You don't have to edit or market that book while everyone else is enjoying life. We'll do it for you, so you can hang out in bed a little longer reading the latest from your favorite author. We work with beginning writers just starting their authorship journeys, established writers, and agents and publishers who are short on time and need bookish professionals in their corner.
Your friends tell you they love your story (or maybe they don't say anything). You've tried querying agents (or maybe you don't know what a query is). What do you do next? Do you show it to your significant other, join a writing group, take up knitting? If you've reached the point where you feel lost (or maybe hopeless), you need someone with an experienced editing eye -- a book editor, or, as we like to call them, a book doctor. We're here to read through your manuscript (no red pen), offer concrete feedback (and lots of support), and walk you through the next steps (finding an agent?) to help you move forward.
Let's get serious. A developmental editor focuses on the heart of your story. We'll work with you before you even start writing, or read through your draft manuscript, making notes using track changes, and give you specific feedback. Intention, premise, character development, structure, story arc, plot, voice, dialogue, pacing, all that juicy stuff, will be addressed. We'll tease out the essence of the story and provide concrete action steps. A substantive editor picks up where the developmental editor left off. Once your manuscript is done, we'll review it and make sure it is clear, cohesive, and, above all, readable.
Is your manuscript (or novel, article, publication, blog post, etc.) close to the finish line? This is the time to look at every sentence, piece of punctuation, grammar and word usage, everything. Most people cannot edit their own work. That bears repeating. Most people cannot edit their own work. A copy editor does it for you.
You've reached the finish line and you're ready to send your "baby" out into the world. Stop. First, you need a proofreader, someone who will catch any leftover errors. How many times have you spotted typos in a text? That's a sure sign an author skimped and didn't hire a proofreader.
Everyone knows the saying "never judge a book by its cover," but, really, we all do it. The cover is one of the most important tools in your marketing tool kit. It will convince someone (or lots of someones) to buy your book. Let's make sure your cover hits the right points, in the blink of an eye.
Once you've taken that giant leap -- started a business or creative career -- you need a website that communicates your vision and mission, and showcases your products and talents. As business owners, writers, editors, and parents, we know how busy life gets. Even the simplest task can seem overwhelming. That's where we step in. Did we mention that we create websites and brands? Our websites grab your audience, attract readers, extend your reach (sadly, they won't walk the dog). And we love branding (no, not that kind; the other kind) and copywriting. We speak fluent marketing. SEO and analytics make us giddy. We design simple, yet powerful websites, while developing techniques to drive traffic. And we teach you how to update your own website. Joyfully. Painlessly. Artfully. An added plus, Anne is a Squarespace Circle Member, meaning she's worked on dozens of websites.
The final word (or words)? We are nerdy. We like designing websites that are beautiful and functional. Something that will make you proud. Something that makes us proud.
Custom packages available, including copywriting, email marketing, and branding. Let's talk.
Most book trailers are boring old things, several minutes long, without any action. Who wants to watch paint dry?
Bookish Media's trailers are action-packed and quick, like a movie trailer. Comparing Bookish Media's book trailers to regular book trailers isn't like comparing apples to oranges. It's like comparing Beaufort d'Ete** to a Cheeto. But why would anyone do that?
*Although we do like camping.
**Gourmet cheese from cosseted cows.
You've written your book. It's going to be published. That was hard work, right? Now you find out you have to come up with a business strategy. And you really should do something on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You're fantasizing about a cottage by the sea with no internet connection where you can write and write and ...
Stop Googling "cottage by the sea."
Take a deep breath.
We're here to help.
Anne and Craig will sharpen your business strategy (book publishing is a business, remember?), and help you decide which social media platforms to tackle. By discovering what makes you and your book unique, we can offer tailored choices regarding branding, budgeting, and marketing-channel (a fancy term for selling stuff). A strategic focus provides solutions. Our marketing tactics are designed to set you apart from your competitors, keep you on track, and build your fan club. We know which influencer (a fancy term for potential readers) is interested in your book based on data provided by your email and website, so you know who to follow up with and when, so you can confidently book that crucial media interview or ask someone to promote your work.
Bookish Media recommends the following marketing tactics:
The publishing world is changing quickly: The birth of ebooks. Access to different self-publishing platforms. Decline in traditional publishing. Authors can get their work into the hands of readers faster than ever before. But -- and here is the caveat (also known as the big "but") -- with so many books in the market, your book must stand out. Quality writing combined with the best business strategy for your book; those tactics are as old as publishing itself. Sometimes all you need is to talk to someone about how to navigate this rapidly evolving and confusing industry. Questions like how to find an agent, how to write a query letter, self vs. traditional publishing, we've heard them all.
We stay on top of the publishing industry, and guide you through all that information, so you can stay on top of the world.