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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Giving Writers Straight Talk: Sometimes They Want the Sugarcoated Version

My valued clients hire me because of my expertise as a ghostwriter and book editor. They value my opinion and experience, and depend on me to tell them the truth, at least as I see it. But some writers don’t want to … Continue reading

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When It’s Time to Hire a Ghostwriter, Hire the Very Best – By Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

You Need the Best Ghostwriter You Can Find When it’s time to hire a ghostwriter, it always pays to hire the very best provider. Here’s why. Let’s say you want to write a self-help book. You’re doing this because you want to … Continue reading

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Who Writes a Best-Selling Novel? It Might Just Be a Committee! Notes by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

If you’re an unpublished or emerging novelist, you know the feeling well. You spend months in solitude, writing your novel. When it’s finished you might ask your partner to read it, or take portions to your writing group. But at … Continue reading

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Fair Use: When Can You Use Quotes or Excerpts from Other Authors? Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Many of my clients who have written non-fiction self-help books (business, health, politics) have used quotes from other authors in their own text. These quotes can be just a few sentences or entire paragraphs (which makes them excerpts). My clients … Continue reading

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What Literary Agents Want from New Authors, by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

The process for submitting a novel to a literary agent is very different from submitting a non-fiction memoir, business book, or self-help book. Non-fiction books require a full proposal, which is essentially a marketing plan: Your credentials, your platform, the … Continue reading

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“How to Make a Skinny Book Seem Fatter” by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Advice from a Professional Ghostwriter and Book Editor Many of my valued clients want to publish their books in paperback form, which is good, but they worry that their book will seem too skinny. They ask me if there are … Continue reading

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Capitalization of Job Titles in “The New Yorker” – Comment by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Twenty years ago my parents gave me a gift subscription to The New Yorker magazine, and they’ve been renewing it every year. I look forward to receiving each issue, and there’s always something interesting and eye-opening to find in it. … Continue reading

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