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“How Do I Tax Thee?” by Kristin Tate

Wait… Why is a Massachusetts liberal extolling the virtues of a book written by conservative columnist and Fox News commentator Kristin Tate, whose previous book, Government Gone Wild, (Hachette Books) was praised by Stephen Bannon?

Because How Do I Tax Thee? (St. Martin’s Press) is a book that any rational human being can embrace. Yes, Kristin is a libertarian, but she’s not either 1) someone who wants to go live in a hut in the forest, away from civilization, or 2) a rich person who champions libertarianism because it’s a convenient way to avoid any social responsibility and live a life of self-centered greed.

In fact, Kristin is a super-smart writer with a common-sense message: As citizens, we should know how much and how often our various governments – city, state, and federal – extract money from us in the form of taxes and fees. She’s not calling for an end to taxation; she’s simply pointing out, in example after example, how government agencies get money from us in a multitude of sneaky ways that we didn’t vote for and may not even be aware of. And what she reveals is often surprising – for example, how many states with no personal income tax (sounds good, right?) can still soak you with property and sales taxes, or nickel-and-dime you with endless fees for things you do every day, such as talk on your phone or drive your car. What Kristin is looking for is transparency and fairness, and you can’t argue with that!

Whether you live in Massachusetts or Montana, in “How Do I Tax Thee” you’ll find eye-opening secrets that you’ll want to remember the next time you head to the voting booth.










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and veteran authors worldwide.
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“Trump U” by Stephen Gilpin – A Powerful Insider Account

Are you interested in what Donald Trump did before he became president of the United States? Trump insider Stephen Gilpin has just published “Trump U: The Inside Story of Trump University,” published by OR Books, an independent publishing company that embraces progressive change in politics and culture.

Trump University began in 2005 as a legitimate online school (not a university) that sought to teach the basics of real estate through courses taught by actual real estate professionals. That concept lasted one year! Then owner Donald Trump and partners Michael Sexton and Jonathan Spitalny jettisoned the pros, hired a bunch of high-pressure salespeople, and launched the live seminar format. The first seminar was free. The goal was to sell prospects on packages that cost as much as $35,000, always prepaid. After payment, there was little practical education – but the scheme made millions!

Stephen Gilpin was hired because Trump U needed someone with real estate knowledge to handle the flood of complaints from angry students who were receiving nothing. His job was to provide a minimal level of coaching to prevent them from suing the company.

One of the most fascinating parts of the book are the transcripts from depositions Trump was forced to give in defense of the lawsuits. Over and over again, Trump says “I don’t remember.” He didn’t remember the names of the instructors, the salespeople, the hotels where the seminars were held. His performance in these depositions provides a preview of what Robert Mueller can expect when he puts Trump under oath. “I don’t recall” will be the answer we hear endlessly repeated.

This is a powerful book from a Trump insider…. buy it today!










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional book editor and ghostwriter serving global clients of both fiction and non-fiction.
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“A Boomer in Intensive Care” – Thriller by Dr. J.R. Gold, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Dr. J.R. Gold on the publication of his new political thriller, “A Boomer in Intensive Care: From the Atom Bomb to the End of Time.

The book opens in an emergency room in Santa Fe, where the narrator, Robert Santiago, seems to meet, by chance, a nuclear scientist named Dr. Robert Marshall. But the meeting quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse in which the hunter becomes the hunted. A connection is quickly made to the corrupt president of the United States, Rex Donald, who’s a power-hungry oligarch. The narrative becomes almost surreal – reminding one of a book like Slaughterhouse-Five – as the personal conflict widens to a massive conflagration.

This imaginative thriller – half ripped-from-the-headlines, half myth – moves briskly through its 186 pages, touching upon many of the hot button issues of today. It will keep you on the edge of your seat – and wondering what’s really going on in our nation’s capital.











  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional editor serving both veteran and emerging authors of fiction.
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I’m a Professional Ghostwriter – And I Never Sign Contracts!

Huh? Thomas Hauck, professional ghostwriter who’s ghostwritten or edited hundreds of top selling books, doesn’t sign contracts?

Nope. Here’s why.

