“Ms. Faass’ services were invaluable in developing the proposal for my professional book. Over the course of my 3-week vacation, working by phone interview, she helped me conceptualize the book, develop the table of contents, and write the proposal. The book was purchased by our first-choice publisher for a substantial amount.” J. Michael Menke, PhD, University of Arizona, Program in Integrative Medicine
Services We Provide
The Writers’ Group offers manuscript evaluation, concept development, book proposals, research, in-depth analysis, writing, coauthoring, substantive editing and copy editing for a range of topics.
Publishers – We have written professional books for Aspen Publishers, Jones & Bartlett, and McGraw-Hill, and developed successful proposals for these publishers and others, including Mosby. We have edited books and chapters published by Elsevier, New Harbinger, North Atlantic, and Taylor & Francis.
Writing the Book Proposal – In consumer publishing, the same book proposal can be shopped simultaneously to 20 houses. In contrast, a proposal for a professional book usually needs to be rewritten for every publisher. We tailor the information to the specifications of the publisher and make a compelling case for its contribution to your field.
Shopping a Professional Book – We can work with you to identify your book’s unique niche, write or edit your proposal, develop a list of the most likely prospective publishers, and submit the proposal. The Writers’ Group has served in as an agent to market professional books. Unlike an agent, we do not charge a fee for this service.
Developing a Multiauthored Text – The finest professional books reflect a cohesive voice and a unified visual format. We are experienced in the development, management, and editorial support required to produce this level of quality.
Support for Contributing Authors – If you have authors who find themselves too busy to meet the publisher’s due date, we can provide writing by interview or editorial services within the necessary time frame.
Providing In-Depth Analysis – We excel at organizing and communicating complex information and can help you make your case through powerful logic, compelling case studies, and crystal-clear data.
Adapting Content – You may find key information that has already been published source. The inclusion of a few carefully-selected articles can add dimension to your text. We handle permissions and then adapt the content to your book.
Designing Information – Good graphics can bring a book alive and make your book more attractive and marketable. We can consult on layout, select images, and create attractive graphics that convey data at a glance,
Career Advantages of Publishing
A professional book establishes you as an expert, but it is the quality of your book that demonstrates the level of your expertise and your professionalism.
We are accustomed to taking on large projects that require a long-term commitment. A systematic approach to this work takes the stress out of deadlines and distributes the cost over time. We understand the organization, pacing, and resources required, and also know how to support and sustain an author throughout the process.