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What's included in the consultation call?
The focus of a book writing consulting call is to provide guidance and support to help the client achieve their writing goals. Some examples of topics, depending on your needs include:
Discussing your project: Your idea, audience, goals, and any challenges or obstacles you're facing in the writing process.
Providing feedback on a writing sample: We can review a sample of your writing and provide feedback on things like organization, clarity, and overall effectiveness.
Offering writing tips and strategies: We can provide guidance on things like how to structure your book, how to develop characters, or how to craft compelling dialogue.
Helping you with your goals and create a plan: We can work with you to set specific goals for the writing process and create a plan for achieving those goals.
Answering questions and providing support: We can answer any questions you might have about the writing process and offer support, encouragement, and accountability as you work on your book.
What does Wildebeest Publishing do?
As a hybrid book publisher, Wildebeest Publishing Co. combines the elements of traditional publishing with self-publishing. We offer a range of publishing services, including editing, design, marketing, and coaching.
Hybrid publishing is an alternative to traditional publishing and self-publishing, and it can be a good option for authors who want more support and guidance in the publishing process, but who also want to retain some control over their book and its marketing.
Our area of focus is on workbooks, journals, and books that help others grow.
What if I am just in the idea phase?
We can work with you in an accountability/consultation phase to bring your idea to life. You pay for coaching calls at your pace, as you build and we help guide you in bringing your idea to life. View the phases of our publishing process here.
Why do you charge for publishing?
You may have heard that real publishers don't charge for publishing. That may have been true in pre-Amazon days and before self-publishing came to be. However, in today's world with the many options available, paying for help is a perfectly viable service.
We charge a fee because we are helping you self-publish. This is referred to as hybrid publishing. Many people can and do self-publish without assistance, but they are often hindered by technical ability, design knowledge, and lack of marketing skills.
We can help with all of those things as well as accountability, credibility, and making sure you are setting yourself up for success.
Can I make payments?
Yes, financing and payment plans are available. For coaching and consulting calls we'll work with you on what meets your needs.
For publishing, will give you an up front quote of the costs and then we can work with you on a payment schedule.
For corporate publications, we will provide you with an estimate and options for payments.
We offer teacher and nonprofit discounts as well.
How much is a consultation and why is there a fee for it?
Consultations are $150 per session. We charge this for a few reasons.
1. You want valuable information and we will be giving you valuable information that you'll be able to use whether you work with us or not.
2. Our time is valuable and so is yours. We do not want to spend time talking to people who are not serious about getting published.
3. If you do choose to work with us, the fee is applied towards the publishing fees, so you will get it back.
Discounts are available for teachers and nonprofits.
Are there any additional fees I'll have to pay?
For publishing, everything is included in the starting prices to get your 100 page or less workbook or journal concept up for sale on Amazon. Additional fees may be added for over 100 pages, e-books, audio versions, deeper dive editing, additional marketing, and other services. See the detailed publishing package comparison page for what's include and add-on options, here.
If you are starting in the consultation/coaching phase, you'll be invoiced per session. There may be additional fees if there are assignments given to us, such as: formatting, editing, design, template creation, etc., in association with helping you get your book idea to the ready-to-publish phase.
Is it necessary for me to hire a editor?
Whether you are publishing a workbook, journal, or hoping for a best-selling novel, your words need to be edited. There are several types of editing for different levels of review. Our services include a light hand edit. This means that we will check your spelling and grammar. We will also make suggestions for deeper content level editing. This type of editing makes sure your messages are clear and concise. Deeper levels of editing are available for additional fees.
What platforms do you typically publish through?
We utilize a variety of platforms, depending on the author and their goals for the book. Many of our authors are self-publishing for the first time. In that case, we often recommend Amazon because there are no upfront costs, they are a popular search engine, it is easy to make an update if needed, and there are no minimum book orders. All of these things can be issues to an author trying to get published for the first time.
Be sure to ask about options when we discuss your book.
Will I still own all of the rights to my product if I go through a publishing company?
As the original author of your work, you own the copyright to your work. In working with us, you'll sign a contract that grants us license to publish your work. It is up to you if you wish to register your copyright with the government.
How long does it take to publish a book?
The process of getting a book published can vary depending on many factors, including the type of publisher, the genre of the book, the author's experience and the publisher's workload. The time it takes to publish a book is a balancing act between meeting the author's deadline and ensuring the quality of the book.
While it is difficult to provide a definitive timeline for publishing a book, the general process typically involves several stages. These include manuscript editing and formatting, cover design, typesetting, proofreading, printing and distribution. Each of these stages can take varying amounts of time, depending on the complexity of the book and the publisher's workload.
We take pride in the quality of the books we publish, and we prioritize thorough reading and editing to ensure that the final product meets our high standards. When an author has a deadline they want to meet, we will do our best to meet those dates, however, in general, we cannot make guarantees due to these quality constraints. We work closely with our authors throughout the process to keep them informed of progress and potential delays, and we do our best to keep the process as efficient as possible without sacrificing quality.
Will I get to keep the copyright of my book?
As the author of the book, you own the copyright and are entitled to all rights and privileges associated with it. This means that you have the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works based on your book. However, if you choose to work with a publisher, you may be required to grant them certain rights to publish, market, and distribute your book. In this case, it is important to read and understand the terms of any publishing agreement you sign to ensure that you retain the appropriate rights to your work. If you choose to self-publish your book, you retain full control over the copyright and distribution of your work.
To obtain registered copyright protection for your book, you must register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This process establishes a public record of your copyright ownership and gives you legal protection in case of infringement. To register your copyright, you must fill out an application, pay a fee, and submit a copy of your book. Once your copyright is registered, you will receive a certificate of registration from the Copyright Office. It is important to note that copyright protection is automatic upon creation of an original work, but registration provides additional legal protection and benefits.