packages and workshops to help you navigate the junctions you will encounter along the way. Having a guide at these critical moments can save you months of frustration or confusion, and help you channel your creative energy most strategically and effectively. Choose from:

–       First-Time Author Orientation

–       Publishing Strategy Sessions

–       Title, Subtitle, & Positioning

–       Understanding Your Book (One-Day Workshop)

–       Creating an Outline (One-Day Workshop)

–       Book Incubator (Two-Day Workshop)

–       Book Proposal Blueprint (One-Day Workshop)

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If you are interested in booking a consultation package or workshop, please contact me. Sessions can be conducted via telephone/Skype/Google hangout or in person.* If none of these packages meet your specific needs, ask about personalized packages

* For shorter sessions, in-person consultations are only available in the San Francisco Bay Area; for longer workshops, I can travel to wherever you are based.) 

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FIRST-TIME AUTHOR ORIENTATION

Thinking about writing a book? If you’re an aspiring first-time author with lots of questions, this orientation session can help you find answers and get a clearer sense of whether the path to publication is right for you.

This package includes:

  • Detailed questionnaire to help you clarify your goals and your vision and surface your questions
  • 45 minute telephone consultation built around your questions
  • Customized resources and recommendations for next steps

Cost: $145

* Special Offer: Anyone who has done a First-Time Author Orientation will receive a $95 discount on any of my other consulting packages

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PUBLISHING STRATEGY SESSIONS

The good news is that authors today have more options than ever before when it comes to publishing. But navigating those options can be a challenge. If you’ve decided you want to write a book but are confused by the fast-changing landscape of publishing, this package can help you understand your choices and make smart decisions. Not sure whether a traditional publisher or self-publishing is right for you? In this consulting package, I will help you consider the different paths available, and make a strategic decision about how to publish, based on your goals, your target audience, and your “platform”—that all-important publishing term for the sum total of the many ways in which you can reach your audience.

This package includes:

  • Detailed questionnaire to help you clarify your goals and your vision
  • 45-60 minute introductory telephone session where we will discuss your goals, your vision, and your message.
  • Personal platform assessment: an in-depth questionnaire that will enable me to give you an honest and informed answers to the questions, “do I have what it takes to get a book deal?,” “should I publish a print book or an ebook?,” “how should I market my book?,” and more.
  • 45-60 minute telephone strategy session to analyze platform assessment and formulate strategy
  • “Your Options” roadmap—with clear next steps, recommendations, and resources.

Cost: $495

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TITLE, SUBTITLE, & POSITIONING

Do you have a book idea, but feel it has not quite come into focus? Are you struggling to find a title that captures your vision? Are you unsure what kind of book will best convey your message—memoir or self-help book, business book or narrative non-fiction? This cocreative process can help you generate clarity around these foundational questions, and come up with a working title & subtitle that can allow you to move forward with confidence. Drawing on my branding experience as well as years of experience working with authors who don’t fall easily into conventional categories, I will guide you through an illuminating (and fun) cocreative process.

This package includes:

  • Detailed questionnaire to identify your personal brand attributes, your target readers, and competitive & complementary books
  • 60-90 minute “generator” session to surface possible creative directions
  • 45-60 minute “convergence” session to focus
  • Multiple suggestions for a working title & subtitle
  • Recommendations for book classification
  • Suggested core brand attributes, words, and phrases, to guide you in positioning and promoting your book

Cost: $595

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COCREATIVE WORKSHOPS

These one- or two-day workshops include many of the elements from the sessions described above, but are designed to foster a more focused and in-depth cocreative process. Ideally, they are done in-person, but they can also be conducted via telephone, Skype, or Google hangout.

