Why You Should Become an Author

After talking to many people, it seems clear that most want to write at least one book within their lifetime. It makes sense! For some, it’s a burning passion that can only be satisfied by completing the goal. Just thinking about the idea or being stuck in the middle of a book project is very unfulfilling, isn’t it?

Most people don’t desire to write a book because they crave fame and fortune. Instead, it’s more like they have something important to say and want to share that message with an audience, whether it be their memoir, useful information in their particular field, or a just fantastical story. Many people have a communication they wish heard.

However, while most everyone has something to say, many don’t have the time or skills necessary to put a book together.

That’s where I come in. As a ghostwriter, it’s my job to do what I can to help.

I speak from experience when I say that you will gain a sense of pride and self-confidence that’s unparalleled when you publish your first book. There’s nothing like seeing your name in print and getting reviews of praise from readers.

If you decide to tackle your book project yourself, my advice is to write from the heart and focus on helping others through your message. Your book will stay with readers long after they’ve finished it, influencing their lives and the lives of those they talk to about your book.

Perhaps you’ve already started on your book, but haven’t been able to finish it due to time constraints or writer’s block. Whatever the reason, don’t give up! You’ll run the risk of leaving an important life goal hanging in limbo, not to mention all the lives that could have been influenced through your message.

If you’re reading my blog, you’re most likely one of the many people who yearn to see their words in print, to see their name on a book cover. If so, then I urge you to find a way to complete your book. Too many people let the dream of being an author go unfulfilled.

I’ve ghostwritten nearly twenty books and have personally authored one, Chess Is Child’s Play – Teaching Techniques That Work. When I receive notes from readers about my book, it brightens my day tremendously. There’s nothing else like it! It’s wonderfully rewarding.

Whether you’re just getting started or already several chapters deep, if you find yourself stuck, let me know! I’d like to help in any way I can, be it offering writing tips and tricks, helping with self-publishing, editing or proofreading, or taking on your book project to free up your time. I have a large network of talented writers, editors, and proofreaders and can help find the perfect match for you.

Feel free to email me any time. I’m here to help!

Additional articles you might find helpful:

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Should I Write and Publish My Memoir?

Questions for a Ghostwriter

It’s Good Business to Write a Book!

Four Different Ghostwriting Methods

Can I Be A Writer?

Are you asking yourself, “Can I be a writer?” If this question is burning deep within you, I want to tell you that the answer is, “Of course!” It takes hard work and dedication, but yes, you can be a writer.

Begin by writing about things you are very familiar with. Write about what you know. You can research any topic and write about that subject, but it is much easier to start by writing about what you know well. In order to write about something you must be knowledgeable about it. You can’t fake it. Your readers will be able to tell that you don’t know your subject and will lose respect for you.

Last year, I was hired to write numerous articles about mortgages. I had worked in the industry for five years. Besides being a mortgage director, I would also give seminars and lectures on the mortgage industry to clients and colleagues, so I was familiar with how to explain various complex concepts to people who were unfamiliar with the subject.

Even though I was a mortgage expert, I would still Google the various topics requested of me. After all, it was possible that there were angles I hadn’t considered or new information on the subject I could learn. Research is always an important part of writing.

I was surprised by how many people wrote articles about real estate and how mortgages work, who didn’t have a clue about the area. They obviously weren’t familiar with the subject and unfortunately would copy articles from other authors who were equally clueless. It was a mess! Because I knew the area so well, I could quickly sort out the correct information from the incorrect.

So the lesson there is, watch who you’re counting as an “expert.” As a rule of thumb, if you’re researching a topic you should find three articles that support a fact (but make sure the three articles aren’t duplicates of the same article). Most likely this will keep you from making an error in trusting the wrong source. It isn’t foolproof, but it has worked for me. Of course I use common sense as a guide as well.

However, the best way to make sure your information is accurate is to stick to subjects you know well, especially if you’re a new writer.

If you want to be a writer, you must write and write and write. Work hard to write your best and improve continually. Share your work with others and get feedback. Make sure to get constructive criticism from people who are more experienced than you and continue to write and write and write. Don’t let anyone tell you to stop writing.

