Cherry Pie Author Services

Fancy meeting you here!

Welcome to our author service boutique!

We believe in using small-town charm & big city skills to help new & long-time authors achieve greater success.

We brand, re-brand, or completely overhaul careers, provide a full array of fiction and nonfiction edits for your needs, and help you create personalized book launch plans, unique marketing, and beautiful proposals (book, film/tv, query, & synopses) that work for YOU.

Basically? We lessen the busy & burnout so you can focus more on creating the extraordinary life you love.

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ABOUT

Hi there! I’m so glad you’re here!


First things first. Let’s talk about success, darling.

I mean - you’ve striven for it, yes?

You want it.

That feeling of accomplishment that says all your hard work - all of your heart work – the late nights & early mornings, the crazy state of marketing, & the constant keeping up with publishing preferences - mean something bigger than the space between your soul & the computer screen.

Whether you’re a writer striving to launch a career, or you’ve launched & succeeded (& are now trying to hang on to that sweet spot), or… maybe you once had it, but find yourself relegated to yesterday’s it-list…

What is it your career needs?


What about your current strategy is working for you – and, just as importantly - what things aren’t?

Because, chances are, your definition of success includes a career that allows you a life bigger than beating the pavement, relearning the latest trends, & marketing yourself into exhaustion.

That’s where Cherry Pie Author Services comes in. I want to help you break from the busyness & take a deep breath. Then we’ll dive in to honestly assess where your career / manuscript / book launch / brand is at, and where you need it to be. Then we’ll help you craft a unique-to-you plan with tools catered to how you operate.

So, let me help you. Let’s tackle what you need, toss what you don’t, & maybe even reboot your passion in the process.

After all, you are a brilliant creative. Let’s make everything about your career reflect that.

~m


WHAT I DO:

I sit down with you to brainstorm, build, brand, & re-brand your career so that you can ditch the busy & burnout, & spend more time on creating the extraordinary life & career you dream of.


MY PHILOSOPHY:

You and I came into this world as wild, passionate beings. We are here on purpose, for a purpose. So let’s rock this thing.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

Once you purchase a package, we’ll schedule a phone chat. I’ll email you a questionnaire / workbook to help us unpack your specific needs along with your unique talents, style, & strengths we can build from. Then we’ll get on a zoom call & create a detailed strategy that’s a perfect fit for you!


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Testimonials

Kind things clients are saying


Did we meet the needs you came to us for?

Vanessa Rasanen, Author

“Launching a book feels daunting, but Mary helped me develop a plan and schedule that feels efficient, effective, and feasible for my busy schedule! I left our meeting feeling confident and excited to get to work!”

Regarding BOOK LAUNCH Package ›

Lani Forbes, YA Author

“It was fantastic! I feel like Mary went above and beyond. She explained answers to questions I didn't even know I had.”

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

Brandy Bruce, Author

“I loved working with Cherry Pie Services! The logos, brand suggestions, and advice have been invaluable.”

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

KB Benson, YA Author

It was fantastic! Mary is super knowledgeable and jumped right in addressing the main needs and concerns I had. I’m very pleased with the package I received.

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

Laura A. Grace

IT WAS AMAZING!!! (I hope it’s okay to express that with all caps as I don't know any other way to express how eye-opening and incredible this experience was!) Truly, I came in hoping for clarity concerning one thing involving my brand, but I got unexpected clarity on a variety of things surrounding my brand! I feel very encouraged to dream big, inspired to make those dreams a reality, and have a newfound confidence in my brand that those dreams can happen.

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

Becky Dean, YA Author

“The experience was fantastic and definitely met my needs. Figuring out my brand and working to build a platform always felt intimidating, and now it feels not only possible, but like something I'm excited to dive into.”

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

Clint Hall

“This was a fantastic experience that will certainly benefit my career moving forward. You absolutely met my needs.”

