Frequently Asked Questions
What types of books do you work on?
Our primary focus is nonfiction books. Common categories include business, personal development, thought leadership, spirituality, and memoir.
We do not typically work on fiction and poetry.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Checks, ACH, wires, and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX). Please note clients pick up any wire transfer fees and an extra 3% for credit card processing.
Do you offer writing classes or critique groups?
Clear Sight Books does not offer classes. We do offer manuscript critiques for individual manuscripts. And when Karin speaks at events, there is often a teaching or workshop element.
If you edit, co-write, or ghostwrite my book, won’t it sound like you instead of me?
No. We always work to retain your “voice” while at the same time polishing the language to make it easier for the reader to take in. When we co-write or I ghostwrite, I listen very closely to your language, often recording your speech so I can pick up your style, tone, and diction. And of course, you get to review all drafts and edits to tweak anything that doesn’t sound like you. Clients are often surprised how much a book sounds like them (but better!), and readers who know them say the same.
Isn’t getting help to write my book “cheating”?
If your goal is to write a book by yourself so you can say you did it, you might need to wrestle with your conscience. But if your goal is to get your message into the world, no, it’s not cheating! We all have talents. You may be a great speaker but a lousy writer. You may be a fantastic thinker but don’t have hundreds of hours to dedicate to getting your ideas on the page. This is not a school exam. Getting help is not cheating.
Will you do my marketing for me?
While we’ll likely talk about marketing strategy, Clear Sight Books doesn’t implement the marketing plan you develop. (Though of course we give you and your book visibility on our website, on social media, and in our newsletter!) Many clients have their own marketing resources or staff, and we can contribute to the process, but our focus—and passion—is on making your book the best it can be.
Do I really have anything to say (that other people will want to listen to)?
This is one of the most common fears we hear from clients. We all have something to say. Consider: It’s been said that there are only seven (or two) basic fiction plots, yet there are millions of novels out there—and we keep reading them. In nonfiction, even if you are saying something that others have said in the past, for a reader to feel the punch, there’s a magic combination of the right words at the right time in the right situation. You may have the magic combination for someone, but they can’t hear the message if you don’t put it out there.
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