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“Resurrection of the Scrolls” by Michael Fattorosi, edited by Thomas Hauck

Here’s an exciting thriller by noted Las Vegas attorney Michael Fattorosi. Base on his family history, “Resurrection of the Scrolls” is a fast-paced historical thriller tracing his family’s thousand-year journey from the Norman conquest of Italy through the First Crusade, their rise in power in Ravello, to their relationship with the Vatican to modern day America. It exposes one of church’s best-kept secrets that, if revealed, could shake the Vatican to its core and destroy the Catholic faith. It’s got everything you want in a page-turner: porn stars, corrupt priests, bad guys with guns, ancient Italian villas with deep secrets, and mysterious scrolls that people are willing to kill for. It’ll make a terrific movie!

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  • Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving authors of fiction and nonfiction. If you need your book ghostwritten or edited, contact ghostwriter Thomas Hauck today.

 

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“Capital Planning and Stress Testing Under CCAR” by Lourenco Miranda, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Lourenco Miranda on the publication of “Capital Planning and Stress Testing Under CCAR,” which I had the honor to edit as an early draft.

The Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) is an annual exercise by the Federal Reserve to assess whether the largest bank holding companies operating in the United States have sufficient capital to continue operations throughout times of economic and financial stress and that they have robust, forward-looking capital-planning processes that account for their unique risks.

As part of their fiduciary responsibilities to a bank holding company, the board of directors and senior management bear the primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and monitoring a bank holding company’s capital planning strategies and internal capital adequacy process.

As part of this exercise, the Federal Reserve evaluates an institution’s capital adequacy, internal capital adequacy assessment processes, and their individual plans to make capital distributions, such as dividend payments or stock repurchases.

The Federal Reserve may object to a bank’s capital plan based on either quantitative or qualitative grounds. If the Federal Reserve objects to a bank’s capital plan, the bank may not make any capital distribution unless the Fed indicates in writing that it does not object to the distribution. Basically, the Fed will say, “You can’t return any money to your shareholders, because if you do so, your financial foundation will be weakened, and we can’t allow that.”

Dr. Lourenco Miranda is currently Managing Director, Head of CCAR: Stress Testing, Scenarios, Modeling, and Governance with Societe Generale (Corporate and Investment Banking). Previous to this he was Managing Director, Global Operational Risk Quantification, Economic Capital, Scenario Analysis, Stress Testing and CCAR at AIG. He has 18 years of progressive and relevant experience in Risk Management, Economic Capital, Capital Adequacy Framework, Risk Governance and Regulatory Practices, Risk Policies & Procedures and Modeling for all financial risk types, product lines and client coverage in Financial Institutions in all continents and different regulatory environments or jurisdictions.

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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving authors of both fiction and non-fiction books.
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“Fleet” by Sean Lockhart, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Sean Lockhart on the publication of his new book, “Fleet.” Aimed at Canadian readers, this handy guide explains the nuts and bolts of buying and maintaining a fleet of vehicles for your company. Sean’s the expert, and he tells it in plain English!

As a note to anyone who wants to write and publish a book, notice the high quality of the “Fleet” book cover. It’s graphically clean and delivers the message effectively. I always urge my clients to invest in the very best book cover they can, because nothing says “crummy self-published book” faster than a second-rate cover. The cover of “Fleet” is very professional and positions the book among the very best in its field. The book text doesn’t say who designed the cover, but whoever they are, they did a terrific job.

Also, in my work as a behind-the-scenes editor I do not need to be acknowledged, nor do I expect it, so it’s nice when an author sends me a signed copy of the book with a nice inscription. Here’s what Sean sent me, which is much appreciated!

 

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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and established authors.
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“The President Has AIDS” by Leslie C. Norins, MD, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Leslie C. Norins, MD on the publication of his new political-medical thriller “The President Has AIDS.” The book opens with Martin Riker enjoying a comfortable retirement in Naples, Florida, when he gets an urgent call to come to the White House. Upon arrival, he’s told that President Paul Ralston has been diagnosed with AIDS. Riker’s job is to find out how he got it – all the while maintaining the highest level of secrecy. Soon enough, this medical whodunit morphs into a political thriller, as members of Ralston’s inner circle – some of whom know about his illness, while others do not – jockey for position and attempt to wield their influence. The result is an exciting roller-coaster ride with more than a few unexpected twists.

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  • Thomas Hauck is a professional independent ghostwriter and book editor.
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When Hiring a Ghostwriter, Experience Counts – Advice from Professional Book Editor Thomas Hauck

Hire an Experienced Ghostwriter

Think about it. If you needed an operation, would you prefer a surgeon who was fresh out of medical school with little experience wielding a scalpel, or an experienced doctor who had performed hundreds of operations exactly like yours? Of course you’d want the experienced professional, even if his or her fee was higher.

Hiring a ghostwriter is no different – for several reasons.