Regarding QUERY & PITCH PACKAGE ›

Aleigha C. Israel, Author & owner of Literary Treasures Co

“Yes! I had so much fun working with Cherry Pie services. Mary was an absolute joy to work with! I went from feeling overwhelmed and a bit unsure of the direction to take my career, to now feeling confident and so excited for what the future holds! She went over and beyond what I could have ever hoped for! <3”

Regarding BRAND & PROMOTE / AUDIENCE GROWTH Package ›

Emily Hayse, YA Author

“Emphatically yes! I wanted an experienced eye to look at my brand, online presence, and career plans, and tell me what was working and how to realistically move forward. Not only did I get that, I got a huge confidence boost. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next steps in my career.”

Regarding CAREER BREAKTHROUGH Package ›

R.J. Anderson, internationally bestselling author of KNIFE

“The Career Breakthrough Package was definitely a helpful way to dig into my career, clarify my mission and interests, and develop better branding and outreach to my readers! I really appreciated Mary’s thorough, insightful and generous help in figuring out where I am and where I need to go from here.”

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Olivia Cornwell, Indie Author

“YES! My experience has been amazing. I've learned a lot about doing a launch, and I'm excited to put to use what I've learned, now and for future books.”

Regarding BOOK LAUNCH Package ›

Tabitha Caplinger

“My brainstorming call was exactly what I needed. Mary was so insightful. I walked away with good ideas and great advice to make my launch a success.”

Regarding BOOK LAUNCH Package ›

Preslaysa Williams, Author of forthcoming novel from Avon, HarperCollins

“Mary's insights regarding book marketing were invaluable. She provided me with a solid, doable plan for my book release.”

Regarding BOOK LAUNCH Package ›

PACKAGE 1

QUERY & PITCH PACKAGE ($100)


Your book is written & edited. It’s time to write your query & begin your AGENT SEARCH!!!

Question is, where do you start? What do you need to know? And WHERE DO YOU FIND AN AGENT? For that matter, how do you know if your query will stand out? And what about conference pitching?

We’re excited to say - WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!!!

Eliminate the stress & give yourself a MASSIVE head start with our Query & Pitch Package. WHAT YOU GET WITH THE ENTIRE PACKAGE:

- LINKS TO MULTIPLE EXTENSIVE & REPUTABLE AGENT DIRECTORIES!

Looking for an agent? These lists are gold.


- OUR E-WORKBOOK TO WALK YOU STEP BY STEP THROUGH

1) What to look for in an agent
2) Where to find an agent
3) Connecting with agents
4) Questions to ask an agent
5) Questions to expect from an agent
6) How to pitch to an agent in person


- ALL YOUR TEMPLATES

1) A quick & easy QUERY SYNOPSIS TEMPLATE (just fill in the blanks)
2) A quick & easy QUERY TEMPLATE (fill in the blanks & tweak it to your style)
3) A quick & easy ONE SHEET TEMPLATE (to give agents when you’re pitching in person)
4) A quick & easy FILM/TV SHEET TEMPLATE (just follow the directions & viola - you’re done!)


- THEN... WE’LL EDIT IT!

We’ll use our editorial & marketing eyes to line edit your finished query, one sheet, & film/tv pitch for a polished product that sings!


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PACKAGE 2

Brand & Promote Yourself / Audience Growth ($250)


Are you in the pre-published stage & needing to develop a platform & find your audience?

OR are you a long-time author needing to re-fresh or reach the next step? THIS IS FOR YOU!

You’ll walk away with a fresh, stylish look, clear understanding of what you need, rich assessment of your audience, how to reach & grow them, a clear strategy on how to pivot your platforms, newsletter, & online presence to promote yourself (without feeling like a salesman), PLUS a freshened-up story brand, shiny logo, IG highlight covers, & aesthetic!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

(1) One 60 minute zoom call
(2) Assessment of author story brand & social media presence
(3) Target audience analysis
(4) Competitor examples & comparisons
(5) Personalized suggested strategies, social media style, Instagram filters, marketing, newsletter, apps, & platform ideas to maximize your platform & readership growth potential
(6) A gorgeous, classic logo custom designed for you
(7) Custom suggestions to overhaul Instagram &/or preferred social media platform aesthetics
(8) 2 packs Instagram Highlight Covers custom designed for you
(9) A Brand Style Sheet custom created with your new aesthetic, including color scheme, logo, sub-logos, fonts, and mood pics
(10) E-copy of The Author Brand Workbook


INQUIRE HERE — ›

PACKAGE 3

CAREER BREAKTHROUGH ($230)


Are you wanting MORE in your career?

