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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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About paragraph spacing in novels, narrative non-fiction, and most self-help books

Clients often ask me if they should indicate paragraphs with an extra line inserted between paragraphs. (Like this.) It’s the format used in emails, many blogs including this one, and technical books. Here’s my answer. Regarding paragraph spacing in a work … 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If you’re an unpublished or emerging novelist, you know the feeling well.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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Page Count or Word Count? Advice from Ghostwriter and Book Editor Thomas Hauck

Advice from Professional Ghostwriter Thomas Hauck I cannot tell you how often I see ghostwriting or book editing job postings that say, “I need a 200-page book about how to lose weight,” or “My book is 150 pages and I … 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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Ghostwriter Book Contracts: When You Need Them and When You Don’t – By Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

When You Need – and Don’t Need – a Ghostwriter Book Contract Every once in a while a prospective client will send me a contract to sign for their book project. I always try to discourage such nonsense and urge … Continue reading

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A Lovely Note from a Valued Client to Thomas Hauck, Book Editor

I try to earn the appreciation of all of my valued clients, and am grateful to receive their compliments. Here’s one that stood out. During the holidays I received in the mail a lovely handwritten card from Sylvie di Giusto, … 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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“Stronger Than Sugar” by Joan Kent, self-help book edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Joan Kent, who has just published her new book “Stronger Than Sugar: 7 Simple Steps To Defeat Sugar Addiction, Lift Your Mood and Transform Your Health,” which I had the honor to edit. For decades, … Continue reading

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Self-Help Books: Prescriptive and Aspirational Explained

Non-fiction self-help books exist to serve one function: they help the reader to live a better, happier life. Self-help books are exactly as the name suggests. You read the book and then you can elevate yourself. You can get a … Continue reading

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