This week another of my author assistant articles went up on The Book Designer website. I am so thrilled to have had this opportunity and I hope you all enjoy learning a bit more about what I do!
Recently Joel asked me to write an article on how author assistants can benefit authors. To understand how an author assistant can be of great assistance first we need to know exactly what IS an author assistant.
An author assistant is an individual who provides services for an author or authors exclusively. Author assistants come in a variety, much like the authors they work for. For example, an author assistant may be
- a virtual assistant (working only virtually),
- a personal assistant (working directly by the author in a physical location), or
- a mix of the two.
Unlike a normal virtual or personal assistant, author assistants specialize in working with and for authors.
Author assistants each have different skills they specialize in. I work with my authors on tasks such as admin tasks (sending information about the authors/books to those who request it, updating websites, organizing spreadsheets, mailing out prizes) to marketing tasks (reaching out to reviewers, creating press releases, creating book jacket copy, running street teams, creating newsletters).