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”

Writing Worthy Works of Nonfiction

As a childfree choice expert, a couple of years ago the Wall Street Journal asked if I would respond to a piece by Bryan Caplan related to his book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.  We had our different points of view to be sure, but the other day I ran across another short piece by him on writing worthy nonfiction. Here we agree on some key ideas and tips: Continue reading “Writing Worthy Works of Nonfiction”

Tips on Being Your Own Best Editor

In our personal or professional lives, there is no substitute for having excellent writing skills. However, just as important are editing skills. If you imagine creating a sculpture, writing gives the sculpture form. Editing, on the other hand, perfects it into its final form. Unlike sculpture though, writing and editing are two very different skills.    

In finalizing any kind of written communication, here are five tips for being your own best editor: Continue reading “Tips on Being Your Own Best Editor”