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Re: Marketing

From: AmyAmy
Sent on: Monday, May 7, 2012 11:21 AM
Re: Marketing
Hi Owen,

I thought Sherrie did an excellent job yesterday.  So much information.  It is becoming more and more clear about all the work that needs to be done to market our books.  I know a bit about social media, but not nearly to the extent that Sherrie does.

I have met with Sherrie and she is excellent.  She is most knowledgeable and very patient.  I like her very much.  She is very positive and encouraging.

EDITOR
I can check with my editor (Max Chalmers) to see if she is available to edit your manuscript.  I was very happy with the editing job done on my novel.  I don’t know if Max is ready to take on another project or not; I will ask.

EDITING COSTS
Editing costs vary VERY much.  Costs vary if your editor simply corrects grammar vs. correcting plot/story line, and there are further degrees with this.  You should negotiate a fee with your editor.  I would shy away from an editor who charges an hourly rate, because what if they’re slow?  Some charge on a per page basis, but this is not accurate to to varying type sizes, spacing, and 6x9 vs. 5x8, etc.  More accurately, some editors charge on a per word basis.
PER HOUR: $20/hr. to $75/hr.  This can vary.
PER PAGE:  Huge variation... I’ve seen 20 cents per page to $3 per page.
PER WORD
: 2—8 cents per word, based on $20/hr.  Some charge up to 20 cents per word.  Ouch!

Many editors give a sample editing job of 500 words
(give or take) so you can sample their work.

BLOG
  
http
:www.jackelisland.blogspot.com
I can help you set up a blog, though I am a beginner.  You lent me the Photoshop book, so let me help you.

COVER DESIGN
I love artist who created my book cover, but he only has a specific style, and it’s a dark one.  If you look at my cover, that’s his style.  If you like it, I will look up his contact info and send to you.  You can see my cover on my blog page, scroll to bottom.  If you choose to go with a different cover design person, google “book cover designers” and check their websites.  They will show samples of their work.

PHOTOSHOP
I still have your Photoshop book.  I am going through it page by page.  If you want it back soon, let me know.  I have also been meeting with a man once a week, and he is showing me a few things.  I don’t pay him in cash, but I allow his two boys to train in martial arts at my dojang.

Maybe we should get together with our laptops and show each other what we know about Photoshop.

AmyAmy
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Hi Amy,

The session was great with lots of info. I've been working on my manuscript and haven't paid attention to social media and other things. Many things to learn. In a week or so I'll be ready to send off for copy editing. And I am thinking to get some consultation from Sherrie W. (going to call her on Monday morning), though I'm not sure what I can get for $150.

About copyediting:  I have two people in mind (learned about them through Editorial Freelance Association) but haven't settled which one yet. (I advertised on their website and got many responses; I got a lot of sample edits on my work. One of them I hired to evaluate my novel.) Do you have someone you could recommend? (I think we can support each other through this type of information exchanges among other things.)

Your blog: can you send me the link?

Cover design: I was going to start working on the cover pretty soon, but I guess I should consider hiring someone. Can you send me info on your cover designer?

Are you still working on Photoshop? I have to learn a lot more, but maybe I can show you some of the steps I already know?

Thanks,
Owen

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