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Self-Help Readers Want Solutions, Not Your Life Story!

I recently reviewed a manuscript for a wonderful doctor who had written a book about getting better sleep. While praising him for his work, I had to point out that readers generally don’t care about the author’s personal experiences. Unless … Continue reading

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A Note About Subsidy Publishers

When deciding how to distribute their book, every author has three choices: 1. Self-publish, 2. Use a subsidy publisher, or 3. Try to get a traditional publishing deal. There is an entire industry devoted to “subsidy publishing.” These companies act as project managers. … 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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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In the publishing industry, a “beta reader” is a human being who reads your unpublished book and provides feedback, not unlike a book review.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 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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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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Please Allow Me to Brag a Little Bit….

I don’t post many client testimonials because when I see them presented on other sites they often seem facile and, well, untrustworthy. But recently an Upwork client posted a five-star review of my services that went above and beyond what … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: “Flight of the Monarch” Makes World Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company

Even by the high standards of the Gloucester Stage Company, one of America’s most respected venues for new dramatic works, “Flight of the Monarch” has made an astonishing first impression. This new work, penned by Jim Frangione and directed by … Continue reading

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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. Regarding paragraph spacing in a work … Continue reading

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