Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I will teach you a valuable lesson for your Christian authorship.
In today's article, I want to give you some advice as it relates to acquiring the best experts for your authorship. When thinking about your publishing career, you want to ensure that you have the proper expertise to support your venture.
This means looking for a professional editor, graphics designer, and even a writing coach. And while it may be costly to hire such quality expertise, it is essential that you add this to your budget so that you present your best work every time you publish.
Given the cost associated with hiring these experts, you may think it's impossible to negotiate fees with them. Perhaps this is out of fear of what they may say; but in truth, there's no reason to feel this way.
If you are genuinely serious about your writing ministry, and you want to work with the best in the industry, then you should never be afraid to negotiate fees. You will be surprised to learn that experts are more willing to work with you and your budget, as long as both parties are satisfied.
So, let's dive into this topic more, and see how you can apply today's teaching to your work.
Don't Let Fear Interfere
One day, I was talking to a potential client about my editing services; and whenever this portion of any consultation arises, there’s always some hesitancy on the writer’s end. And for the sake of this article, I will focus on the topic of editing because it is the most important service that you must outsource.
Many writers have avoided the need to pay for the type of editing that their manuscript truly requires; and often times, this has led to a poor execution of the book.
I have read self-published books that contained embarrassing errors, which spoke poorly of the writer’s craft. Mistakes likes these can be costly in the end, especially when customers review the work.
Over the years, I have come across a number of potential clients who wanted to use my services, but they were unable to take advantage of them because of my prices.
Even though I had persuaded them that their manuscript needed the type of service that I provided, they chose to pay for something else within their smaller price range.
Little did they realize that like so many other freelance editors, I was willing to negotiate if they had presented this as an option.
I had another client who actually took this method to heart. She wanted to have a series of books edited for a whole year; and separately, each project would have amounted to $700.
When she asked if it was possible to work out a discount, I happily obliged. Because I loved her project and wanted to keep her as a repeat client, I presented an offer that satisfied us both: $525 for each project.
This is how many entrepreneurs work today.
While we have our set fees in place, many of us are eager to have quality clients.
Now, if my current client was inconsistent and wasted my time in talking about projects that would never emerge, I wouldn't have been willing to negotiate.
But I know that she's serious about her writing ministry, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her in perfecting her publishing career.
This is how other businesses work with their customers.
I remember a few months ago, I contacted Sprint, my wireless carrier, about a charge on my account that I had not agreed to have. When I called the customer representative the first time, she gladly removed the charge and wished me well.
The following month, the same charge came back, and I proceeded to contact Sprint again to remove it. This time, however, a different representative would not agree to what I wanted. The charge remained, and I eventually paid it; but I was determined to leave a negative feedback with Sprint about my experience.
A couple weeks later, I received an email from the company, stating that it was sorry that I did not receive what I wanted, and issued me a $15 credit to my account. To be honest, that simple gesture of $15 made me want to stay with Sprint, regardless of my previous experience.
I knew that Sprint could deliver on what I wanted because I understood that negotiating with this organization was not only possible, but I was sure to get what I wanted if I simply asked.
In like manner, a writer should present a negotiable offer to an editor if he or she is truly willing to work with that editor.
In my case, building lasting relationships is my top priority in my business. Building a strong clientele is paramount to my company’s success, and without it, LiyahAmore Publishing would not stand.
People are its most precious commodity. If you come across any business with this same philosophy, you will find that those running the company will always be willing to negotiate with you if they want you especially as a client.
Here are Ways That You Can Negotiate with a Great Expert
Set Your Budget. Find an Expert. Start Negotiating.
As I mentioned previously, you want to take your publishing business seriously, and that means creating a budget that will give you the service and products you need.
Once you start doing that, then you can look for experts in the industry who match your budget.
If you find that you love the value and quality services that an expert brings, yet her fees are above your budget, start thinking about how you can negotiate with that person.
It will be one of the most important things you do as a new Christian Author.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
So, what are your thoughts about today's article? Did it help you understand why negotiating with experts is more than possible? Let me know your thoughts below.
Before I conclude this teaching, I want to encourage you to be like the many other Christian Authors that I have helped over the years. I want to assist you in building the writing ministry that you desire.
And here's how you can get this process started.
Empower Your Christian Authorship Today!
Step 1: Get Connected
Trying to build a thriving writing ministry as a new and aspiring Christian Author is incredibly challenging. But the best support comes from those who are willing to share their knowledge with you.
Take the next step and connect with me directly by joining my community, the Empowered Writerpreneurs Network.
I launched this support network in August 2015, and have since worked with Christian Authors from around the world, helping them to understand the multi-layers of self-publishing.
Members of my network receive daily empowering posts like this one, and they also have access to my free events like the Empowered Writerpreneurs Virtual Summits.
As the leader and host, I maintain an educational environment, meaning no one is in competition with each other. Each one is learning from my teachings and support, and then branching their own writing career based on the lessons they acquire.
Step 2: Get Trained
The majority of new and aspiring Christian Authors assume that because God gave them the vision to write a book, then it's up to God to put everything together. They fail to realize that the success of their ministry is based on their training.
There are five pillars that Christian Authors generally lack:
And without them, these writers are destined to fail. While you can work towards finding the answers and solutions yourself, it will take you years to cultivate your business and brand, just as it did with me and with other experts who paved the way for Christian Authors like you. But you can avoid this stress when you enroll in the only online school for Christian Authors like you: the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program.
With just 90 days of pure dedication (or you can work at your own pace), you can experience the benefits that my school has to offer you. You will
Best of all, you will be among a small percentage of independent Christian Authors whose writing ministry will not fail.
My school also offers life-time guarantees, one of which ensures that all my digital resources (current and future e-courses and e-books) are yours at no additional cost. But you want to enroll now, because the tuition will continue to increase as more empowering content is added.
So, join the other EWP students today, gain immediate access to the program, and get ready to be empowered!
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build the writing ministry of your dreams
Having the ability to effectively market your books and other products requires that you first have a writing ministry that is built on a solid foundation.
After all, there are millions of new and aspiring Christian Authors who struggle to build a writing ministry that will be inspirational, empowering, and profitable.
But your story can be different.
At LiyahAmore Publishing, we provide the answers to this problem by offering an exclusive training program--the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program--that walks each client through the building and execution of their writing ministry.
As a result of this training through our publishing school, new Christian Authors gain clarity, focus, and a system of operations that transforms them from an amateur writer to a dynamic writerpreneur, one who is able to operate in this calling full-time.
If you want to effectively promote all your books, products, and other resources, then it's time to build a writing ministry that will astound your audience.
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