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“A Town Called Malice” by Adam Abramowitz

In his new novel A Town Called Malice, Adam Abramowitz continues the exploits of Zesty Meyers, the 1980s Boston bike courier. When a rock and roll legend suspected of murdering his girlfriend reappears after thirty years on the run, Zesty … Continue reading

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Character Development in Thrillers

I ghostwrite a lot of thrillers for my valued clients. (Surprised? Don’t be!) Naturally they often ask questions about the writing process and the relative importance of various elements including character development. Generally in thrillers you don’t spend much time … Continue reading

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The Secret of Success of Genre Novels

My fiction clients often ask me if I think their novel could be a success, or even a best seller. My answer is that once you reach a certain minimum level of professionalism in your writing – which takes some … Continue reading

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Please Allow Me to Brag a Little Bit….

I don’t post many client testimonials because when I see them presented on other sites they often seem facile and, well, untrustworthy. But recently an Upwork client posted a five-star review of my services that went above and beyond what … Continue reading

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Should Your Editor Take One of Those Online Grammar Tests?

On the job site Upwork, I recently saw a job posting by a gentleman from France. As part of the qualifications to bid on his book project – which he did not describe in any detail – he wanted all bidders to take the Upwork “English sentence structure” … Continue reading

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Those Vexing Symbols – When to Use Them and When to Write Them Out

One of the features of the English language is a built-in level of redundancy within a certain set of commonly used symbols. While this redundancy provides the writer with choices, it can also make for confusion and, at least among editors, … Continue reading

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“Mastering the Habits of Continuous Improvement” by Al Diaz

Congratulations to my valued client Al Diaz on the publication of his new book “Mastering the Habits of Continuous Improvement.” Rooted firmly in the industrial principles of Deming, Shewhart, Juran, McGregor, Ohno, Shingo, Pareto, Ishikawa, Rother, Sutherland, and Schwaber, this … Continue reading

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Write Cleanly and Clear Out Those Unnecessary Words!

I do a lot of book editing for my clients. Typically, my job is to clean up the text and make the emotions more vivid or (in the case of business books) the arguments more persuasive. I help my authors organize … Continue reading

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Your Novel Is Never Finished Until You Stop Working on It!

As a professional editor, I have the pleasure to assist many novelists. Being sensible people, they want to know how much it will cost to edit their novel. My answer is always, “How much do you want to spend?” I’m … Continue reading

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“The Path to Leadership” by Ronnell D. Crittenden, edited by Thomas Hauck

Some of the greatest business books are fables set in the animal kingdom. This is because fables give the author great flexibility to distill a story down to its essence and make it universal. “The Path to Leadership: An Amazing … Continue reading

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