I do business with people I meet over the internet. They often live thousands of miles away. I have valued clients as far away as Australia, Singapore, Qatar, Sri Lanka… the list is long. Obviously, if I were to sign a contract, and my client decided to break it, what could I do? Am I supposed to get on a plane and fly to the Middle East or Asia to collect my money? It’s not going to happen.

Contracts with people halfway around the globe are pointless and unenforceable. I figured out a long time ago that if I were to succeed as a ghostwriter and book editor, I needed to have a business model that didn’t depend on empty rituals. That’s why I invented my milestone system. It’s very simple: My valued client pays 50% of the fee for a section of 5,000 words. This is usually no more than $500, so it’s not a huge risk. Then I write the 5,000 words and send it to my client, who reviews it and accepts it. Then he or she pays me the 50% balance due – again, no more than $500.

Now we’re even.

If my valued client chooses to continue with my services, they can pay the next 50% deposit for the next 5,000 words. And so it goes, all the way up to our goal of 40,000 or 80,000 words, or whatever it may be. It’s a foolproof system.

Of course, I’m happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement and a statement saying the book is a work for hire. The latter provision is the one that’s important, because it makes clear the transfer of ownership of the manuscript from me to my client. And I do sign contracts with publishing houses that hire me to ghostwrite for them, mainly because publishers have lawyers who insist on them to justify their own billable hours.

Contracts? No. Amazing results and very satisfied clients? Yes!

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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving clients around the world.


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Hire a Ghostwriter to Write Your Book – Why It’s a Good Choice!

Let’s say you have an idea for a book. You have something you want to say to people, to either entertain them or inform them.

Your idea could take the form of a business book, a self-help book, or even a novel.

You’re not alone! Every year, I serve dozens of wonderful people just like you who have a book inside them, waiting to come out.

If you have an idea for a book and you want to make it a reality, you have two choices:

  1. You can write it yourself. This may take a while, because you’re a busy person. It may also take a long time because writing isn’t your number one skill. You’re better at other things.
  2. You can hire a ghostwriter to write it for you.

My valued ghostwriting clients are the people who choose #2. They do this for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons why you, too, may choose to hire a ghostwriter.

Why You’d Want to Hire a Ghostwriter

  1. You don’t have the time to write a book. You’re an active professional and you want to publish your book in a few months, not ten years from now! The idea of scratching out a few pages at night or on weekends is not appealing. You want to get your book project completed and the book in the hands of your audience.
  2. You’re not a professional writer. Think about it: When your car needs servicing, you take it to a professional mechanic. When you need your teeth cleaned, you go to a dentist. When you need legal advice, you hire a lawyer. That’s because these people are experts in their fields. So when you need a book written, you hire a professional ghostwriter. It only makes sense!
  3. A professional ghostwriter will add value to your book and your ideas. A good ghostwriter will take your ideas and amplify them and add that “special sauce” that makes them zing. He or she will know how to structure your book for maximum impact, and make sure the text has just the right mix of information and entertainment. Even better, they’ll do this while retaining your individual “voice.” The book will sound like you wrote it.
  4. You’ll own your book! After the ghostwriter has done their job and you’ve paid them, they disappear. Poof! Like they were never there. You will own your copyright 100 percent. If you’ve paid a flat rate – which is how I always get paid – you need not put the ghostwriter’s name anywhere on the book. And all professional ghostwriters are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that give you added protection.

Hiring a ghostwriter can be a very wise decision and a good investment. For more guidance, I invite you to download my informative and easy-to-read book, “Hire a Ghostwriter: The Complete Guide to Outsourcing Your Book.” You’re also invited to contact me for your free consultation! Just email, or use the link on this website.

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Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor.

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“Total Value Optimization” by Steven Bowen, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to Steven Bowen on the publication of his powerful and groundbreaking new book “Total Value Optimization: Transforming Your Global Supply Chain Into a Competitive Weapon,” now hitting the lists on A leading supply chain and business consultant, Steve presents his proprietary formula for eliminating waste and adding value to any industrial supply chain, from the first sourcing of raw materials to the final on-time in-full delivery to the satisfied customer.

