TIPM Media provide a number of consultation options for authors because every author is unique and presents different circumstances, experiences, motivations and expectations about their writing and books. Authors are shaped by their writing style, learning environment and the path they choose to reach publication. No two authors are the same. Some take up writing early on and study in languages and literature for an academic qualification, with the intention of pursuing writing as a career in a dedicated field like journalism or scriptwriting. Others discover the craft of writing later in life and only then consider the idea of being a published author. There is no single template or prescribed pathway that ensures publication and success, though we do find that authors with experience of writing workshops, literary courses, sound business acumen, and those with a heightened degree of media savvy, are the ones possessing the greatest perseverance and chance of making a success of their journey in writing and publishing.
TIPM Media’s consultations are designed to appeal to authors at various stages of manuscript and book publication. You may still be working on your manuscript and need independent advice before moving to the submission stage. Is your manuscript edited and completed for submission to agents and publishers or are you struggling to find a good self-publishing service to handle your book? We can advise you through a consultation on the next step to take, whether it is approaching an agent, publisher or the search for a self-publishing service. Perhaps you have not had a book published before or you are one of many authors considering a move from traditional publishing to self-publishing and unsure if it is the right move for you. If it is marketing as an author without the advice and support of a publisher that concerns you most, again, we can help put you on the right path forward with a marketing consultation. TIPM Media has a consultation service to fit your needs as an author. Alternatively, you can simply book an open consultation session to discuss a range of areas concerning your writing and path to publication.
Open Assessment Consultation
You may have quite a number of questions about the next step on your path to publication and your manuscript may not yet be completed. This consultation may include an independent critique of sections of the manuscript you will have sent to TIPM Media when you booked this consultation. We can advise on the progress of your manuscript, the level of work and editing – if necessary – still required to bring it to publication standard and advise on its market potential. We may also be able to suggest suitable agents and publishers interested in your genre of book. This consultation is also intended as a an author assessment and we can advise you on the best path forward on your journey to publication in line with your current experience, aspirations and publishing goals. You may also wish us to address any specific areas of interest or concern you have as a writer.
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Consultation on Choosing A Self-Publishing Provider
This has been our most popular consultation program and reflects the amount of authors who now choose this path to publication, whether they are publishing for the first time or moving from a previously existing contract with a large publishing house or independent small press. This is by no means the publishing path for every author. TIPM Media strongly recommend that authors who would like to book this consultation have at the very least spent time submitting their work to agents and publishers and built up a firm understanding of their publishing goals and know a little of how the book publishing industry works. Rejection alone of your work should never be a reason to self-publish. The best self-publishers are the ones who carefully match realistic expectations to their publishing goals. Many of the author clients we work with in this particular consultation service have come by referral from agents, other publishing consultancies and authors because they all understand we consider self-publishing as a valid alternative, with the potential to develop as a small business concern for an author, and not the poor or second cousin of legacy publishing.
TIPM Media has spent several years carrying out reviews, assessments and audits of author solutions providers throughout the world. We have worked with some of them, advised others in our capacity as a consultancy and think tank to improve the services they offer authors. We know which ones are good at what they do and which ones fall short of what we consider to be reputable. We understand by working closely with authors what their best needs are and often what is the best fit for an author and their book. This consultation is specifically designed to assess the needs of an author, outline the realities and necessities of good self-publishing and recommend suitable providers, whether it is simply a printer, full service provider or a hybrid, partnership publisher. Our advice is objective and our recommendations are author-driven, because, unlike many online consumer ‘best choice’ or ‘top ten’ websites so prevalent on the Internet, we have thoroughly and independently assessed more than 150 publishing service providers.
The self-publishing service industry is a minefield if you are an author and unsure of the pitfalls and vanity-scam operations in existence. If you are an author considering self-publishing and about to choose a provider, then this consultation will prepare and equip you with the information and advice on rights, imprints, ISBN’s, printing, book formats and distribution, together with a list of recommended providers that best fit the needs of you and your book. It should be an essential part of your self-publishing toolkit.
This consultation is specifically designed for authors who have already put in motion plans to self-published a book, chosen a printer or service provider, and need advice on putting together a marketing strategy to maximise the publicity and sales of their book. We will guide you through what is necessary from establishing a brand within your writing and local community, how to write a press release, how to attract media interest, put together a book launch, develop an online presence, get book reviews, build an author and specialist platform through blogging, and develop long-tail marketing strategies after your book is published.
(please note: this is an advice consultation and we do not implement the above strategies on behalf of clients as part of this service. As part of booking the above consultation services, you may be asked to fill out and submit a questionnaire which will help us to maximize the time before your consultation with a TIPM Media consultant.)