Joyce Knudsen, Ph.D., AICI CIM has authored and co-authored over ten books since 1990.

Although the author no longer writes books, she is ready to help YOU write yours on an hourly or project basis, depending upon your needs and what stage of a book you are wanting to write.

 
People just can’t write a book and send it in to Amazon. Let me explain……

If you want to go from an amateur writer to a pro takes a writing team. Your book has a greater chance of becoming known on Amazon than with publishers, if these services are performed. As a writer of over ten books, I know that having people you know edit your work is not enough. This is your first impression. Make it a good one!

 
The following MUST be performed by a competent team of professionals. There are important steps to this end.
 
PROOFREADING is the reading of a final draft, galley proof, or an electronic copy of a publication to detect and correct production errors (typos). It is the last stage before publication.
 
COPY EDITING involves correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargon, and semantics. The copy editor ensures the text flows. They assist with a line-by-line edit analysis of the text, and with minimally rewording sections that need help. The copy editor is usually the last editor that an author will work with.
 
CONTENT EDITING requires that the editor work closely with the author, offering suggestions on subject, format, organization, and general style and readability. In some cases, a consultation begins before the actual writing. The overall content of the writing is evaluated ensuring consistencies in dialogue, character development, trajectory of plotlines, and the tone and flow of the piece.

Content editing demands attention beyond the line-by-line edit. Our team will determine if your work needs this extra service. It could make the difference between an amateur story and an epic novel, biography, or memoir.

 
REWRITING/STRUCTURAL EDITING: Structural editing (sometimes called developmental editing or substantive editing) is complex and time-consuming stage of the editorial process. This intensive step considers what parts need to be omitted, rewritten, re-arranged, or left as is; as well as content editing line-by-line.

Once this is done, your chances become higher of getting a professional book accomplished.

And, then there is the MARKETING! With 720+ followers and growing on Twitter and countless connections on other social sites. If you decide to work with me, I will promote your book for one entire year, write a foreword and market you on ALL your social sites.

Book Creation Services & Fees

*20% of the final amount will be paid to Joyce for as a finder’s and consultant’s fee.

We generally take 50% through Paypal up front, and another 50% upon completion.

Should you like examples of my work, or references for any of the above services, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Example:

My manuscript is nearly finished at 65,000 words. I’m hoping to get a clear idea of how it feels and reads (manuscript appraisal), then move into a line edit to make it read smoother. Afterwards the finalized manuscript is 75,000 words.

Appraisal: $325 (includes help for you to revise and finish the story in the strongest way possible.

Line edit: $1500 (includes Brent going through the book, line by line, to assess overused words, where the description or dialogue runs too long, and massaging each sentence to its fullest potential)

Proofreading of final document: $375

Initial Consultation

$100

Get a clear idea of what your manuscript needs are. The initial meet is likely a 60-90 minute Zoom or Skype call.

$100.00Add to cart

Cover Design

$70 ($60 for ebook only)

Book cover design includes royalty free images found on sites like Pixabay as well as free-to-use font choices. If it becomes necessary to include paid stock images or font licenses, costs are passed on to the client.

$70.00Add to cart

Blurb

$100

A blurb is a concise, 150-200 word summary of your book to go online at Amazon and the back of your paperback.

$100.00Add to cart

Formatting

100 (ebook and print) 100 (ebook only)

To turn your book into something ready to upload for ebook and print, we pay attention to page numbers, header, footers, font choices and the look of a book. For special needs (interior images/bibliography/index/appendices) formatting becomes far more complicated, so a fee will need to be discussed.

$100.00Add to cart

Site handling

$50 (for Amazon only)

To upload the files onto various book distributors (Smashwords, Amazon, Lightning Source, and others) there are a few extra roots that could trip you up, and I can handle navigating that path for you.

$50.00Add to cart

Appraisal

.005c per word

A three to five page report on how the book reads: the tone, any issues with plotting or character development, or in the case of non-fiction, how the book reads. To help make your forest as beautiful as possible.

Line Editing

.02c per word

Rolling through each paragraph and sentence of the book, paying attention to word choice, overused words, common words to be deleted (i.e. there/was/look/see). Refining your book to make each sentence stronger, with special focus on the trees rather than the forest.

Proofreading

.005 per word

Paying special attention to punctuation and spelling. Carefully pruning each tree of your forest.

Refusing to Quit: True Stories of Women Over 60

Redefine your retirement. These women have. Here are twenty inspiring examples of the power, perseverance and tenacity of women over sixty.

From Head to Soul For Women

A comprehensive book on how to improve your appearance inside and out. It gives a reader complete guidance on how to look beautiful, elegant and appropriate in any business or social situation, detailing every aspect of her visual image-from various face shapes and dressing and use of accessories, to psychology of color and nonverbal communication. This book is a valuable source of information; something to keep going back to as a reference, something every woman should have in her private library.

Mending Broken Hearts: Recovering From the Losses of Life

As a hospice volunteer, I have had the privilege of sitting with patients who are dying and am struck by the intimate and meaningful conversations we’ve had. Often we talk about the fear they might experience in facing their imminent death. Always we reflect on their lives–what they accomplished, who they were in the world, how they will be remembered. One of my goals focuses on helping them leave their legacy in some way, be it an oral history, an ethical will, a loving letter, etc. Most importantly, what surfaces for me from the experience of being with people at the end of their lives is the importance of exploring the life lessons I’ve learned. Reflecting on how the person lived and the legacy he/she left behind helps me to look within.

The Generational Puzzle

In a world connected by apps, IPhones, IPads, texts and Social Media, degrees of isolation are expanding, daily. Even our most educated people feel isolated and lack understanding regarding the “stages of life” between post-modern and emerging society. This book provides an equal playing field by establishing a social knowledge base…bridging generational gaps, which exist today. Understanding is key to the Communication Process, both in our personal and professional lives. “The Generational Puzzle was a great source of information for me! This insight helped me understand why certain people act certain ways – I’m able to look at people with a better understanding! (This would have come in handy YEARS AGO!) Thanks, Dr. Joyce for the wealth of information!”

Symbols: The Art of Communication

Today we live in a world community, a multi-cultural society, a world connecting people from every corner of our planet. Depending on your skills for interacting with others, doors to a rewarding life will either be opened or closed to you. It is your choice! One of the keys to expanding our opportunities in a work environment or through social networking for enjoyment is to understand that we are all different in so many ways.

Successful Failures: Wisdom for Aspiring Musicians

This book is called Successful Failures ® because many people give up after hundreds of rejections. What they didn’t know is that was, exactly the time to stay with their course and make it happen! Without being rejected, how do you know what to improve upon? You build on failure. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ~ Johnny Cash Today, music consists of many genres.

From Head To Soul For Men

A comprehensive book on how to improve your appearance inside and out. It gives a reader complete guidance on how to look beautiful, elegant and appropriate in any business or social situation, detailing every aspect of her visual image-from various face shapes and dressing and use of accessories, to psychology of color and nonverbal communication. This book is a valuable source of information; something to keep going back to as a reference, something every man should have in his library.