The Rise of the Book Sherpa

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My life as a publicist has evolved over the years often being guided and shaped by the unique needs of my clients. For the last year, I’ve had the great fortune to work with a variety of authors and teachers steeped in the new consciousness arena. They are thoughtful, creative, generous people who I am privileged to know and support.

My career has had a strong literary component beginning with earning my bachelor of fine arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, MA. I was a story analyst for film companies in Los Angeles, a freelance writer in Austin and always a publicist in some way or another. The thread throughout has been a deep passion for storytelling. Later I was a founding member of Texas Writers Month and was the PR Director for the Texas Book Festival founded and chaired by First Lady Laura Bush.

So when my clients started asking me to help with shaping their book ideas and editing book proposals I found myself being drawn into a new area of business that has quickly become a passion. But what would I call myself? An editor? A ghostwriter? A writing consultant? Nope. My forte is helping authors get to the top of their personal literary summits– helping writers with books that have been climbing for months, sometimes years. Like a sherpa, I come in when you have a concept, ideas, notes and the willingness to do some focused work for two days. So what am I? I am your Book Sherpa. Here’s what you can expect:

– Two days focused on discussing your book idea, reviewing your pages and notes and developing a book outline

– I will interview you based on this outline and your responses will be inputed into dictation software which will become the basis of your first draft

– We will work together to complete a book proposal ready for agents and/or publishers

So, do you have a book in you just waiting to come out? Are you a teacher, an expert, or do you have an extraordinary story to share? Let me help. I’ll be your personal guide to climbing that creative mountain path. Give me two days, and you’ll walk away with the beginning of a new chapter, and the perfect view!

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3 responses to “The Rise of the Book Sherpa

  1. gisellekoy

    Sign me up! This is a great idea whose time has come. We all need some help to narrow it down and get laser focused. We also need the wisdom of someone who can edit, write, direct, create and manage. I cannot think of anyone better to do this valuable service, than you Jennifer.

  2. Jennifer

    You have been incredibly inspiring to me and my own work on my book. I think this is such a valuable service and how lucky people would be to have you.

    Nettie

  3. Megan

    Hi Jennifer, I was at your panel last night. You mentioned a site that lists media outlets’ story/expert needs. Can you tell me what that site is?

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