11 Mistakes Writers Make When Approaching Literary Agents

Excellent advice for approaching literary agents: 11 Mistakes Writers Make When Approaching Literary Agents. … [Read more...]

“Building the World” in Your Memoir

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Fantasy and science fiction writer Janice Hardy explains how to "build a world" that readers will find believable and intriguing. Judiciously applying some "world-building techniques" like these can help a memoir come alive. The Other Side of the Story: Three Ways to Ground Readers in Your World. … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding the “Self-Published Look”

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Standard publishers have mastered the art of making books classy and valuable - they even look that way. Everything from cover art to text to back matter is just so, and signals quality work and a quality read. Unfortunately, self-published books often lack the quality look, as well as the quality. … [Read more...]

The Ups and Downs of Ebook Pricing

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5 bucks each? $10? $2.97? Read all about the ups and downs at Newly Discounted Titles Drive Avg. Price of Ebook Best-Seller Below $8.00, All-Time Low | Digital Book World. … [Read more...]

Advice on Self-Publishing from a Successful Self-Published Author

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Steve Harper, author of the self-published book The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Life & Business, offers advice on marketing your self-published book. See Author Follows the Advice of Best-Selling Author and Self-Publishes. … [Read more...]

The Long-Desired Plan for Creating a Bestselling Book?

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Is it possible to craft a plan for turning a book into a bestseller, step by step? Here's the 7-step program one author crafted - and he says it worked wonders for him. - How to Launch a Bestselling Book | Michael Hyatt. … [Read more...]

Working With a Professional Ghostwriter

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Finally! You’ve found an experienced, highly-qualified professional ghostwriter, signed the contract and you’re ready to begin. Here’s a little advice on how to work well with your ghostwriter, from the ghost’s point of view… or, more specifically, from this ghost’s point of … [Read more...]

Will the Copyright Act Open a Floodgate of Contract Rewrites for Authors?

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Recent changes to the Copyright Act mean that authors can "recapture control" of copyrights in book contracts that are 35 years old. This begins with contracts signed in 1978, and some very specific steps must be taken. For more, read: Will the Copyright Act Open a Floodgate of Contract Rewrites for … [Read more...]

How to Publish a Book: HarperCollins and Mhairi McFarlane show you how – YouTube

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For a very visual explanation of the standard book-publishing process, see How to Publish a Book: HarperCollins and Mhairi McFarlane show you how - YouTube. … [Read more...]

Hiring a Professional Book Ghostwriter

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You’ve selected your ghostwriter and you’re eager to begin working on your book. But first, there’s that contract to deal with. There is no set format for a contract to ghostwrite a book. Some contracts are long, some are short; some are written in plain English while others are full of … [Read more...]

Finding Your Professional Ghostwriter, Part I

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Finding just any ghostwriter to write your book is easy. But how do you find your ghostwriter, the one who is just right for you? You’ve Googled and used other ways of finding ghostwriters to come up with a list of candidates. They’re all experienced professionals, have good resumes and are … [Read more...]

Looking for a Professional Ghostwriter

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Looking for a top-notch book ghostwriter is both very simple and an amazing pain in the you-know-what! One client told me he thought it would be very easy. All he had to do was Google “professional ghostwriter,” "best ghostwriter, "top ghostwriter," “need a professional ghostwriter,” … [Read more...]

More HOLY COW! Moments in the Writer-For-Hire’s Life

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One of my “favorite” HOLY COW clients was incredibly slow to pay, although she kept insisting she paid every invoice on time. It didn’t matter that I had to call and email her repeatedly after sending each invoice, requesting payment. It didn’t matter that at one point I refused to … [Read more...]

When is After?

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A company has asked me to ghostwrite a book for them. I’m dealing with a nice guy at the company, who invited me to submit a proposal with my terms for payment, due dates for blocks of chapters, etc. Nice Guy looked my proposal over, told me it seemed fine, and passed it on to the Legal Department … [Read more...]

Name Your Fee – As Long as it’s 7¢ a Word!

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by a fellow who represented a large international firm that was setting up a website devoted to business. He wanted to know if I could write a series of informative 500-word articles for the site. “We want high-quality writing,” he told me several times. “And … [Read more...]

Readable Writing Rule #12: Accentuate the Positive

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When writing a health book for the popular press or a book designed to motivate and inspire readers, what tone should you take? Upbeat and positive is best. Readers of self-help books want to know what works. They want to know what you prefer. They want to know what they should do. As much as … [Read more...]

Readable Writing Rule #11: Stick Your Neck Out

Imagine that you are sitting at your desk, reading a new book on the benefits of exercise. Would you follow the exercise plan if the author proudly proclaimed, “Some of these exercises will affect you in a positive manner?” That’s not much of an endorsement. You’d be much more interested if … [Read more...]

But What Does That Mean??!!

Many years ago, a publisher approached my agent with a plan for reissuing one of my old, out-of-print books. Their offer was modest, but it did include a huge inducement: a “national media campaign.” Whoa! NATIONAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN! I salivated as I imaged myself being flown from Los Angeles to … [Read more...]

The HOLY COW! Moments in the Writer-for-Hire’s Life

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I often work as a freelance ghostwriter, penning books and book proposals at the request of agents or experts (such as a doctor or business executive). The work usually progresses smoothly, with the agent or expert sketching out their ideas for me, asking for my advice, critiquing drafts as I send … [Read more...]

Readable Writing Review: Write in Regular Old English

When you’re in the process of putting words to paper (or words to screen, as the case may be) remember that writing is just like speaking, only you do it with ink (or computer images), not vocal cords. So follow these simple Readable Writing rules: 1. Keep the pomposity factor low. 2. Toss … [Read more...]