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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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Genres of Books

Books can be divided into two broad categories, fiction and nonfiction. Works of fiction are short stories or novels. They tell a story that may be pure fantasy like Harry Potter or incorporate plenty of actual facts like Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, the great … Continue reading

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Beyond Grammarly – How a Pro Editor Will Elevate Your Book Above the Ordinary

In the past few years, various software applications have emerged that automatically correct basic issues of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The most popular is Grammarly, an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform developed by Grammarly, Inc. First … Continue reading

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Should Your Editor Take One of Those Online Grammar Tests?

On the job site Upwork, I recently saw a job posting by a gentleman from France. As part of the qualifications to bid on his book project – which he did not describe in any detail – he wanted all bidders to take the Upwork “English sentence structure” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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