Your Book

Is there a book in you? If you’re here, I’ll bet there is. I’ll bet you’ve dreamed of writing and publishing a book but haven’t. There are good reasons why your book might not be finished, and your ability to write is often not the problem. This website is designed to help you end up with a book you are proud of for the rest of your life, whether we collaborate or you do it all yourself.

Are you serious about seeing your book professionally written, designed, and published?

  • You might contact me about full service, because I believe creating a book is supposed to be fun, memorable, easy, and even a profound, life-changing experience.
  • You might join the Author’s Club Mastermind, so you can learn the process and do it yourself, but not by yourself.
  • An author’s retreat might give you the break and the expertise you need to get your book really rolling.
  • You might have me speak and add value at your event.
  • Or you might simply enjoy this website—the blog is organized into the stages of book creation—and finish that way, because this website is about your book, to help you finish and publish like a pro. Anything less can backfire.

Regardless, we won’t know what’s best for you and if we’re a good fit until we meet, so I often offer a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your book and your dreams. Have you dreamed of being a writer, to be an author and maybe even write a best seller? Do you have other dreams a book will help you reach? If we both love your project, we’re in for a great experience. And that’s the only way I work. —Rodney Miles

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MY STORY


I remember my mother reading at red lights and having an extensive library at home. My first “read of freewill” was her hardcover of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist which I secretly borrowed at nine years old. Lots of reference to fact in that book, actually. I studied English at the University of Florida and was turned on to Steven R. Donaldson, reading his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series, often while walking across campus. I didn’t know books could be so engaging. At school, I wrote short stories and poetry, dove into philosophy and world religions, and found history and biography. Between parties, several friends and I were avid readers, far too little involving our classes.

As a small business owner, I discovered self-help, which did help. I wrote copy for my businesses, training materials for real estate agents, a real estate column in a local newspaper. But writing poetry, performing music, writing books—these are things no one can really make a living at, right? Boy was I wrong. In fact, the best advice came from a drum teacher in high school, but its importance slipped by me at the time. Will Hanson said in conversation, “Whatever you do, be the best.” Only later in life would I realize how right he was. People make great livings doing all sorts of things, and if you find your passion, the world tends to get out of your way.

After the real estate bubble burst in Florida I lost my life’s savings, but gained an opportunity to redefine myself. I went back to college at forty (the best time to go to college), and my father kept bugging me to try freelance writing. I got paid crap, but each project was sacred and added to my portfolio. The jobs got better. I ghostwrote about 50 short books, from fiction to organic gardening, project management, and a short memoir of a hike to Everest Base Camp. It was great. I wrote in volume and learned self-publishing.

A very busy publisher of business books in Australia liked my work and asked me to start editing books by other writers. Then they asked me to hire and manage the other writers. We did another 150 books. It was incredible. I eventually went out on my own to work more closely with fewer clients, to write larger books, and to learn all I could about writing, publishing, and everything books. People’s stories and experiences, their expertise, they create new and stimulating areas of education for me (and their readers), and I love my job! I’m also an author myself (www.rodneytaber.com and as Rodney Miles) and a publisher (www.biminibooks.com).

In a book, you can explore far-off places, contemplate the unexplained, walk in others’ shoes. They ignite the imagination more than other media and broaden horizons. I love books, and I won’t take a project unless I love it, too. It’s all so much fun, always something new, always such a challenge, it really does seem like a dream sometimes. Maybe because each published title is someone’s dream, and I get to be some small part of it. I love my life and I want you to love yours, too. I’ve seen what books can do, whether it’s blasting the ceiling off your influence, preserving a life of expertise or gathering the wisdom of one, books are magic. If you love what you do, let’s write about it in a book. If you don’t, let’s change that with a book.

