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Author Coaching

and Consulting

Authors, whether veterans or novices, can be challenged to navigate the world of 21st century publishing. Choosing an optimal publisher is a key decision. Add to that the explosion of the self-publishing options and an author can quickly lose his or her way. Why go through the effort of writing a book to see it miss its mark or potential because of less-than-optimal choices about the publishing process?


Riverwinds Consulting can help an author navigate the publishing process including:


  • Concept definition and refinement,

  • Creating an engaging pitch letter and proposal,

  • Choosing the right type of publisher,

  • Reviewing an author contract including eBook rights,

  • Securing writing or editing assistance, 

  • Manuscript review and finalization for submission,

  • Book launch,

  • Effective joint marketing and promotion by the author in concert with the publisher,

  • Author website creation including search engine optimization,

  • Finding and preparing for high-yield author speaking engagements,

  • Launching into the next project.


Additionally, author coaching by Riverwinds can help one prepare for a career as an author with an eye toward branding in preparation for future projects. Enhancing existing writing and speaking skills will serve an author well through the whole publishing process.


Contact Riverwinds to discuss an idea or an interest in seeing the big picture of publishing before getting started.  Engaging with Riverwinds can be on an hourly basis, on an exact task or engagement, or as a retainer during the publishing journey.

About Riverwinds Consulting


John Bond founded Riverwinds Consulting to help authors, publishers, and associations find answers to everyday challenges.


John has been in science/technical/medicine (STM) publishing for over 25 years. Starting as an Assistant Editor, he eventually became Senior Vice President and then Chief Content Officer for a multimillion dollar international medical publisher.


John has experience in publishing in developing products in multiple formats including journals, books, digital products, and websites. His experience spans all aspects of content creation from editorial planning and development, product targeting and acquisitions, editorial and production (print and electronic), marketing/sales/promotion, rights management and international licensing, and aggregation and delivery of content to key partners.


He has worked with medical and nursing associations, other publishers, book distributors and wholesalers, journal subscription agents, international rights partners, and pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers.


In John’s career, he has directed the publishing of over 500 book titles and 20,000 journal articles. He helped co-launch a major medical platform that serves millions of page views a year.


John has attended the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Beijing Book Fair, Book Expo America, the Medical Library Association, and innumerable content-focused conventions. He has been a member of trade associations and has done presentations for colleagues, customers, and partners.

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