PERSONAL HELP for Writers, Authors, Self-publishers, and Dreamers too!
Set up an inexpensive telephone chat with Barbara Brabec when you need
answers to your self-publishing questions,
a plan, a key connection, or encouragement to do what you need to do
to make your dream come
She's "been there, done that" and wants to help you "get
there and do that" too.
On Following Your Dream
How to be a Fearless
Dreamer and Reinvent Yourself at Any Age - Barbara's thoughts and research
about the importance of dreaming and changing your life if it's not all you want
it to be.
"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
“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
“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
BARBARA'S VARIOUS BOOKS illustrate the extent of her knowledge on how to turn
talents, experience, and know-how into a profitable business based at home. She
has a lifetime of personal experience in the creative fields of art, craft,
design, music, speaking, teaching, writing, editing, and self-publishing, with
considerable experience in developing and managing her own websites and
publishing ventures. (See complete bio here)
all comments from clients who have benefited from consulting with Barbara.
Copyright 2000-2018 by
Barbara Brabec. All Rights Reserved.
See Barbara's AFFORDABLE consulting fees!
Have you written a book you want to self-publish?
Having someone to talk to who has done what you're still
dreaming about doing could make all the difference, as these authors (just two
of many) confirm:
"Barbara Brabec provides wonderful help for sorting it all out. She has the experience
and contacts to quickly understand where we writers are on our journey and help
us right now. In one short consultation, she gave me more than I expected—a
critique of my cover, suggestions on e-formatters and typesetters, materials to
read, and immediately followed up with an e-mail and links to excellent sources
for what I needed. I've been about the writing of novels for over ten years, and
the marketing and selling of them for about seven years. Barbara is as good as
I've found to guide us on our journeys." ~ G. J. Berger, author of
South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon
"After four decades of running several
businesses, I have never encountered such a useful, wise, caring
consultant. Three days after my consultation I was in the middle of
publishing my first eBook." ~ Gary Unruh,
author of Golden Rule Parenting—Treat Your Child the Way You Want to Be Treated
See ALL COMMENTS from happy authors.
IF YOU'RE AN AUTHOR with a contract from a
trade book publisher and need
help in understanding all the legalese in it, see Barbara's special
Author-Publisher Book Contract Consulting Service.
"Barbara is incredible! Thanks to her help, I wound up with some major
concessions and a higher royalty! I recommend her highly to any author involved
in contract negotiations.
(more)" - Lisa Kerber, author of Hardworking Cats.
READ ALL PRAISE from Authors who have successfully negotiated more profitable
contracts after consulting with Barbara.
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.
Read comments from authors who have benefited from this service.
ON OTHER TOPICS
A CLOSE LOOK AT MY WEBSITE
will tell you that my
primary interest at this time is in the field of writing and
(both print and electronic), and I'm passionate about encouraging
writers to follow in my footsteps here,
as evidenced in this article on
However, my interests in helping others doesn't end here.
DURING MY LIFETIME as a self-employed individual
working at home, I've interviewed countless
home-business pros and other experts for my books, periodicals,
and magazine columns. I've also communicated with thousands of
business-minded people at home-business conferences and in my workshops—plus fielded thousands
upon thousands of letters and e-mails from people in all walks of life and work. As a
result, I have a keen understanding of what works and what
doesn't ... know how to get "from here to there" ... and know what one
has to do to keep moving and growing in
any creative endeavor or home-business pursuit.
While I can be helpful to anyone who is trying to start or get ahead in
any kind of self-employment endeavor, I am no longer active in the crafts and
home-business industries and thus cannot provide selling or marketing guidance other than
what is in my website articles or books.
Let me Help You Follow Your Dream
IN EVEN A SHORT PHONE CONSULT, you will quickly
benefit by getting answers to whatever questions you may have. (Make a list and have
it at hand when we talk.) You'll also learn whether you're on the right track or
need to investigate some things you overlooked or just didn't know about
before. (I generally give my consulting clients leads to helpful Web resources
and people they might want to contact.)
Consulting Fee Options
$20 for fifteen minutes - for some quick
$35 for thirty minutes - recommended for most clients
$60 for one hour - when you need a lot of help
Consultations are payable in
advance by PayPal. I generally limit consults to weekdays between the hours of
10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CST), but will accommodate individuals whose job
necessitates a consult after five or on a Saturday.
TO GET STARTED, email me
with information about
what you want to discuss, how much time you want to reserve for
the consultation, and what days or times are good for you to
If I know I can be helpful to you, I'll get back to you
with one of those days/times that also works for me and ask for
your PayPal email address so I can invoice you in advance of the
consultation. At that time, you can tell me the best way
for us to connect.
You can call me at the appointed time, or I will call you if you don't have unlimited long
distance service and live in one of the geographical areas served by my long-distance
provider (see below). Or, if you are located elsewhere, we could
communicate by Skype.
My long-distance service includes: Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Puerto
Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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