So, for those who are wondering, “Can I be a writer?” please know that you can. Am I suggesting that you’ll be a best-selling author overnight? No. However, if you work hard and practice your craft, you can achieve your goals!

Make Money As A Freelance Writer

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So you want to make money as a freelance writer? Great! Where should you start?

I just got off the phone with a woman, who wanted to make money as a freelance writer. She wants to break into ghostwriting and asked me for advice. I gave her a consultation and shared my thoughts on the subject. I really do enjoy helping writers to write, and if I can help them earn money doing it, that’s even better.

When I asked her what she enjoyed writing, she talked about short stories. I let her know that on a practical level there is zero money in this area. People just don’t hire writers to write short stories very often, and if they do, they rarely pay much of anything. If you think about it, there’s little value in a short story for the client. They can’t sell it for much. Sure, write short stories in your spare time. Get them published as a collection or turn them into little eBooks, but don’t try to build a business from this. It’s too tough.

The woman I did consulting for this morning also mentioned that she would like to write screenplays, but had no experience. That’s a tough one as well. People will normally only hire very experienced screenplay writers to write their scripts, because they want to turn around and sell it for top dollar. She would need to have written several screenplays to be of any interest to a client.

I explained that really she should focus on writing books. Had she written a book yet? No. So, the first step (probably the hardest) is to find a client who will hire her to write her first book.

How does she find her first client, someone who would hire her without experience? I asked her how many people she had in her contact manager. She admitted that she didn’t have her contacts organized, so I let her know that this is a very important step. It is a potential goldmine for a writer (or any entrepreneur).

Most people I speak to don’t have an organized address book or contact manager. When you’re looking for a client, you must contact the people you know and tell them that you’re a writer. Explain that you’re looking for writing work and ask them if they need your help (or if they know of anyone who does). If you call two hundred people from your contact database, there’s a good chance that at least a few will be looking for a ghostwriter.

Many people want to write their memoirs, their autobiography. They know their story will make a good book, but have no experience or know-how to put it down on paper. Or perhaps they are able to write a book, but just don’t have the time. CEOs and other busy business professionals rarely have the hundreds of hours available that it takes to craft a book.

It might not be easy to pick up the phone and “dial and smile,” as a good friend of mine would say, but it is a necessity in this business. Sure you can email too, but please don’t waste time on a bulk email that will just get discarded. People don’t like mass emails and consider them “spam,” deleting them without even reading them.

So, if you want to make money as a freelance writer, you must focus your attention on what will make you money. Focus on long term projects like books. And if you don’t have experience in this area and want to hire me to help, please feel free to email me any time!

Take That Book Off The Back Burner – Write Now!

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I talk to dozens of people a week about book-writing. It may surprise you to learn that many people are part-way through a writing project. But they have put their brilliant ideas on the back burner.

Take that project off the back burner, bring it to the forefront, and crank the heat to a rolling boil!

If you know what to do, get to it! Write! Don’t stop, don’t edit (just yet), just write and write and write. Push through the finger cramps. Down that protein drink and get those words down on paper.

Do you doubt your story idea? Don’t! It’s normal, but not very productive. Yours is a concept you’ve been mulling on for years, remember? It needs to be written, transferred from your mind to paper.

When you have your rough draft done, now you can tweak it. This is a good time to get expert advice. Either hire someone to give you their advice or find a local writers group (there are many) and get feedback. Make sure your advisor or mentor is encouraging, but honest. Friends may just give you a thumbs-up for fear of hurting your feelings. Kind, but not helpful.

Don’t let another year go by without completing your important book project! 2012 is the year to get it finished and published!

Laura Sherman | The Friendly Ghostwriter

Laura Sherman | The Friendly Ghostwriter“Laura combines attention to detail with a relaxed, big-picture approach to the people and issues of a project. She uses both to set the stage for successful collaboration. I have enjoyed working with her very much.” – Edit Repak, Clear Financial, LLC

Often people ask me, “What do you do?”

I like to smile and answer, “I’m Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter!

No one thinks that’s boring.

I love to write and am happiest when I have multiple projects going at once. Typically I have a few memoirs or autobiographies going, a nuts and bolts business how-to book and a couple of novels bubbling away on the burners.

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