Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Are you the Author Assistant they can't live without? by Anne Buttar: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Have you ever dreamed of working closely with an author, diving into the world of literature, and being an integral part of the creative process?

If so, "Are you the Author Assistant they can't live without" is the perfect companion to help you embark on this exciting journey!

Written by Anne Buttar, who writes romantic comedy, chick lit, and cozy mystery novels as Anne Kemp, this book offers an insider's perspective on the multifaceted role of an author's assistant. Drawing from her own experiences as a former personal and executive assistant, Anne provides invaluable insights from an author with experience as to what it takes to get started.

This book looks at the different aspects of assisting authors such as:

  • Author PA or Author VA: which one is right for you?
  • Why you want to take on this role?
  • The business of assisting (and its complexity).
  • Making informed choices that align with your skills, interests, and career goals.

Anne delves into the motivations behind this role, highlighting the unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the bookish world, allowing you, their loyal and trusty assistant, to work closely with talented authors and contribute significantly to the creation of captivating stories.

"Are you the Author Assistant they can't live without" is an invaluable resource that equips you with the knowledge and confidence to get started and to succeed. Anne shares her insights with a conversational approach––as you turn each page, it feels as though you're sitting across from her, sipping coffee, and engaging in a friendly, informative conversation.

With Anne as your guide, you'll gain insider tips, expert advice, and the inspiration to pursue your dreams as an author's assistant!

Anne Kemp is a bestselling author of romantic comedies. She loves reading (and she does it ridiculously fast, too!), gluten-free baking (because everyone needs a hobby that makes them crazy), and finding time to binge-watch her favorite shows. She grew up in Maryland but made Los Angeles her home until she encountered her own real-life meet-cute at a friend's wedding where she ended up married to one of the groomsmen. For real.

Anne now lives on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand, and even though she was married at Mt. Doom, no…she doesn’t have a Hobbit. However, she and her husband do have a terrier named George Clooney and when she’s not writing, she’s usually with them taking a long walk on the river by their home.

You can find Anne on her website - come say hi! She’d love to hear from you:

On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest: @missannekemp

On TikTok: @annekempauthor

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an author's assistant? What would that job really look like... and is it something that you have the skills and motivation to do? If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, Are you the Author Assistant they can't live without? is a book you will most certainly want to check out. 

This is something that I have personally wondered about myself... as someone who loves books and sharing about them, is this an option that could be for me? But, as curious as I was, I wasn't sure where to start looking into this. When given the chance to check out an ARC of this book, I was really excited to learn more. And I have to say, this book really does serve as a great introduction and helped to answer several questions that I had. Anne breaks it down in a way that makes sense, sharing her personal experiences both as an author and working as an assistant herself. I think that because she has experience on both sides, this really helps to offer a fuller picture too. It gives you an idea of the type of tasks that may be required and the skills you might need to take on the role. If it's something that you decide sounds like a good fit for you, she gives you some pointers on how to get started. 

It's a super quick read--- taking me under an hour from start to finish, but it's packed full of useful tips. This is a great resource for those looking into starting as an assistant, those currently working as one, and even perhaps authors who are considering hiring someone and want a little more info. 


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