We are pleased to present you with the following list of virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants typically work from their homes on a contract/freelance basis. You can hire a virtual assistant for a few hours per month or several hours per week, depending on your needs. A virtual author’s assistant can help you with social media, book marketing, administrative tasks, publicity, blog management, and much more. Virtual assistants are independent of the Nonfiction Authors Association and are not employees or contractors of NFAA. The following list is provided for your reference only. Always do your own due diligence when making any hiring decision.
Participants who successfully complete our certification programs are featured at the top of this directory. In order to receive certification, participants attend an intensive 6-week course and must pass all weekly quizzes with a score of 80% or higher. The mission of both certification programs is to create consistency within the publishing community by training participants to follow ethical standards in book marketing and publishing. The Nonfiction Authors Association is proud to offer these programs and we appreciate all of the participants who have chosen to elevate their knowledge and experience by participating.
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS – VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS AND AUTHOR ASSISTANTS
Name: Chela Hardy
Location: Ashburn, VA, USA
AuthorAndSpeakerServices.com is run by AskChela LLC, a DC Metro virtual assistance firm owned and operated by Chela Hardy. Chela is a longtime Virtual Author & Speaker Assistant who has taken her personal publishing experience as an author and made a career of helping others share their business expertise with a published book. In her role as Publishing Project Manager for Authority Publishing and a roster of private AskChela clients, Chela has helped dozens of authors publish and market their books. Her company mission: You write the words. AskChela works the publishing and marketing to-do lists that help you get them out into the world.
NON-CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS – VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS AND AUTHOR ASSISTANTS
Name: Marj Atkinson
Location: Garland, TX, USA
Description of services and work experience: I love the hunt! As a researcher and former reference librarian, I offer primary and secondary research services including literature search and fact-checking. I also have experience and connections in the meeting and event industry, so I am able to research speaking opportunities, as well. I have extensive experience in libraries, including K-12, academic, and non-profit sectors, as well as a stint at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Name: Christine Buffaloe
Location: Yuma, AZ, USA
Description of services and work experience: Serenity Services is dedicated to giving you more time and energy to work on the things that matter most to you.
Name: Sue Canfield
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Description of services and work experience: Sue is a book launch specialist with years of experience in social media book marketing, promotion and consultation for nonfiction authors. She offers customized packages for social media book launch campaigns as well as ongoing social media book marketing.
Name: Caitlin Du Bois
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Description of services and work experience: My name is Caitlin Du Bois and I am currently a Virtual Assistant / Author Assistant. Previously, I was a sales manager and marketing director. I have always been a book nerd. I started my freelance business, Of the Wood, with the goal to exceed the expectations of my clients with the skills I have cultivated during my career. Eventually, I found my niche in assisting authors and literary agents with their administrative tasks and management. Some of the favorite projects were assisting a professional basketball player with his book launch, doing research for fiction and non-fiction writers, and assisting with self-publishing and marketing efforts across the board for veterans and debut authors alike. In short, my job is to do what needs to get done and I love it.
Description of services and work experience: I’m a lifelong reader and author obsessed with books and helping other authors make their publishing dreams come true. I’ve built a career for myself in the literary world for the past two decades. I’ve worked with professional speakers, publishers, book agents, libraries, traditionally published authors, self-published authors, editors, book cover artists, social media mavens and more. Authors, who are talented but overwhelmed with the whole process of publishing, are my favorite people. I help them get organized, decide what resources to use and how to manage every detail including their logins and passwords. Once their book is published I can manage the post publishing process to keep their book selling.
Name: Karen Eisenbraun
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Description of services and work experience: I am a book lover with a degree in English. I have 15+ years experience in digital marketing, including website development, content marketing / blogging, SEO, conversion optimization, lead generation, lead nurturing, email marketing, and social media. I run my own bookstagram account and have experience querying and pitching agents. I love helping authors build their online presence and connect to readers!
Name: Diana Ennen
Location: Margate, FL USA
Description of services and work experience: As an author myself, (3 published, 3 self-published books) I know what it takes to succeed in book marketing and love helping authors achieve their goals. In business since 1985 and specializing in marketing, book marketing, and author assistance for the past 20 plus years, I work closely with authors in so many ways. Just a few include: press release writing, media kit preparation, pitching the media (using Cision to get the best resources to pitch to) and writing very effective pitches often using excerpts from their book or blog for articles to be considered by the media to help them establish themselves as experts, booking radio and TV engagements and other speaking opportunities, getting book reviews, social media assistance, and so much more. I also help authors in editing and ghostwriting and getting their book ready
Name: Susan J. Farese
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA USA
Description of services and work experience: Susan J. Farese, (SJF Communications) provides personalized public relations, marketing, websites, social media, writing and coaching/mentoring services.
