Is Self-Publishing On A Budget Possible?

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For creative writers, the turn of the calendar into December means something different. It means that the annual NaNoWriMo push is finally over. The end of the annual novel writing sprint means that there are (literally) thousands of new novels out there in the universe. Can you actually self-publish what you’ve written inexpensively? In this blog, a publishing consultant on budget, we’ll look at a few of the realities.

Self-publishing is a possibility for your newly written novel and one you should seriously consider.

If you are looking at 2020 as the year you put your book out there, here is a list of some low or no-cost steps that you can take over the next few months to give your book the best chance to reach its desired audience. 

Why Does Self-Publishing On A Budget Matter?

If a writer is not careful, self-publishing can become expensive. There is no end to the number of services, from consultants to designers to advertising.

I am not here to say that spending money is bad. Heck, I provide many of those services. As an author as well, I can tell you that there is at least some correlation between budget and success. As a publishing consultant, budget books are something I work for.

When you’re first starting out though, the one thing you can budget is time. First books are meant to be awkward. They’re clumsy. You’re doing something that you’ve likely never done before.

This is a list of things you can do before you spend money.

#1.) Start Writing a Blog — Today

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Reaching your audience is the keystone step in building a successful, long-lasting author brand.

Whatever you write, whether that be fantasy, science-fiction or thriller, readers want access to you. They want your thoughts and ideas.

That isn’t as invasive as it might sound though.

It is critical to connecting. Readers want to feel like they know something about the people they support. Buying books is just that, a form of support.

Don’t overthink this one. You can start your blog as slowly as you want. One article a month, or maybe two, if you’re feeling ambitious.

Find your own rhythm. That way your readers can find you.

#2.) Build A Mailing List

Among the core aspects of self-publishing on a budget is building up that mailing list. Why though?

Advertising costs money. A lot of money.

Access to your mailing list, on the other hand, is only a click away. If you build your mailing list the right way, around readers who are interested in what you write, they will be the most responsive group you can call on.

Have a new book? Announce it to your mailing list. If they’re engaged then they will be more than happy to buy.

If you’re unsure how to do this, Tammi LaBrecque is the absolute master of mailing lists and her book has defined the market. The publishing consultant on budget tip here is, build your mailing list because it is the one thing you will always have access to.

#3.) Embrace Your Writer’s Group

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Your friendly neighborhood writer’s group. Now is a really good time to get in contact with them and grow that connection.

Your NaNoWriMo novel isn’t done yet. No. What you just finished was a 50,000-word first draft that needs editing.

An editor will cost you some money. It’s money well spent, but a good writer’s group will get you through a few re-write stages.

If you’re interested in self-publishing on a budget, your writer’s group is a great way to get solid, actionable feedback from trusted sources.

Save your editing budget for closer to the end.

#4.) Study Your Genre

This is one that came to me as a kind of shock. You wrote your novel in a specific genre.

You need to get to know that genre.

Positioning your book in front of the right readers is critical. It makes no sense to try and sell a romance novel to the hard-core science fiction crowd. You won’t sell it. No matter how good your sex scenes are.

Genre readers form great little tribes. If you know the rules and conventions of your genre, where they congregate and what they like, reaching them will be easier as will selling to them.

#5.) Your Genre, Part II: Covers

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Book covers are definitely worthy of a whole bullet point unto themselves.

Your book’s cover is the most important means of conveying to your readers what your book is about and if it’s for them.

Let me write that again a different way…

Your book’s cover is the most important part of selling your book.

Want to know why? Allow me to illustrate.

Say you have a romance novel (an example I use because they’re so clear) but your cover says “cozy mystery” instead (a slip one could easily make) your core readers will notice that. They’ll see it at first glance, probably in their Amazon stream and they’re going to receive the wrong message.

That cover will tell them to look elsewhere. You don’t want that. You just spent time and energy to get your book in front of them.

Go to Amazon. Go to Barnes & Noble. Walk the aisles and find the books most like your book. Study the covers on the top sellers. That is what you’re going to want your cover to look like.

Another reason this is important for self-publishing on a budget is that covers can be very expensive. If you don’t know what works, or what you want, you’re going to overspend figuring that out.

#6.) Emulate Successful Writers

Translation: imitate the heck out of people ahead of you.

Look, I get it, you got into writing because you have original ideas. Your stories are little bits of creative intellectual property. You really want to believe there is only one like them.

As wrong (and humbling) as that is, the myth of originality freezes you out of a great path to success in writing and self-publishing on a budget.

