Month: November 2017

Concept, Concept, Concept!

Although I’m not a literary agent or agency, I can help you define and craft a book concept that will make or break your book’s potential to interest an agent and launch your literary career.

In today’s highly competitive market, your book concept has to be stellar, meaning, it must be compelling and solve a problem that potentially millions of readers struggle with (e.g., fitness, weight loss, balding, diabetes, arthritis, relationships, business decisions, etc.).

At present, self-publishing is a viable option to getting a book deal with an established publishing house. There are numerous pitfalls associated with self-publishing, however, if done correctly, self-publishing can be far more lucrative. That’s why it’s vitally important to create and develop a winning book concept with a unique selling proposition.

Your Book Platform

If you’re considering writing a book and are not a celebrity or a public figure, you might consider self-publishing instead of trying to land a contract with a major NY publishing house. Generally, publishers will only consider pitches from well-known personalities or from those with significant platforms. What types of people have significant platforms? Here are a few examples:

  • TV or radio show hosts, regular panel experts, talking head, actors, comedians, professional athletes and recording artists
  • Those with blogs or websites that attracts at least 50,000+ unique visitors a month
  • Individuals who have been thrust onto the national or international stage (e.g., Monica Lewinsky, Edward Snowden)

Of course, there are always exceptions and you may be one of the few lucky “unknowns” whose book concept is compelling enough to interest a major publisher.

In general, the bigger your platform, the greater your chance of success, but I’ve seen first-time authors with no platform whatsoever succeed in selling thousands of self-published books. One self-published book I ghostwrote a few years ago sold 550,000 hardcover copies due to the author’s copious website traffic (more than a million unique visitors each month). In certain cases, I can help you create a platform that, over time, will attract enough unique visitors to convince a major publisher to offer you a book deal.

Do You Have A Bestseller In You?

At the beginning of my career as an author, I stumbled upon a talented and caring mentor who helped me find my voice and taught me how to become successful. Without such expert guidance, I most likely would have never seen my books top the bestseller lists. Here’s you opportunity to put my my expert knowledge and 30,000 hours of publishing success to work for you.

What does it take to write a bestselling book? It certainly helps to have guidance from a professional with a proven record of success. It’s an enormous benefit to work with a writer-mentor who has penned multiple bestsellers, who understands how to effectively promote a book and who knows what it takes to sustain a lifelong career. That level of expertise can be priceless to an aspiring author. Without such guidance early in my career, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

You know you have a special book inside you — so what should you do next? Contact me with a compelling query that will grab my attention. Tell me about your book concept. If I feel it’s not strong enough, I’ll work with you every step of the way until it is ready to turn into a potential bestselling book. I’ll help you craft a stellar book proposal designed to command the attention of an acquisition editor at a major NY publishing house. Once you’ve signed your publishing contract, the real work begins–writing your book. Don’t worry, I’ll help you co-write your masterpiece. If you’re not already a seasoned writer, I will ghostwrite your book. Ghostwriting is ideally suited for those people who have a business to run or have other pressing responsibilities that would interfere with meeting book deadlines.

When Cher asked me to co-write her fitness book, I was honored to do so. I’m eagerly looking forward to future projects. Perhaps my next one will be with you!