Initial Consult Call

It is in your best interest, and mine, to determine how well we might work together. Prior to diving in and committing to weeks or months of collaboration, I offer potential clients a free 30-minute consult call. Here are some of the questions you should be prepared to answer:

  1. What is your book about? (Hint: Be able to summarize in a paragraph or two what you think your book will be [or already is] about.) I will usually ask this question in our initial email/first contact, before our call, but might ask you to elaborate a bit more when we talk.
  2. How long have you been thinking about or working on this project/book?
  3. Do you want to take part in the writing process? If so, roughly how much: 50/50 or some other configuration?
  4. If you have a work-in-progress, have you workshopped it? (In other words: Has anyone read your work besides your spouse, best friend, or colleague?)
  5. Why this book, why now?
  6. Who is this book for/who is your intended audience?
  7. How much of the book do you have written? (Zilch, a list scribbled on a napkin, a few pages of notes, a detailed outline, four chapters, 500 pages)?
  8. What is your timeline/desired end date?
  9. What kind of time will you have to work on deep edits and/or provide general feedback (i.e. love it/don’t love it)?
  10. Do you plan to self publish or go the traditional publishing route?

 

 

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