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What do you know about
​“Book Shepherds?”


Book Shepherds are experienced guides who help authors through the process of creating a book—from writing to publication. Shepherds may do some of the work on the book themselves, or may outsource parts of the project. They will help directly or indirectly with concept, writing, design, editing, marketing, forms filing, print brokering, distribution and publicity.

Book Shepherds come in all sizes, with a variety of services and a wide range of fees. At one end of the spectrum are Shepherds that do similar work to that of book packagers. You come to them with an idea for a book and they literally take over the development with rewrites or ghosting, editing, cover and interior design, printing, marketing and possibly, publicity and promotion. Your investment could range from $20,000 to more than $50,000.

Most reputable book consultants don’t charge less than $50 an hour, but some charge well over $200. One book consultant and marketer quotes $500 an hour on his website. The fees tend to reflect the professional’s length of experience, depth of expertise and audacity. It also reflects the authors they target— they are charging what the market will bear.

It’s recommended that authors budget at least $125 an hour, being mindful that they may require 50 hours or more of the professional’s time to move from idea to final manuscript.

Your Best Book Services are for authors who may not have big budgets, but do have big desires for producing high-quality books.




FTB Your Best Book™ Services

FTB Your Best Book Services packages begin at only $599 and include:

  • Copywriting for back cover, blurbs
  • Interior design and production
  • Cover design and production
  • Assistance acquiring: ISBNs, LCCN, PCIPs etc. (fees not included)
  • Consulting on publishing options, book production, distribution, fulfillment
  • Marketing Services recommendations
  • Costs for illustrations depend on many factors: number of pictures, types of art, and artist’s fees. Art must be negotiated on a per project basis.


For more information or to schedule your FREE 15-minute “Meet and Greet” call, please contact us at ftpublish@gmail.com
​or call 773-972-9328.

For writers seeking to self-publish

  • Idea development
  • Strategic planning (e.g., how a book can help you reach business or career goals)
  • Editorial
  • Beta Reader critique
  • Copywriting for back cover, blurbs
  •  Ancillary forms and applications
  •  Interior design and production
  • Illustrations
  •  Cover design and production
  • Peripherals: ISBNs, LCCN, PCIPs etc.
  • Consulting on publishing options, book production, distribution, fulfillment
  • Marketing Services recommendations


For writers seeking traditional publication

  • Editorial
  • Beta Reader critique
  • Publishing Resource recommendations


Editorial

Content Edit — First draft of your manuscript is completed and you are looking for feedback, we will read and give a written critique of the manuscript. You may decide to make some changes or additions based on the feedback. Fee: $1.00 per page

Copy Edit — A line-by line edit for punctuation, grammar, spelling, repetition, clarity and consistency of style. Fee: $2.00 per page

Proofreading — It is recommended that this be done before the book goes to the printer. A final check for spelling errors and inconsistencies that were not picked up during the copyedit stage. Fee: $1.85 per page

Content Critique — First draft of your manuscript is completed and you are looking for feedback, we will read and give a written critique of the manuscript. You may decide to make some changes or additions based on the feedback. Fee: $1.00 per page

Development   Idea Development and Strategic Planning consultations move authors from “I have an idea for a book” to a working title and outline. Strategic Planning helps authors develop a list of steps and a timeline for book production, in addition to generating a plan for utilizing the book to further the author’s business goals. Fee: $30 per hour (may be booked in ½ hour increments).