The key to a powerful and value-adding supply chain is Total Value Optimization, a rigorous and comprehensive approach to analyzing, diagnosing, and transforming a company’s supply chain. It starts with leadership and a company culture dedicated to competitive excellence at every level, from the executive suite to the front line customer reps. Steve reveals the critical importance of data analytics, which is the foundation of the TVO Pyramid—the exclusive graphical model for a company’s journey to supply chain superiority. Along with leader and organizational improvement, Steve deeply analyses the three critical areas of procurement, logistics, and operations. He emphasizes how every functional area of the business realates to every other area, and the importance of objectivity analyzing a company’s performance.

The book is replete with revealing case studies that show how companies have solved tough problems and found unexpected value in their supply chains. With this important new book, the engaged CEO can guide his or her company to a brighter, more secure future, with more robust profits and increased market domination.










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving clients of both fiction and non-fiction around the world.
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How to Write a Powerful Fiction Query – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Many of my valued fiction clients ask me for advice about contacting literary agents and publishers. The most difficult part of any proposal is the query. This is the one-paragraph summation of what your book is about and why the literary agent should devote eight hours of his or her life reading your 90,000-word novel. It takes the agent or publisher about ten seconds to read your query and then decide whether to reject your book or ask to see more. This means that if you’ve spent a year or more slaving over your novel, its fate may depend upon that ten seconds your query is read by the literary agent.

The most important thing about a query is that it must convey the essence of your book, not the details. It must address the underlying theme, not the fine points of your amazingly intricate plot. It must present the problem faced by the protagonist, and the difficulty of solving the problem.

Here’s an actual example of advice I gave to a client who was gracious enough to share his query with me. He wrote:

“I have been rejected hundreds of times, and made the novice mistake of querying way too early. I think I now have very few viable options left, but here is my current query that no one has positively responded to:

“I am seeking representation for XXXXX, a 72,000-word ethnic novel with literary sensibility.
The book focuses on the unlikely friendship between Negin, the daughter of an Iranian Baha’i man, and Habibeh, a house servant who believes that touching a Baha’i can cause fatal blisters. However, their friendship is not tested until Habibeh conspires to take Negin to her late husband’s nephew — a powerful cleric who is planning to capture Negin’s father. Negin prepares to flee, but the cleric’s brother arrests her father. Habibeh can help, if she pays a high price.

“I grew up in Iran and my family, like Negin’s, was pulled between the Baha’i and Muslim faiths. This is my first novel.”

This is what I wrote to him:

“Your query is too confusing. Leave out the names. Boil it down to its essence. Say this:

“When the daughter of an Iranian Baha’i becomes friends with a Muslim house servant, the two girls violate deeply held social norms. The danger deepens when a powerful cleric learns of their friendship. This insightful novel explores the clash between cultures in contemporary Iran, and seeks to explore the limits of the human heart.” You need to convey the theme of the story, not the literal facts. There needs to be tension and conflict, and you need to state the source of the conflict. Do not use the girls’ names – they are much too confusing for a query.”

The query he had been using was very confusing and required the busy literary agent to keep track of the names of the characters – and their names are the least important part of the query! I’m not an expert, but it seemed to me that his novel, if well written, should be snapped up instantly. It fulfills everything the publishing industry is looking for.

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– Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both established and emerging authors.

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Theatre Review: “Flight of the Monarch” Makes World Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company

Even by the high standards of the Gloucester Stage Company, one of America’s most respected venues for new dramatic works, “Flight of the Monarch” has made an astonishing first impression. This new work, penned by Jim Frangione and directed by GSC Managing Director Jeff Zinn, and featuring just two actors, Nancy E. Carroll (Sheila) and J. Tucker Smith (Thomas), hits the stage as a fully formed and incisive examination of a question that every person asks themselves at some point in their lives: “What do I have to live for?”

The premise, like many great dramas, is simple: The lights come up on Sheila, a woman of advanced age, who is lying in a hospital bed. But she’s not passive; she’s on the phone, arguing with her sister. Defiant in her confinement, she just wants to get on with her life. Her younger brother Thomas, who has been dozing in a visitor’s chair, wakes up, and the siblings waste no time in exposing the family’s secrets. As the layers are ripped aside, we quickly learn that under Shiela’s fiesty exterior she’s losing faith in herself. She feels only the crushing weight of what she believes has been a lifetime marked by failure.