Name: Dortha Hise
Location: Folsom, CA, United States
Description of services and work experience: Specialties: I work with my clients to assess their needs and identify the best technical solution for their situation. This could include building a WordPress website and maintaining it for them; implementing a plan for social media content and supporting them by managing it; identify and implement the email marketing tool or CRM to best suit client’s needs for their growth (MailChimp, InfusionSoft, ConvertKit, Constant Contact, Aweber, Kajabi), copywriting, strategy, planning, and implementation.
Name: Jennifer Holstad
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
Description of services and work experience: Since 1995, A Byte In Time has helped authors, speakers, coaches, consultants and small business owners take their thoughts out of their head and into a finished product that they can be proud of. We make sure that the “i’s” are dotted and the “t’s” are crossed. We take care of all of the administrative details so you don’t have to.
Name: Sharon Jenkins
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Description of services and work experience: We provide authors with state-of-the-art book project management. Our clientele has enlisted our help on many book projects from content creation to self-publishing, marketing, and audio book production. We recognize that you are a unique individual with unique expectations for your book, so we stay away from the “cookie cutter” approach. If personalized and professional service is what you want, then look no further, we would love to help you with your book!
Name: Erin Kaiser
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Description of services and work experience: I’m Erin Kaiser, with a career that spans over two decades in corporate event planning that landed me in the publishing world supporting New York Times bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz. A lifelong reader and a mother to one who was awarded a certificate by the local library for reading 1,000 books before kindergarten, I have a keen editorial eye and a gift with composition. My professional life has been an evolving endeavor, seeking a marriage between my exceptional organizational and logistical skills along with my passion for helping others identify and fulfill their dreams. I’ve supported authors with managing all aspects of speaking engagements, editing & proofing manuscripts, social media management and content creation, book launch marketing, and more. I am a master connector & facilitator of practically impossible tasks. Let’s explore how I may support you on your journey.
Name: Karina Kantas, Author Assist
Location: Corfu/Greece from UK
Description of services and work experience: Author Assist doesn’t just do a service, they teach the author how to do it themselves. Confidently and competently, so they don’t have to hire someone again for the same service. I want to give back what I have leant in my 27 years in the business.
Name: Tina Koenig
Location: Hollywood, FL, USA
Description of services and work experience: Tina Koenig is a literary publicist and author consultant. She works with new and established writers providing services as diverse as coaching, manuscript development, author platform and author business development, book proposal writing, book production and book marketing and public relations. Tina has worked with a variety of authors writing poetry, children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction including New York Times best-selling authors. She assists with book submission to reviewers, provides guidance on finding and submitting Op-eds, books library, podcast and television appearances and assists in traditional media promotion through press releases and pitching to journalists. Tina is an expert at pre-launch planning and takes authors through the process of building a brand and promoting their books with the goal of making it a fun and stress-free experience.
Name: Lindsey LaRue
Location: Mulvane, KS, USA
Description of services and work experience: I have over 10 years of experience working as a transcriptionist of audio and video, as well as text-to-text, and most recently taking on various other administrative tasks such as putting together newsletters, getting webinar audio ready to be sent out, formatting documents, setting up events in calendars, etc.
Name: JudyAnn Lorenz
Location: Crook, Colorado, USA
Description of services and work experience: Since 2003, Bar JD has offered administrative business support, including WordPress websites, blog post writing/editing, proofreading and online marketing support. At Cardinal Bluff Reviews, I read the books, write the reviews, produce creatives, and market online.
Name: Ruth Martin
Location: Hagerstown, MD, USA
Description of services and work experience: Since 2000, Maplewood Virtual Assistance, located in western Maryland, provides online business support, copywriting and editing services, marketing services, and project management services to small businesses in the US and Canada.
Name: Angel Leigh McCoy
Description of services and work experience: I’ve been a professional writer since 1993. I began actively working with other authors in 2009 when I started an online e-zine. I’ve worked for the Horror Writers Association as webmaster for over 10 years, and I now run WilyWriters.NET a writers organization designed to assist writers with promotion, organization, business, and craft. I would love the chance to partner with a writer to share my knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm in support of their work.
