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Gail Harris: Writing ServicesBook writing: 

As a finalist for an IPNE Book Award for writing my co-author’s memoir Finding Zoe, I can write your memoir or self-help book. Finding Zoe received offers from two well-recognized publishers, and the book’s Forward was written by an Academy-Award-Winning Actor. Currently, we are working with a local Emmy Award-Winning documentary company to create a ten-minute short based on my co-author’s life story, a former Miss Deaf America.

What is entailed in writing someone’s book?

  • It starts with you having a great story to tell, but not wanting or being able to write it yourself, i.e. you don’t have the time, skills, objectivity, or sheer courage to go it alone.
  • You believe that if you could only get what’s in your head and heart on the page, readers would be engrossed and captivated and, maybe even, learning something.
  • That’s where I come in. We meet, you learn about me and what I can offer you and I learn about you and your story. If the chemistry is there, we move on.
  • We’re talking about storytelling—whether your book is a memoir and, yes, even a or self-help book like my book Your Heart Knows the Answer.
  • And discerning what your book needs to be—it’s highest expression.
  • For example, what’s the best approach for your memoir? In the industry, this is called finding the story arc. Of course, the story needs to be written in the universal voice, so that you are not just presenting your diary, but a thoughtful, engrossing story that every reader can relate to in his or her own way. In Finding Zoe, while my co-author Brandi Rarus is deaf, both hearing and deaf readers can identify with Brandi’s inner struggle to find her place in the world and fit in and how, as parents, we are committed to doing the best for our children.
  • I can help you make connections in your own life that, being so close to it, you might not see on your own.
  • What about marketing: What are the challenges you face in presenting your message to various audiences? I can help you work with those challenges and find the perfect words to address them.
  • I can fully understand your editorial and marketing goals—how to turn those ideas that are trapped inside your heart and head into prose that someone else is willing to buy and read and enjoy.
  • Finally, I can help you navigate the traditional and self-publishing worlds to determine with path is best for you.

What I love most about my work is collaborating with my client to discover the story behind the story. I enjoy looking for the “big picture,”—how everyone and everything is connected, and using that as the story’s lens.

• Co-author or ghostwrite your book, with a special interest in spiritual, women’s empowerment and self-help topics. Together we will determine the best working relationship.

A few words about cost.

Surfing the Internet, I found dozens of websites touting co-authors or ghostwriters for incredibly low as well as exorbitantly high fees. I’m sure you’ve found the same.

If cost is your primary concern in finding someone to help tell your story, read no further. I can’t compete with the lowest of the low. Nor, however, do I aspire to be the highest paid book writer on the planet.

Rather, my sometime-negotiable fee falls in the middle of the professional book-writing pack, with the average memoir I take on costing between $50,000 and $90,000 — depending on the length and complexity of the book, whether or not I ghostwrite it and other considerations, as well.

My goal, as the finalist of an IPNE Book Award, is to be able to provide you with the attention you and your story deserve while providing myself with the time I need to bring my writing skills to work on your behalf.

 

Manuscript evaluation:

Already have a manuscript? Let me evaluate your memoir or self-help manuscript. My focus is guiding you, so that your work is up to the publishing standards of a traditional publisher. Your plan could be to either approach publishers or, perhaps, self-publish first with the goal of having a publisher up pick your book.

This entails reviewing with the big picture in mind, i.e. the storyline or thought framework of your book, including its: structure, order, coherency, meaningful content, underlying themes, pacing, tone, point of view, characterization and dialogue, key points, and so on. Each manuscript is different, of course, and requires different refining.  I work with my clients to bring out the best in their stories.

I’d love to hear your story.

To discuss your book project or to see a sample manuscript evaluation, please call or email me at gail@gailharrisauthor.com or fill out this form.

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