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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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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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Who Should Proofread Your Book? Advice from Thomas Hauck, Book Editor and Ghostwriter

Advice From a Professional Ghostwriter About Proofreading Every once in a while I’ll edit or ghostwrite a book for a valued client, and once the job is done they’ll ask me to proofread the manuscript. It’s very smart of the … Continue reading

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Twelve Tips from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor, on How to Structure Your Self-Help Business Book

A popular (meaning non-scholarly, non-MBA program) book that’s aimed at business professionals must satisfy a few very basic requirements. Here’s an outline of what you must accomplish with any business book, regardless of length or complexity. 1. As you create … Continue reading

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My Five-Step Guide to Getting Started on Your Self-Help Book by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Recently I received an email from a prospective client. Here’s what he said: “I want to write a book about passive income in real estate for the busy professional. Can you help me with my outline? I would like to … Continue reading

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When Writing Your Book – Plan Ahead! Advice from Ghostwriter and Book Editor Thomas Hauck

I’m often approached by potential clients who want to write a non-fiction self-help book, or have me ghostwrite a book for them. Sometimes the author has a very good idea of what they want, and sometimes they have no idea. … Continue reading

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Developmental Editing for Novels: What You Need to Know, by Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Book editors talk a lot about developmental editing. This is the process whereby the editor reads your manuscript from a “high vantage point,” considering only the basic building blocks of plot, character, voice, pacing, and so forth. It’s like a … Continue reading

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How to Structure a Self-Help Book – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

If you go on the internet, you’ll find all sorts of editors who talk about developmental editing. This is described as being the process whereby the editor takes a long view of your book and critiques how it’s organized, the … Continue reading

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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Hire a Low-Bid Ghostwriter – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Professional Book Editor

Okay, I’ll come right out and say it: there are plenty of ghostwriters who charge less than I do. (There are some who charge more, too, but I’m talking about my market.) You can see them on Elance, when they … Continue reading

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The First Step to Writing Your Self-Help Book: Get Organized! Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Let’s say you’re a professional in practice, or you’re someone who has a message to share with your audience. You may be in marketing, sales, finance, healthcare, public safety, or nutrition; or perhaps your message is spiritual in nature. And … Continue reading

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