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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.┬áRegarding paragraph spacing in a work … Continue reading

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“Crisis Investor” by James Hobart, edited by Thomas Hauck

In “Crisis Investor: Turning Financial Calamities Into Profitable Opportunities Successfully,” James Hobart makes economics understandable, presents historical background information, shows you his (as well as others?) investing principles and concepts, and then creates a formatted step-by-step guide as a tool … 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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Transforming an Academic Text Into a Mass-Market Book: Not an Easy Task!

Clients sometimes contact me about jobs where they want to take an academic manuscript and transform it into a popular book. Here’s what one Elance client said recently: “I would like to keep an ‘academic tone’ in the language, but … Continue reading

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A Book Editor’s Job: Watch That Continuity! – Advice from Thomas Hauck, Ghostwriter and Book Editor

Everyone is familiar with the idea of continuity in movies. You don’t want the clock on the wall to read “4:30” in one shot and then a moment later read “11:45” even though it’s the same scene. Film fans love … Continue reading

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“Lucky and Good” by John Sherriff, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued Elance client John Sherriff, whose new book “Lucky and Good: Risk, Decisions & Bets for Investors, Traders & Entrepreneurs” is now available on Amazon.com. The author, a former Enron Europe CEO, shares his experiences about what … Continue reading

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“The Business Sustainability Handbook” by Julie Urlaub, edited by Thomas Hauck

Congratulations to my valued client Julie Urlaub on the publication of her powerful new book, “The Business Sustainability Handbook: Growth Strategies for a Dying Planet.” Julie Urlaub is the founder and managing partner of Taiga Company, a sustainability social media … Continue reading

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Be an Active and Engaged Book Ghostwriting Client! – Advice from Ghostwriter Thomas Hauck

Recently, a gentleman contacted me about his novel. He wanted to know about the differences between editing and ghostwriting, and how much it might cost to finish his 80,000-word novel. He had hired a ghostwriter to write the book for … Continue reading

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The Power of Punctuation – Advice from Ghostwriter and Book Editor Thomas Hauck

If you don’t think that correct punctuation can make a huge difference in the meaning of what you write, consider this unpunctuated sentence: A woman without her man is nothing. OK? Here’s another version with the same words and different … Continue reading

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