Telephone Consults

Barbara Brabec's telephone consulting service

Barbara Brabec’s
Telephone Consults

Personal Help for Writers,
Authors, and Self-publishers

NEED ANSWERS to your writing or self-publishing questions? Need a plan, a key connection, or encouragement to make your writing dream come true? Set up an inexpensive telephone chat with Barbara Brabec. She's “been there, done that” and wants to help you “get there and do that” too.

Having someone to talk to who has done what you're trying to do can make all the difference between success and failure.

Let me Help You Achieve Your Goals

Writing a Book: In even a short telephone consult, you will quickly benefit by getting answers to any questions you have about writing a better book—or simply how to get started on your first book. (Articles in the Writing/Publishing archives offer encouragement and ideas for what you might want to write about, and why.) When you tell me about the book you’re dreaming about or working on now, we’ll discuss your specific needs and go from there.

Preparing the Book Manuscript Files: When your book is written and you’re ready to focus on the publishing process, I can help you save money as you turn your raw manuscript into files needed by a book publisher. Perhaps you would benefit from a manuscript critique (which could lower your editing and publishing costs). Of course you’ll need copy editing and a book cover; then someone to design and typeset your print book and format an eBook edition, if desired. Lots of steps here. But don’t worry; I can refer you to affordable freelance service providers in my network who specialize in these things.

Picking the Right Book Publishing Company: When you’re ready to publish a print or eBook edition, you must select the book publisher/s you want to work with (several options here). But I’ve made it easy for you to decide. Start by reading my article, “What Authors Need to Know before Self-Publishing.”.

Selected Comments
from Barbara’s Satisfied Clients

» "Barbara has a wealth of knowledge from her own business experiences, making her the perfect consultant for those of us still learning everything the hard way." – Terri Kralik

» “Three days after my consultation I was in the middle of publishing my first eBook” – Gary M. Unruh

» "Following the hour-long consultation, I found myself with enough tips and new ideas to keep me busy for the next couple weeks.” – George Newman

» "Barbara set me straight in no uncertain terms and provided the personal and professional support any author needs and desires." – Michael Dinius

» "She remained committed to my project until she got me over the finish line." – Robin H. Miller

Read all Client Testimonials

CONSULTATIONS ARE PAYABLE in advance by PayPal. (I’ll need your PayPal email address to invoice you in advance of the consultation. A PayPal service fee of 2.9% will be added to your invoice.)

Consulting Fee Options

$20 for fifteen minutes—for some quick answers.
$35 for thirty minutes—recommended for most clients.
$60 for one hour—when you need extra help or information.

I generally limit consults to weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CST), but I can accommodate individuals whose job necessitates a consult after five or on a Saturday. Email to set up an appointment.

Let me know if you want to call me at the appointed time, or if you want me to call you, especially if you don't have unlimited long distance service and live in one of these geographical areas served by my long-distance provider.

Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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for Writers and Authors

Barbara’s trade books (1979-2006) illustrate the extent of her knowledge on how to turn talents, experience, and know-how into a profitable business based at home, but today her interests are focused on writing new books and helping other authors write and successfully self-publish their books as well.

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Book Manuscript Critiques. Learn how Barbara's critique of your manuscript prior to its being edited will not only result in a much better book but could dramatically cut your editing costs.

Check the helpful Articles & Resources in the Writing & Publishing archives. Topic categories include Writing-General, Editing and Formatting, Writing a Book, and Book Publishing.

On Following Your Dream

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain

“Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.” – John Ruskin

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” – Pamela Vaull Starr

See ARTICLES/Dreams and Goals for encouragement and tips to help you realize your secret dreams and achieve new goals..

To set an appointment, email me with information about what you want to discuss, how long you want to talk, and what days and times fit your schedule. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Since I check email only twice a day to give me uninterrupted blocks of time for writing, we’ll connect faster if you simply call me.

Barbara Brabec on her office phone

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