Find someone in your genre and do, as best you can, what they do. Of course, do it your way, but look at where they interact and what they offer. Someone selling 100 books a day does so as a result of excellent habits.

Make their habits your habits.

I’m not talking about writers of a Stephen King or Neil Gaiman caliber here. Those guys are too far ahead of where you are.

The publishing consultant on budget advice is, find someone close to you instead. A rung or two up.

#7.) Find Your Digital Tribe

Most of us have visions of a bookstore with a cat and a teapot, where quiet readers congregate. You walk in. You see your book on the shelf.

That’s out there. Of course it is out there.

But most of the books you sell will be on-line. It’s a fact of the business (just as the reality that you’ll sell a strong majority of those books on Amazon).

Find a digital tribe. Look at the way Twitter organizes conversations under individual hashtags, or Facebook groups have taken off.

Join those and take part in the conversation.

#8.) Develop A Strategy For #FOMO

This was a really hard one for me. Once I crossed into the publishing arm of my paranormal mystery project, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I gravitated toward people, groups, and strategies…

My book wasn’t done. That required a little time to catch up though.

You’re going to feel like you’re missing out. I’m not going to lie. You are actually missing out. But if you keep at it, keep focused on what you can control, you’ll soon arrive at a different place in the conversation.

I needed to develop a strategy for that “fear of missing out”. You’ll need one too, especially as your project takes shape. The publishing consultant on budget advice here is, don’t buy things you don’t need. Wait until you need them.

#9.) Talk About Your Project

This is often an overlooked step, but a very critical one. You need to learn how to talk about your book.

Why is that so important?

Being an author is about engaging in a conversation about your work. Whether that takes place on-line, at the dinner table, or at a reading, you need to be able to articulate what your book is about.

You need to be able to talk about what you’re about.

Can you see why that get’s overlooked? We think we know how to do this but a strong majority of us don’t have the foggiest idea.

Work on distilling your story world to a few enticing lines. Get your core concept down pat. Arrive at that classic elevator pitch.

You’re going to need them.

#10.) Formulate A Budget

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I put this one last because, well, it is last on the list.

Eventually, you’re going to have to spend money. At some juncture in the publishing journey, you need to decide how much money you have and what to spend it on.

I break my tasks into categories…

What I can do for myself and will never pay for.

What I cannot do myself, but am willing to learn.

What I cannot do myself… and won’t take the time to learn because it’s too difficult, too time-consuming, or too far outside my skill set.

There is a whole other blog (or a blog series) to write here, but self-publishing on a budget requires an honest inventory of time and skills. Once you’ve covered those first nine steps, this is what you’re tasked with.

The good news is, you can write, edit, publish, layout and design, and market a credible book on a shoestring budget. If you follow some of this advice, it’s attainable.

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I so adamantly believe that knowing how to conduct a ghostwriting interview is a bedrock of success that I wrote a book about it.

While this book doesn’t necessarily cover self-publishing on a budget as this blog does, it does serve as a primer for a professional mentality with your writing.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You As An On Budget Publishing Consultant?

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If you are serious about hiring a fiction editor, or having your book, screenplay or non-fiction story professionally written by a ghostwriter, or you need self publishing help, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

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What Type Of Editing Do I Need?

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erick mertz, portland oregon, book consultantYou have finally completed your book’s first draft. Congratulations, that is a big accomplishment and you are through the difficult part. But now you have moved into the often uncertain world of editing. You may be aware that your book needs editing, but what type does it need? How are you supposed to know? In order to answer these questions, I offer you a few tips from a publishing consultant on editing here.

Manuscript editing breaks down into three main categories (although some of those go by two terms — I know, confusing). Wherever you are in the process of writing and re-writing your book, however, your needs will fall into one of these three.

I am going to break each of these down in chronological order, from earliest to the latest in the publishing process.

Developmental  & Structural Editing

Sometimes called a structural edit, this is the primary manuscript editing stage.

Authors seeking developmental editing are in search of advice on the book’s overall scope and feel. Does the story really work? Does the cast of characters resonate with readers? Is the book genre-appropriate? This level of editing deals with the book as a whole down to chapters.

You know your book. You know all of the characters inside and out because you have lived with them for a long time now. But knowing whether those elements work for your readers is a much different story.

A developmental editor helps authors find those plot holes. They help sort out moments when the characters are flat or go astray.

A lot of writers tend to think that these elements are easy. After all, they’ve just written 60-100,000 words in that world, in the head of those characters. Of course, the book has to make sense, right? 

