Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm offering publishing/writing consultations


Inspired by my friend and colleague Christine Pride, I'm going to offer five publishing consultation slots over the next month. During this time you will be free for one hour to ask me anything to your heart's content via Skype or Google Hangout or phone, from feedback on plot to how to go about the traditional or self-publishing process to advice on your query letter to whether Bachelor Juan Pablo is a harbinger of the apocalypse (spoiler: the answer is "yes"). 

Here's how this will work.

I have literally no idea what to charge, and I also want to be fair about how to allocate slots, so I'm going to use a bidding system. 

If you are interested, e-mail me a bid for an hour consultation before 5pm ET on Monday February 17th at nathan [at] nathanbransford.com. That's it. Four slots will go to the four highest bids. However, I know we are in economic crunch times and there are many worthy writers who don't have a lot of cash, so the fifth slot will go to a randomly selected person from among all the bids even if they're not one of the highest bidders. And obviously those who don't get a slot don't pay anything.

A few extra things:
  • I will read up to 25 pages of material in advance of the call
  • Timeslots are only available between 6pm - midnight ET on weekdays and 9am - midnight ET on weekends on account of my day job and sleep requirements. Times to be mutually agreed upon and subject to change in case of emergency and all that.
  • Bids from Bachelor Juan Pablo will be summarily rejected. Juan Pablo, please take a moment and say your goodbyes.
Thanks, everyone! Looking forward to chatting.

Art: Rokoko-Kavaliere im angeregten Gespräch by August Hermann Knoop






18 comments:

Lauren B. said...

Ooh, I don't know if I'll bid but this is pretty awesome.

Bryan Russell said...

Awesome.

daniel t. radke said...

Really awesome you're doing this. Daunting though, thinking of good enough questions to ask to take up a full hour. Stuff that can't be found with a decent google search. I've got some thinking to do.

Question - is this something you're thinking about doing on the regular?

Nathan Bransford said...

Daniel-

We'll see! Depends on the interest level. Maybe an hour is too long, perhaps I should be offering half hour?

daniel t. radke said...

Oh I didn't mean to push you off the hour slot. An hour sounds great and would probably fly by with enough prep.

Anonymous said...

This is seriously unprofessional, Nathan. And I would have expected more of you.

Create a business plan and a scale of fees and do it properly. This is a lottery for money and you are the winner.

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

Not sure I understand the concern, but thanks for the feedback! This is an experiment. Everyone is free to participate or not participate if they want. Most lotteries I know don't involve an hour of reading/editing plus an hour consultation!

Joseph Ramirez said...

Meh. I don't think it's a lottery. In a lottery, Nathan would keep ALL the monies whether or not people received an hour of time, whereas, in this, which is an auction, the highest bidders + one lucky person receive the hour and everyone else still keeps their money.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Joseph. This is a great opportunity for writers. Thanks for doing it, Nathan. I've sent in my bid.

CJ Bartholomew said...

I wish :-) Maybe someday you'll do a writing contest and this can be the prize. though I have a better chance perhaps of winning the lottery and then bidding for all 5 hours. If I win the lottery expect me for all 5 hours :-D Oh and then it would have to be face to face, my treat of course at that point in time. Now to scrounge up money to buy a lottery ticket.

Anonymous said...

Don't be afraid to charge them. The fact is most people will think nothing of paying ridiculous prices for coffee at Starbucks or drinks at their local gin mill. They think nothing of paying for bottled water they can get for free at the kitchen sink. And the same people will complain about 9.99 for an e-book. Your time and experience are worth something, too :) They should pay for that. You are much too talented to be underestimated, Nathan. (And sometimes too nice.)

It's a wonderful experiment and I hope it helps a few people gain more insight on publishing. All the best!!

Bruce Bonafede said...

If I were Dr. Evil I would bid "ONE MILLION DOLLARS!"

Anonymous said...

I have a question. Will you be critiquing the fifteen pages, or just commenting verbally on them over the phone? Either way, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I'm really glad Michelle Moran suggested this over on her FB Fan Page.

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

In order to prepare I'd need to take notes on the manuscript and I'd be happy to share those.

wendy said...

O.T.
Funny you should mention Juan Pablo, Nathan. The Bachelor is one of my favourite shows, but I couldn't correlate Juan's appeal - even before he became the Bachelor. Well, he's not my type. Still, I've been surprised by the amount of criticism coming his way so far. I've only watched the first episode, and I thought him considerate and quite charming there. The bachelorettes were impressive. Perhaps the most beautiful array of girls so far.

Dan OConnor said...

I like this method, with bids. Let me know if u do it again.

J said...

Just wondering if you're going to do any follow-up on this and discuss how it went. Maybe with comments of the ones who won? Sounds like that could be interesting.

Nathan Bransford said...

J-

I have a busy couple weeks coming up but hopefully soon.

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