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Love Those Oxford Commas!

Among grammarians and writers, the so-called Oxford comma has long been the subject of much debate. Some see it as superfluous, while others say it’s indispensable. The comma – Oxford or otherwise – and other punctuation marks have their genesis … Continue reading

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When the Book Design Is More Important than the Text

I recently took a call from a potential client who inquired about my services. He wanted to write a book of non-sectarian daily affirmations for children. It was a good idea, because these days, kids need all the self-confidence and … Continue reading

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Thomas Hauck – Upwork Client Feedback

For over ten years I’ve been a proud member of the Upwork community (originally it was Elance), the world’s number one marketplace for clients and service providers. I’ve completed nearly 400 contracts on Upwork, and have met very many wonderful … Continue reading

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My Super-Simple Ghostwriting Business Model

My ghostwriting business is very simple: 1. My business is focused on books, which I write in installments of 5,000 words. Books range from 20,000 words up to 80,000 words. I ask for a 50% deposit for each installment ($300 … Continue reading

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Book Publishing: Self-Publish, Subsidy, or Traditional Publisher?

Many of my valued clients ask me how they should publish their manuscript. Whether you’ve written a novel or a self-help book, it can be difficult to decide how to market your new creation. Broadly speaking, you have three choices. … Continue reading

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The Length of Your Book: The Word Count Rules

As a professional ghostwriter and editor, a significant part of my work involves helping professionals write and publish books that will establish them as thought leaders in their fields. Lawyers, doctors, realtors, CPAs, and business consultants have found that publishing … Continue reading

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Book Formats and Word Counts – An Overview

Before you look for a ghostwriter, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic nuts and bolts of books and how they’re put together. The more you know about the product you’re going to be making, the more … Continue reading

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Transforming an Academic Text into a Mass-Market Book: Not an Easy Task!

Academics who have written a peer-reviewed manuscript sometimes want to jump genres and have their thesis re-written into a popular book. A client once contacted me and told me that he had written a thesis on the history of the … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Publish a Nonfiction Book

When you contact a potential ghostwriter, the very first question he or she should ask you is, “Why do you want to publish a book? What are you hoping to achieve?” People have many reasons for wanting to put their … Continue reading

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Self-Help Books: Prescriptive and Aspirational

The biggest market sector in publishing consists of nonfiction self-help books. They exist to serve one function: to help the reader to live a better, happier life. Self-help books are exactly as the name suggests. You read the book and … Continue reading

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