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What are the pros and cons of working with a ghostwriter?

What are the pros and cons of working with a ghostwriter?

Traditionally we write about pros and cons of any topic. I don't like ending on negative notes, so I am switching the order of pros and cons of working with a ghostwriter. First, let's start with the cons. A ghostwriter, by the way, is a person who works with you to...

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Is a Cat a That? Correct Use of That

Is a cow an “it”? What is the correct use of that? In order to answer these questions, I need to address a related grammatical question about the use of that. Is a Human a “That”? In the course of editing manuscripts, I began to notice that people seemed to be...

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Publishing a Book – What are the Options?

Publishing a Book – What are the Options?

You have a wealth of knowledge that you want to share in a new way – through the publishing a book. You may have a body of work ready to repurpose (such as a blog you’ve maintained for several years) or a ghostwriter at the ready. Or you just really like to write; you...

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How a Writers’ Group Fuels Your Success

The most successful writers of fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction know that they can’t go down the writing road alone. When they do the actual writing, quiet and solitude are essential, but for the evaluation stage, their work needs fresh eyes and minds...

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5 Ways Writing a Book Can Grow Your Business

5 Ways Writing a Book Can Grow Your Business

You’re sitting in a conference room watching the speaker ask, “Raise your hand if you’d like to get started with writing a book.” When I asked that question, nearly every hand went up. Wanting to write a book and actually writing a book are two different things. One...

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The Treacherous Homophone

The Treacherous Homophone

A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning. Note that some of the word pairs aren’t pure homophones, such as lose and loose. I include them because they’re close enough to get easily confused. Lose/loose “Lose” is a verb...

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Top 7 Benefits of Writing Publications

Top 7 Benefits of Writing Publications

When you are sitting in front of a computer trying to write publications, you may wonder, “Is this really worth it?” Keep in mind these benefits when you question whether you should attempt to get something published. In this post, publications means articles and...

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Make the Comma Your Friend

Make the Comma Your Friend

A comma may be a little squiggle, but it does a lot for your writing. It adds meaning, clarity, elegance, and, in some cases, beauty to your writing. Its absence can bore or confuse the reader. Comma usage is loaded with rules, and it’s a good idea to study them....

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A “She” is not a “They”

A “She” is not a “They”

Maybe. Are you confusing singular and plural forms in the same sentence? And is this really wrong? Grammar rarely enters the world of culture and politics. Pronouns are a notable exception to this generality. Prior to the 1970s, the default pronoun was “he.” “If a...

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Why shorter is better when it comes to books

Why shorter is better when it comes to books

When we read something, we don’t pay much attention to subjects like long sentences, paragraphs, and chapters—until they interfere with our reading. That’s the point at which the writer is in danger of losing his or her audience. You don’t want that point to come....

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