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR BOOK (One-Day Workshop)

Ideal for those who are committed to writing a book but just starting out on the journey, this intensive workshop covers all the fundamentals and allows for a deeper immersion. We will begin by working to clarify and focus the core vision and mission of your book, and then connect that vision and mission to the realities of the publishing marketplace and to the readers you care about speaking to. This will allow us to weigh up the publishing options, choose the approach that most meets your strategic needs, and determine next steps in bringing your book to market. We will also create a working title and subtitle, and decide

Workshop package includes:

  • Pre-workshop review & critique of up to 50 pages of content
  • Detailed questionnaire to help you clarify your goals and vision, and identify your brand attributes, target readers, and competitive & complementary books
  • In-depth, personalized platform assessment: a questionnaire that will enable me to give you an honest and informed answer to the question “do I have what it takes to get a book deal?”
  • 6-8 hours (in-person or via telephone/Skype/Google hangout) of one-on-one collaborative workshop time
  • Multiple suggestions for a working title & subtitle
  • Recommendations for book classification
  • Suggested core brand attributes, words, and phrases, to guide you in positioning and promoting your book
  • “Your Publishing Options” roadmap—with clear next steps, recommendations, and resources.

Cost: $1795 (plus travel expenses if workshop is held in-person)

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CREATING AN OUTLINE (One-Day Workshop)

If you’re ready to start writing your book but need a roadmap to guide you, this workshop will help you create a detailed outline to give structure to your creative process. Creating an outline is not just a matter of putting all the pieces together—it is about identifying the deeper patterns that connect the pieces, and letting those patterns guide the structure of the book. Most importantly, it is about the journey you want your readers to take, and how you are going to guide them on that journey.

Workshop package includes:

  • Pre-workshop review of up to 50 pages of content
  • Detailed questionnaire to identify your target readers
  • 6-8 hours (in-person or via telephone/Skype/Google hangout) of one-on-one collaborative workshop time
  • A customized collaborative process to understand the problems and questions your readers are bringing to the table, and clarify the journey you want to take them on.
  • Suggested outline with parts, chapters, and content notes
  • Personalized recommendations for how to approach the writing process

Cost: $1795 (plus travel expenses if workshop is held in-person)

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BOOK INCUBATOR (Two-Day Workshop)

This workshop combines the “Understanding Your Book” and “Creating an Outline” workshops (see above) in a two-day intensive. Ideal for those who want to fast-track the visioning process and get ready to write!

Cost: $2995 (plus travel expenses if workshop is held in-person)

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BOOK PROPOSAL BLUEPRINT (One-Day Workshop)

This workshop is for those who have decided to pursue the traditional publishing route, and therefore want to write a book proposal. I will help you understand the purpose of a proposal and the various elements, and work with you to create a detailed blueprint for your book proposal. For each section, we will identify the elements you need to research and write and specific points to highlight. I will advise on style and format, and provide sample proposals. (Note—this workshop is for those who want to write their own book proposal. If you are interested in having me write your book proposal for you, please inquire about that service instead. If you are unsure about whether traditional publishing is right for you, I suggest you book my Publishing Strategy Session first.) 

Workshop package includes:

  • 6-8 hours (in-person or via telephone/Skype/Google hangout) workshop time
  • Section-by-section worksheets to create your book proposal
  • Sample proposals that have been sold to New York publishers
  • Personalized recommendations for how to approach the writing process
  • Recommendations for finding and approaching agents
  • Review & Critique of your first draft (one round)

Cost: $1995 (plus travel expenses if workshop is held in-person)

Discounts available on this workshop if done in combination with other consulting packages. 

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PAYMENT & BOOKING DETAILS

All consulting and workshop fees are payable in advance, via paypal of Chase Quickpay.

Cancellation policy:

Consulting sessions must be canceled twenty-four hours before scheduled consultation to receive a refund.

Consulting package fees are non-refundable once sessions have commenced.

Workshops must be cancelled seven days before scheduled session to receive a full refund. Workshops cancelled after this deadline will be subject to a $500 cancellation fee.

Consulting sessions or workshops can be postponed if you are unable to make the scheduled date.

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