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Virtual Assistant

Promo Bible Creation

Beta Reading

Editing

Author Website Design

Police Consultant

Copy Writing

Review Outreach

Promotional Graphics

Social Media Management


 

Virtual Assistant

Whether you’re new to publishing and need someone knowledgeable to help you understand the landscape, or you’re a seasoned pro who just wants to get stuff done, we're here. From simple-but-time-consuming to enormous-pain-in-the-behind, let us do the things you don’t have the energy, time, know-how, or desire to do yourself. 

For instance, we can:

  • Help you brainstorm

  • Plan, write, and manage Amazon ads

  • Set up your author social media pages and accounts

  • Set up and manage giveaways, contests, and events, and/or handle fulfillment

  • Coordinate your book design so everything gets done on time with minimum hassle to you

  • Do research

  • Arrange blog tours

  • Find awards and contests for you to enter

  • Untangle weird formatting and/or retype manuscripts (MS Word only)

  • Update your website with new reviews, events, titles, etc. (also see promotional copywriting below)

  • Advise you on publishing and promotion options

  • Remind you that you're awesome and anyone who doesn't realize it is a jerk

  • _______ (fill in the blank)

$35 per hour*

*One hour minimum, thereafter billable by the quarter hour. Projects we expect to take more than four hours of time may be billed as a flat fee, negotiated in advance.


Promo Bible

We'll read your book attentively then create a promotional “bible” for it, which we and you can use as a reference source for marketing and promotion. Our promo bibles include:

  • Lists of themes, settings, quotable lines, and any other relevant items that might help in promotion

  • An honest assessment of the audience most likely to be interested in the book and why

  • The Amazon categories most appropriate for the book

  • Pertinent keywords (for Amazon, SEO, and social media)

  • Our thoughts on the book's strengths and potential areas for improvement

  • Our thoughts on the best publishing path for the book (traditional, small press, or self-pub)

  • Feedback on your cover as a marketing tool (if you have a cover)

This not only gives you an idea how a reasonably intelligent reader (which we say in all humility) is likely to respond to your book, but also improves your/our ability to focus your marketing efforts, reach the right audience, and create content that will successfully and positively engage with that audience.

$300 per title*

*Based on an assumed word count of 100K or less. There is an additional charge of $.004 per word for books over 100,000 words.


Beta Reading

You never get a second chance to make a first impression – cliched but true – so before you publish your book or  start sending it out, let our experienced beta readers make sure it’s ready for public consumption. We can read for specific issues or to answer your specific questions, or you can choose from our own list of questions to cover the major elements of the manuscript. (You can see our list of questions, and instructions to beta readers, here.) 

Pricing

40,000 to 90,000 words—$300

For manuscripts over 90,000 words there will be an additional charge of $.005 per word.

For manuscripts under 40,000 words, please contact us for a free quote.

Price includes 12 questions — yours or ours, or a combo of both — and an overall summary of the reader’s response to the work.


Editing

It's always good to get another pair of eyes on your work. If you've got a finished (or unfinished!) manuscript that needs input, we have experienced editors on staff who've worked in pretty much every genre, from sci-fi to memoir to romance to thriller.

Here's what we can do for your story:

  •  Identify possible plot holes (and solutions to fix them)

  • Offer advice for fleshing out thin or under-developed characters

  • Suggest changes to improve pacing and narrative flow

  • Provide guidance on how to develop overall theme and mood

We can help at any stage, from concept to polishing. Prices vary depending on the type, amount, and depth of work required. Tell us what you need and let us take a look at what you have, and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

Note: At this time, we are only able to work with fiction and memoir, and we don’t offer copy editing or proofreading. If you need a nonfiction editor, copy editor, or proofreader, we recommend The Editorial Department.


Author Website Design

Make it easy for readers to find you with a professional, searchable website. Search engine optimization and keywords mean your website is one of the first things that pops up when people go looking for you, allowing you to control public experience of your author brand.

If you already have branding materials we can integrate them into the design; if you don’t, we can help you develop an author brand “look” that can be coordinated across your social media accounts as well as your website.

We work exclusively with Squarespace, consistently voted one of the best web design platforms in current use by industry experts.* Once the site has been built, we can help you maintain it or teach you to do it yourself (another reason we love Squarespace is that it’s super easy to learn – no coding necessary!).

