Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about process

  • What are your working hours?

    8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Where is Simple Math Consulting?

    SMC is in Evergreen, Colorado.
  • How to book time/services?

    Go to the Contact page and we'll have an inital conversation. Phone calls are required in the beginning. I am not a chatbot and do not employ them.
  • Payment options?

    I accept cash, PayPal, checks and Venmo. I invoice through QuickBooks. Deposits are required on a case-by-case basis.
  • How do I submit files for editorial services?

    We'll have a conversation first. Afterwards, we can use tools like email, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, YouSendIt or any other large file sharing mechanisms we agree to use.
  • Where can we get together?

    We can use Zoom or Microsoft Teams for virtual situations, or we can meet at a conveniently located, locally owned coffeeshop in downtown Evergreen.
  • Do you offer discounts?

    Sure! If the scope of what we're doing together justifies a "sliding scale" scenario in conjunction with my assessment of your contingent needs. Otherwise, no.
  • Do you use Artificial Intelligence?

    Absolutely not. I've put far too much time into learning my crafts, and the same likely goes for you.

Questions about services

  • Can you market my book?

    I'm not a marketing agency for authors but can certainly teach you how to leverage the power of self-promotion. I'll also guide you on the path of securing traditional book agencies.
  • Can you fix my Wordpress website?

    First: Yes, I can do this or refer you to someone even better equipped than I. I've managed a few fairly complex WP development teams. Secondly: I'd rather not mess around any further with Wordpress for a couple of reasons... a) These websites are low-hanging fruit for "brute force attacks" launched day and night by - you guessed it - AI-empowered ne'er-do-wells living all over the globe. Sometimes even forced to commit these hacking exercises under extreme duress. It's tantamount to human trafficking and I choose not to even engage in activities counter to the efforts of WP hackers. b) Furthermore, Wordpress platforms require constant updating, and I'd rather create something beautiful from scratch that doesn't need to be patched or reinstalled on a seemingly random schedule.
  • How do you know so much about business?

    I've worked with startups and venture capitalists, and I underwent graduate studies at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. I've run a few enterprises of my own, and I learned both when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. One cannot simply mop a mess up with piles of money. It's about being in the right place at the right time.
  • What's this Simple Math anyway? You an algebra teacher?

    Dear friend, math gives me hives, despite my having studied enough of it to earn an engineering degree as well as do the things that MBAs do. Simple Math is a philosophy of living the Golden Rule, of embracing simplicity while eschewing hot air (overcomplication). It's about finding value and balance. You can take any conundrum and break it down to fundamentals while embracing the simple math in all things.
  • Can you make me a star?

    I can draw a pretty good circle on a napkin but only you can excel at what you do. I'm just here to be a pretty container, a voice of reason, a trusted advisor with your success in mind. I won't provide lipstick for your pig, though. In good conscience, I remind everyone, myself included, that "garbage in leads to garbage out." I want you to spend your money wisely.
  • I heard you're a musician - that right?

    It's true. I studied classical and jazz music since the Reagan years. I have the tools and technology to incorporate multimedia into your creative projects if it helps to build a brand or promote an idea.
  • Will you take any project on?

    I will discuss just about any project with you but I won't necessarily tackle it. If it's beyond my skill set, I won't leave you marooned but would rather refer you to a respectful and well-equipped person/company. I am firm about three things: quality submissions, time stewardship and respectful projects. That is, if I'm looking at a book manuscript that needs to be "corrected" (extraneous apostrophes zapped or run-on sentences rewritten), the submission is woefully premature. I will not work on anything antihumanistic, antisocial, overtly dogmatic, brashly political or.... you get the point. If I need to elaborate beyond this, we won't be a good fit anyway. Then, as for time, you need to respond to my phone calls or emails because our time is valuable. Appointments need to be kept for us all to succeed.
  • How long will it take?

    I take a FIFO (first-in-first-out) approach to the many projects I manage. However, adjustments sometimes are made based on urgency, opportunity costs, my needs, your needs... We'll discuss the scope of the project up front and stick to a plan. Add-ons are billed. Changes from the plan are also billed. Nonpayment causes a project to stall. Long story short: It takes as much time as it needs to in order to reflect the quality and goals determined in the beginning. I work swiftly but carefully.