How an Author's Assistant Can Help You

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That represents over 200 million people in the U.S. And, that over half of those people give up on their dream to write because they become frustrated and defeated by the complexities of the publishing process.

As a writer, you probably have already discovered the multitude of details involved in the book publishing process. These begin with the development and creation of chapters for your book, progress to editing, and then move on to publishing and marketing. But if your passion's writing, you likely prefer to devote your time to creating your book rather than focusing on the details of getting it published. Collaborating with an author's assistant offers a valuable partnership that will provide you with the opportunity to focus on what you love to do-write-while the author's assistant attends to the details of getting your book through the publishing process.

A Certified Author's Assistant provides support in each step of the book creation process, from writing to publishing to marketing. With advances in technology, the twenty-first century assistant is now virtual. A virtual assistant collaborates with various clients, helping them manage the daily administrative, technical, and creative projects for their business. And we all know that books are big business!

By now, you've probably heard of virtual assistants but might be wondering, what in the heck is virtual author support and how would it be a benefit to me?

Some of the many projects a professional author's assistant can help you with include research; acquiring ISBNs and LCCNs; purchasing domain names; setting up Web site hosting; building or maintaining your Web site; setting up shopping carts, autoresponders, and affiliate programs; creating blogs and e-newsletters; helping with a virtual book tour or speaking engagements; and various other marketing avenues for promoting your book.

Some people believe they can do it all-and some can. But why not free up your time so you can focus on more important details, such as writing your next book or finishing the one you're working on? Enjoy the benefits of working with a collaborative partner who is trained to help authors take their books from writing concept to publishing success.

© 2008 Karen L. Reddick, MVA, author of The A-Z Guide: The Best Ways To Work With A Virtual Assistant and Grammar Done Right! 1st and 2nd Editions, has more than 30 years of administrative experience, with the last eight as a successful virtual assistant. She owns V-And-E-Services and The Red Pen Editor providing author assistance and editorial services to authors, writers and publishers.

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This article was published on 2010/12/17