This package delves into the deeper issues writers struggle with - feelings of being stalled, stuck, wanting more, or even burned out. We examine what aspects of your career you want, those you don’t, & the dreams & passions that BRING YOU ALIVE. We’ll get to the root of what’s slowing you down, then re-ignite your passion so you can create the career you desire!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:


- BREAKTHROUGH SESSION

90 min zoom call to dissect & re-imagine your career


- E-copy of The Career Breakthrough Workbook


- CAREER & SOCIAL MEDIA ASSESSMENT

1) Assessment of your current brand & social media presence
2) Target audience analysis
3) Analysis & help adjusting your author story brand
4) Competitor examples & comparison


- AESTHETICS

1) A Brand Style Sheet custom created with your new aesthetic, including color scheme, filters, fonts, & mood pics
2) 2 packs Instagram Highlight Covers custom designed for you
3) Custom suggestions to overhaul Instagram &/or preferred social media platform aesthetics


- PERSONALIZED SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES

1) Personalized strategies, social media style, marketing & platform ideas
2) Personalized app, tool, & schedule recommendations


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PACKAGE 4

BOOK LAUNCH ($250)


The book’s written, edited, & on its way to publication – so now let’s give it a solid launch!

If you’re among the lucky ones, a publisher has hired the marketing gods to shoot the moon. However, if you’re like the majority of traditional or indie published authors, most of your book’s launch (& its success) is up to you.

So, what if it didn’t have to be stressful, confusing, or a constant sense of not doing enough? What if, instead, it could be practical, dynamic, professional, AND wildly fun?

Let’s take my years of publishing experience successfully launching books & writing marketing plans, look at what you have, & create a personalized book launch plan & schedule for YOU. Then we’ll add a dash of magic. In other words - let’s LIGHT. THIS. THING. UP.

SESSION INCLUDES:


- 90 minute brainstorming zoom call

To discuss ALL THE THINGS


- E-copy of The Book Launch Workbook!

Includes:
- all the TEMPLATES you need to request help from bookstagrammers, bloggers, & street team members regarding:
1) cover reveals
2) follow-up
3) book launch
- a release month SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING SCHEDULE
- detailed info on PRESS RELEASES & outreach
- everything you need for each of the above!

Basically - YOU WILL LOVE THIS.


- A COMPLETE BOOK LAUNCH PLAN!

1) A book launch plan personalized for you, full of creative ideas, resources, and fun!
2) A detailed calendar schedule for the months leading up to and after launch day, complete with what to do when
3) Suggestions on how to utilize your social media, Instagram, contacts, and ads to give your book the extra push it needs


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PACKAGE 5

Editing Package ($300 - $3000)


Congratulations, your book’s finished! Now it’s ready for editing!

Whether you’re looking for a developmental edit, copyedit, assessment, or something else – we’re here to help! Prices vary depending on manuscript length and desired edit. We’re excited to treat your masterpiece to a hefty dose of magic!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

We’ll do an initial zoom call to determine your book treatment needs. From there, we’ll create a personalized editing plan, schedule, & follow up!

If you’re requesting fiction edits, you’ll also get our exclusive Editing e-Workbook that's packed with simple, step-by-step instructions to tackle any rewrites, plot holes, characters, etc!


FICTION & NONFICTION EDITS OFFERED:


ASSESSMENT:

General feedback on what your manuscript needs or where to take the story or work next. Perfect for early drafts.


DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT:

Detailed developmental big picture feedback on what your manuscript needs to make it solid. Includes full assessment & suggestions regarding premise, execution, plot, structure, characters, genre, theme, & voice. Perfect for finished drafts before the line edit stage!


LINE EDIT:

Detailed fine-tuning & adjusting of your manuscript's prose, sentence structure, style, grammar, and more. Perfect for the "almost there!" ms.


COPY EDIT:

Final clean edit of your manuscript after it’s been line edited. Perfect for those looking for that overall final quality polish!


