Become a Professional Author Assistant

Are you ready to master the tasks in the publishing world
and not just take a course…?

Are you tired of online training courses taught by those with no real experience and who can’t answer your real life questions on working with clients? Or courses that dump you out on your own the minute you pay your money or finish with the course?  Are you as tired as I am of the courses that seem to throw in everything but the kitchen sink, but are mostly fluff and very little usable material?

Start putting time and energy into your future with work you can feel great about.

We fully prepare you to provide the critical services authors ask for most and give you what you need to grow your own virtual business, attract author clients and build your web presence.

Be a part of the only comprehensive Professional Author Assistant Training Program anywhere in the world.

From Colleen Wietmarschen, Winner of the 2015 Jan B. King/IVAA Memorial Scholarship, owner of Your Literary Prose :

Colleen_Karen Branding 2014“I’ve had a love for writing and editing for years and as a Virtual Assistant helped authors edit and format books and prepare book proposals, but I never understood the entire publishing process. I belonged to a writer’s club for several years and none of the writers knew what to do with the manuscript once written. In my mind I thought, “I want to do this. I want to help people through the process of publishing their book.”

Forward to 2015, I won the Jan B. King Scholarship to take the Professional Author Assistant program and now I am certified. The PAA program is thorough (who knew there were so many steps to the process). Each section of all the Modules is prepared in an organized fashion and as a visual learner, I enjoyed viewing the videos for another run through of the material. The course covered all aspects of the process from creating the manuscript to publishing to marketing. The Challenge Exercises at the end of each Module prepared me to tackle any aspect of the publishing process. I’m enjoying teaching authors and writers that their written manuscript is more than just words.”

This is not just a training program – it is a full author client support system that never ends!

From Jennie Nash, successful author of 6 books, published by Penguin (Berkley Trade and Plume) about working with her certified professional virtual author’s assistant, Cheryl Callighan:

NashPhotoSmallThreadbareHeart“Working with a virtual author’s assistant of Cheryl’s caliber means its a collaborative team effort.  I learned from her how to do my job as an author better.  Its affordable, it’s effective and it’s fun!”

Listen to a 10 minute audio clip of Jan King talking with Jennie and Cheryl about their work together and why authors work with author’s assistants.

From Cheryl Callighan about being a virtual author’s assistant, working with authors and the Professional Author Assistant Training and Certification Program:

CalighanHeadshot-150x150“I work with several authors and I’ve always got work going on.  There are at least 100 steps in the publishing process and I follow my authors from the manuscript to published to the end of the journey – promoting the book.  It’s just amazing how much it takes to get a book out there! As a veteran virtual assistant of twenty years, Jan’s program gave me new services to offer my consulting, speaking and coaching clients.  I feel very confident in all the services I offer.”

Great for virtual assistants, freelance writers, aspiring authors, anyone with a publishing background who needs a new source of income or a part-time job.

From Karen Reddick, Master Virtual Assistant and Master Virtual Author’s Assistant:

Reddick-150x150“I’ve always loved books and it is so rewarding to help authors get books published.  As soon as I became certified as an author’s assistant, I found seven new author clients in two months.  I work with authors almost full time at this point.

Imagine earning great money while helping authors prepare manuscripts, get their books published or take virtual book tours, while learning the book publishing industry.

Becoming a virtual author’s assistant opened up an entire new revenue stream for my virtual assistant business. I am able to work with authors at any stage of their books – manuscript, publishing or online marketing. Your program left no stone unturned.”


From Ellen Rogin, one of Karen Reddick’s clients and the author of Great With Money: The Women’s Guide to Prosperity:

“As a new self-published author, I relied on Karen’s expertise to complete many of the projects to get my book from idea to bookshelf.”

Enjoy learning on your time and at your own pace.

Enjoy continuing education and support for the life of your business.

VAAOHQWhen you register, you’ll get access to the acclaimed PAA Online Headquarters.  A now and future resource, business center, support network and industry exclusive, with hundreds of pages, tips and links, there when you have any questions in your work with authors.

VAADirectoryWhen you complete the course you also have your own profile page on our acclaimed Authors Assistant Directory which allows thousands of authors to find you and your unique services.

From Leanne Jewett, PAA:

“Thank you for this great course. The information was detailed, easy to understand, and well-organized. Creating a notebook using the instructions provided has already been invaluable. I’ve used notebooks for organizing before, but never so effectively. I’ll be using notebooks in similar ways to organize client information. Being able to access the material again and again is also wonderful. I will be referring to it on a regular basis as my client-base expands.

I have been unemployed for months; in fact I’ve only worked seasonally for the last 2 years. I was starting to work virtually, but having trouble finding clients due, I think, to lack of focus on a target market. Then I came across your class in a forum ( Now I am already working with 2 authors and have so many referrals that I’m actually having trouble keeping up. I’m certain some of them will become clients.

I especially want to commend you on the way you stressed that the needs of the client are always paramount and will result in some work being referred. I also appreciated your hints about networking being just that and not “selling.” I have an aversion to selling and now understand that I don’t have to sell, but only form sincere relationships with people in related fields. That has taken a load off my mind and made me realize that I will find friends as well as colleagues as I do this work that I love. I had worried that I would feel isolated working from home, but now have good reason to be out among interesting people on a regular basis.”

About the course creator, Jan King:

JanKingJan King developed the PAA course to provide support to virtual assistants who want to become the go-to resource for their author clients.   Jan knew that authors make great clients and the number of books being published annually was increasing at an unprecedented rate, and eBooks will continue to send it soaring. She saw a tremendous need for virtual assistants who can provide those services authors don’t have the time or expertise to do themselves. PAAs can help authors write and sell more and do less of what’s in between.

Her own clients were nonfiction authors. She worked as a publishing strategist, a combination of an old-fashioned editor at a publishing company and a literary agent.  About 2/3 of her clients self published and 1/3 found major publishers.  But they all NEEDED author’s assistants.  She developed the Virtual Author’s Assistant Training Program to give VAs the skills they needed to serve this market and recommended author’s assistants to authors regularly.

About the current Program Directors, Janica Smith and Michelle Scappace

Michelle_Scappace-squareJanicaS - squareJanica and Michelle are both graduates of the PAA program and have worked with authors for several years. Between the two of them, they have helped authors establish over 50 independent publishing companies and have supported authors of over of over 85 books.

In 2014, Jan King sought them out to take over the helm of the PAA/PSA programs. They continue to maintain Jan’s commitment to excellence and offering support to authors and speakers with highly trained and certified professional assistants.

A message from Janica and Michelle:

“Taking the PAA course developed by Jan King has given us the opportunity to work with verLoveMyWorkPostIty interesting and inspiring clients. The work has been personally, professionally, and financially rewarding. We are honored to continue Jan’s legacy by providing the courses to other people who want to serve the author and speaker community.

With the Professional Author Assistant Training Program, you benefit from all our publishing and business experience. You get instant access to the course and all the resource materials you will use for years to come.

You will have immediate access to a supportive, connected, helpful network of working virtual author’s assistants to answer your questions and help you succeed. To get access to all of this insider information and one-on-one training could easily cost thousands of dollars if purchased separately.”

$799 – one time pay

$415 x 2 payments

$283.33 x 3 payments

For the best value register for both the
Professional Author Assistant and the
Professional Speaker Assistant
courses together!

Download the table of contents of the Professional Author Assistant course here.