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”
Along with fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading, eBooks can serve as a powerful educational and marketing tool for all types of businesses. What’s one big challenge for writing eBooks? Continue reading “Writing eBooks for Professional Purposes”
I recently enjoyed The Huffington Post‘s books and culture writer Claire Fallon’s post, “11 Simple Reasons the Print Book Doomsayers are Wrong.” According to the New York Times, she writes, “print book sales are holding steady in 2015 — and ebook sales have hit a wall. I admit, I fall into #9 on her list – I buy and read both. Here are three more from her list I particularly like: Continue reading “On the Love of the Print Book”
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”
What do fiction and nonfiction have in common that make both work?
Eric Nelson, an editor turned agent, has some good wisdom. In a word: Continue reading “What Good Fiction and Nonfiction Have in Common”
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?”
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”
Editing means going through a document and catching and correcting errors, right? Wrong.
Editor extraordinaire Renni Brown (she has been editing for 50 years) does a great breakdown of the three different kinds of editing services: Continue reading “The Different Faces of Editing”
Writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott (pictured) recently posted some good tips for going about nonfiction book projects. Two of them often happen together and the third, which speaks to proposal development, goes beyond that – Let me explain. Continue reading “Thinking Like a Literary Vendor”