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The Speechwriter’s Pipe Dream: Writing Our Own Job Description

Posted: March 24, 2017 | By:

In this space a couple of weeks ago, an outsider might have thought speechwriters were complaining about the unreasonable—or unreasonably numerous—demands that organizations place on them.

As a speechwriter these days, “you write, you relationship, you gap-fill, you verify,” I quoted a speechwriter as saying. “Thinking, reading, expanding, learning is done on your...

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Pros on Prose


PSA: Keep Your Day Job

Posted: March 9, 2017 | By:

0-O8BWIBOg-1_SIazRMerritt Tierce has a great name but it doesn’t begin with J, so I’m a little unclear as to why she assumed she could make a living out of writing.

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Expert Q & A


Q & A with Tall Poppy Writers

Posted: February 17, 2017 | By:

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Tall Poppy Writers is a marketing co-op of authors who help one another reach their target readers. We reached out to Ann Garvin, the founder of the group, as well as some other members of the community to share their insights on how trends in publishing are affecting them and what it's like to be a professional author in the digital age.

GG: Why did you start Tall Poppy Writers?

TPW: When I started...

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Publishing Advice


Making the Most of Your Ghosting: A Business Blueprint for Success

Posted: February 10, 2017 | By:

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All professional writers share the challenge of creating a profitable business around their passion. Ghostwriters often have the added challenge of not being able to discuss or share the work they have done for their clients because of the terms of ghostwriting nondisclosure agreements. (Which is probably why you never hear about any conferences for ghostwriters—what could anyone talk about?)

I had started out well enough. I’d...

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Pros on Prose


One Simple Question: An Old Pro’s Ultimate Key to Powerful Communications

Posted: February 2, 2017 | By:

BioHands down it was the greatest writing lesson in my illustrious almost thirty years in the journalism/publishing business. It was just one simple sentence of sage advice from an old, wily tabloid editor.

It changed my career and my life. And it just might improve the power of every single thing you say, you write and you communicate in any way.

I was a thirty-year-old rewrite editor at the Globe, the infamous tabloid that was making headlines at the time for...

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Pros on Prose


To slip the surly bonds of speechwriting

Posted: January 27, 2017 | By:

David Murray

You're doing your job. But are you doing your job?

As we read every week in The Executive Communication Report, executive commuincation professonals are hired to "prepare speeches and other communication materials for senior executives."

Some exec comms pros see their jobs as bigger than that. They think they should slip the surly bonds of C-suite messaging, and...

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Pros on Prose


“YOU’RE HIRED!”: How the Best Ghostwriters Get the Job

Posted: January 23, 2017 | By:

Since I became a freelance ghostwriter and editor in 2002, I've had the privilege of working on more than 250 books across a wide range of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. Each time, I had to convince my potential client that I was the right guy for the job. Sure, credentials and experience play a large role, but winning each author’s confidence—assuring them that their project will be in great hands if they hire you—demands more than just a solid resume. You must also...

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Publishing Advice


The Most Important Content Trend for 2017

Posted: January 16, 2017 | By:

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Content, like fashion, is impacted by trends and culture. While the fundamentals of good content don't waiver much, the ideal tone or presentation of a message will evolve along with the tastes of its audience.

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Pros on Prose


Milo Can You Go?: Editing Across the Aisle

Posted: January 6, 2017 | By:

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Last week news broke that controversial internet commentator and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos had received a $250,000 advance from Simon & Schuster for his forthcoming book Dangerous. The deal sparked outrage among readers and those within the publishing community who accused S&S of pedaling the views of a hatemonger and attempting to...

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Pros on Prose


Gotham Ghostwriters’ Favorite Books of 2016

Posted: December 21, 2016 | By:

Every December, dozens of news and entertainment websites release their best books of the year lists and 2016 was no exception. As a community of writers and editors, we love reading...

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