An Idea Architect fills a new role in the publishing and media industry. While working with authors, editors, and agents, we are distinct from all three. While our skills and services often overlap these three traditional roles (including developmental editing, representation, proposal writing, and even collaborative authorship), our primary focus is to help authors realize their vision and to present their ideas most successfully to the world. Rather than taking a narrow view of an individual book manuscript or even book publishing alone, our goal is to help visionaries make their ideas most compelling, most persuasive, and most effective in the cultural marketplace, whether presented in books, workshops, lectures, websites, videos, or films.
Practically, we work with far fewer authors than a literary agent or book editor. In addition, our goal is not simply selling a book or books, as agents do, or buying a book or books, as editors do, but helping to shape the overall ideas and insights that our client has to offer our society. Along the way, we provide individual services, some of which are provided by other professionals in the publishing field but which are rarely all provided by a single individual. These include idea exploration, messaging and strategic positioning, book or media proposal writing, developmental editing, writing and revising, editorial coaching, editorial project management, and general professional consulting on the publishing and media industry. In some cases, where we have expertise, we also serve as literary agents, although we often choose to work collaboratively with other agents who have expertise in other fields and genres.