frequently asked questions
If you’re talking about 7 billion people? Then no. But there is a world much closer to home (your friends, family, peers and those in your industry) who need to hear what you have to say.
Many of our authors initially think of “book sales” as a way to make an ROI (Return on Investment). The reality is, once your book is published, you open yourselves to many more avenues of income than just book sales.
And, because we know the industry, book sales will likely be your least amount of incoming sales—it’s why we’re passionate about helping you lock other streams of income (as a result of publishing your book) to enhance your ROI.
There’s a great phrase in regard to page or word count: “Readers think in pages. Authors think in words.”
For instance, do you know how many words the first Harry Potter book is? Not a chance. You just know it’s ~300 pages.
Through our 16-Week Process, we don’t think books need to be longer than they should be. Therefore, our sweet spot is 20,000-30,000 words, which typically equates to anywhere between an 130-200 page book. (There are other factors such as font size, line spacing, margins, etc.).
One of the greatest things we can do for authors on the backend of our process is convey realistic expectations on the frontend of the process.
Although we don’t offer month-to-month marketing packages, we do offer a suite of Strategic Communications offerings in case you want help with your website, email newsletter, podcast, audiobook, speaking, or public relations.
Bottom line: nobody will be able to move/sell your book like you will. After the rush of a book launch, reality will sink in: it’s hard work to move books! Whether you are self or traditionally published, we believe if you put 10% in, you’ll get 10% out of your efforts. Put in 70%, and you increase your chances of getting 70% in return.
Regardless, we believe that writing a book with a solid “Why” is a worthy endeavor in itself, and help our authors reframe what success, as an author (like running effective marketing campaigns), looks like as a result.
Yes! The fiction books we primarily work with fall into our “Option 0” category, which means you submitting your final manuscript to us. Once our team gets an idea for word count and general scope of the project, we’ll send you a quote accordingly to edit, design, layout and print your book!
Although we primarily work with nonfiction books, we love the opportunity to work with authors to publish their fiction books as well.
The Streamline logo resembles the letter “S” for Streamline, but also conveys “pieces of the puzzle” that we put together to create your book! The middle puzzle piece is symbolic of how we “removed the middle man” of traditional publishing to bring your book to life. In addition, the logo itself resembles a key-hole that represents our turn-key process (writing, editing, cover design, publishing, etc.).
In short, we believe our 20-week process provides a system and accountability (through a wonderful team assigned to you) for making your book-writing dream a reality.
We also help our authors write short-yet-powerful books in a defined timeline, instead of stretching the process out upwards of 9-months to a year.
Lastly, our “Why” is rooted in our company verse: Proverbs 31:8-9, which says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Where Verse 8 speaks to our for-profit (helping those channel their voice through Streamline Books), we believe Verse 9 speaks to our nonprofit (The Voiceless Foundation) where we write books for free for individuals in marginalized communities to share their story with the world.