So, your business has an anniversary coming up? Perhaps your founder is retiring. It could be your organization has valuable content to share with the world...

 

Your milestone may still be one, two, three years away, but that means it's not too soon to be thinking about how your organization will be acknowledging the occasion.

 

Have you considered publishing a book that details your illustrious history, collects photos and other nostalgia items, describes your vision, and/or explains the lessons you have learned over the years?

 

Organizational biographies can serve as wonderful calling cards, educating your clients, members, and other stakeholders about all that you have done—and all that you can do for them and with them, AND properly marking and celebrating a milestone such as a 25th, 50th, or 75th anniversary (our clients often publish a book to be distributed at gala events or throughout an anniversary year).

Please contact me to discuss book possibilities for your company and all the ways a book can support your organization's goals and honor your many years of triumphs. 

To aid in your thinking about the scope and possibilities of a book project, here is a summary of options and common directions:

What sort of content or subject-matter approach do businesses often take to their book project?

 

  • Business or organization history (more text, black-and-white interior)

  • Scrapbook of a company or organization’s history (more images, color interior)

  • Biography or memoir of owner, founder, and/or president

  • How-to/reference related to company’s industry, reputation, etc.

  • Blend of any of the above

 

How many copies of a book do businesses typically print?

  • 100–10,000+ copies

What are some reasons businesses publish their own book?

  • Marking a milestone anniversary, part of a gala celebration

  • Sharing a company or founder’s legacy, insights, knowledge

  • Preserving history

  • Marketing and promotion, sales tool

  • Presenting as gifts

  • Publishing for resale

  • Combination of any of the above

What features and production values can business books have?

  • Anything you’d like, including photographs, illustrations, and other graphics

  • Range of sizes, paper color, paper quality

  • Paperback or hardcover, and choices in cover finishes and materials

  • Special features, such as pockets (for maps, brochures, discs, souvenir tickets, etc.), ribbon bookmarks, leather binding, etc.

How can we help with a book project?

We can help with all or most of the following for any given book project:

  • Ghostwriting, co-writing, or shaping existing material

  • Developmental editing and/or copyediting

  • Proofreading

  • Indexing

  • Cover design

  • Interior design

  • Project management

  • Printing and logistics management

Can you give me some examples and ballpark pricing for publishing a business book?

Email for price ranges for sample projects. Pricing and specifications are for demonstration only. Each job has to be individually conceived and quoted on.

Sample Project #1

  • 150-page standard-sized paperback book about a restaurant’s history and lore, with recipes and coupons, written by the owner and needing only basic editing.

  • Color cover, black & white interior.

  • 5,000 copies to give away to friends and sell at various locations.

  • Editing, proofreading, indexing, design, and project management.

Sample Project #2

  • 200-page over-sized paperback depicting company’s decade-by-decade history in a fun, scrapbook style. Some text, a lot of images. Staff member works with outside writer to compile and present material.

  • Color cover, color interior.

  • 2,000 copies to give away at anniversary or gala event for clients and employees.

  • Editing, proofreading, indexing, heavy design, and project management.

Sample Project #3

  • 250-page, 6” x 9” paperback business book written by an executive/team member with the heavy involvement of a ghostwriter, written as a how-to, with lessons learned, key takeaways, some graphs and charts, etc.

  • Color cover, black & white interior.

  • 2,000 copies to give away to clients and potential clients.

  • Editing, proofreading, indexing, design, and project management.

Sample Project #4

  • Biography of a company’s founder, written by a ghostwriter who interviews founder, family, friends, employees, clients, etc., over the course of six months to a year while writing the book.

  • 250 pages, standard-sized hardcover. Black and white interior with 10-page glossy insert with photos.

  • 50 leather, hand-bound collector’s copies, on special paper for board members, family, and other VIPs.

  • 500 copies with dust jackets for guests at anniversary or retirement gala.

  • Editing, proofreading, indexing, design, and project management.