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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 not being crass. I give that answer because novels are highly subjective works of art. A novel can always be improved. Authors often spend years writing and re-writing before they are satisfied. For this reason, it’s very hard to say when a novel is “finished.” It’s only finished when you’re tired of it and want to get it off your desk!

Think of it in terms of an automobile. Some books are like little Fiats – basic transportation. Other books are like BMWs – better and more costly. Still others are like Ferraris – supercars that everyone wants. Many books begin as a Fiat. It will get you where you want to go, but it’s not going to win any awards. Could it become a BMW or even a Ferrari? It could, if the author works very hard and learns more and more about how to write novels and keeps making it better and better. The number one thing a writer must do is read lots of the best novels in their genre and analyze them and try to make theirs match them.

Having said that, often the best and most fair way for my client and I to proceed is for my client to hire me for one workday and let me edit as much as I can in that one day. I’ll get as much done as I can on a portion of the manuscript. Does this mean the part I’ve edited could not be even better? No! Even a Ferrari can be made better. Any book can be made better.

If my valued client believes he or she got what they wanted for one day, then they can hire me again. If not, then at least they’ll have an improved book and they haven’t lost much.

That’s my very best advice.

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author





– Thomas Hauck is a professional book editor and ghostwriter.

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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 Story of Challenges and Personal Growth by Ronnell D. Crittenden introduces us to Maximus, a young lion who’s just been passed over as the new leader of the pride. Dejected, he goes to sulk under a tree. He’s roused from his melancholy stupor by Busy Beetle, who gives him a fierce pinch and tells him to get out of the way because he’s blocking his burrow. Impressed by the forthright attitude of the diminutive bug, Maximus confides in his new friend. Busy Beetle tells the lion to journey across the desert to find Ancient Raven, who will give him leadership advice.

A Book With Many Lessons

An exciting and arduous journey unfolds, and as you might imagine, by the time Maximus finds Ancient Raven…. well, I won’t give away too much of the plot. Let’s just say that this book is packed with solid leadership lessons that will benefit anyone in any position – solo entrepreneur or CEO of a big corporation.

The author, Ronnell D. Crittenden, is the founder of BridgeView Equity Partners LLC. Ronnell’s commitment to lifelong learning led him to the University of Oxford-Said Business School, where he completed the Oxford Private Equity Program and Oxford Chicago Valuation Program from 2016-2017. Ronnell continued his studies at Harvard University-Harvard Law School and completed the Program on Negotiation in 2017. He also happens to be an amazingly wonderful and nice person. Buy this book…. you’ll love it!










  • Thomas Hauck is a leading independent ghostwriter and book editor.
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“Dream It. Plan It. Do It.,” by Jamar J. Hébert, edited by Thomas Hauck

Success is a very simple three-step process! As my valued client Jamar J. Hébert reveals in his powerful new book, “Dream It. Plan It. Do It.: A Personal GPS for Everyday People in Pursuit of Extraordinary Dreams,” the path to success is not complicated. But as he points out, too often the day-to-day burdens of life can weigh us down and prevent us from seeing clearly. We end up staying stuck in the mud, unable to move forward.

We often allow regret to hold us back, or we feel guilty, or like we don’t deserve to succeed. But we all have dreams, don’t we? What if we held onto our dreams, then planned how to make them come true, and then acted on our plans?

Jamar Hébert is an entrepreneur and founder/CEO of J. Hébert Companies, LLC, a business development and marketing firm that focuses on increasing customer satisfaction by incorporating new and traditional trends. In “Dream It. Plan It. Do It.,” he has designed a comprehensive roadmap for discovering and pursuing your purpose by creating easy-to-follow exercises to help you identify your interests, passions, talents and skills; make a plan; and then work your dream to make it come true!










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.


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“The Profit Formula” by Anthony Woods – Edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Anthony Woods on the publication of his powerful and insightful book, “The Profit Formula: How to Multiply Your Profits and Transform any Business.” Published by Keystone Business School, this easy-to-read guide shows you how to apply systems to analyze your business and leverage the key performance metrics that can boost profits.

Hailing from Ireland, Anthony Woods was a European Entrepreneur of the Year finalist at the UK Business Excellence Forum 2017. A visionary business speaker, author, and entrepreneur, his life is a compelling true story of how he went from being sick, broke, and unemployed to building a multimillion-euro business from nothing.










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.


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The Vexing Problem of Numbers – Advice From Thomas Hauck, Author and Ghostwriter

In the English language, we have an alphabet of twenty-six letters. We use these letters to form words and sentences. Each letter is unique; generally, for any given word formed of letters, you can’t substitute other letters without changing the word.

For example, the four-letter word “hose” means something. If you substitute a “p” for the “h,” you get “pose,” which is a totally different word. You can make other one-letter substitutions to get other words, such as “lose,” “home,” “rose,” and “hole.” There is no other way to write these words. There are no other symbols you can use, only the twenty-six unique letters of the alphabet.