Books & Authors

Live! Don’t Exist

Live! Don’t Exist

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The Choice

The Choice

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Hand Crafted Parenting

Hand Crafted Parenting

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Ganbaru Mindset

Ganbaru Mindset

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Getting Healthier

Getting Healthier

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The Sun Above the Clouds

The Sun Above the Clouds

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Positive Vibes

Positive Vibes

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Tuxen Method

Tuxen Method

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Girl Power

Girl Power

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Winning Ways

Winning Ways

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Into Blue

Into Blue

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The Power of Done

The Power of Done

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The Coach! Series

The Coach! Series

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The BullsEye! Series

The BullsEye! Series

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Sour Notes

Sour Notes

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Law & Grad School Essays

Law & Grad School Essays

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All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love

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Rock Star Quotes

Rock Star Quotes

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

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Thanksgiving Around the World

Thanksgiving Around the World

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The Secret History of Dice

The Secret History of Dice

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Testimonials

We are still all high and sooo proud of the book and are really seeing how much of a difference it is to have a published book. It has given new life to all our other projects. Thank you for being so positive and supportive all through this long journey. Thank you so much again for your amazing help and encouragement and friendliness. I got the first printed copy of the book today and it looks fantastic. I am so proud of it.

Silje Tuxen, Author, Tuxen Method

Silje Tuxen, Author, Tuxen Method

Wow! I have been engrossed reading this afternoon. It looks great! You know I am really proud of all the work you, the contributors, and I have produced. I really appreciate everything, you are truly amazing. Thanks, so much Rod.

Alison Pilling, Author, Live! Don’t Exist

Alison Pilling, Author, Live! Don’t Exist

You guided me and coached me and brainstormed with me every single step of the way. There is no way on Earth I would have done a book of this quality without you. You have all the tools—even the cover! I look at my books and I’m like, Oh my gosh! I never would have been able to do the formatting and all the stuff that you do, have all of your expertise. Thank you, again!

Erin Mahoney, Author, Girl Power Guidebook, Girl Power Journal, Positive Vibes

Erin Mahoney, Author, Girl Power Guidebook, Girl Power Journal, Positive Vibes

When we first talked about what I was doing I really did not expect for it to be as easy or for us to connect as quickly as we did, Rodney. . . The material I had needed to be reorganized and fleshed out. We worked together on that and we decided to release the books with an end in mind. . . you really helped me do that . . . you came up with illustrations that captured what it was like to actually use these principles, and I was thrilled with all of that.

Betsy Jordan, Author, Coach!, Bullseye!

Betsy Jordan, Author, Coach!, Bullseye!

Thanks to (Rodney) my books were actually able to come to life . . . Rod brought light inside a very dark tunnel. He was my editor, as well as technical and design genius, and pure joy to work with. I am grateful beyond words.

Michelle, Hubbard, Author, Law School Essays, Grad School Essays, Sour Notes

Michelle, Hubbard, Author, Law School Essays, Grad School Essays, Sour Notes

It’s been huge, and the coaches that I coach . . . the one who initially shoved me into putting this all together, he now wants to make sure when he has a new group of coaches that they have the book. Very exciting. Super excited. . . I looked forward every single time we got together to get another chapter or two out of my head and into a recording that could be transcribed and edited. . . I loved doing them. It was really awesome to have you as an audience and funny—I felt it was easy to put the book together. . . you made the whole process super easy to me.

Cynthia Freeman, Author, The Power of Done

Cynthia Freeman, Author, The Power of Done

I couldn’t have gotten the job done without Rodney Miles. He helped me tweak the book to perfection and stayed patient and professional every step along the way—a kind, intelligent, resourceful and accomplished publisher and/or business partner. Thanks again for everything. You’re honestly the only reason this happened. You’re fantastic!

Kristin J. Thompson, Author, Into Blue

Kristin J. Thompson, Author, Into Blue

As soon as I started reading my chapter alone, I knew this book will make the list. It’s very powerful because of your work. Great job! I never doubted your ability to make this a gem and you absolutely delivered it.

Delina Fajardo, Author, The Choice

Delina Fajardo, Author, The Choice

GREAT WORK. It was remarkable how the author really has captured my voice, tone, and desire to flip challenges into something to appreciate.

Dr. Hoe Bing Lo, Author, Hand Crafted Parenting

Dr. Hoe Bing Lo, Author, Hand Crafted Parenting

I have been working on my book project with Rodney for some time now—absolutely love every minute of the ride.

Luke Amery, Author, Ganbaru Mindset

Luke Amery, Author, Ganbaru Mindset

Would never have made it this far, wrestled through all the emotion, or believed I could do it without your input. I’m grateful to know you, and thanks.

