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”

Laura Carroll, Editorial Services

Think You Have No Time For That Writing Project? Think Again

What is the biggest challenge you think many of my new and aspiring writer clients say they face? Hint: They are often people who earn their living in another way than writing, are raising families, and describe their lives as having a lot on their plate. You likely guessed it: They say their biggest challenge in reaching their writing goals is finding time to write. I write they “say” it is their biggest challenge for a reason. Continue reading “Think You Have No Time For That Writing Project? Think Again”

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, LiveTrue books

Indie Book Reviews: Signs of Positive Change

As Suw Charman-Anderson wrote in her article, “New York Times Reviews Self-Published Book” on Forbes.com, “If there’s one thing every self-published author yearns for, it’s to be reviewed alongside traditionally published books. ” While she goes on to say that “for most that’s a dream that is unlikely to come true,” that just may be changing. Continue reading “Indie Book Reviews: Signs of Positive Change”