Numbers are the exception. (So are a few symbols, such as currency and percent symbols, but I’ll get to that later.)

In English, we can express numbers using words, such as “six” and “one thousand.” But we have an alternative: a parallel system of numerals that mean exactly the same thing as their written versions. These are the familiar Hindu-Arabic numerals in our decimal number system – namely, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. They originated in India in the sixth or seventh century and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the twelfth century.

Our use of Hindu-Arabic numerals means that when writers want to include a number in a sentence, they have choice. You can write either “I am fifty years old” or “I am 50 years old.” They both mean exactly the same thing.

When to Use Written Numbers or Numerals

Grammarians love to create rules (or, should we say, order out of chaos), and so every expert has their own rules about when you should write out numbers or use numerals.

There are a few cases where everyone agrees, such as when the written version of a number simply doesn’t exist. These include ZIP codes, phone numbers, and most street addresses. It also includes very large, complex numbers, such as 4,568,780, which no author would write as “four million, five hundred sixty-eight thousand, seven hundred eighty.” Why not? Because it’s ridiculously long, and the reader can’t quickly grasp it. The brain will convert it to numerals anyway, so why not start out that way?

Otherwise there is little agreement.

Most literary authors write out every number, even big ones. They’ll write, “The journey of three thousand six hundred miles took the ship four months to complete.” In dialogue, all numbers are generally written out, to mimic human speech: “The man said, ‘This will cost you five hundred and fifty-three dollars, which you need to pay within twenty-four hours.'”

In non-fiction self-help books, which are much more casual, even small numerals are often used: “If you eat 6 meals a day and ingest no more than 2,600 calories in 24 hours, you will lose 5 pounds every week.”

Business books follow the same pattern, especially when there are lots of numbers that are not “literary” but are more mathematical: “At 4% interest, payments of $25.00 per month over 12 months will lower your balance by only $35.00.”

Note that I’ve also used two of the handful of symbols that in English are interchangeable with a word: “$” for “dollars” and “%” for “percent.” Like numerals, they’re typically used in mass-market self-help and business books, but not in literary works.

What’s the answer? Use your best judgment and know the expectations of your audience!

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author






  • Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.


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“How Do I Tax Thee?” by Kristin Tate

Wait… Why is a Massachusetts liberal extolling the virtues of a book written by conservative columnist and Fox News commentator Kristin Tate, whose previous book, Government Gone Wild, (Hachette Books) was praised by Stephen Bannon?

Because How Do I Tax Thee? (St. Martin’s Press) is a book that any rational human being can embrace. Yes, Kristin is a libertarian, but she’s not either 1) someone who wants to go live in a hut in the forest, away from civilization, or 2) a rich person who champions libertarianism because it’s a convenient way to avoid any social responsibility and live a life of self-centered greed.

In fact, Kristin is a super-smart writer with a common-sense message: As citizens, we should know how much and how often our various governments – city, state, and federal – extract money from us in the form of taxes and fees. She’s not calling for an end to taxation; she’s simply pointing out, in example after example, how government agencies get money from us in a multitude of sneaky ways that we didn’t vote for and may not even be aware of. And what she reveals is often surprising – for example, how many states with no personal income tax (sounds good, right?) can still soak you with property and sales taxes, or nickel-and-dime you with endless fees for things you do every day, such as talk on your phone or drive your car. What Kristin is looking for is transparency and fairness, and you can’t argue with that!

Whether you live in Massachusetts or Montana, in “How Do I Tax Thee” you’ll find eye-opening secrets that you’ll want to remember the next time you head to the voting booth.










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and veteran authors worldwide.
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“Trump U” by Stephen Gilpin – A Powerful Insider Account

Are you interested in what Donald Trump did before he became president of the United States? Trump insider Stephen Gilpin has just published “Trump U: The Inside Story of Trump University,” published by OR Books, an independent publishing company that embraces progressive change in politics and culture.

Trump University began in 2005 as a legitimate online school (not a university) that sought to teach the basics of real estate through courses taught by actual real estate professionals. That concept lasted one year! Then owner Donald Trump and partners Michael Sexton and Jonathan Spitalny jettisoned the pros, hired a bunch of high-pressure salespeople, and launched the live seminar format. The first seminar was free. The goal was to sell prospects on packages that cost as much as $35,000, always prepaid. After payment, there was little practical education – but the scheme made millions!

Stephen Gilpin was hired because Trump U needed someone with real estate knowledge to handle the flood of complaints from angry students who were receiving nothing. His job was to provide a minimal level of coaching to prevent them from suing the company.

One of the most fascinating parts of the book are the transcripts from depositions Trump was forced to give in defense of the lawsuits. Over and over again, Trump says “I don’t remember.” He didn’t remember the names of the instructors, the salespeople, the hotels where the seminars were held. His performance in these depositions provides a preview of what Robert Mueller can expect when he puts Trump under oath. “I don’t recall” will be the answer we hear endlessly repeated.

This is a powerful book from a Trump insider…. buy it today!










