Co-Author? Why Hiring a Writer Could Help You Finish Your Book

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It seems counter-intuitive: you want to write a book so you hire a writer. Yet recruiting a co-author might be your best hope for getting your book finished—and to the standard of quality you know it deserves.

What do I mean when I say “co-author”? Well, if you check out my services, you’ll see that I’m a professional writer who provides ghostwriting and copywriting support to leaders and entrepreneurs. This “support” could mean writing a piece of content entirely on my own (e.g., an article that appears under my client’s name). But it could also mean partnering with my client on the writing, or simply editing what they have written.

So when I work as a co-author with a client, that means I am collaborating with that client to write a book. How the heck does that work? All sorts of different ways. It could mean: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 25, 2016

What’s it Like to Write a Book With a Ghostwriter?

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When people ask me what I do for work and I get to answer, “ghostwriter”, I enjoy the confused expressions for a second. Then I explain: “I write books for people based on their ideas and experiences. Or I give them lots and lots of help to write their own.”

I don’t think that answer clears up much for most people. I figure a lot of them are still in the dark about how something like that would work.

So what’s it like to get a ghostwriter to write a book with you?

The quick answer is you get a book that’s informative/interesting/inspiring/(insert your desired adjective) without having to do a lot of work. Plus, it’s work that (if you’re honest with yourself) you’re not all that well equipped to do.

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May 11, 2016

3 Things That Shouldn’t Shock You—But Will—When You Publish Your Book

Writing a book is an amazing experience—reserved specifically for psychos. What, you have so much to say you gotta divide it up into chapters and print it up? Did you get enough attention as a child?

Just kidding. My book-writing clients and I are psychos only in the most complimentary sense. It takes tenacity and focus to convert your life experiences, ideas, or unique intellectual property into a well-crafted and engaging publication (i.e. your insanity is of the high-functioning variety). And if it helps to be crazy like the fox when you’re taking on Herculean task of writing a book, you’re going to need extra reserves of wild-eyed determination when you reach the publication prep phase.

At this stage, you will be proofing your manuscript, working with a designer to lay it out, and making final decisions about the look and format of your book. It’s such an exciting phase, but you are guaranteed to encounter particularly potent stresses at this juncture. Writing your book tenderized your formerly robust mind. Editing nearly killed you. You’re tired and ready for the end of the project. You’re as defenceless as a highly literate little bunny. And then—WHAM. Unexpected challenges. They shouldn’t surprise you but they will.

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September 19, 2015