Do you want to write a book but don’t know where to start? You might want to hire a ghostwriter to work with your ideas and shape them into a cohesive book. However, if you’re thinking, “I want someone to write my book for me” and assuming that you can’t do it yourself with some help, read on. A developmental editor (which is different from a line editor), a book writing coach, or a book publishing consultant might be a good choice for you.Read More
As you write your book or make plans to, keep in mind that you’ll be more satisfied with getting your book written and published if you attract readers who will buy your book. Thinking about marketing should start early on in your process. Here are 3 ways to make your book discoverable so you can get sales when your book is launched.Read More
Recently, my clients Robert Danziger and Mary Gellens, two physicians, saw their book The Determined Patient published. Here are some insights you can glean from their experience conceptualizing, writing, and publishing a book (with my help—I am the coauthor). Refine Your Idea Guided by Comparable Books The Determined Patient: How to Be a Powerful Self-Advocate and Take…Read More
The elements of a book proposal all have to be included in what is a marketing piece that will convince the recipient that your book is marketable. You will need a book proposal even if you have the entire book written. To write a book proposal, start with an overview describing the book, why it fills a…Read More
Hoping to get your book published? You may need to hire a freelance editor to help you achieve your goal. There are two types of freelance editors, and each has different credentials and skills. If you are wondering, “What type of freelance editor do I need?” read on.
First, recognize that if you get a book deal with a traditional publisher, your editor will do a moderate to minimal amount of editing of your completed manuscript. You don’t have to worry too much about copyediting, also known as light line editing, because the publisher will have in-house or freelance copyeditors who do that work.
The comparative books list is a crucial element in a successful book proposal. It is your best tool for convincing an agent or an in-house acquisitions editor that your book will stand out in the marketplace and add something new while appealing to an established book-buying audience. How do I know this? Because when I was an in-house editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers many years ago, it was my job to check out the comparative books lists in book proposals my boss was considering to see if there was any way to strengthen them, which would make it easier for us to convince the rest of the book publishing team that the book would make money for us and be right for our list. I know how to create a comparative books list that will get you a book deal because I’ve done it many times.Read More
Not all freelance editors do the same type of work. If you are looking to hire an editor for your book, know there are seven common myths about hiring a freelance editor for your book and what editors do. Let me bust those myths for you! MYTH #1: Any editor can help you with any type of…Read More
Are you trying to establish your brand as distinct from others? A book written by you can serve as a credibility card for your expertise in your field of interest. Branding yourself with a book can help set you apart from experts that do similar work. It gives you a chance to show people what’s different about you, your message, and your methods.Read More
Cinematherapy is self-care: It’s choosing watching movies that match your mood soothe the soul in troubled times, make you laugh or make you cry, and cure a Bad Hair Day, too. My new article in Spirituality & Health magazine offers some suggestions for Cinematherapy movies and streaming series, and you’ll find more recommendations at MyCinematherapy.…Read More
Ghostwriters write the first drafts of chapters. Developmental editors collaborate with the author on getting the first drafts written. Developmental editing and ghostwriting have similarities and differences. . . .Read More