Not the answer you want BUT, I have spoken to a famous best selling author and his answer
quote is "There is no such thing."
Hi Lucky, that was my first reaction to Craft Brewer as well, but then I started to think laterally, maybe the assistant does n't actually write and who is to say that an AUTHOR today just writes books?
So I did a Google, et, voila!
Sorry this is a long Cut and Paste but this system is so anal it refuses to allow me to post a direct link so, deep breath and.......................
Author’s assistants utilize the same virtual tools and methods but choose to focus on supporting authors in their efforts to publish a book. Writing the book is easy part; getting published and promoted is the hard part. That’s were a certified author’s assistant can come in handy.
Author’s assistants can provide the following support for authors:
They understand the publishing process – all the steps, time, budget
How to oversee the publishing process
Managing a virtual team, working with other professionals, contracts
Keeping a project on target
Permissions – when you need them and how to get them
Assisting with the book proposal
Doing competitive research
Doing audience research
Self-publishing, step by step: including
Getting an ISBN, bar codes, filing the copyright
Pricing/Handling volume purchasers
Selecting a printer
Getting on Amazon.com
Other products – ebooks, CDs,
Distribution and shipping
Executing a marketing plan and schedule marketing events
Must have’s: web site, media kit, sales sheet
Creating Amazon.com and other email campaigns
Creating and expanding media and prospect lists
Making follow-up calls
Coordinating back of the room sales
Coordinating book launch events around publication date
Ecommerce (merchant accounts, shopping carts, etc.)
Many coaches, speakers and trainer have a book in them to write but just don’t know where to start. If they can get the book written an author’s assistant can help walk them through the manuscript development through the publishing process and the promotional steps.
So there ya go!
Anyway Craft Brewer, I have no idea of being certified or not is needed or an advantage, but from the above it seems it is highly unlikely it is a job one could just walk into, one would I suspect need some darn good connections deep in the various industries else one is, well, not to put to fine a point on it, useless?
Is anyone familiar with this type of work? I am looking into becoming one but all of my searches lead me to online courses that are quite expensive. I'm trying to determine how necessary it is to become a "certified" Author's Assistant.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.