  1. Better quality. A professional ghostwriter will deliver a better book. It’s just as simple as that. Whether you’re commissioning a novel, a business book, or a self-help book, a professional ghostwriter will dig deeper, write more effectively, and construct the book to keep the reader turning the pages. Cut-rate ghostwriters often “pad” the word count with repetition and flowery language, and don’t know how to do the research necessary to make your book authoritative.
  2. Fewer mistakes. No writer is perfect, and even the pros make typos. But when you hire a professional ghostwriter, you’ll sleep well at night knowing your ghostwriter is going to get it right the first time, and you won’t have to spend more money to have the writing edited or repaired.
  3. More value. A book with your name on it may have a shelf life of many years and be read by thousands of people. A professional ghostwriter will cost you a bit more, but think about it – your book will represent you in the marketplace, and thousands of readers will get to know you through your book. They will hope to find in your book real information that can help them in their lives, and if it’s skimpy or sloppy they’ll put it down. If it’s packed with value, your readers will become your brand ambassadors and tell their friends and colleagues about your amazing book.

When you need to hire a ghostwriter or book editor, it pays to work with an experienced professional who will deliver a book that you’ll be proud to call your own.

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author

  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and established authors.
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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 establish yourself as a thought leader and you want to inform your readers. Since you have neither the time nor the expertise to write the book yourself, you hire an “economy” ghostwriter, thinking that you’ll save money. The problem is that you’ll probably receive a 60,000-word book that’s poorly written and full of typos and other mistakes. When you ask the cut-rate ghostwriter, they say, “Oh, of course you need to hire an editor! I’m just the ghostwriter. My job does not include editing or proofreading.”

You’ve hired a ghostwriter who has delivered a half-baked book!

So now you have to hire a book editor to clean up the rough manuscript turned in by your ghostwriter. The editor looks at the manuscript and says, “Wow, this is a mess. It’s going to cost you three cents per word to get it polished for publication.”

Suddenly you realize your costs are going through the roof.

Hire a Ghostwriter Who Will Do It Right the First Time

When my clients hire me, I promise that I will deliver a manuscript that is ready to format and publish. There’s no need for outside editors, only for routine proofreading, which should always be done for every book. In the long run, you’ll save money by getting a superior, professional book the first time. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense? When you need to hire a ghostwriter, contact Thomas Hauck, ghostwriter and book editor, for your free quote. You won’t be disappointed.

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“How to Protect (or Destroy) Your Online Reputation” by John P. David, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client John P. David on the publication of his new book, “How to Protect (or Destroy) Your Online Reputation,” published by Career Press.

Have you ever Googled yourself and found a horrifying result that you don’t want and wished were never there? Like a medieval inquisitor, a shady operator on Internet can easily become the judge, jury, and executioner of anyone’s reputation. While digital attacks and misinformation can cost you a job, a promotion, your marriage, and even your business, most of us have no idea how to protect our online reputations.

John P. David’s revealing book, which I had the pleasure to edit before publication, provides a wealth of practical information on how to protect your online reputation and even remove negative content from search results. It will teach you how to react and respond to an online attack, take control of your online presence and build a firewall around your reputation, understand and manage online reviews, and much more.

Author John P. David is an expert who has counseled businesses and executives on strategic communications and marketing issues for twenty-five years. He’s developed a specialty in helping clients face online attacks and frequently writes about communications and strategy for his award-winning blog. His insights are regularly published on the Huffington Post.

He offered a kind word for me in his acknowledgements: “Writer and editor Thomas Hauck provided excellent feedback on my first draft as well as my book proposal, and he pulled back the curtain of the publishing industry, helping me turn a fanciful thought into a reality.”

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– Thomas Hauck is a leading professional freelance book editor who serves both emerging and veteran authors of fiction and non-fiction.

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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 the end of the day, it’s your book that you’ve labored over like a lonely monk in a castle tower.

Then you send your baby off to a literary agent or publisher. A few weeks later you get the curt reply: “Thank you, but your submission does not fit our needs at this time.”

After a few hundred of these, you self-publish the damn thing. You think, what the hell does it take to create a viable novel, not to mention a best seller?

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It can take more than you imagine. Recently I picked up a copy of The Hours by Michael Cunningham.  It won the Pultizer Prize and was a best seller. The excerpts of reviews (printed on the first two pages) are effusive. The Boston Globe called it “a triumph.” You can’t do much better than that!

Out of curiosity, I turned to the acknowledgements at the end of the book. I wanted to see if there was anyone who helped Michael Cunningham write his novel – maybe an editor, or his literary agent. I was astonished to see a long list of people. Here is what the author wrote:

“I was helped enormously in the revising of this book by Jill Ciment, Judy Clain, Joel Conarroe, Stacey D’Erasmo, Bonnie Friedman, Marie Howe, and Adam Moss. Research, technical advice, and other forms of aid were generously provided by Dennis Dermody, Paul Elie, Carmen Gomezplata, Bill Hamilton, Ladd Spiegel, John Waters, and Wendy Welker. My agent, Gail Hochman, and my editor, Jonathan Galassi, are secular saints. Tracy O’Dwyer and Patrick Giles have provided more in the way of general inspiration than they may know, by reading as widely, discerningly, and voluptuously as they do….

