Finding the Right Ghostwriter

Many people want to write a book, but either do not have the time or writing skills to go about it themselves. This may describe you. How do you do it? Hire a ghostwriter. It may sound easy because there are many to choose from these days. However, to successfully fulfill the vision you have for your book means finding the right ghostwriter for you and your particular project. Here are five important tips for selecting the right ghostwriter: Continue reading “Finding the Right Ghostwriter”

The Perils of Proofreading Your Own Work

In traditional book publishing, once you finish writing your book you find an agent who will submit it to publishers, and then you can wait up to several months to find out whether it has been accepted or rejected. Publishers very often employ “first readers” to go through submissions. If your book has typographical and grammatical errors, odds are… Continue reading “The Perils of Proofreading Your Own Work”

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A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers

You have finished your draft manuscript, worked with an editor on developmental and line edits, and hired a proofreader who has done one round of proof. You’re feeling great about your book, and thinking you’re done, right? If you’re smart about making sure your book is the best it can be, you have at least two steps to go. What is an important next step in the development of your book? Beta readers. Continue reading “A Key Phase in Manuscript Refinement: Beta Readers”

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Why So Many People Dream of Writing a Book

Brian Tracy International claims 82 percent of adults dream of writing a book. I believe it! Last year it conducted a survey of 1100 people on their main reasons for wanting to write a book. What did the survey find? Check it out: Continue reading “Why So Many People Dream of Writing a Book”

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue books

Print and Digital Book Cultures: Can They Exist Side by Side?

With the advent and innovations of print technology, there is a lot of talk about whether printed books are well on the road to dead. Author Alix Christie has an interesting view in the San Francisco Chronicle – check it out.   Continue reading “Print and Digital Book Cultures: Can They Exist Side by Side?”

Laura Carroll, editorial services

Four Ingredients to Nonfiction Book Success

I recently read a great interview on the site, Creative Nonfiction. Kristina Marusic interviews Emily Loose on the publishing business, secret ingredients to successful nonfiction and approaching agents. Loose has worked at big publishing houses, has taken seventeen books to the The New York Times bestseller list, and now is a book agent, editor and publishing consultant. Here’s the essence of her advice regarding successful nonfiction: Continue reading “Four Ingredients to Nonfiction Book Success”

Laura Carroll, Editorial Services

Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs

Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out: Continue reading “Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs”