A week or so ago, we received an email from someone inspired to write a book about her husband’s remarkable life. She mentioned she was prepared to write the story herself but was looking for some sort of guidance.
The day before, we received another referral of a similar nature.
We love hearing that people have stories to tell. And that they want to write them. We do!
And so, before we get another request like the ones mentioned above, we thought we’d pop up a blog post we can refer to when responding to these types of emails (makes sense, right?). Plus, it might be handy for those of you reading this who also have a story to tell but don’t know what to do or what help might be out there.
There are a few different scenarios folks usually fall into when they want to work with us to write a book:
1. They have no interest in writing said book themselves, so they hire us to ghostwrite it for them
2. They have the book half written but have run out of steam, and we’re hired to finish it
3. They have a manuscript written, and they hire us to edit/strengthen it
4. They want to write the book themselves but need some sort of accountability/support throughout the process
Options 1, 2, and 3 are fairy straight forward. If you fall into one of those camps, you contact us, we figure out a plan, a price, and we get to work.
For Option 4 people, we are still happy to help, and we can provide as much support as your budget allows. The following plan would be a basic example of how this type of author coach support might work:
- We meet via video call or in person to discuss your idea and a possible book structure
- We make a schedule of check-in meetings (determined by you and your budget), where we may read what you’ve written (if you like) to help you through creative blocks, provide critique, suggest next steps … whatever you need. If you aren’t quite ready for us to read your words, we can also just chat through your process, noting any challenges you’re facing and come up with a work plan for you.
- After you have a first draft, you would hire us to read it and provide a structural edit to see where there may be gaps or opportunities to strengthen the book.
- You go back and continue working through drafts, and calling on us as needed.
- We strongly recommend you hire someone (we would like it to be us) to proofread and edit your final draft before submitting to publishers for consideration.
- Speaking of publishers, we can be contracted to help you sort through publishing options and provide any necessary support for that process as well, be it drafting a book proposal, book query, submission packages, deciding on traditional or self-publishing, etc.
And that’s that!
You also may find it helpful to join a local writers’ group to bounce ideas around. These types of groups work really well for some and not so well for others. But you won’t know until you give it a try!
Also, consider attending some sort of open mic night (like the ones offered in Charlottetown via the PEI Writer’s Guild) to see what sort of reaction you get from your work. Chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Our clients have often told us how these open mic nights inspire and motivate them, reviving (strengthening) those creative juices!
This May we’ll be hosting our second writing retreat at Cavendish Maples cottage resort, so stay tuned here to the blog to find out more details about that.
Ready to write? Great! Get writing. (Or get in touch and we’ll write for you.)
Yay for stories!
OH and maybe this would be a good time to mention why people are coming to us to help with their books!
WHY WORK WITH THE MANLEY MANNS?
A published children’s book author and full-time copywriter/ghostwriter, Jaime Lee Mann spends her days crafting stories.
The first novel in her Legend of Rhyme series of middle grade fairytales, Elora of Stone, was published by Toronto’s Blue Moon Publishers in December of 2014. The following year, two more titles in the popular series were released, number four launched this past September, and number five comes out later this year.
These books are all written around Jaime Lee’s commissioned writing projects via Manley Mann Media, which consist primarily of memoirs. To date, Jaime Lee has ghostwritten five manuscripts including a nutrition/cookbook, two self-help books, and two memoirs. She is currently working on three new memoirs.
When not on the Manley Mann clock, JL is focusing on her sixth novel and her first feature film screenplay.
Christine has been a freelance editor for fifteen years and has worked with authors all over Canada and the United States. She’s edited children’s books, young adult novels, memoirs, fiction, fantasy, and cookbooks. Christine also edits blog posts, newsletters, annual reports, webcopy, and even emails on a regular basis.
A member of the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC), Christine loves nothing more than to guide an author through a piece of writing from start to finish. While she is an experienced and skilled copyeditor, her true passion lies in structural editing. Jaime calls her Manley Mann’s “story mechanic.”
Christine completed her MA (Merit) in Women’s History at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), earned her BA (Honours) in English at the University of Prince Edward Island, and has taken various editing and communication courses from various institutions across Canada (including the EAC). Before joining forces with her Mann, Christine worked as communications and research coordinator for the Centre for Education Research at UPEI and research coordinator at Oxford University Press (Toronto).