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PACKAGE 6

photos for all your social media needs!


Ever wish you had professional photos for your social media platforms?

Well...you’re in luck, because we’ve got a variety of options to fulfill your every wish!

Such as:

BOOK PROMO PACKAGE ($125)

GORGEOUS, professional, web quality photos of YOUR BOOK for your website, social media headers, ads, & other platforms.

Includes:
- 4 customized professional photos of your book for commercial web use (such as website & author platforms)
- 2 customized pics of your book with available space for ad copy
- 4 mockups of book cover (hardback, paperback, ebook, & phone) with transparent backgrounds to superimpose over ads, photos, etc
- 6 customized bookstagram-style photos of your book for Instagram or social media platform use

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4 TRANSPARENT BOOK COVERS ($20)

YOUR BOOK on a variety of covers
(1) hardback
(2) paperback
(3) ebook
(4) phone
with a transparent background to superimpose over other photos (such as for IG, ads, etc)

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BLANK BOOK COVER PHOTOS (3 for $25)

3 bookstagram-style photos with a blank book to superimpose your or another author’s book cover onto.

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15 PRE-TAKEN BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS ($25)

For those days you want beautiful book pics on hand but don’t have time to take them...

Or for when you’re working to level up your Instagram game with professional bookstagram photos...

We’ve got you covered.

15 BEAUTIFUL pre-taken bookstagram-style stock photos. Keep them on hand, apply your own filter, and post whenever!

We offer 6 variety packs of 15 photos each.
- Vintage Neutral
- Vintage Colorful
- Vintage Greens
- Contemporary Light
- Contemporary Colorful
- Contemporary Blues

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CUSTOM BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS (10 for $60 or 20 for $85)

Pack includes:
10 or 20 pack of CUSTOM CREATED bookstagram photos taken exclusively for you - matched to your style preferences - to level up your Instagram or social media account. They come filtered or unfiltered, according to your preference.

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Heather Kelley is the professional photographer behind Instagram’s @Read.Write.Coffee!

Owner of Sapphyre Photography for 5 years, and a writer for the past 10, Heather currently lives in Texas with her husband of 15 years, 4 girls, 5 cats, and a dog. Her addictions include coffee, Jesus, & gardening (even if she’s accidentally killed far too many plants in her life).


PACKAGE 7

Marketing Consult ($100 & $300)


For when you want to market smarter not harder and grow your audience fast and organically...

Whether you're at the "When and how do I start?" stage, or the "I'm on a roll, but I want to level up" stage, this is your dish.

Let's help you SERVE IT UP.

$100 SESSION INCLUDES:

- 90 minute zoom coaching call to ask whatever you want about marketing, and to get personalized ideas, direction, prompts / style / filter / app / editing / set-up & guidance regarding your social accounts, website, and newsletter
- A write-up involving our zoom discussion & your action steps
- One month calendar of social media prompts & schedule to utilize and rotate throughout the year


$300 SESSION INCLUDES:

- 1 month of marketing coaching that involves two 90 minute phone calls (one at the beginning, one at the end) and two email check-ins
- Assessment of current brand & social media presence
- Target audience analysis
- Analysis & help adjusting your author story brand
- Competitor examples & comparison
- Write-up involving zoom discussion & action steps
- One month calendar of social media prompts and schedule to utilize and rotate throughout the year


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Package 8

Writing Mentorship ($600 & $1000)


Does your motivation, schedule, & writing need a helping hand? Does your manuscript need some clarity & direction?

4 MONTH SESSION INCLUDES:

1) Two 1 hour zoom calls (one at beginning & one near the end) to breakthrough any writer’s block, plot points, manuscript or writing questions
2) Twice a month email check-in to offer accountability & help you stay on track
3) Development of a personalized writing schedule that works for you
4) Two critiques of 15,000 words each on any writing of your choice


6 MONTH SESSION INCLUDES:

1) Three 1 hour zoom calls (at beginning, middle & near the end) to breakthrough any writer’s block, plot points, manuscript or writing questions
2) Twice a month email check-in to offer accountability & help you stay on track
3) Development of a personalized writing schedule that works for you
4) Two critiques of 30,000 words each on any writing of your choice


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Package 9

FULL WEBSITE & BRANDING PACKAGE ($2200 & $3000)


Ever thought “I wish someone would just build me (or update) a full website, develop (or update) my author brand, write my social media bios, and give my accounts a complete aesthetic overhaul - & maybe throw in a calendar of social media prompts, so all I have to do is show up”?

