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Most Ghostwriters Don’t Ask Their Clients This Question Until It’s Too Late

Posted: June 28, 2019 | By:

Every ghostwriter must also be a savvy businessperson. Here’s a simple trick to sharpen your writing business best practices.


 

Jonathan Rick - How to Write an Op-Ed

Seasoned ghostwriters know a secret:...

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Why — and How — Women Writers Need to Promote Themselves

Posted: June 18, 2019 | By:

Women writers: What if building your platform was an altruistic act, rather than a dreaded exercise in shallow self-aggrandizement?


New research on women’s aversion to self-promotion reveals the following staggering conundrum:

• Most women...

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Self-Pub Savvy: 8 Tips for Succeeding as an Indie Author

Posted: June 7, 2019 | By:

Self publishing and other nontraditional models can be a tough road to walk. MeiMei Fox, who is part of the Gotham Ghostwriters writer network, recently published an excellent piece for Forbes about success in self publishing. In it, she highlights three authors who have built sustainable indie publishing careers — and their best...

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What Is a “Words Whisperer,” and How Is It Different from a Ghostwriter?

Posted: April 30, 2019 | By:

The following article originally appeared in a LinkedIn post by Chris Benguhe, an author, columnist, editor, publishing consultant, and speaker who is part of the Gotham Ghosts writer network.


Last month one of my repeat clients asked me to describe what I do. Since “What’s this about?” is one of the first questions I ask the CEOs and thought leaders I help to answer right out of the gate, I must admit I was a little flustered when the question...

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Why Work With a Developmental Editor?

Posted: April 22, 2019 | By:

So, you’ve finished your book. But you have a niggling feeling that something isn’t working with it, and you’ve reread it so many times, you can’t tell anymore, and you don’t know what to do.

You could have your partner read it, or friends, but they all love you and they may not be as critical as you want them to be because they want to spare your feelings, or they want to make you feel good. Plus, unless they are writers themselves, will they be able to know what advice or techniques you might use to fix what isn’t working?

That’s where a developmental editor...

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Hybrid Publishing and the Measures That Matter

Posted: December 21, 2018 | By:

A fellow publishing professional told me recently that she wished hybrid publishing had a different name—that it would be better if hybrid publishing could be clearer, sexier somehow, as if that would solve its lingering challenges. But there is no name hybrid publishing could adopt that would change the fact that it’s a gray zone—between traditional publishing and self-publishing—or that it’s an emerging...

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Writers Give Me Life

Posted: October 5, 2018 | By:

Ever since I stepped beyond the gates of traditional publishing, I've discovered a wide and shifting landscape of publishing options. As part of my effort to learn the customs of this new country, I found myself in Cincinnati, OH last weekend attending Writer’s Digest’s indieLab conference.

Unlike the carnival of anxiety (at least for the writers) that is Writer’s Digest’s annual pitch fest in August, this event offers a...

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About Your Book Idea: Do You Need an Editor, a Ghostwriter, or Therapy?

Posted: September 7, 2018 | By:

Last night, I was talking to an established author who is helping out a couple friends who want to write a book. “They have a great story but they aren’t sure if they need an editor or a ghostwriter,” he said. That’s a pretty good question. If you’re an emerging thought leader and think you have a book in you, I’ll answer that question for you today.

First off, let’s get this straight. There are any number of services that will...

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What’s Next for Hybrid Publishing

Posted: August 3, 2018 | By:

In 2012, I cofounded She Writes Press with a clear vision for what our press would be, but without a clear definition. We were creating something that combined self-publishing and traditional publishing, curating the books, and placing a strong value on editing and design, but without author platforms or a particular sales threshold driving our publishing decisions. Because our model is author subsidized, we were...

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Ghosts: A Thing of the Past?

Posted: May 18, 2018 | By:

Six years ago I helped a young Army officer who was dying of cancer to write his memoir. The first edition, published by Beaver's Pond Press, had my name on the cover, because that's what the author and I felt was most honest. When Random House bought the rights, they wanted me off the cover on account of people look askance at an as-told-to book.

Caring about book sales the most, I readily agreed to this change. Unfortunately the...

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