Book Publishing Services Offered by Alan Stransman Communications
If you have arrived at this page of my website, in all likelihood, it is because I have contacted you directly on LinkedIn or Manta.
The purpose of this page is to provide a brief overview of my background as a self-published author and publisher, and to outline the publishing services which I offer.
My Background as an Author and Publisher
I am no stranger to the world of books – I have a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario and I taught English and Film at the high school and university levels.
However, it was not until 2008 that I ventured into the publishing arena as an independently-published writer.
My first self-published work was entitled, Don’t Let Your Dream Business Turn Into a Nightmare: A Cautionary Tale for Would-Be Entrepreneurs, and chronicled my adventures and misadventures as the Founder of one of the first day spas in the world for men.
That book, the cover of which is pictured to the left, took on a life of its own, and was adapted into a case study by the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and taught in university entrepreneurship programs.
Although it is a business book, it is also a memoir – a “business memoir”, if you will.
My second book, entitled, So, Why Have You Never Been Married?: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Lunacy, was also a memoir, and in it, I paid homage to some of the writers who had had a profound influence on me while I was a student of Literature – namely, D. H. Lawrence, Phillip Roth and Henry Miller.
While my first book was a “business memoir”, as I stated above, my second was a personal memoir, and one of my objectives in writing it was to test my ability to create a compelling narrative out of my own “real-life” events – in this case – my adventures and misadventures in the world of dating and relationships.
Both of my memoirs have their own separate website, on which you can find reviews written by real readers. I am very pleased to say that the response to both of my memoirs has been extremely positive.
As I stated above, one of my motives for writing my second memoir was to test my storytelling skills with a view to offering memoir ghostwriting services to people with a compelling personal narrative, and I created the website www.memoirwriter.net to promote those services.
I consider an independently-published or “indy memoir” a “purposeful book” – and what I mean by that phrase is that the book has a primary purpose other than to sell books.
In the case of a memoir, the purpose may well be to preserve precious memories for family members, friends and posterity.
In my next book, I turned my attention to another genre of “purposeful book” – the ‘expert’ book.
Why Anybody in Any Business Should Have an ‘Expert’ Book
The central argument of that report is that every speaker should use a book to market him or herself as a speaker and to sell at speaking engagements.
The speakers whom I interviewed for the report had all published books and they reported selling them to an average of 30% of their audience, which at $20 per book can amount o hundreds or even thousands of dollars of additional revenue per appearance.
I subsequently versioned this report into an ebook for a wider audience under the title, Why Every Speaker, Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Entrepreneur Should Have an ‘Expert’ Book, which is a FREE download on my website www.expertbookcreation.com.
If you do not have a copy of this book yet, you can access it by clicking here.
The book is also available as a Kindle book, under the title Why Anybody in Any Business Should Have an ‘Expert’ Book.
To see this book in the Kindle bookstore, click here.
My Most Recent Book Is in the Kindle and Create Space Marketplaces
That book is called Badass B****S***: Helping Men Identify and Reject Toxic Ideas About Dating, Relationships, Women and Sex.
What is of particular relevance to you – if you are thinking of publishing a book and could use my help – is that this book was published in both the Kindle and Create Space marketplaces – formatted and designed – for the grand sum of $20.
Why was I able to do that?
Because having published a number of books, I now have a group of designers that I can call on to do superb work at a very affordable price.
Publishing Services Offered by Alan Stransman Communications
Once again, if you have made your way to this page on my website, it is likely because I have reached out to you to offer my assistance in creating a book – either a memoir or an ‘expert’ book.
There are many training products on the market that will teach you how to acquire a lot of the skills and knowledge that I have gained over the past six years, but you probably don’t have time for that.
And why go down that road? If you have a problem with your roof, do you learn how to be a roofer, or do you call someone who is in the roofing business?
The following is a sample of the range of book-publishing services available, on an hourly-fee basis or in a customized package for a flat fee:
- formatting for Kindle, Create Space, Smashwords, Nook, Google
- cover design
- setting up accounts with Kindle, Create Space, Smashwords, Nook and others
- setting up and managing Kindle Select program
- creating Author Central page
- creating Facebook page
- creating Author website
- getting reviews
- keyword and category research
- promotional video
Once again, any of the services listed above can be provided on an individual basis or as part of a package.
The digital publishing world is constantly changing and evolving, and services are added to the list on a regular basis.
How to Contact Me
If you have been thinking of writing a book but haven’t found the time to do so – or if you have already published a book and want to increase your visibility and sales – I invite you to contact me anytime via: