Summertime's Bespoke Services
Take your writing to another level with mentoring from journalist, editor, writer, speaker and teacher Jo Parfitt. As well as writing over 30 books herself, Jo has helped well over a hundred new authors to write and publish their own.
£150 per hour (Minimum 4 hours)
Jo can work with you on a sessional basis. Choose what works best for you depending on your budget and where you are on your writing journey. Typically, this should enable you to polish your introduction and up to three chapters (or 10,000 words) of text.
'Your book from Scratch'
Jo's intensive 12-month programme will help you brainstorm, plan, create and perfect your book from scratch.
Next Availability March 2020
What a joy it is to work with Jo on my second book! Why do I work with her? Because she intuitively sees into my heart, mind and soul. And with that insight, she draws from me the book that’s bubbling inside. She uses a magic mix of nurturing and caring with a clarity and discipline… that demands nothing but the very best from me. That’s what brilliant mentoring and coaching does. It’s rather like being sprinkled with fairy dust.
David Scarlett, author of The Soul Millionaire and The Flight of The Soul Millionaire
Jo only works with one client at a time during the first few weeks of your programme so you can be sure of her undivided attention. Her mentoring programme includes the following:
Jo will work with you face-to-face, through email or via Skype/phone — as often as once a week if required — while you work through Release the Book Within. Expect to commit to working on your book for one day a week.
Take Jo Parfitt's mentoring service and extend your programme to add a publishing package at a REDUCED fee.
Proofreading and Editing
We offer three levels of editing for your draft manuscript prior to publication — proofread, super proof and a full copy edit. Proofreading is an essential element of any book project, even for the most experienced writers. We quote a fee per thousand words rather than an hourly rate so you know up front what you will be paying. Contact us for more information.
£8 per thousand words
A thorough proofread — checking typos, spelling, formatting, consistency (in spelling, format, plot and pace) and grammar use.
£10 per thousand words
A more intensive level of proofreading. In addition to checking typos, spelling, formatting, consistency, and grammar, a ‘super proof’ will also check the nuance and cadence of the text and add comments about any flaws in the plot or text.
from £16 per thousand words
Editing requires an expert with patience, a keen eye for detail and a thorough understanding of both the rules of grammar and common usage. We will look for consistency in format, structure and layout along with spelling and grammar. We will work with you to clarify ambiguity in meaning, check word nuance and best word use, tightening text as necessary — all while retaining your authentic voice. The fee is inclusive of an initial Skype consultation to discuss your manuscript, and a sample edit of 1000 words.
We all judge a book by its cover so it pays to get this right. Our designer will work with you to create a beautiful jacket for your book — front, spine, back and e-book cover.
from £3 per page
How a book looks inside — the font style and size, format and the way the words flow across the page — should reflect the quality of the content. Our end-to-end design service includes typesetting, creation of the title page, artwork (if appropriate) and conversion to a high resolution print-ready PDF.
We will create a Kindle edition of your book for publication on Amazon and an ePUB edition for publication on other e-book retailers (including Nook from Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple iBooks).
If you prefer to self-publish and receive all net royalties, you give us your print-ready PDF, book jacket, cover image and Kindle file and we'll set up and distribute your book through Amazon's KDP platform. If you need help with the design and conversion of your book, check out our design offer.
These days, authors are expected to do a lot more to market their books both in person and through social media. This means developing a strong online presence and regular engagement with potential readers, an appealing author website, a solid set of good reviews and positive articles on relevant blogs and online publications.
We can build your fully integrated website, blog and Facebook page. We can also create a high quality trailer to give your book a Hollywood moment in words, music and images.
We will write a press release and send it out to over 350 expatriate publications and (if relevant) international schools. If you have written your own press release, we can send it out for £100.
Expat-related titles only