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Is There a Book Shepherd in Your Future?

I was recently named Book Shepherd of the year by one of my clients. What Does a Book Shepherd do? A Book Shepherd is a special kind of coach who works with you as you develop your book from start to finish. Just as every book has a beginning, middle and end, every book development project has a beginning, middle and end.

And, of course, every book has a uniqueness about it. Every author comes with a different range of experiences and skill sets. Some authors require more support than others to complete their preparations for going to press. Book Shepherd Services involve working with you as you create your book and give it birth. Some Book Shepherds include everything you would ever want or need when it comes to publishing your book:

Manuscript development

Front and back matter elements

Writing according to your strengths

Editing for a variety of purposes

cover and interior design






book signings

marketing tips, ideas and support

distribution possibilities

When you work with me, you choose the individual items. The idea is to guide you to the best of my ability in the most time-and cost-effective manner possible with respect to getting your book done. I particularly enjoy the pieces that are part of the book development process. And because I am not an expert at all the things that go into making a book, I’ll gladly tell you where my skill boundaries are, and I will be happy to connect you to resources that will guide you through the next phases of the self-publishing process.

Are you a writer? How much are you able to commit to paper each and every day? Perhaps you have encountered one of those promises for you to write your book in 90 days. I have come across some that say they can guide you through getting your book done in the space of a weekend. Maybe you are one of those writers who can complete the manuscript for your book in 90 hours. My first book took me a year and a half to self-publish.

I don’t make any promises about the amount of time it will take for you to manifest a book never mind completing just the manuscript. It could take six months. It could take two years and six months. It could take five years depending on the type of book you are writing and the amount of time you are able to commit to the project. It could take several months alone for your editor to get back to you. It’s a journey. It’s a journey with a series of moving parts and it’s not a book in print—paper or ePub or both—until all the parts are done and you are ready to go forward.

Whether you are nearly finished your first draft or you are seriously thinking about writing a book but don’t know where to start, a Book Shepherd may be a good fit for you. If hiring a Book Shepherd is in your future, I invite you to explore your options with me. What I can promise you is personalized one-on-one attention. Whether you choose just one item from the list above or you prefer a start-to-finish approach, I would be honoured if you chose me to be a member of your team. I can be reached here.


Are you ready?

0Are you ready? Are you ready to step forward?

Before the world was discovered to be round, the world was thought to be flat. The prevailing belief at that time was that If you sailed far enough, you would fall off the face of the earth. Evidence to the contrary delivered by those had returned after having sailed out of sight, changed and expanded the perceptions of what the world was. Someone had to have the vision and the courage it would take to test the truth or the fiction of the teachings of the day. That person brought courage and commitment to a new belief. That person not only changed the course that ships took when they set sail but also changed the course of history. One of those persons had to have been Christopher Columbus.

Moving forward over a few centuries Albert Einstein might be considered the giant change agent on the subject of Physics. Before Einstein arrived on the scene, Physics was largely treated as a science that was grounded in lab-based research. Experiments and their results ruled the subject and its teachings. Newtonian physics was at the heart of studies. Einstein arrived on the scene with questions, questions and more questions. He then sought ways to answer his questions…the answers to which did not always come from experimentation in laboratories. It was Einstein’s novel curiosities that changed the study of Physics forever. He eventually received a Nobel Prize.

Do you have to be brave and courageous to take on change? Is change necessary? Do you encounter spaces and places where change could and would make a difference? Do you consider yourself to be ready for change? Do you welcome change? Do you accept change with enthusiasm? Do you consider yourself to be an agent of change?

Are you ready? Are you ready to make changes? Are you ready to influence change?

Have you been holding back? Have you been waiting? For how long? For what?

Whenever I meet people at a networking event, I like to ask them if they are holding on to a dream that has been sitting on a shelf. Holding on to a dream is important but so is taking action to manifest that dream.

Are you ready to tackle your dream? Are you ready to take action?

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