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Manuscript Deadlines: Should Ghostwriting Projects Have Them?

Manuscript Deadlines: Should Ghostwriting Projects Have Them? I think we can all agree that deadlines are a good thing, even a necessity, for both client and ghostwriter. Deadlines help ghostwriters plan their workloads and set appropriate client expectations regarding when they’ll see deliverables. A deadline helps both parties stay on track. What Happens When a… Read More »

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What Does “Bestseller” Mean?

What Does “Bestseller” Mean? Most authors and ghostwriters want to pen bestsellers, right? Because the term “bestseller” indicates that a book has sold better than others. But how much better, exactly? That’s what I started to wonder after seeing some authors in my area claim to have written bestsellers when I know (from previous conversations)… Read More »

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When Writing a Memoir, First Consider How to Tell It

  John DeSimone is a published memoir ghostwriter and novelist. He has successfully ghostwritten more than a dozen books, taught writing at the university level, and edited several hundred others, both fiction and non-fiction. His passion is helping individuals shape their stories into compelling reads. Find out more about him at www.johndesimone.com. When Writing a… Read More »

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Will Writing a Book Make You Money?

Many authors aspire to write books because they see them as potential new income streams. They expect to be able to sell scads of copies of their book to customers and generate substantial additional revenue. Some envision themselves traveling cross-country on an ambitious book signing tour, becoming independently wealthy from the sale of tens of… Read More »

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What Kind of Nonfiction Books are Publishers Buying?

You have an idea for a nonfiction book that will help promote your business, boost your career, or share an idea or methodology, and you’re wondering if any publisher will be interested. That’s a good question, and only a publisher can tell you for sure, by way of a publishing contract. But there are some… Read More »

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Before You Write Your Book, Do This First

Authors with a book idea are generally eager to start writing their manuscript. They want to start documenting their thinking, to see words on paper, or the screen, and chapters forming. But writing a draft of your book is actually not the best place to start. Whether you intend to self-publish or to try and sell… Read More »

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How to Morph from Blogger to Author

If you blog regularly for your company or your job, it’s possible you have a great start on all the content you need to write a book. That is, writing a book may not be as difficult or time-consuming as you fear. The folks at Reedsy addressed this topic in a recent article, in which… Read More »

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7 Misconceptions About Self-Publishing Authors Should be Aware Of

Fifteen, even ten, years ago, the only way to have your book taken seriously was to have it published by a mainstream publisher – a name, like John Wiley & Sons, Random House, McGraw-Hill, and others. Sure, self-publishing was available, but authors who went that route were assumed to have a manuscript that was not… Read More »

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What Should Authors Expect to Pay for Ghostwriting Help?

As much as ghostwriters ask, “What should I charge?,” prospective authors ask, “What should I pay for a ghostwriter?”  And, of course, the answer is, it depends. It depends on a lot of things, actually, and no one-size-ghostwriter fits all. While there are plenty of ghostwriters and content creators in other parts of the world… Read More »

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What is the First Step to Writing Your Book? Advice for Aspiring Authors

Many first-time authors have been thinking about writing a book for quite some time. Maybe that includes you. You know you want to write a book to share your life story or lessons learned, or maybe to offer advice – but you’re not sure how to begin. Should you write down stories? Research the topic?… Read More »

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