Unfortunately, too many writers take this for granted. These are critical elements to your book’s overall success. Publishers the world over want a strong plot and viable characters. Readers only return to books that offer them a compelling look at both.

Hiring a developmental editor helps you solve those potential big picture issues.

Self Publishing Consultant On Editing: Copy & Line

This level of editing comes after you’ve reached the point where you are certain about the story.

You have the characters worked out. The story is solid. Now you have to worry about the paragraphs and sentences.

Do you repeat words over and over? Always describing people the same way? Misuse words? An issue that I see all too often is chapters that roll on far too long… or too short, failing to complete a unit of story action.

A copy-editor will help you find the glitches in your fiction on the level of the paragraph. This stage is more about the fine-tuning of voice and the tone. After writing 60-100,000 words, even the most attentive writer cannot possibly see a book on this level.

While a developmental/structural editor delivers the right story to the reader, a copy editor makes the tone of the language work.

Don’t Fear Proofreading

Thanks to a lifetime of red pen, public school trauma, this is what most writers associate with editing. High School English class has made every one of us fearful of the dreaded proofreader.

I love my proofreader though. Why? Am I a sucker for pain? No. I love her because she makes me sound good. Since I can rely on her to check those details, I can rest assured that I am publishing a high-quality, professional-sounding draft.

Proofreading is when an editor finally gets down to grammar, spelling, and overall consistency. Some may think that with Grammarly and spell check that a proofreader isn’t necessary, and although these features can help, they are imperfect solutions.

The publishing consultant on editing advice here is to hire a proofreader. Let that editor get down to nitty-gritty details, tweaking this and that. It’s humbling, but your book will be all the better for it.

If you would like to read more on the topic of publishing consultant services, check out these additional articles.

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While this book doesn’t necessarily go into a publishing consultant on editing as this blog does, but it does serve as a valuable primer for a professional mentality with your writing.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You?

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If you are serious about hiring a fiction editor, or having your book, screenplay or non-fiction story professionally written by a ghostwriter, or you need self-publishing help, please contact me via email, or call.

Additionally, I offer discounted rates to independent and self-publishing authors.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

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Book Layout And Design? – Ask A Ghostwriter

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publishing consultant, book layout and designIf you are a new author, you may wonder about the process by which your manuscript eventually becomes a published book. Quite often I am asked my thoughts as a publishing consultant on book layout & design. In this day and age, high quality, professional book layout & design is an easier than ever option for authors looking to self-publish their manuscript.

Let’s first start with a little history lesson though.

Authors the world over owe a great debt of gratitude to Johannes Gutenberg. If you are unfamiliar with the name, he is the inventor of the printing press. Before Mister Gutenberg invented his press way back in 1440, written material, everything from books to pamphlets to Bibles was created by hand.

That means, before Gutenberg came along, someone had to sit at a desk and transcribe an author’s original manuscript over and over again before it was able to reach an audience. Talk about self-publishing That sounds like a tedious, time-consuming process.

What Gutenberg’s ground-breaking invention led to was the first-ever mass production of written material on a scale the world had never seen before. In some ways, it can be said that he changed the world forever. Thanks to his innovation of movable type, almost overnight, books were everywhere, available to everyone from royalty to peasants. People who could not afford to buy books were suddenly able to buy books.

Thank you very much, Mister Gutenberg. We owe you… everything.

Book Layout & Design Today

Obviously, we have moved on from the days of Gutenberg’s movable type. We have arrived in the digital age. Today your even your basic word processor (think of Microsoft Word, Apple Pages or Scrivener) is a powerful tool that allows writers to work quickly, to type, delete, re-type at a rate that is remarkable.

But understand a key fact. Your word processor is not a professional publisher.

If your book has been written and edited, and you feel ready to explore publication, hiring a professional for layout & design is your next logical step. Transforming your Word or Scrivener document into a vibrant, exciting ready-to-publish document is key to meeting your reader expectations.

A book layout & design professional can help you complete three critical tasks for your book.

  1. They take your basic word processor document and transfer it into publishing software.
  2. With the manuscript is inside of the publishing suite, they lay the book out, creating everything from title pages, page numbers and chapter headings. They also create the key sections of the book like the Foreward, About The Author, Afterward, etc…
  3. Once the book has been designed, they create the necessary files for publishing on a wide range of platforms, everywhere from Kobo to Apple Books, Google Books and of course, the world’s largest bookseller, Amazon and Kindle.