Douglas Scott, Author, Forged by Fire

Douglas Scott, Author, Forged by Fire

Services & Rates

What if your great-grandparents had written books about their lives? We spend $5,000 to $15,000 and more to honor someone and say goodbye with a funeral after they’ve moved on, but we don’t always invest that much to record our life stories so they can be shared forever, wherever. Or for business, we can spend $5,000 on a billboard every month, all to reach a small fraction of the targeted public a book could reach, for a fraction of the time. A book offers deep engagement and a wealth of information and purpose. It’s actually “push” (ads) versus “pull” (attraction, relationships) marketing. And if you’re a howling success locally, a book is just the thing to step up to a broader audience. Are you ready for that?

We hire professionals because we want things to be done right, and to enjoy rather than regret the experience and the result. And we get what we pay for, right? A good book, well published, is a launching pad, is a beginning. Can you see yourself at Barnes & Noble, signing books? I can.

You can afford me and my services. I securely invoice with PayPal, offer cash discounts, or I’m happy to arrange easy pay plans. Respectfully, rates are non-negotiable and subject to change and availability. All full-service, mastermind, and retreat clients can become members of the Rodney Miles Author’s Club secret Facebook group for free. All mastermind clients can apply part of the fee paid to a full-service plan if you ever decide to switch. (Of course, failure to make timely payments on a pay plan may result in closing of a project or membership without refund of fees paid, but I’ve never had this happen.)

FULL SERVICE

FULL SERVICE

Would you like to work with someone interested in your story, who will craft it with expertise and package it so others want to buy and read it, and who will make the whole process easy and fun, maybe even profound and life-changing? That’s how I believe creating a book should be.

AUTHOR’S CLUB & MASTERMIND

AUTHOR’S CLUB & MASTERMIND

Or do you want to learn the process from A to Z on your own, but not all alone? Would having peers who provide accountability, encouragement, and valuable tips and feedback make it easier and more productive for you (and for them)? Would you enjoy regular group brainstorming conferences, guest speakers, and one-on-one coaching?

AUTHOR RETREATS

AUTHOR RETREATS

And how about getting away so you can finally, as I recommend, get lost in your book, honing your craft, making new colleagues and friends, all in a vacation setting where you can relax, enjoy, and focus? You might love attending an author’s retreat.

SPEAKING

SPEAKING

Do you have a live function coming up where an experienced ghostwriter, collaborator, and publisher could add value speaking to your attendees? Maybe I can help.

Full Service Plans

THE PURPOSE OF full service plans is to make your project fun and easy, to find the best methods for content creation and revision for you based on your time and commitments, in such a way that we also achieve the highest quality possible, and for me to consult and assist in the most professional and successful launch and marketing possible in relation to your purposes and resources. My process varies based on the needs of each client. “Excellent ghostwriters . . . earn $30,000 to $50,000 per project . . . They may also receive a share of the royalties and writing credit . . .” (Source: https://priceonomics.com/the-ghostwriting-business/), but because you can still hire me without a literary agent, I still charge less and usually work “for hire” (no royalties). I do receive a writing credit, where and how is negotiable. Full-service book projects generally take from several months to a year for larger projects, but we can discuss your timetable, of course.

All full-service plans include consulting, recorded interviews, transcription, research, writing, development, editing, review and revision, book and cover design and formatting for the formats described by each plan’s title and the formats from all smaller plans, marketing descriptions and author bios, followed by either cooperation with your publisher through the remainder of the process through your launch, or if self-publishing, uploads to appropriate platforms, normally Ingram and/or CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and/or Smashwords, as appropriate. With Ingram your book becomes available through over 39,000 distribution channels, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other online and brick-and-mortar chain and independent retailers. If you self-publish plans also include proofing of final copies, creation of advance review copies (ARCs), launch planning or cooperation with your book publicist, and a plan for your long-term marketing and sales. Clients pay for upload fees and ISBNs but I can often secure coupons and discounts for both. Clients pay for proof copies for us both. All rights convey upon full payment of your plan. Guest/celebrity forewords and endorsements are encouraged (count toward word count) and I’m happy to facilitate acquiring and creating them.

