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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?

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

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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For the Best Results, Hire a Professional Ghostwriter or Book Editor – Advice from Thomas Hauck

For a Better Book, Hire the Best Ghostwriter

Many of my valued clients approach me with very little knowledge of how to hire a ghostwriter or book editor. This is perfectly fine; most people don’t know much about the ghostwriting business and there’s no reason why they should. I always counsel them to hire the very best ghostwriter they can afford. Why? Here are just a few reasons.

  1. Your book is your public calling card. Whether it’s a novel, a business book, or a self-help book, the book that I help you create will have your name on the cover! Anyone picking up your book and reading it will think they know you and what kind of person you are. If your book is boring or contains only cut-rate rehashed content, your readers will form the same opinion of you. You only get one shot at impressing and captivating your reader. Make sure you’re on target!
  2. A book can have a very long shelf life. The title you publish under your name today may still be on Amazon years from now. You owe it to yourself to make your book the very best it can be so that it will provide real value to your readers for years to come.
  3. Cut-rate ghostwriters are like cut-rate auto mechanics. They may be able to slap your car together and make it run long enough to clear the parking lot, but days or weeks later you’ll see the shoddy work. It’s just not worth it to spend good money on a lousy product.
  4. Many of my clients’ books are self-published. Self-publishing is a powerful new marketing tool that can produce amazing results. The flip side is that self-published books are often judged more harshly than books from big publishers. They are assumed to be inferior. Consequently, if your self-published book has even one typo or grammatical error on the first page, the reader will conclude that your book is just another mediocre self-published title. You don’t want this! There’s no reason why a self-published book can’t be competitive with a title from a big publisher. It just takes diligence and the assistance of an expert.
  5. Why not make the experience of reading your book as pleasurable as possible? Why not deliver real value that will pay you back in sales and an enhanced reputation? With a book ghostwritten or edited by Thomas Hauck, you’re assured of the very highest professional quality.

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“Stragile” by Shawn Jean, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to Shawn Jean on the publication of “Stragile,” his bold new guide to business survival. The word “stragile” simply means a strategy that is agile. To be stragile means to be aware, responsive, and willing to do what’s necessary to meet your organization’s goals.

In a time of unparalleled—and accelerating—rate of change, this book is your business survival guide. When your margin for error is nonexistent, a small miscalculation in the form of a tiny gap between your target and reality can quickly widen into a chasm that will threaten your company’s existence.

Through its use of revealing examples – including an amazing analysis of the sinking of the RMS Titanic from the point of view of a business case study – this powerful and eye-opening book shows you how to prevent your organization or project from ending up at the bottom of the sea. In “Stragile,” Shawn Jean provides you with the strategies and tools to identify and close dangerous gaps so you can keep your organization thriving and profitable.

For twenty years, the author has helped organizations determine how technology can help move the strategies and metrics on which their core valuation and business are based. His academic credentials include Harvard Business School, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Penn State University.
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  • Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Contact Thomas today!

 

 

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Former CIA Director Porter Goss Praises “Deadly Pages” by Dr. Leslie Norins with Thomas Hauck

Here’s a quote from Porter Goss, former CIA director (2004-2006), praising the new Leslie Norins/Thomas Hauck thriller “Deadly Pages,” now available on Amazon.com:

“This assessment of the danger of smallpox seems credible to me, and the means of delivery through the New York Times is creative. Chem/bio warfare is a serious threat that requires constant attention.”

Porter Goss
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Former Chair, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

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Thomas Hauck is a leading ghostwriter and book editor. To learn more, contact Thomas today.

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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 often ask me, “Is this okay to do? Can I use a quote or an excerpt without getting accused of plagiarism?”

This is what I tell my clients. I’m not a copyright lawyer, so I can’t provide the nuances of the law. To my non-legal mind, the key conceptual difference between stealing and rightful use is this: If you’re quoting something to comment on it and discuss it, then it’s fair use. If you’re simply lifting a section of text from someone else because you’re too lazy to write it yourself and you want to use it to fill out your book, then you’ve crossed the line into unlicensed use.

Look at it this way: How would you respond if someone used a quote or an excerpt from your book in theirs? If they were analyzing or discussing it, you couldn’t complain. It would be protected by the concept of fair use. But if they used the excerpt as a way to augment their own writing, you’d be annoyed and you might call your lawyer.

Generally, if you give full credit to the author, you’re on safe ground for short passages that are part of a larger discussion. If you’re in doubt, consult a lawyer – or just wait and see if anyone sends you notice to cease and desist! This will probably never happen unless your book is a best seller, in which case you’ll have enough cash to pay a lawyer to sort it out.

Thomas Hauck ghostwriter, book editor, author

 

 

 

 

 

  • Thomas Hauck is a leading freelance ghostwriter and book editor serving global clients. Contact Thomas for more information.
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“Deadly Pages” by Leslie Norins, MD, with Thomas Hauck

Deadly Pages” is a new thriller co-authored by myself and Leslie Norins, MD. When a Syrian refugee arrives in New York with a fatal case of smallpox – a disease that medical science had declared eradicated from the face of the earth – ace virologist Martin Riker is called in to track down the source of the deadly disease. In a thrilling journey that takes him to the dangerous streets of war-torn Syria, Riker uncovers a breathtaking plot to kill thousands of innocent Americans using a devious method that experts would never suspect! Now available on Amazon.com.
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  • Thomas Hauck is a nationally recognized author, ghostwriter, and book editor.

 

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