Publishing Consultant On Book Layout And Design

At first glance, that may look like hiring two different professionals. One for layout and design and the other for publication.

That does not have to be the case though.

Today, you can get a professional-quality book layout & design all in one place. Your book can look exactly like the best-selling books on Amazon.

There is absolutely no need to shop around and pay for all these services separately. Offering professional publishing consultant services, we can discuss in detail your project’s specific layout and design needs and come up with a plan that gets your book to market.

Contact me today to discuss my array of professional layout & design solutions. I offer a low-cost package for this service with a guaranteed turn around time that is second to none. 

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I so adamantly believe that knowing how to conduct a ghostwriting interview is a bedrock of success that I wrote a book about it.

While this book doesn’t necessarily cover book layout and design as this blog does, it does serve as a primer for a professional mentality with your writing.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

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If you are serious about hiring a fiction editor or having your book, screenplay or non-fiction story professionally written by a ghostwriter, or you need self-publishing help, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

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Self-Edit Your Novel? – Ask A Ghostwriter

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publishing consultant, erick mertz, portland oregonWriters are often drawn into the temptation of editing their own work. As a publishing consultant, I will tell you this can be a terrific idea… unless, of course, it’s not.

Am I being a little vague here? Allow me just a moment to explain my ideas on the topic of self-editing.

Your manuscript, whether it be a work of fiction or non-fiction, will go through a series of many edits before it is published. This is a reality for both traditionally published and self-publishing authors alike. Successful books are never released as the first draft.

I will use my writing process as an example. I usually start out by writing a rough draft freehand (yes, I still put pen to paper) which I eventually use to explore the broader story and its characters. This is something I write without real concern for where the book is going as a whole.

After I let the manuscript rest for a while, I then work through a slow process of refinement. This means writing new material while re-writing old. Gradually, whether through two or three passes, I come up with what I consider to be my first real finished draft of the book.

Each step after my initial rough draft is known around the publishing industry as “self-editing”. This is the author’s process of reading through their manuscript alone without the help of an editor, making editorial choices entirely based on their sense of the book.

What Can An Editor Do For My Novel?

After these passes, I eventually take my manuscript to an editor. I choose my content or line-editor very carefully. After the cover design, choosing the right editor is the most important step toward publishing success. I made my decision based on their experience, knowledge of the genre as well as familiarity with my writing. Once she gets through with my manuscript, I can be confident it is ready, save for a few bells and whistles, for its final phase, submission or publication.

Self-editing works for me, in part, because I have a great safety net. That is what your editor is. They act as a valuable safety net for your writing, making sure it is the best quality it can possibly be before it goes out into the world.

While self-editing works for me, it does not work for everyone. In order to successfully self-edit your novel, you need to have some confidence in your ability to honestly critique your own work. If you struggle to be honest with what works and does not, this is not for you. I cannot count the number of times I have consulted with new writers who are working through their third, fourth or even fifth drafts. They will tell me that the book has hardly grown from the first draft.

That is a lot of time cycling through with little results.

If you are stuck inside that vicious cycle of writing, self-editing, and re-writing, it may be time to bring in someone else. A publishing consultant can help you identify where best to focus your attention. In addition to a safety net, your publishing consultant or editor acts as a fresh set of eyes for your novel. A new, professional perspective ready to help you push through and get your manuscript off of your desk.

Self-editing can be an option for any writer. Just like any other writing and editing strategy though, it is one that requires a fair amount of caution. If you are confident in your work, or your story, and if you have a reliable editor in place, it can work very well.

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I so adamantly believe that knowing how to conduct a ghostwriting interview is a bedrock of success that I wrote a book about it.

While this book doesn’t necessarily cover the use of a publishing consultant as this blog does, it does serve as a primer for a professional mentality with your writing.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

How Do I Contact You As A Publishing Consultant?

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If you are serious about hiring a fiction editor or having your book, screenplay or non-fiction story professionally written by a ghostwriter, or you need self-publishing help, please contact me via email, or call.

Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.

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How To Write Historical Fiction? – Ask A Ghostwriter

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There is an undeniable appeal in images and language of the past. The way things were back then (whenever that is) entrances the imagination and infuses storytelling with richness. But the question of how to write historical fiction is an apt one.

Consult the list of best selling fiction books from any year and the theory bears out: historical fiction is wildly popular.

Talk to people about the books they love and they’re bound to mention works like The Outlander or One Hundred Years of Solitude. It is difficult to argue against the appeal of films like Titanic or Inglorious Bastards, however much the latter is a spoof.

