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How To Write Memoir Outlines

Does this sound familiar? A bolt of inspiration strikes. It’s time to finally start writing your memoir. This time your life story, the book you have picked up and put down a dozen times, is going to happen. Where are you supposed to start though? You need to know how

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Query Letters | Do Writers Really Need One?

Whatever you write, whether it’s memoir or fiction, you’ve probably heard that you need query letters in order to reach agents or publishers.  What exactly are query letters though? And do you really need one? Whether you’ve just started dipping your toes in the writing/publishing world, or you’ve been around

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Small Press Publishing | What Can It Do For You?

Over this past weekend, I attended the Willamette Writers Conference. The annual gathering of writers, publishers, agents and creatives is a great time to connect and learn about the craft and business of writing books. It’s also a great time to figure out what everyone’s talking about and this year,

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Professional Book Designer | Get A Look Inside The Cover

  Often writers come to me at the end of the writing stage of their project. They’re usually excited to take the next step, and rightfully so. They have a completed manuscript and are ready to self-publish, but most are unsure of the steps between. This is the place where

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What are Developmental Editing Services and Why Do They Matter?

  For most aspiring authors, the journey from first to final draft can be a challenging one. The process stirs up many questions, especially for those working on their first book.  Does my book, specifically the quality of writing, measure up to a professional standard? Will this story resonate with

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Ghostwriter Rates Explained!

Most of my clients end up shopping around before hiring me. If you have read anything I’ve written about hiring a ghostwriter over the years, I recommend everyone talk to a few ghostwriters before committing to one. After all, how will you know who you resonate with until you talk

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Freelance Developmental Editor | The Questions You Should Ask

Writing an excellent book can be a challenge. One of the keys to turning an ordinary manuscript into an extraordinary book is getting help. A freelance developmental editor can elevate your manuscript, but before you hire them, you need to know what you’re looking for. The first thing you need

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Book Layout Design Matters | Reasons To Invest In A Pro

Independent publishing has opened the doors for authors in ways nobody could have imagined. A decade ago, the idea of indie author success seemed nearly impossible; even five years ago, reaching an audience seemed highly unlikely. Today self-publishing authors have firmly placed their mark on the book world, a trend

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Professional Ghostwriting Service | Why It’s Right For You

Content is king. If you’re in business, from authors to entrepreneurs, you understand the constant need to reach an audience. How do you accomplish that? A steady stream of content. From novels to marketing scripts to screenplays, a professional ghostwriting service is a strong asset, worthy of investment.  Content is

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How To Write A Good Memoir | The Pro Tips

You’ve got life experience already. You’ve probably been toying with the idea for quite a long time. Now you have to answer the question of how to write a good memoir.  You can set out with the mission of simply writing a book. Many authors do. The authors that end

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Hiring A Memoir Writing Coach

Finding the right person can be a real challenge, regardless of the job. This applies to mechanics, contractors, and a memoir writing coach. The right fit matters a lot.  I live in an old house. For the last ten years, in my basement, I’ve had an old bathroom and utility

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Memoir Writing Prompts

Are you stuck in your writing? Have you started writing your memoir but now find you aren’t exactly sure how to get the best version of your story out on the page? This is a place familiar to many writers and a reason why memoir writing prompts can be such

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Editing By Erick Mertz

The journey to becoming a professional author can be an uncertain one. Getting the right words down on paper is enough of a challenge. What inevitably comes next, the editing and publishing processes, can feel, to some, insurmountable.  If you’ve come to this blog with a finished manuscript, congratulations. Now

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Genre Expectations

On this episode of the Writer Craft Podcast, Valerie and I talk about something every author should understand: genre expectations. Yeah, I know what they say about the secret of happiness being low expectations. Here is the pro-tip though: your readers have them.  That means you need to know what

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Maintaining Positivity

Do you experience difficulty maintaining positivity? If you’re an author, working on a book day in and day out, keeping up your spirits can be really tough. On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss how we fight the writer blues. We talk about writer

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Writing Dialogue

On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss writing dialogue. If you’re wondering how to make the characters on the page sound like people in real life, check out this podcast.  In case you didn’t recognize that third person in the YouTube frame, it’s

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Case Study: How Professional Ghostwriter Services Work!

Maybe you’re wondering how professional ghostwriter services work. I could easily answer that question with a boring explanation, but in this blog, I thought it might be more valuable to see a successful execution of the process for yourself. That’s why I’m offering you this case study. The example I’m

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Read Like A Writer

On this week’s episode of the “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss why as a writer, you need to read… and, why it’s so very important to read like a writer. If you’re a new writer, you have probably been told you need to read in order to be

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How To Write Your Memoir Outline

Writers often sit around and debate whether it’s better to plot out a book first, or fly by the seat of your pants. The truth is, there is no one correct answer, except to say, most writers do what works for them. If you are a new memoir writer, however,

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Protagonist’s Needs And Wants

On this week’s episode of “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss your Protagonist’s Needs And Wants. How do you know even what those are? What do you do if your main character just isn’t working? If you’re hearing that your main character is flat, maybe it’s time to look

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Video Script Copywriting – Portland

Reaching customers in your local market is the goal of every business. If you’re working to reach the market in Portland, Oregon then you need a video script copywriter that understands where you’re from. On-line videos are a popular way to reach your audience. You see them everywhere, from small

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Building A Writing Community

On this week’s episode of “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss an important issue: writing community. Over the last few weeks, I had a conversation with friend and writing colleague Eric Witchey. Among the many topics we covered were the rise of artificial intelligence, receiving high end Scotch as

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Benefits of A Video Script Copywriter

Do you need video content for your business website? Are you thinking of writing that content yourself? I’m here to urge you to think again and consider the benefits of hiring a video script copywriter. On-line videos are an increasingly popular way to reach your audience. You see them everywhere

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – Characterization

On this week’s episode of “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I discuss the issue of characterization. How do you create exciting, realistic characters that reach readers? Find out our thoughts on characterization here.   If you’re looking for ways to get deeper into your character, give it a list.  On

Video Script Copywriting

On-line videos are an increasingly popular way to reach your audience. You see them everywhere. Engaging potential customers, whatever your business, requires almost constant contact. In this marketplace, one of the most meaningful ways you can reach them is through video.  In order to optimize your message to reach that

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Writer Craft Podcast Blog – How To Do Resolutions?

On this week’s episode of “Writer Craft Podcast” Valerie and I are keeping up with the end-of-year vibes. We talk about creative resolutions, what we think is effective, what is not, and how we make them. If you’re looking at making a change in your practice next year, give it

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Writer Craft Podcast – Introducing Your New Co-Host

The “Writer Craft Podcast” is one of those true diamonds in the rough. It is a writer-focused podcast that not only touches on the craft of writing but the mindset necessary to improve and advance in your career. Recently, long time podcast host Valerie Ihsan, an old friend from Willamette

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