Your Story

 “Dear Catharine,

I have an agent….and, he pitched Lovely Rita to editors last week and we got FIVE full requests!  So, now I’m on submission to Penguin, FSG, Pegasus, Flatiron and Random House!  

Now they’ve all got the spit-n-polished manuscript and we wait (twiddling thumbs wearing down fast, haha).  I know I’ll have to be patient and may not even get an offer this round, but I’m obviously super excited to have made it past these major hurdles.

Anyway, I wanted YOU to know because you were integral to FIXING this manuscript!  I’ll keep you posted.  Hope all is well in your world.”

Tanya Brooking – Lovely Rita

Success is more than  9,000 followers, 103,000 likes, even a best-selling book.  To be effective and sustainable, your brand and story must last for years, be flexible and ideally, keep you interested and engaged.

What story will translate across social media platforms?  
What story works best for a marketing campaign?

Finish Your Book Project!

What Does Your Book Need?

What Do You Need?

Get Your Book Finished!  Work with Catharine Bramkamp

There are only two kinds of writers:  the ones who have the book in them that needs to come out, and the clients who have their book in them and it’s half in half out. An uncomfortable feeling to be sure.

Spend a year creating and finishing your book in a productive and flexible partnership.  What are your great ideas?  What are your goals and what do you want from the book?  First up, please don’t believe that the book will become an immediate bestseller. I would love for that to happen, I would love for your book to attract serendipity and soar above the rest. And it can.  It also may not.

It is worth it to create and complete your book?  Yes. You will experience enormous relief and no small sense of accomplishment by finishing a project that has moved from that heavy bucket list into reality.  You will feel expansive and successful.  You will have all your good ideas and your expertise laid out in an orderly understandable fashion. You will be thrilled and proud of the results.

Fiction and NonFiction

  I work with both fiction and non-fiction books.  Do you have a necessary non-fiction book explaining an important theme and ideas?  So many experts in their field want to record all they know, they want to leave a legacy and no matter what our technology, there nothing speaks to a legacy like a real, honest book. That’s what we create, that is your take away and your triumph.   

What Fiction Writers Need

For fiction writers, you have a brilliant story that needs to be told, or you want to honor another story, and you want to share your story with the world.  And you want the world to love the story back.  

What NonFiction Writers Need

Where do books lead?  Rather than be the end, the culmination of your career, the book becomes your next step to more opportunities.  Do you want to speak?  The book often comes first, the speaking engagements right after. The book solidifies your offerings and your brand.  The book is a better business card that a prospective client will loath to throw away, because, well, it’s a book!

The How

Do I write your book for you?  At times, yes.  The development editorial work can be extensive but we are constantly in touch as we collaborate to make sure your voice is preserved, your personality shines through and you sound like the thought leader you are.  That’s my gift. 

The details

For about an hour a week, we discuss your book.  In that hour we review the edits I’ve sent and your specific questions about those edits.

In the initial calls we discuss the goals and ideas as well.  I can listen and define what it is you really want to say. We talk about how to build chapters to produce the purpose and mission of this book. We make sure the book will reflect well on you as a professional.    

After a few editing sessions, our conversations can focus on more details of the writing and structure of the growing manuscript.

We discuss the syntax determining if the sentences and word choices appropriate for your genre or business.  Do the sentences and vocabulary elevate your message and reflect your professionalism?  Is there jargon or  too many acronyms?  Is the copy clear?

Once we answer those questions, and sometimes clients just respond with “okay great, thank you for making me sound brilliant – make the changes”,  we discuss  the steps in creating  subsequent chapters.  We discuss your ideas and my feedback.  You can bounce ideas off me to test them out, does that work? Does that idea or chapter have enough energy for the book or can it just be a paragraph? Part of our talks may not sound like clear focused writing work, but it is.  The more often we talk, the clearer you will get on your mission, on the book, on your purpose.

More than just a book, writing engenders enormous benefits for the author in increased confidence, clarity, and creativity.  

The Why

I work with you to commission the best book cover and source final editing solutions.  Do you want to publish yourself?  We work through Amazon to get the book up and out as quickly as possible. Have more time?  We can source author assist presses as well as indie publishing options.  

But you say, I want to get a big contract with a large publisher of which there are now six. Of course, we will follow best practices and proven ways to secure an agent for a traditional publishing contract.  I will walk you through the agent queries, the conferences and finally the ideal book contracts.  

I would love to meet you and I always love to discuss books!