What about television? That medium which is at its zenith right now. Downton Abbey, Deadwood and again, The Outlander.

They’re not just good stories. They are works of art.

What makes something a historical fiction though? In each of these examples, the story centers on an element of history. While none of these stories is really “about” the era they represent, character conflicts and story problems are heightened and enhanced by the time period.

Tips On How To Write Historical Fiction

Allow me to put one fact forward. I can’t tell you how to write well. Presuming you’re a capable writer and storyteller though, what you find here will help you better write within the historical fiction space.

With that out of the way, the first tip on how to write historical fiction is one of motivation and purpose. Your story has to organically fit within the context of the era, otherwise, your story will fall short.

What do I mean by that? Well, if you chose to write in the historical fiction space because it’s hot, that’s fine. It’s wise to write to the market.

But your story has to fit optimally within the historical era. Look at The Outlander. Of all the eras to send her heroine back to, author Diana Gabaldon chose the Jacobite Rebellion of the 1740s. Why?

For one, she was writing a story about time-traveling, star-crossed romance. What better era to send Claire to than one steeped with conflict and centers on a tragic ending? There is also an element of connectedness. The characters in the story needed to make connections to their history, so it had to be an era where with a rich written history.

If your story fits the era, great, you’re one step in. The second tip, however, is one about details. Because in historical fiction the details matter and there is a whole heck of a lot of them.

This is why I say: Your story comes first. The details come second.

I realize I’m treading dangerously close to a plotter-versus-pantser debate, but it is important to understand that the first standard is excellence. Whether or not you know the manufacturer of the China used on the Titanic is irrelevant. The story is about Jack and Rose and we remember that movie because the writing of their relationship was utterly timeless.

At some point in the writing, your details will come under scrutiny though. When I say that will come many passes down the road, I mean it.

Currently, I’m working on a novel set in the old west. There are going to be a whole lot of details that I need to get right. More importantly, though, the characters, story, situation, and resolution need to resonate.

My process has been to write the story. As I go forward, I highlight areas that will need a historical detail or an appropriate word.

I can go back and add those later. If the proper word is “carriage” instead of “wagon” that’s an easy fix. It is an easier fix than being 75,000 words in with a character I cannot use.

I need to nail down the motivations and actions first and foremost. Otherwise, my novel will sink.

Now that you’re in the right era… and you’re committed to writing the story first and details second, what comes next?

Be sure you’re not writing into a corner.

This is a big one for me. It would be wise to look at the historical era as a whole first to make certain you’re not limiting your potential.

Yes, we know the Titanic sinks. Sorry for the spoiler. The writers of that film knew going into writing it that they were working in a limited world.

Heck, that inevitability is part of the story’s tragic appeal.

Series are hot though. They are far hotter than historical fiction.

If you’re going to write something in an era, great, but are you giving yourself enough room to grow one book into two? Or three? Do you have the storytelling elements in your story to go all the way?

Yes, the Jacobite Rebellion lasted only a couple of years. But Gabaldon deftly uses time travel to extend her story onward.

Deadwood only existed for a short time. This is why the ensemble styled cast used in the HBO show allowed it to run on for multiple seasons.

Downton Abbey came to an end. It could have, I suppose, gone on forever, examining the upstairs/downstairs relationships. The contrast between classes is forever interesting and universal.

There are a lot of ways to approach writing any story. No two writers do it the same way. What you need to understand going into historical fiction is that, with every enticement, the genre comes with points of caution.

But if you use the genre correctly and maneuver within it effectively, there can be a lot of future success in working with the past.

If you would like to read more on the topic of publishing consultant services, check out these additional articles.

How To Publish A Book On Amazon

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The Best Self-Publishing Podcasts

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Why Now Is The Righ Time To Write A Christian Book

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Is Self-Publishing On A Budget Possible?

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Free “How To Hire A Ghostwriter” eBook

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I so adamantly believe that knowing how to conduct a ghostwriting interview is a bedrock of success that I wrote a book about it.

While this book doesn’t necessarily cover how to write historical fiction as this blog does, it does serve as a primer for a professional mentality with your writing.

If you would like a complimentary copy of How To Hire A Ghostwriter: Your Guide To Finding The Best Pro For Your Project all you have to do is click and download.

If you have read this book, like it, and found it helpful, please share it with some of your fellow writers and take a moment to review it either on GoodReads or Amazon.

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