Ghostwriting & Books

19 Jun 2020

HOW TO HIRE A GHOSTWRITER

There’s a story brewing inside you. Admit it. Maybe you’ve had the idea for a great adventure tale for years, or maybe you just recently decided to go after a professional goal of getting published. Regardless, the words are there… but you’re just not sure how to form them into the next great work. Enter […]

18 Jun 2020

IS A BOOK STILL AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IF WRITTEN BY A GHOSTWRITER?

Why do so many celebrities, politicians, and executives turn to ghostwriters to help them write their autobiographies and memoirs? It’s simple: writing a book is hard, time-consuming work. Plus, just because someone holds a position of authority or fame doesn’t mean they are skilled at writing. It makes sense to enlist the help of an […]

10 Jun 2020
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ISBNS: THE ALPHABET SOUP OF THE LITERARY WORLD

Your grocery store cashier picks up your can of chicken noodle and waves it over a little sensor before delivering it to the conveyor for bagging. You know what’s happening: The can is stamped with a barcode that indicates the item and price. Once scanned, this information tells the cashier how much you owe and […]

29 May 2020
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THE ART OF GHOSTWRITING: HOW TO CAPTURE SOMEONE ELSE’S PERSONALITY IN YOUR WORDS

Writing is a very personal process. Every writer is unique, just as every individual is unique. So how can you write for someone else? Your goal is authenticity: to genuinely mimic the client’s rhythms and seamlessly weave their characteristics into the story. That is the key to successful ghostwriting. It’s not enough to be a […]

19 May 2020
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WHEN A HYBRID PUBLISHER IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR AUTHORS

When Patricia Marshall’s mother started self-publishing her own books a decade ago, she paid someone to print her books on an Espresso Book Machine (a machine that can print and bind a book in a few minutes), one book at a time. She would then ship the books to Amazon to sell them. She lost […]

29 Apr 2020
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PROTECTING MYSELF, MY BOOK, AND MY SOURCES

Every interesting story has a hook. The challenge is finding what grabs your reader. One sure way to make your story stand out is by using quotes. Why is this effective? Possibly because our human nature makes us curious about others. Quoting experts helps you make a compelling argument. It’s satisfying to read of others […]

26 Mar 2020
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TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING VS SELF-PUBLISHING: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK?

You’ve written a book—congratulations! But after the initial euphoria wears off, many authors are faced with this looming question: Now what? You want to get your book out into the world—but aren’t sure which is the best way to do so. Should you try to land a contract with a traditional publisher? Or is self-publishing […]

13 Mar 2020
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORMS

Two decades ago, self-published authors commanded about as much respect for their work as used car salesmen or politicians. In other words, no one was taking them seriously. But over time, stories began to emerge about authors like Mark Dawson, who has sold over 2 million copies of his books. Or Amanda Hocking, who back […]

27 Feb 2020
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GOING BEHIND THE CURTAIN: FAQ ON PUBLISHING AND THE LEGAL ISSUES OF HIRING A GHOSTWRITER

Every year, dozens of civil lawsuits are filed that included allegations of libel or defamation. Most of the time, these things are obscure cases that never reach the headlines, but nevertheless cost both plaintiffs and defendants sizable sums for legal fees and court costs. Some cases, though, such as Jesse Ventura’s case against Chris Kyle’s […]

30 Jan 2020
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THE ART OF TECHNICAL GHOSTWRITING

One of the most challenging aspects of technical writing is communicating effectively with a subject matter expert (or SME, commonly pronounced as one word “smee”). SMEs have the knowledge that the technical writer must extract and translate into useful publications, such as documents, videos, webinars, classroom courses, and marketing collateral. In some cases, the technical […]