In crafting the peppery dialogue, playwright Jim Frangione, himself a working actor, thankfully avoids the temptation to be clever. Sheila and Thomas feel like people we know, and it’s easy to forget that we’re not hearing transcripts of actual conversations. Frangione’s ear for dialogue is spot-on and the plot elements are true to life. Yes, there are plenty of laughs in this drama, but none are forced, and they come from the heart, not from a playwright seeking to pander to his audience.

The direction by Jeff Zinn is what it should be: invisible to the audience. “Flight of the Monarch” unfolds with such ease and naturalism that we forget we’re watching a consciously crafted presentation. As the actors verbally attack, retreat, and make peace – often with the span of a few seconds – we stay with them, never feeling as though we’re seeing anything other than real people with real problems.

Gloucester Stage Company veteran and Rockport resident Nancy E. Carroll and GSC newcomer J. Tucker Smith carry the production with nary a misstep. They deliver astonishing performances that resonate with real passion, dreams, and regrets. They never reach for cheap laughs, which goes a long way toward building and maintaining their credibility with the audience. When they express their deepest emotions, we believe them.

The set by Cristina Todesco supports the actors and the story. When the lights come up on the second act, which is set in Sheila’s living room, you’ll swear you’ve been there before – every casually placed tchotchke evokes the kind of run-down middle-class Cape that could use a really good cleaning. The lights, costume, and sound design all contribute to the authenticity of the setting.

“Flight of the Monarch” is a poignant and astonishing family drama that aims for the heart and doesn’t miss. Congratulations to the Gloucester Stage Company for presenting this newly created jewel. See it before it triumphs in New York! Onstage now through September 30. For tickets – while they last! – visit or call 978-281-4433.






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Be Careful with Acronyms – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter

Acronyms are ubiquitous in both business writing and novels. But you have to be careful and consistent in how you construct them! Here’s an actual excerpt from an article in The New York Times published on September 1, 2017. The political article was entitled, “Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey”:

“His conduct during the hearing added to concerns held by Mr. Sessions and Mr. Rosenstein that the F. B. I director had botched the Clinton investigation and had overstepped the boundaries of his job.

“Two days after Mr. Comey’s testimony, Mr. Rosenstein had a meeting with a White House lawyer at the Justice Department, where Mr. Rosenstein expressed concern about how the F. B. I director had handled the Clinton investigation. The White House lawyer relayed the details of the conversation to his bosses at the White House.”

Look carefully at the acronym for “FBI.” Notice on both occasions the “I” doesn’t have a period after it, making you stop and read it again to make sure the “I” isn’t the first person personal pronoun.

I don’t use periods when writing acronyms. I believe they are pointless. That’s why I always write FBI, or USA, or NORAD. However, if you choose to use periods, be consistent, and write F.B.I. (leaving no spaces between the characters).

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Word Count and Page Count – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

I often receive inquiries from potential clients asking me to write a nonfiction self-help book for them, and they want to know how much time it will take to complete. My response is always that before we can determine how much time it’s going to take we need to set our target word count.

Books are measured by the word count. A free downloadable ebook is generally no more than 10,000 words. An ebook that you want to sell should be at least 20,000 words. If you want to create a physical paperback book, you’ll need at least 30,000 words to make the book substantial enough to print. Typically, self-help books that are sold on Amazon are in the range of 40,000 words. I’ve written some self-help business books that have hit 70,000 words. It all depends on the complexity and depth of your message.

The page count means nothing, because you can make the page count go up by making the font bigger, the margins bigger, and the spacing between the lines bigger. Have you ever bought a classic novel that’s in the public domain, like a Charles Dickens novel? Typically the publisher will want to save money by making the font very small – like eight or nine point – and cramming as many lines as possible on a page. In contrast, some very short books, such as the business management classic “Who Moved My Cheese?” feature a big font and lots of blank space so that the skinny little book will get fatter.

My question to my client is, what is your goal? Do you want to create a free downloadable ebook, or a book that you sell on Amazon? And what’s your budget? Professional ghostwriters and editors get paid by the word, so the more words you want, the higher the price. In my business, because each book is custom written, word by word, there can’t be a volume discount. The rate per word for a 10,000-word ebook needs to be the same as the rate per word for an 80,000-word novel.

When planning your book project, be sure to contact me and we’ll discuss your goals for your book, and then we can decide on the word count and how much time will be required to write your book!

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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor.
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