“I received a residency from the Engelhard Foundation and a grant from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, both of which mattered considerably.”

The author, eighteen other people, and two charitable foundations all combined their talents and financial resources to write The Hours. With a team like that, a best seller would be the the least you’d expect!

To give this some context, I’ve spent more than a few years in the pop music industry. When an artist records a song and releases it to the public, it is mandatory that everyone who contributed to the recording be listed precisely. Therefore you will see detailed credits such as, “Joe Smith – drums, Suzy Jones –  handclaps, Rob Stone – percussion,” and so on. This tradition also includes the recording team. You’ll see credits like, “Garth White – engineer, Jeff James – mixing, Debby Small – mastering,” and so forth.

What we see in the literary industry is very different. In the case of The Hours, Michael Cunningham is the only name we see on the copyright page and on the cover. We accept the novel as being the singular vision and work product of one individual. We think of the romantic image of Jack Kerouc, feverishly typing his epic novel on one long roll of paper – the famous “scroll.” But at the back of The Hours a different image emerges. Suddenly the book looks more like the creation of a committee, of which Michael Cunningham was the chairperson. Its emergence as a best seller and literary triumph feels more like an inevitable marketing success than a stroke of individual artistic genius.

So the next time you’re laboring in solitude on your great American novel, remember that you’re competing against a well entrenched literary industry where vast resources are marshaled in support of carefully chosen figureheads. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know. It is what it is.

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author

  • Thomas Hauck is an author and professional ghostwriter and editor. You will very rarely find his name listed anywhere on his clients’ books – especially not as a ghostwriter!
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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 need it to be edited. How much will it cost?”

Clients and prospective authors should understand that when you’re writing a book, the page count, especially on a Word document, is completely meaningless. All that matters is the word count.

Why?

Because the page count can be easily manipulated up or down. Let’s say you have a section of text that’s 500 words. Here are two options for the page formatting:

  1. A big font with lots of space. This might give you 20 lines of text per page, with an average of 10 words per line. This means that you’ll get 200 words per page. Therefore 500 words will fit on 2.5 pages.
  2. A tiny font with narrow spaces between lines. This might yield 35 lines per page and 15 words per line. You’ll get 525 words per page. Your 500 words of text will fit on one page with room to spare.

To prove the point, go to any bookstore and choose a Tolstoy novel in paperback. You’ll see it’s printed in small type with lots of words crammed onto each page. This is because it’s cheaper to print a fat Tolstoy novel using fewer pages. Then find a copy of “Who Moved My Cheese?”, the best selling business book. It’s printed in a big 14-point type with 25 lines per page. It’s a very short book that’s been “plumped up” to feel good in your hand.

The lesson for the client is to never use page count as a delivery guide. Always use the word count. If you say, “Write me a 200-page book,” you have no way to measure how much has been written and delivered to you. But if you set a target of 30,000 or 60,000 words for your book, you’ll know for sure if your ghostwriter is delivering.

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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor. For your free consultation, contact Thomas today.
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How to Hire a Professional Ghostwriter – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

How to Hire a Professional Ghostwriter

Let’s say you’ve made the decision to write a non-fiction book or a novel. Congratulations! Let’s also say that you have neither the time nor the expertise to write it yourself. You think you’d like to hire a ghostwriter. But what should you look for? How do you choose the best ghostwriter or book editor?

Here are the five key things to consider.

  1. Look for experience. You need an expert who has written or edited lots of published books. You need someone who knows all the tricks of the trade and can bring your ideas to life in a way that will captivate and delight your readers. Your ghostwriter needs to be able to show you examples of work in your genre and coach you through the process from beginning to end.
  2. Look for value. While a cut-rate ghostwriter may offer a temptingly low price, rest assured that the quality will be commensurate. You don’t want someone who will dash off a shoddy product, forcing you to hire an editor to fix it. When you hire Thomas Hauck, you can be assured of the highest possible quality and value, and your manuscript will be ready to publish.
  3. Look for reliability. You need a ghostwriter on whom you can depend. Can you easily contact your ghostwriter? Are they available on Skype? Do they respond to inquiries quickly? Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor. He’s not a part-time hobbyist. You can reach him by phone or email seven days a week. He’s dedicated to serving his many valued clients and he strives for 100% satisfaction, first time and every time.
  4. Look for creativity. A good ghostwriter or book editor is also an artist. You need someone who will give your book that special undefinable glow that attracts and keeps readers, and sets you apart from the pack. This requires a deep understanding of the possibilities of the English language and a desire to go one step farther than the ordinary.
  5. Don’t sign a contract! Never get locked into a long complicated contract with a ghostwriter or editor. You need to be able to cancel at any time and for any reason. Thomas Hauck always recommends the use of milestones, generally of 5,000 words. You work your way through one milestone to the next until the book is finished. The important thing is that you, the client, are in control, and that you’re never locked into a contract that requires you to pay huge sums of money up front.

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