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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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