Getting Started

by michellesva on August 31, 2017

Getting Started as a VA

The Importance of Choosing a Niche

Choosing to become an expert and specialize in a specific area of service that is in high demand will enable you to earn more money.

When you define your specialty or services be specific and keep it simple.

  • Be clear about the services you offer
  • Be specific about how your services help your clients
  • Speak with confidence and provide exact details and information potential clients are most interested to know and will find helpful

“Increasingly, the mass marketing is turning into a mass of niches.” – Chris Anderson

Target Market

The better you are at attracting the right clients, the more success you will have as an author’s assistant.

Not everyone who is writing a book will be a good client for you. The number one reason for this is that not all authors have the budget they need and not all authors will recognize the value of what you offer.

Author assistants should be prepared to educate aspiring authors on how hiring an author’s assistant will save them money and also help potential clients determine what is right for them considering their timetable and budget.

Adding Services

When adding areas of expertise to your list of VA services keep in mind that you are looking for things you like doing. Make sure you are working with people you like working with and doing work that you find rewarding and makes you happy. It is not just about making money. It is about doing something you like to do and being fulfilled and satisfied by your efforts and ultimately your accomplishments.

Getting Started as a PAA

Are you interested in working with authors? Do you want to learn more about the publishing industry?

Authors often need help writing, publishing and marketing their books.

There are plenty of Opportunities: More and more people become authors each year so there is a huge demand for author assistant services.

How do you want to work with authors?

  • Full-time as a main source of income?
  • Part-time as a way to earn extra income?

Certification Courses: You can take courses to learn about the book publishing industry and you will learn how to help authors prepare manuscripts, get their books published and/or take virtual book tours.

Michelle Scappace Mack
Program Director

InstructionSmith Enterprises, LLC

Professional Author & Speaker Assistant Certification Programs

p: (512) 333-2989

m: (919) 951-9574

e: Michelle@InstructionSmith.com

w: www.InstructionSmith.com

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2018 IPPY Awards

by michellesva on August 23, 2017

Entries are now being accepted for books released between January 1, 2016 and February 24, 2018, or with 2016-2018 copyrights.

One of the oldest, most established independent book awards in operation, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) are well known and respected in the book industry.

If you want to know more about the benefits click here.

For complete guidelines and to fill out the online entry form click here. Be sure to fill in all applicable information. Email address is required as this is how you’ll be contacted and receive information about judging and results updates.

Submission for more than one category is acceptable, but each requires a $75 fee per category.

Early-bird deadlines in September and December are designed to encourage early entries (see schedule on order form). All entries must be posted online or postmarked by the final deadline of February 24, 2018.

Best of luck!

 

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Getting Started as a VA

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