Name: Tarra Nystrom
Location: New York, NY, USA
Description of services and work experience: Your Author Assistants is an experienced, innovative Mother/Daughter team. We have practical experience working with authors. creating and editing content for nonfiction (multiple genres), articles, marketing, websites, scientific topics, and more. We offer copyediting, proofreading, and content editing services in addition to the mundane but important tasks administrative support that take your time away from writing and promoting your work. We create attention-keeping presentations too. The Mother part of the team has authored five self-published books that sell, and the Daughter is working on her first nonfiction manuscript!
Name: Jane Ryder
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Description of services and work experience: I know writing and publishing from many sides and I’m here to help, whether authors need a personal assistant to handle assigned tasks or an experienced professional to guide them through the publication process. My goal is to develop long-term relationships with my clients so I can help them identify, target, and reach the right readers over time. I love books, I love writers, and I believe in the power of words to transform the world.
Name: Allison Saia
Location: Hanover, PA USA
Description of services and work experience: Hello! My name is Allison Saia and I am an experienced Executive Assistant and publishing consultant. I have the unique combination of Virtual Administrative Assistant experience coupled with my background of being the Editorial Director of two publishing companies. I hold a BA in English/Writing from York College of Pennsylvania. I have also worked in corporate marketing and as a journalist, so the combination of experience I have makes me the perfect VA for authors. I, myself, am a published author and former Poet Laureate of Hanover, PA. I can provide authors with a wide range of services from scheduling, setting up accounts in Amazon and IngramSpark, and writing press releases. My passion is helping authors.
Name: Collette Schultz
Location: New Lisbon, WI, USA
Description of services and work experience: Web research can be time-consuming. Providing a wide variety of services researching your competitors, finding out where your audience “hang out” online and physically , exploring speaking engagements, seeking out partner opportunities, discovering the best tech tools and practices will leave you to do what you do best. Assisting you with your client engagement tasks such as newsletter submission, calendar management, creating marketing materials, affiliate marketing and bookkeeping will also continue to allow you to grow your business. These services are something I love to do. My passion can ignite your passion as well
Name: Poppy Solomon
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Description of services and work experience: All Write specialises in publishing by helping authors, small publishers and indie booksellers publish books and communicate with their audiences. I’d love to help you get your books into the hands of your ideal readers! Visit my website or connect with me on LinkedIn for more information.
Name: Tara Tandlich
Location: New York
Description of services and work experience: I work with all Genres. Award winning writer. Expert Editor. Expert researcher. Native English Speaker. College Graduate. Hardworking, creative, reliable, focused and flexible. I get along well with others and believe in treating people (and deadlines) with respect. I will also view your project as if it were my own: with the same level of engagement, focus and joy. Further, I maintain the author’s tone and voice and match the author’s style. For more information, please view my website: taratandlich.com. References on Request.
Name: Kate Tilton
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Description of services and work experience: I have worked in publishing since 2010 and have helped hundreds of authors over the years, from pre-publication writers to New York Times bestsellers. I work with self-published/indie authors, hybrid authors, and traditionally published authors. I turn scary and overwhelming things like marketing into tools we use to make your publishing dream a reality. I have a variety of options depending on your needs.
Name: Ellen Ward
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Description of services and work experience: Once you decided to write a book, did you realize everything that is involved in getting it published? It’s a maze out there! The publishing process has so many facets, twists, and turns to it and it’s hard to figure out what is the right way to go. OnTime Assistants would love to work with you by guiding you through the producing, publishing, and promoting processes of book writing so you can focus on developing your message without distraction. Let’s watch your dream come true! Certified Author’s Assistant, Certified Speaker’s Assistant, NonFiction Authors Assoc. Book Publishing Master Class, NonFiction Authors Assoc. Book Marketing Master Class.
Name: Susan Wichrowski
Location: Watertown, CT, USA
My passion for stories and books has lived in my heart since childhood. I began to get a taste for writing in school and turned that into blog writing, proofreading and editing as an adult. I have worked with authors and bloggers in various genres but I primarily focus on working with authors who are writing romance, suspense or historical novels. I have also done character continuity analysis for authors who are writing a series of books.
Name: Trinna Williams
Location: Henderson, NV, USA
I love what I do! I’ve always had a passion for business management. After working in traditional offices as a C-Level Executive Assistant for over 20 years, I saw a need for virtual administrative services to small business owners. I realized how outsourcing administrative tasks to a Virtual Assistant can save money and time. Also, delegating administrative tasks allows my clients to focus on what they do best!
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