Publishing Consultation

There are some great options for getting your book published. You can self-publish digitally and/or in print with a reputable print-on-demand publisher, use a hybrid publisher, or get a contract with an appropriate traditional publisher. If your book has commercial potential and you’re interested in traditional publishing, I can help you do what’s needed to take the necessary steps.

A 1-hour consultation with me can save you a lot of time. I’ll outline the pros and cons of each path—traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing—and help you understand and begin to navigate the publishing field.

Besides considering your prospects and guiding you in the best direction to suit your  needs, I also can review your book title as part of the consultation. Book titles are essential in the sale of your book no matter what publishing route you choose.

By the end of our call you’ll have manageable, specific next steps to get published.

Some Common Topics for Publishing Consultations

Should I Use a Traditional Publisher or Self-Publish?

After I learn about your project and your experience, I’ll explain the primary benefits of these publishing options and help you determine the publishing route that would suit you best. I’ll help you consider your goals and articulate your strengths as a writer as part of this determination.

Does My Book Sound Like It Could Have Commercial Success?

We’ll discuss your book’s commercial potential. Having commercial potential is important if you are choosing traditional publishing. I’ll share success stories of clients who have taken this route and give you helpful tips as you pursue your publishing path.

Which Self-Publishing Services Are Best to Use?

In the fast-changing world of publishing there are a number of services available to writers. I’ll help you understand the primary and most reputable services available and help you determine which of them could be the most valuable for you. If you choose print-on-demand (POD)—Create Space (Amazon) or Ingram Spark—I’ll help you identify the advantages of using either or using both. There are benefits to going with POD instead of using a printer for a small print-run. I’ll help you explore that, and more.

How Do I Create a Professional-Looking Self-Published Book?

It’s critical for sales to have a book on the market that looks professionally produced in every way. We’ll discuss what that means and outline the steps to take to produce a book that not only reads well but looks professionally produced. I can connect you with outstanding freelancers who specialize in book covers, interior design, and interior formatting, and recommend marketing and publicity specialists.

What’s Needed for Marketing and Promoting My Book?

In a 1-hour call devoted to marketing and promotion we’ll cover strategies that can benefit you regardless of the publishing option you choose. We’ll discuss book launches and what’s recommended for a successful one and review the timeline for pre-publication so you can be prepared. I’ll share useful resources, too, to help you get where you want to be.

Determine Your Best Publishing Path

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.


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