On Writing

Taking Grammarly for a test drive

Some days I need a pedantic friend with a touch of obsessive behavior to read through my work. Most times I don’t have one to hand, though, and that’s where a program like Grammarly can come in handy. This week I took it for a spin to see whether it would be a useful...

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Permission to publish – who needs it?

There is no better time to be writing and publishing books than now. We’ve had the funeral when everyone thought books were dead, and now we’re in publishing paradise, where there are innumerable ways to write a book and to get it into the hands (five-fingered or...

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What makes a bestseller?

Towards the end of this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference, a first-time author cornered me over coffee. “So what exactly makes a book a bestseller?” He was asking the million-dollar question. It comes up somewhere along the line at most writers’ events, and I...

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Are you the perfect client?

One of the questions I get asked most is, “how can I find the best ghostwriter for me?” An excellent question, and one that I addressed in a previous post here. But what about you – are you ready to launch into the writing process? Have you got all your ducks in a...

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Your perfect (writing) partner

This week a motivational speaker asked me, "How do I find a ghostwriter who can capture my voice?" She went on to explain that she had worked with writers before who seemed hellbent on cleaning her up. "I’m very opinionated and sometimes my language is pretty...

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Measuring success in self-publishing

Not a Gold Rush is the name of a 2012 survey about the success of those who publish their own work. One of the authors of the study, Steven Lewis, has written a book digging into some key findings. Here's what I take out of it: The best results come to authors with...

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