Author’s Assistant Quiz
Thanks for reading this page before deciding whether or not this training program is right for you. From those on the fence, I get one of two typical responses. “Okay, you’ve convinced me that there are authors out there who would pay for these services, but…”
1. “No one can learn publishing in 30 days, so there is no way this course can do what it says”, or
2. “I don’t need a course to teach me these things – I can research them myself for my clients without having to pay for the information.”
Let’s analyze the truth in both of these statements.
There is no way you can become a publishing expert in 30 days, that’s true, but that is not what an author’s assistant needs to do the job well. The virtual author’s assistant does a number of important administrative tasks, saving the author time and money because the author’s assistant knows the steps and has material to refer to for any question. He or she also knows how and when to refer the author to qualified professionals for things beyond his or her expertise.
And yes, you could spend time researching and learn many of these things. But you would have trouble being sure you got the right answers. There is so much contradictory information about book publishing on the Internet and few definitive sources. Plus factual research will only take you so far – it is not the same as learning directly from someone who has had experience with the development of hundreds of books of all types and genres and the many and varied needs of hundreds of authors.
Like any training program, it is important for you to do it only if it is right for you and if it will increase your productivity and profitability as a VA. But if you are working with authors there is important information you should know. Let me give you a way to test your own “administrative” publishing knowledge.
Here are 10 questions, the answers for which you would know if you took the course. These are all from the publishing section of the course, although we could have included writing and marketing questions as well. If you can answer most of them, then you might just know enough about publishing to assist authors without any course.
How much should an author expect to spend to self publish a book?
Which of the major industry review services will accept self published books?
In the US, the author/publisher has how many days to register the copyright with the Federal Government for full copyright protection?
How do you decide on the right publication date for a book?
Do you need a new ISBN if you publish a new edition of a book?
How do you get the library cataloging information for an eBook?
What kind of wholesale discount would be expected to generate maximum sales on Amazon?
Is Amazon Advantage the best way to get a book listed on Amazon?
If you self publish in the U.S., what is the best way to get distribution for that book in the UK or in Canada?
Which of the following quotes will require written permission for an author to use in his or her book? (Choose all that apply)
(a) An interview with Richard Nixon
(b) A quote from Britney Spears that appears in The New York Times
(c) A statistic provided by a business research institute
(d) All of the above
And even if you know these answers today (and I’m really impressed if you do), what about the pace of change going on in book publishing? Are you reading all the industry periodicals and keeping up with the business? If you take the training program, we do that for you because we provide updated materials, specialty classes and unlimited personal support for the life of your business. It’s like having your own personal book publishing coach and mentor and Google research just can’t give you those kinds of connections and depth of experience.
Here’s my final thought: How much is your time worth?
Since it took me months of time to compile this information and I am a publishing expert, the time you spend doing the research could be spent serving author clients. Based on typical VA fees, we estimate it will take you less than three days of client work to make the money to pay yourself back for the cost of the course. Would you rather spend that time doing research or finding new and profitable author clients?
As always, you know where to find me if you have any questions or concerns we haven’t answered on this web site. Best wishes, Jan
Jan B. King
Director, Professional Virtual Author’s Assistant Training Program
Direct Line: 310-990-8807
Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.