If you’ve been writing (or pursuing it) for any length of time - sometimes you just need a complete, refreshing overhaul. Maybe with an honest career heart-to-heart thrown in about which glass ceilings you feel have to break for your next season in this profession.

That’s where my team & I come in.

We’ll sit down, discover what you want & who you want to be in this next season, and then we’ll get to work on what that could look like. We’ll help create a new brand, style, logo, schedule, & create an original website or freshen up your existing one to match.

After all, your job is to dream. Ours is to give those refreshed dreams a new set of wings.❤️

Cost including re-designed website - $2200
Cost including brand new website - $3000

SESSION INCLUDES:

1) Breakthrough Session (initial 1 hour zoom call) to dissect & re-imagine your career
2) Two more 1 hour zoom calls throughout the process
3) A brand new, clean, 5 page website (or overhaul of your existing website) – including Home, Bio, Books, Events/Blog, Contact *(Website hosting, domain, & 3rd party licenses/products & fees not included)
4) A simple, classic, custom designed logo
5) 2 sets of Instagram Highlight Covers
6) A Brand Style Sheet custom created with your new aesthetic, including color scheme, fonts, & mood pics
7) Assessment of brand & social media presence
8) E-copy of The Career Breakthrough Workbook
9) Target audience analysis
10) Analysis & help adjusting your author story brand
11) Competitor examples & comparison
12) Personalized strategies, social media style, filters, marketing & platform ideas
13) Personalized app, tool, & schedule recommendations


INQUIRE HERE — ›

Package 10

#OwnVoices (cost - free)


Here at Cherry Pie we believe we each have a personal responsibility to initiate change.

Statistically, the publishing industry has much ground to cover on the representation front, and it would be our humble privilege to lend whatever skills we have to push your voice forward.

Thus, every other month Cherry Pie donates one free package of choice (Packages 1-4) to an #OwnVoices writer.

If that’s something you’d be interested in, please click the link below, complete the inquiry, and add #OwnVoices beside your name. All inquiries, names, and services are kept confidential. If we don’t reply right away it’s simply due to the current work load and whether the current month’s free package has already been claimed. However, all inquiries will automatically roll over each month.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

~mary 🍒

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My credentials

Hey there! I’m Mary.


THE BASICS:

I met a boy in childhood & kissed him when we were both 17. Now we’re raising 3 muggles on a vintage ranch where I write books, marketing plans, & ad copy for publishers & authors, & wear plaid pants like those golfers on TV.


MY REP:

I’m represented by Holly Root & Melanie Castillo at Root Literary Agency.


THE REST:

Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of six books, including the Storm Siren Trilogy, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series, and the STEM inspired To Best the Boys. In her spare time, Mary runs Cherry Pie Author Services as a marketing and career consultant, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking aging superstars while wearing fannypacks and sweatpants. (Because nothing says “let me admire you” like the traditional attire of serial killers and George Costanza.)


ASIDE FROM BOOKS:

Mary’s written for Huffington Post, Hallmark, Bon Appetit, Writer's Digest, been featured in USA Today, and has a fun interview in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling CRESS. While creating educational & marketing material for a non-profit for 16 years, Mary was offered her first 3 book contract after a HarperCollins publisher saw her blog and invited her to pitch a story idea. She wrote the book, helped write the marketing plan, & they sold more than 100,000 volumes. Since then, she’s helped write marketing & book launch plans for an entire Harper YA division. You can find her family in the Netflix hit series “13 Reasons Why” or at the local Boba Tea stop. To join her latest shenanigans or get humorous, awesome career tips, subscribe to her OWL LETTERS below. {She's also on Instagram & Facebook @ MaryWeberAuthor)


BASICALLY:

I adore writing, marketing, & making others shine. I’d be honored to help YOU step into the spotlight!


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