I’ve written a short book with the goal of helping baby boomers understand how effective retirement planning can address many of the risks they’ll face during retirement. The book is written for people who want to plan for retirement, have heard the term “retirement planning” thrown around before, but aren’t sure exactly what it means to them and what it’s capable of doing for them.
The book was written with the help of a former personal finance editor with a national publication. It’s also been proofread and formatted by separate parties. It’s about 23,000 words total.
I’m looking to work with an editor who can provide an assessment of the book as it sits today, and suggestions for improvement. The book is functional in its current state when it’s used as part of courses that I teach at local colleges because I’m there in person to explain the topics covered.
However, I’d like to improve the quality of the book so that it’s helpful and impactful for readers, even when I’m not there to explain things.
In terms of what I’m looking for in an editor, the book would probably get the most value from someone with experience creating how-to books, or self-help books that combine information and action-orientation.
After reading the book, I’d like the reader to feel that effective retirement planning is tangible and achievable. I’d like the reader to be able to understand what retirement planning means, and what it can do for them. Also, I’d like them to be able to self-diagnose areas where they can probably make improvements, and have at least some direction on where to start. I’m open to all ideas about how to accomplish these goals effectively.
An editor with relevant experience as described above, who also believes this book’s purpose is a worthy cause, is who I’m looking to work with.