Author services JUST for romance authors to help you sell more books
Look, everyone and their brother offers author services these days. But all author services providers are NOT equal. Romance authors have different challenges than, say, horror authors or sci fi authors. Tricks and tactics that work wonders for other genres often don’t work for romance readers. The romance audience is unique, and reaching it isn’t always easy, even though super readers of the genre devour anywhere from 5 to 10 books A WEEK. You know who else devours 5 to 10 romance novels a week?
That’s right, we’re super readers of the genre. And since our blurb critique service received such awesome feedback, we decided to see what else we might be able to do to help romance authors reach more super readers (like us). Here’s what we came up with:
We’ll read your manuscript before publication to let you know:
What beta reading does NOT include:
Cost: about $15/hour.
Typical read time: We can usually power through a 70K word manuscript in 5-6 hours (that’s 4 or 5 hours to read, 1 hour to compile feedback). However, that can amount to more or less time depending on the length of your book, the complexity of your plot, or the sheer amount of feedback we feel compelled to provide.
Typical turnaround time: Usually one week. But again, that turnaround time is subject to change based on the length of your book, the complexity of your plot, and how many clients are in line ahead of you.
Follow up: If you have questions about any of our comments, feel free to reach out and we’ll try to clarify as best we can. That said, please don’t argue with us about our feedback. It’s our opinion and we’re entitled to it. You’re free to use it or ignore it. It’s completely up to you. Also, please don’t ask us for specific advice on how to make edits to your plot, characters, scenes or dialogue. It’s your book, you have to make those decisions on your own. And finally, if you decide to make edits and would like us to take a look at the revised version, we’d be happy to provide you with a new quote for the follow up beta read. Reviewing revisions is NOT part of the initial beta reading agreement. Sorry but we can't work for free.
NOTE: For beta reading services, we reserve the right to turn down projects for any reason. (Nothing personal—sometimes it’s just a workflow issue.) We recommend you get in contact with us well in advance of your preferred project deadline to make sure you get on our calendar. Otherwise, we can’t promise that we’ll be able to accommodate your project.
Guarantees: There are none. We don’t guarantee you’ll get stellar reviews, great sales or clear skin and shiny hair for that matter. The only thing we promise is that we’ll give you our honest opinion based on years of experience as a romance super reader. What you choose to do with that and how it might affect your book is beyond our control.
How to submit: Just fill out our Beta Reading Submission Form. We'll check to see if our calendar matches up with your publishing schedule. If so, we'll send you a quote and go from there.
Social media graphics
All those cute little teaser graphics and ad graphics you see other authors posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest? Yup, we can create those for you. Our in-house designer has years of experience and knows how to craft designs that will capture the personality of your book and engage romance readers.
How it works: The more you can provide, the better. Ideally, we’d like to have the original photos and/or graphics used on your cover. It would also be helpful to know the name(s) of any distinctive fonts. If we don’t have that particular typeface, we’ll do our best to find one that’s very close. If you only have the finished book cover, we can work with that but the creative possibilities will likely be a bit more limited.
Revisions: The price we quote for any ad or social media designs will include up to two rounds of revisions. After that, you can either accept the final version or we can provide a quote for additional revisions.
Cost and turnaround time: are determined on a case-by-case basis.
What to do next: Email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for a pricing quote and put “Social media graphics” or “Ad graphics” in the subject line.
Book cover rehab
Let’s face it, book covers are tricky. On one hand, you want your cover to be unique and memorable but it should also look like it belongs within your chosen genre categories. If your sales aren’t going as well as you’d hoped, you might be wondering if your cover is missing the mark. No worries. We have a team of experts with a deep understanding of what romance readers look for in covers and what makes them click that all important BUY button.
How it works: We’ll review the cover design—along with the blurb and genre categories—and provide feedback about what your cover is doing right and where we believe there is room for improvement. We’ll primarily focus on whether your cover matches the market and if romance super readers would buy based on the cover.
Cost: An individual book cover review is $10. A review of the covers for a series, where the majority of the elements are similar, is $15. We reserve the right to decide if a book series’ covers are similar enough to be treated as series (no one is the boss of us).
What to do next: Email a copy of the book cover(s) (we're partial to JPGs but can accept almost any file format) to email@example.com. If the book has already been published, we'll check out all the details on Amazon. If not, it would be helpful to include some basic info such as: the book blurb, anticipated categories the book will be listed under and whether it's a standalone or part of a series. Single cover reviews will be completed in 7 business days (10 business days for a series) after payment of the PayPal invoice.
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