Articles or Books? What's the difference?
BIG difference. Articles and books serve different purposes and will have different effects on your audience. Consider:
What is your timeframe? If you want something that can be distributed in phrases over time, a series of articles works better than a book. Also, articles are faster to create. Books take longer to create as the book writing process involves editing, proof-reading, layout and printing.
What do you want your readers to take away? Books are detail-orientated, filled with information. They are written such that a reader reads most, if not all the content. Articles, on the other hand, tend to focus on one or two main messages in each article. Each article is a standalone - a reader need not read all the articles in order to get what you are saying. Ideally, each article should entice your reader for more.
What is your target audience reading preference like? Busy readers may prefer information that is packaged in articles as they can be read faster than books. Readers who are looking to learn, be educated, to research will prefer books as they can cover more details and can be referenced easily.
What kind of content do you have on-hand? How much content do you currently have? Typically, books require a lot more original content at the point of writing. Article content can be accumulated over time. Does the content need to be verified? Is there content research to be done? If yes, testing out your content in a series of articles can help you gather feedback and bounce off ideas. A number of my clients start off with a series of articles to "test" out their ideas before moving on to writing a book.
How much resources you want and can set aside for your writing project? Articles require less resources to manage. Books are end-products in itself. Apart from writing, there is also the production process to consider: editing, proof-reading, layout and printing, and the distribution aspects - who and where to distribute your books to.
What is the best format for my content?
Consider the nature of your content. As a guide, content that is time-sensitive is better managed when presented in formats that permit and/or facilitate change faster - for example, websites or online newsletters. Content that is potentially contentious or time-sensitive is better managed when presented in formats that facilitate discussion, e.g. social media like Facebook postings, or can be updated easily (it is easier to update on Facebook than it is to update a book). Content that is "referrable" or require time to read and examine are best presented in print format - either as handbooks, guidebooks or workbooks so that your readers can refer back to your content as and when the need arises.
What subject areas have you written in?
Fiction: Adventure (Children, teenager), Futuristic / Science-Fi (Adults)
Non-Fiction: Finance & Investing, Real Estate, Marketing, HR, Travel / Overseas / Expatriate Living, Beauty, Health, Psychology, Personal-Development
I do not limit myself to certain subject areas, and neither do I subject myself to specialize in certain topics too. If, for some reason or other, I am not able to take on the job, I have a pool of writer-partners who I can turn to for collaborative projects.
How can you work with me?
When you work with me, you get to choose what kind of working arrangements you want us to have.
You can choose for me to be your author or co-author - I write and front (or co-front) the articles and books in association with your company or business or publisher.
You can also choose for me to be your editor – I am your second pair of eyes, your writing-partner (the one who pushes you to get the book completed and bounces ideas and content with you) or a proof-reader (the one who looks out for errors) in the production process.
You can also choose for me to be your ghost-writer – you get all the credit and retain all copyrights, but I get to do the fun stuff - the writing bit. Plus - I offer confidentiality and non-disclosures arrangements. I don't have to be publicly acknowledged for your project, if this is important to you. You can also hire me as your coordinator on collaborative creative projects - I can work with artists, illustrators, software programmers so that you need only have one point of contact: me.
Why do I need a separate editor / proofreader? Can't you handle all three roles (writing, editing & proofreading)?
Yes I can, but frankly, it is not to your advantage. A writer cannot be 100% objective and effective when it comes to editing and proofreading his or her own work. There may not seem to be much work when looking out for errors in books, but it is a critical step to minimize errors and typos for quality, professional, polished work.
What is the difference between working with you and engaging a PR/marketing executive?
Choice. No project needs are the same. With me, you can choose to present your ideas in a range of writing contexts: from blogs to books to facebook posts to article features.
Flexible. My schedules and working hours are flexible.You can be anywhere in the world as long as you are contactable and have internet access. Whatever works for you best. 2am or 2pm. Weekdays or weekends.
Needs-basis only. We work together on a needs-basis. If there is no work for me, you don't incur any costs. Think of me as a flexible addition to your team.
Competitive & Tansparent costs. My fees are stated upfront before the commencement of work. No hidden costs. I don't care much for hidden or surprise costs.
Support throughout the entire process. I don't just provide freelance writing services, unless that is what you specifically want. What you get from me - and I don't put a price tag on this - is the support you will get from me - from the project briefing to the final proof-read. I walk the talk with my clients. See it as my gift to you, and to the world. Plus, I know where you can go to get your book published, or website created. And I'm here to stay. No fly-by-night kind of writing service with me.
Freedom. Getting someone reliable and experienced to get the job right and well done frees you up to to do the things you want to do and to concentrate on your core business.
Confidentiality. Non-disclosure, works for hire basis can be arranged, if this is important to you.
Do you take on all types of writing projects?
I would love to say yes, but... there are exceptions:
School assignments, legal documents, technical manuals.
'Nuff said. Moving on...
I want to try writing my own book. How do I get started?
Anyone who is drawn to write needs to write. Make contact with me and I'll be happy to help point you in the right direction, no strings attached.
How do you charge?
I can't say how much I will charge you without first knowing what you need. Make contact with me and we'll take it from there.
But I will say this: my rates are transparent. I charge on a per project basis based on a scope of works that is agreed between the client and me prior to me starting work. My rates are based on an estimate of the number of hours needed to complete the project, which also factors in how much work is required. For example, some writing projects require research work that clocks additional hours. Some clients want me to work with their partners (e.g. website developers or marketing team) - that means additional time for discussion. My rates also depend on whether you are hiring me to work with you as a writer or editor or proofreader.
Some clients come to me with a budget in mind, and we work out a scope of what I would do within that budget. No job is too small or insignificant to me - if I am not able to take on the work, I have contacts whom I can put you in touch with to get the job done.
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