  • Thomas Hauck is a professional book editor and ghostwriter serving global clients of both fiction and non-fiction.
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“A Boomer in Intensive Care” – Thriller by Dr. J.R. Gold, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Dr. J.R. Gold on the publication of his new political thriller, “A Boomer in Intensive Care: From the Atom Bomb to the End of Time.

The book opens in an emergency room in Santa Fe, where the narrator, Robert Santiago, seems to meet, by chance, a nuclear scientist named Dr. Robert Marshall. But the meeting quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse in which the hunter becomes the hunted. A connection is quickly made to the corrupt president of the United States, Rex Donald, who’s a power-hungry oligarch. The narrative becomes almost surreal – reminding one of a book like Slaughterhouse-Five – as the personal conflict widens to a massive conflagration.

This imaginative thriller – half ripped-from-the-headlines, half myth – moves briskly through its 186 pages, touching upon many of the hot button issues of today. It will keep you on the edge of your seat – and wondering what’s really going on in our nation’s capital.











  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional editor serving both veteran and emerging authors of fiction.
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I’m a Professional Ghostwriter – And I Never Sign Contracts!

Huh? Thomas Hauck, professional ghostwriter who’s ghostwritten or edited hundreds of top selling books, doesn’t sign contracts?

Nope. Here’s why.

I do business with people I meet over the internet. They often live thousands of miles away. I have valued clients as far away as Australia, Singapore, Qatar, Sri Lanka… the list is long. Obviously, if I were to sign a contract, and my client decided to break it, what could I do? Am I supposed to get on a plane and fly to the Middle East or Asia to collect my money? It’s not going to happen.

Contracts with people halfway around the globe are pointless and unenforceable. I figured out a long time ago that if I were to succeed as a ghostwriter and book editor, I needed to have a business model that didn’t depend on empty rituals. That’s why I invented my milestone system. It’s very simple: My valued client pays 50% of the fee for a section of 5,000 words. This is usually no more than $500, so it’s not a huge risk. Then I write the 5,000 words and send it to my client, who reviews it and accepts it. Then he or she pays me the 50% balance due – again, no more than $500.

Now we’re even.

If my valued client chooses to continue with my services, they can pay the next 50% deposit for the next 5,000 words. And so it goes, all the way up to our goal of 40,000 or 80,000 words, or whatever it may be. It’s a foolproof system.

Of course, I’m happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement and a statement saying the book is a work for hire. The latter provision is the one that’s important, because it makes clear the transfer of ownership of the manuscript from me to my client. And I do sign contracts with publishing houses that hire me to ghostwrite for them, mainly because publishers have lawyers who insist on them to justify their own billable hours.

Contracts? No. Amazing results and very satisfied clients? Yes!

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author






  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving clients around the world.


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Hire a Ghostwriter to Write Your Book – Why It’s a Good Choice!

Let’s say you have an idea for a book. You have something you want to say to people, to either entertain them or inform them.

Your idea could take the form of a business book, a self-help book, or even a novel.

You’re not alone! Every year, I serve dozens of wonderful people just like you who have a book inside them, waiting to come out.

If you have an idea for a book and you want to make it a reality, you have two choices:

  1. You can write it yourself. This may take a while, because you’re a busy person. It may also take a long time because writing isn’t your number one skill. You’re better at other things.
  2. You can hire a ghostwriter to write it for you.

My valued ghostwriting clients are the people who choose #2. They do this for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons why you, too, may choose to hire a ghostwriter.

Why You’d Want to Hire a Ghostwriter

  1. You don’t have the time to write a book. You’re an active professional and you want to publish your book in a few months, not ten years from now! The idea of scratching out a few pages at night or on weekends is not appealing. You want to get your book project completed and the book in the hands of your audience.
  2. You’re not a professional writer. Think about it: When your car needs servicing, you take it to a professional mechanic. When you need your teeth cleaned, you go to a dentist. When you need legal advice, you hire a lawyer. That’s because these people are experts in their fields. So when you need a book written, you hire a professional ghostwriter. It only makes sense!
  3. A professional ghostwriter will add value to your book and your ideas. A good ghostwriter will take your ideas and amplify them and add that “special sauce” that makes them zing. He or she will know how to structure your book for maximum impact, and make sure the text has just the right mix of information and entertainment. Even better, they’ll do this while retaining your individual “voice.” The book will sound like you wrote it.
  4. You’ll own your book! After the ghostwriter has done their job and you’ve paid them, they disappear. Poof! Like they were never there. You will own your copyright 100 percent. If you’ve paid a flat rate – which is how I always get paid – you need not put the ghostwriter’s name anywhere on the book. And all professional ghostwriters are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that give you added protection.

Hiring a ghostwriter can be a very wise decision and a good investment. For more guidance, I invite you to download my informative and easy-to-read book, “Hire a Ghostwriter: The Complete Guide to Outsourcing Your Book.” You’re also invited to contact me for your free consultation! Just email, or use the link on this website.

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author






Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor.

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