Queen of Results highlights Timothy Jacobs of Jacobs Writing Consultants
Jacobs Writing Consultants is a national company made up of a dozen editors and ghostwriters with expertise in the fields of editing and writing. The company’s goal is to polish authors’ manuscripts to perfection before they are submitted it to a literary agent, a publisher, or upload to Amazon or Kindle.
I met Tim in the beginning of 2014, right after he “decommited” from his nine-to-five job to fulfill his dream of forming a writing consulting firm. Tim and I caught up for a few moments to discuss some of the recent developments in his rapidly growing firm.
EC: Tim, I imagine there’s is never a dull moment in your world but what is exciting about your business, at the moment?:
TJ: It seems like the whole book business is changing, and changing fast. More people want to tell or share their life story while business entrepreneurs are eager to share their success stories. Their biggest challenge is - time. That’s where we are able to provide the solution. For us, the excitement is hearing about what, how, and when someone’s life changed, or how entrepreneurs became successful while surrounded by negativity and great odds.
EC: How are you unique in your area of expertise?
TJ: I think that I am unique, and our team of editors is unique as well, because we all have written a book (in some cases more than one). Therefore, we understand being on the other end as a writer and giving your work up to someone else to critique and edit. We have great empathy for writers, especially first time writers.
EC: What were/are some of the obstacles you have either overcome and/or are working through regarding the transformation of your business?
TJ: Getting writers to understand just how important having a clean, well edited manuscript is crucial when it comes to getting your book published and making sales on Amazon and Kindle. Many writers feel that they write well and they can self edit their book. You can’t. Your mind is so intelligent that it actually inserts missing words in your writing as you read it over. Every writer needs someone, a professional, to read over their work before they submit it to a publisher or literary agent, or upload to Amazon or Kindle for sales.
EC: What is your biggest achievement and how you did it?
TJ: One huge achievement for us was when a publisher we work with gave us a New York Times best seller’s manuscript to proofread. It shows the faith and trust the publisher has in Jacobs Writing Consultants, and the bond and trust we’ve built with the publisher.
EC: When was the “turning point” in your path to success?
TJ: In a book I was reading, the author wrote that “you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” It made me take inventory of who I spend time with. It was then I made all the necessary changes in my life to move forward and get serious about Jacobs Writing Consultants.
EC: What are your guiding principles?
TJ: Be thorough, do what you say you’ll do, and always listen to your customer or client.
EC: What do you think keeps people from being successful?
TJ: Fear. I think people are afraid to follow their passion. I was afraid to step out on my own for a long time, but at some point you need to realize that you need to step out. Follow your passion and the resources you need will follow.
EC: Looking back, what was a big lesson you learned? What advice can you give to help others who may be able to relate to your experience?
TJ: My lesson was that doing your own thing instead of going to a 9-5 job, is that it is a lifestyle change. You need to change your mindset, change how you think, how you look and review things, and you need to be surrounded – on a daily basis – by positive, like-minded people. If there is something you want to do, find someone who does or has done exactly that, and let them mentor you.
EC: What one thing should our readers take away, this week, in order to move forward?
TJ: Write down your goals and as soon as you make a decision to do something or go for something, immediately take a step toward that decision or toward that goal.
EC: If you had one more hour per day, what would you do with it?
TJ: I just heard in a lecture that if you wake up one hour earlier each day, it equals to 6.5 extra 40 hour weeks. I would read more. Gaining knowledge is key in any business. I try to read about an hour a day, but if I could read two hours a day, I could gain twice the knowledge.
EC: What is your favorite success quote?
TJ: “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
EC: How can our listeners contact you?
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