Debbie Jenkins from www.bookshaker.com has currently got three projects
in the pipeline that require the skills of talented, and forward-thinking, editors.

If you’ve heard of Book Shaker before then you’ll also know that they pay
unprecedented royalties to their authors. The way they can afford to pay
such big royalties is by offering professional editors a stake in the book’s
success rather than a one-off payment.

They have published the following books of mine:
Career in Your Suitcase
Find Your Passion
Expat Writer – Release the Book Within
Expat Entrepreneur

Now, for the jobbing editors amongst you, you’re probably thinking “scam”
but I’ve worked with Debbie on several occasions now and wouldn’t share
this if I didn’t trust her. Anyway, if you’re interested, then here’s her proposal…

1. Debbie is looking for editors who would like to earn up to 20% royalties from lifetime
sales of each book they work on.
2. All profit to the editor will come from the result of sales of the book, and royalties
will be paid quarterly.
3. Debbie does not pay a one-off fee for editing but instead offers a long term stake in the
intellectual property to provide ongoing income in the long term.
4. She is looking to pull together a team of around 5 editors to work on approximately
50 books during 2009.
5. Based on average sales of Bookshaker’s top 10 performers if you’d edited 10 books
you would be getting paid at least £720 every 3 months, for the lifetime of those
books, with no extra work to do.

If what Debbie is doing interests you then please complete the short form at www.bookshaker.com/drupal5/editor
Once you’ve completed the form you’ll get an auto-responder telling you more and Debbie
promises she’ll follow up soon after to answer any questions you may have asked.

Good luck

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Ljiljana came to my party last week and has agree to let me post her comment here. I think it has some useful lessons for those of us who fear networking ..

I was about to give up. I was thinking about writing an email saying that I was sorry but I couldn’t make it and then invent some reason. But I had already arranged everything: my mother-in-law had come to look after her grandson and my husband came home on time from his work and then the mother of our son’s friend came on time to fetch her child… so that I had no excuses left and could be on time for Jo’s Celebration in the centre of The Hague after all. I’m not very new in the city but it was my first expatriate party! And if I do not count family members’ birthdays it was my first party in the Netherlands ever. Before this party, I met Jo few times at Connecting Women. My first workshop at Connecting Woman was actually Jo’s lecture about networking, in February this year. What shall I say? I could hardly wait for the next meeting. At the third I decided to become a member and at the fourth I became the proud owner of Jo Parfitt’s book Career in your Suitcase (third edition!).
Still I was a bit nervous about going to the launch of her two lates books. Maybe it was just an accident, but at about that time I was on the page 112 of Career in your Suitcase and there is a part about Fear of Networking. It is strange to have that fear after many years in journalism, but new country, new language, losing a job… changes everything. I was also very curious. The fact that she is a journalist herself helped me be brave enough to go along. And than I said to myself: You are going to that party and everything will be alright and it will be special because it’s about Jo. And it was. I was at a place with a lot of other people who came from somewhere, who are trying to find a home far away from home and who know that nothing is going to be the some once they are back home. It’s SO good to know that your are not alone. And there is a comfort: it is not bad at all as long as people like Jo Parfitt are around. I’ve read somewhere that “the good book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think”. Mind you, her books and speeches made me move!

Ljiljana Lelieveld Gogic