POV Author Services
I formed this company in 2014 as a platform for in-person workshops to help writers understand and effectively use technology in their author business. We offered eight workshops taught by me and two or three others taught by guest instructors with unique expertise. The workshops were either 2-hours, 4-hours, or 6-hours taught in one day and always on the weekend. It made it easy for authors who worked during the week or had family responsibilities to attend. The workshops ran for about two years by which point I’d pretty much tapped out the local pool of writers. At the same time, my own writing was taking off as I reached my eighth publication. POV Author Services stopped teaching courses but still did a few concierge services for the authors I had already worked with.
The 2020 redesigned POV Author Services is still focused on helping authors. But now with many new choices for live online courses and coaching/mentoring, we are not limited to those who can travel to the Pacific Northwest and meet in person.
We now offer:
- Courses taught over Zoom in small groups of 3 to 7 participants, with lots of supplemental material to help you remember and implement what you learn. Read more about our course philosophy and special group pricing to see if it fits your needs.
- Individual Coaching for those who want someone to take you from where you are today to where you need to be by the end of the year. Each coaching plan is unique and tailored to your individual needs. No sharing Maggie with other people. Read more about the three plans and my coaching/mentoring philosophy.
- Concierge Services for those who simply want someone to do a specific task. If you don’t have the time or inclination to learn to do it yourself and are willing to pay for it, I am available to make sure it is done correctly and beautifully. I do not do most of the typical virtual assistant tasks such as managing your social media or doing tweets for you. I focus on the things I know make a difference to a long-term career. Though I offer some basic services such as formatting for ebooks and print and loading them to vendors, I’m focused on the services that are more advanced and are not provided by anyone else. Read about our range of concierge services and decide which ones fit your specific needs. If you don’t see one there that you need, drop me a line and we can talk about what you need and if I am the appropriate person to provide it.
Maggie the Teacher
I have always loved teaching. My doctoral degree is in Education, with an emphasis on Instructional Technology and Distance Education. During my 15-years in academia I focused on the intersection of technology and teaching. Before that, I was a counselor/teacher working for a variety of nonprofits that served economically-disadvantaged youths. I have a Master’s in Counseling, a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a whole bunch of computer science and software development training along the way.
The fact is my brain could never decide whether to be logical or feeling, so I decided to smash them together and do both.
Maggie the Writer
I’ve been getting my stories, articles, books, and novels published for over forty years. I’ve lost count of the hundreds of articles and short stories that were published between 1980 and 2004. In 2004 I began pursing a career as a novelist. Before leaving Academia I wrote and published six novels. I currently have a total of 26 books in publication and four novels in development across three series.
In 2011, I tried an experiment which led me to become an independent author and publisher. I published two novels that year, one with a traditional publisher and one self-published. I did more marketing for the traditionally-published novel than the self-published one because I thought my publisher could build on my efforts. But the results in sales showed that my self-published novel made three times more money in that first year.
That difference was both in units sold and in my personal net income. Certainly, part of the income difference was simply the royalty rates; 25% of ebook and 6% of print for traditional vs. 65% for ebook and between 10% and 40% for self-published print. However, I realized I was a better marketer than my publisher and I was definitely much more interested in my career than they were. Traditional publisher interest in an author lasts approximately one quarter. They are always focused on the latest release and their bestsellers. I understand that, but I am focused on my career and I do not partner with companies that have such a short attention span for me. I’m here for the long-term. That experiment was the proof I needed to transition to becoming an independent author.
Maggie the Business Woman
I’ve always had a decent head for business. I was definitely that entrepreneurial child trying to get money from the neighbors. I did the typical lawn mowing, baby sitting, and cookie sales. But I also organized kids to do plays and charged their parents to see them, sharing the proceeds with all the participants. As an adult I ran a travel agency in the early 1980s, I had a web design business on the side in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. As Dean and then CIO of a five-campus college, I managed multi-million dollar budgets that included grants, income streams, and expenses. I’ve also been on three boards of directors for nonprofits, including serving as Board Chair on two of them.
When I became an independent author, I knew I had to keep on top of changes in publishing and always be learning, analyzing, rethinking/retooling, and keeping my planning agile. That is the same sense of business I bring to POV Author Services, Windtree Press, and my own author career. I know there is no one, best way for all authors to move toward their goals. Each author has their own mix of strengths and weaknesses across a spectrum of success goals–personality, knowledge, skills, finances, time, and focus. I have never met anyone who has all of these and does it all themself.
I’d love to help you identify the best way for you to move forward in your career by being one of your partners in helping you to succeed.