I’ve found these three full-service packages cover most client needs very well. Your project will not be assigned or sub-contracted. You can and will communicate regularly and directly with your consultant, writer, editor, designer, and coach—me. If you decide to self-publish I will make sure your book does not “look” self-published, but will stand proudly next to anything released by the “Big Five.” Lots of big and little details make the difference. If you decide to seek a publisher, I can help there, too.

Whether you start with only an idea or you have a full manuscript, the time and effort to properly get to completed project (professionally published book) is very similar if not the same, and each package will take you from no matter where you are to a great book.

EBOOK & SMALL PRINT BOOKS

Includes interviews, research, editing, book design and formatting, cover design, consulting, basic launch and marketing plan, and uploads/publishing to Amazon.
$3,000 on a pay plan
or $2,500 in advance
  • 10,000 to 12,000 words (or less if graphic)
  • Up to approximately 100 pages* **
  • If self-publishing, uploads to Amazon and CreateSpace (if print)
  • Available as an ebook and (if applicable) small print book (no text on spine)
  • ISBNs assigned by KDP and CreateSpace
  • Available for sale on Amazon

SOFTCOVER

ncludes interviews, research, editing, book design and formatting for ebook and print, full cover design, consulting, basic launch and marketing plan, and uploads/publishing to Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble.com, CreateSpace (print) and more.
$6,000 on a pay plan
or $5,000 in advance
  • 25,000 to 30,000 words
  • Approximately 125 to 200 pages**
  • If self-publishing, uploads to Amazon, CreateSpace, and Ingram
  • Available as an ebook and as a perfect-bound paperback
  • Includes up to four assigned ISBNs (up to a $500 value)
  • Available on Amazon, through Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and thousands of other electronic and print channels

HARDCOVER

Major nonfiction titles in major outlets normally run 50,000 to 70,000 words or more. Includes interviews, research, editing, book design and formatting for ebook and print, cover design, consulting, basic launch and marketing plan, and uploads/publishing to Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble.com, CreateSpace (print) AND Ingram as a hardcover edition and more.
$12,000 on a pay plan
or $10,000 in advance
  • 50,000 to 60,000 words
  • Approximately 200 to 300 pages**
  • If self-publishing, uploads to Amazon, CreateSpace, and Ingram
  • Available as an ebook, perfect-bound paperback, and hardcover cloth with dust jacket
  • Includes up to four assigned ISBNs (up to a $500 value)
  • Available on Amazon, through Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and thousands of other electronic and print channels

* Ebooks use “positions,” not pages because e-readers and user settings vary. ** Page count can vary greatly depending on front and back matter, trim size, and design. Please inquire about larger projects or book projects for children, workbooks, illustrated books, or books of poetry. All are available. Projects for clients with sizeable (verifiable) followings may be negotiated on a rights and royalties basis. Please inquire. Literary agents welcome.

Author’s Club & Mastermind

THE RODNEY MILES AUTHOR’S CLUB is the secret Facebook Group all full-service, mastermind, and retreat clients are invited to. There, we share tips and ideas and give and receive feedback and support for getting our books done, making them great, getting reviews and selling them. We can also share news about launches, speaking and our other events. It’s is a great forum for posting questions and announcements to the variety of other like-minded authors and experts and for celebrating.

THE MASTERMIND is for you if you’d like to write, edit, design, format, publish, launch, and market your book on your own, learning the entire process as you go with the help of group support, monthly recorded group video conferences, guest expert speakers, and one-on-one coaching.

Working with Rodney has given me the tools and the courage to write multiple books. The Author's Club has been the imperative accountability partner I've needed to complete projects. Writing can be hard but having Rodney to turn to, bounce ideas off, and get intelligent feedback has been life changing for me. I've learned about how to launch, market, design, write, and all the ins and outs of publishing. I'm so grateful for the Author's Club! —Gretchen Strait Stewart, Author, Joy Manifesto, Simplicity

THE PURPOSE OF the Author Mastermind is to provide all of the expertise, fellowship, feedback, organization, planning, accountability, and other support you need to professionally finish, publish, market and use your book on your own, and to have a fun and profound experience along the way! Unused, pro-rated portions of fees paid may be applied to a full-service package if you decide to switch at any time. Members’ materials are protected by non-disclosure agreements for safe and easy review of each other’s materials.

ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP

To join, you must be serious about writing and publishing a book and schedule a 30-minute meeting with me to discuss, to be sure the club is the right step for you. It does not matter if you are simply deciding to finally take action or if you have a partial manuscript from a decade ago, the Author’s Club is intent on seeing you and your book succeed.
$2,000 on a pay plan
or $1,500 in advance
  • Unlimited group support in the private Facebook group,
  • Monthly recorded group video conferences,
  • Guest expert speakers,
  • Six hours of one-on-one coaching with Rodney.

Author Retreats

St. Augustine, Florida

To be announced

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

To be announced

Speaking & Appearances

INVITED TO APPEAR AND SPEAK, whether on stage, radio, or a podcast, I speak not just from experience but with our audience in mind. My priority is adding value to your program, in a way that creates a conversation in a relaxed and friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. I think that's how any relay of information is most effective.

Books have always been a great vehicle for committing your legacy and ideas to paper, but in recent years they have become a basic expectation of clients, recruiters, and even college admissions people. So the people interested in publishing for professional reasons are no longer limited to professors--in fact their historic mantra, "Publish or perish!" is arguably applicable to many and varied business people, students, and professionals.

Here are a few samples of appearances. The images to the right are from delivering a talk entitled "The Secret of Self Publishing" for the Expert Catapult group's annual weekend in Irvine, California in 2015. For a speaker bio, speaker sheet, and downloadable images please contact me to discuss your program or event:

Book Creation Blog

Anything you have an interest in, attempt, and are willing to fail with here and there, you can learn. --Rodney Miles

BOOK CREATION

CREATING A HEALTHY, HAPPY, BOOK (and author) can be broken down into seven major phases, including one of the most neglected by authors everywhere: repeat! As blog posts are written I'll tag them. You can then visit here and click on the tag or subject you want to read up on. The purpose of my blog is to help you finish your book like a pro, so enjoy, but also ask questions and make comments. It will all add to the value of the blog and your experience here. That’s why I’ve chosen an interactive blog format rather than simply writing articles.

If anything which gets produced gets stuck (like your book!), a great place to start is by breaking the production cycle down and examining the stages it must go through. For most writers, however, the stop is in the initial or writing stage. My advice there is simple: push through a first draft before editing. We'll address all other stages as well. Enjoy!

BOOK CREATION STAGES

  1. Write
  2. Edit
  3. Design
  4. Distribute
  5. Launch
  6. Sell
  7. Repeat

Contact

I live in Florida but most of my clients are from all over the world. We interview and collaborate by video conference and email, adjust for time zones, and usually feel like we’re in the room together. It’s a pretty amazing time to be alive, if you think about it. I look forward to talking with you. You can contact me with the contact form to the right at any time. I try hard to respond to all communications within 24 hours.

Free Consultation

If you would like to discuss your book project, I am currently offering a free 30-minute project consultation which you can schedule right now using my online scheduler. Just click below. If the times available will not work for you feel free to message me and we’ll work something out, no worries.

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Life is captured in books. Capture yours!

~ Rodney

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” —Chinese proverb





Great Quotes

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can find magic wherever you look. // Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” —Dr. Seuss

“Writing is learned by imitation. If anyone asked me how I learned to write, I’d say I learned by reading the men and women who were doing the kind of writing I wanted to do and trying to figure out how they did it.” — William Zinsser

“I took the one less travelled by // And that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

“I write all the time, but I cannot write fast.” —Flannery O’Connor

“Writing is easy, you just get in front of a typewriter and bleed.” —Hemingway

“You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.” —Ray Bradbury

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs

“Happiness only real when shared.” ― Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild

“I’m published, therefore I am.” —Rodney Miles

 “I’ve never met an author that was sorry he or she wrote their book. They were only sorry they did not write it sooner.” —Sam Horn

“You are writing primarily to please yourself, and if you go about it with enjoyment you will also entertain the readers who are worth writing for.” — William Zinsser

“It’s never been easier to share your ideas and passions with the world.” —Peter Diamandis