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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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Computerized “Beta Reader” Services – Beware!

In the publishing industry, a “beta reader” is a human being who reads your unpublished book and provides feedback, not unlike a book review. Beta readers are subjective, and can provide only their opinion, but they can be very useful … 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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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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Citations in Non-Fiction Self-Help Books – Advice from Ghostwriter Thomas Hauck

As a ghostwriter who has authored dozens of self-help books for both self-published authors and major New York publishing houses, one of the biggest questions that I and my clients must consider is how to credit quotes and research by … Continue reading

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Character Development in Thrillers

I ghostwrite a lot of thrillers for my valued clients. (Surprised? Don’t be!) Naturally they often ask questions about the writing process and the relative importance of various elements including character development. Generally in thrillers you don’t spend much time … Continue reading

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The Secret of Success of Genre Novels

My fiction clients often ask me if I think their novel could be a success, or even a best seller. My answer is that once you reach a certain minimum level of professionalism in your writing – which takes some … 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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