Presumably, you landed on this page because you are thinking of hiring an assistant to help manage all the tangential work that comes with writing for a living. If you want to know what an author’s assistant does for their clients, or are trying to decide if a virtual assistant is really right for you, read on for five straight answers.
1. We can give you more time to write.
Making a career of writing isn’t just a matter of writing things that people enjoy reading. You may also need to pitch books, solicit reviews, format your work for digital publication, promote your work, book interviews and appearances, write and blast out press releases, create a digital presence for your self and your work, and so on and so forth. There are spreadsheets, headaches, and a lot of repetitive work. Glamorous!
Maybe you have a career outside of writing that takes up a lot of your time already, or just generally find that with only 24 hours in a day, you can’t do it all. You’re not the only one. Very few writers get all of this taken care of by their publishers. The rest of them take on at least some of this work themselves and/or hire assistants to lighten their load.
Only you can write the book, do interviews, and make appearances to promote your work. The rest can be delegated to an author’s assistant, so you can actually focus on the things that really demand your personal attention.
2. We can save you money.
All new skills take time to master. If you need to do all the peripheral work related to your writing career all by your lonesome, you need to account for the time it takes to actually do that work on top of the time it will take for you to learn the skills necessary to do it.
An author’s assistant already has those skills. We are already good at the things you need. We do it fast, and we do it well. If time is money, we will definitely save you both.
3. We can do as much or as little as you need.
Related to our cost effectiveness, we are flexible people: we respond to your specific needs. If you don’t need (or can’t afford) every service we offer, or only need help with a few things, we can still do a lot for you. Hiring an assistant doesn’t have to break the bank.
A few hours a month with a good virtual author’s assistant can amount to a lot of promotion, social media management, or research.
Some authors do find their trusty sidekick to be indispensable, and keep us around long-term, while some just need help getting through a book release or planning a speaking tour. Whatever you need, we are ready to serve, and happy to figure out what we can do for you on any budget.
4. We’ve got a guy for that.
If you work with us, you get the privilege of all of our connections, and trust me– we have a lot.
You know that one friend who seems to “know a guy for that” every time you need something? That’s us. We know exactly who to contact to garner reviews, order swag, fix your website, or design your book cover. We’ve got connections everywhere, and we’ll use them to your advantage.
5. We’ve been to this rodeo before.
Maybe this will be your first book/ebook/speaking tour/blog tour. Or, maybe you’re a seasoned professional, and you’re looking to adapt to a changing industry or branch out. If you’re not excited about the prospect of trial by fire, we don’t blame you, and we’re here for you. We’ve done it all before, and we have the resources, experience, and skills to make it happen again. We’re a tech-savvy bunch, and we make it our business to stay on top of trends and tools relevant to the publishing industry.
An Unofficial #6. We love to help people.
Author’s assistants are generally very nice people who will genuinely care about you and your career. Most of us got into this business because we love books and authors, know a lot about the publishing industry, and want to use our expertise to make a difference.
If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact me anytime.