Pricing**

Cost varies depending on complexity and other factors, but estimates are free!

check us out

Here are some of the author sites we’ve designed:

https://www.markpetersenauthor.com/

https://www.zoltangross.com/

https://www.pldoss.com/

https://www.sherryecohn.com/

https://www.katremblay.com/

 

*According to hostingfacts.com, websitebuilderexpert.com, and other reputable sources. 

** Price does not including hosting, domain name purchase, image licensing, or other fees not imposed by RAR.


Police Consultant

Need advice on writing accurately and realistically about weapons, crime, police procedure, investigative techniques, and other aspects of criminal justice? No matter what kind of book you’re writing, getting the details right matter, and RAR is delighted to have a fantastic resource.

Our consultant, Jeff Driscoll, was a police officer for more than 20 years, and has also served as a corrections officer and a sheriff’s deputy. He’s happy to help you with everything from explaining the workings of law enforcement to knowing what kind of ammo your antagonist’s gun takes. He’s also an avid reader of crime and many other genres himself, with a background in creative writing, so he’s all manner of helpful.

Jeff can answer questions by phone or email, and also offers assessments of partial and complete manuscripts.

consultation $65 per hour

complete MS reads starting at $300

The price depends on word count and amount/type of feedback you’re looking for. Get in touch for more info.


Web Copy, Promos, Press Releases, & More

 

Copywriting is often uncomfortable for fiction writers because it has more in common with advertising than novels, but it's still storytelling, and at RAR! we loooooove to write copy for our authors. We can handle everything from compelling book-jacket synopses to promo blurbs, from a 140-character Twitter bio to “WOW” website copy, and just about anything else you need.

rate varies

Price depends on the type of writing and how much of it there is, but estimates are free and without obligation.


Reviewer & Blogger Outreach

Reviews. Author interviews. Guest blogging opportunities. Author Q & A. 

We've been busily networking with professional readers, reviewers, and book bloggers over the years, and we're always eager to make new contacts. Our resident networking genius, Shannon Roberts, would love to reach out to them on your behalf, whether you need reviews or are looking for other opportunities to grow your audience. She’ll create a "media kit" containing all the information bloggers need, then identify appropriate bloggers for your genre and email each blogger individually, with a personal pitch and a copy of your media kit.  We can even take care of sending print or ebooks when requested. Shannon will keep a log of everyone we’ve contacted and email you a weekly update.

$250 for reading and media kit

$35 per hour for research and outreach

Billable by the quarter hour. You can set a limit on the amount of time/money spent or the number of bloggers to contact, otherwise we'll spend one to two hours a week for three months, until you're ready to stop, or we run out of appropriate bloggers, whichever comes first.

ARC Services

We also work often with a couple of legit ARC services which don’t violate Amazon’s Terms of Service, including Hidden Gems, OTOH Books, and Reading Deals. You’re welcome to work with them directly (we don’t take affiliate fees), or let us hook you up. Billable hourly as above, plus cost of submission.


Promotional Graphics & Original Content

The Internet runs on visuals and Google loves them. Let us create graphics you can post, tweet, share, and pin that will help you get found and noticed. If you're using them on a website we can also help you caption and tag them to boost their friendliness to search engines.

$35 per hour*

*Or see our monthly subscription option below.

Click through the carousel below to see just a few examples of social media banners and promotional graphics we've created.


Facebook/Twitter Management

Fans are fickle and readers are constantly besieged by demands on their time. Let us keep your author brand fresh in the minds of your Facebook and/or Twitter audience week after week, month after month.

With the basic subscription, for either Facebook or Twitter we will:

  • create a visual "brand" to use as the basis for our original content, or use your existing brand

  • create and post links and and original branded content, for a total of two times per week*

  • hashtag everything appropriately to maximize discoverability

  • like, comment, share, and/or retweet relevant content as you for a total of half an hour per week

  • regularly boost Facebook posts to grow your audience (optional)

  • grow your Twitter audience by engaging in follow trains and tags (optional)

$125 per month for one (twitter or facebook)

$200 per month for two (twitter and facebook)

These prices are for the basic package described above. We can also customize the package with more/less content, with or without engagement. Either way, you’ll be free to focus on writing your next book, safe in the knowledge you’re not neglecting your platform or your readers.

*We’ll put together a list of post/tweet ideas for you each month, which you can approve or make changes to, then we’ll schedule all your posts/tweets for the next month.

Click through the images below to see a few examples of original Fb/twitter content we've created for clients and ourselves


Need something else?

Drop us a line or give us a call at (520) 262-2544!

If what you need isn't listed, we can probably do it anyway, and if not, we bet we know somebody awesome who can!