Finding an angle

Mar 16, 2018

If your life story is a plod through school, going ‘off the rails’ in your teens, running a pub, getting married, going bankrupt, getting back on your feet, getting divorced, getting rich, and retiring to an executive home in Macclesfield… It won’t attract a publisher. ItR... Read More

How many words to a page?

Mar 16, 2018

Tell a writer or a self-publisher that your work is, or will be, ‘about two hundred pages’ and you’ll get a polite but exasperated response. Writers and publishers think in thousands of words, not pages. This is because pages can be the size of a large broadsheet or as small as the... Read More

How to find a real ghostwriter

Jan 26, 2018

Sadly, anyone can set themselves up as a ghostwriter. This means that when you search for ‘ghostwriter’ many of the first-page results will be Wannabes. Wannabes… may never have published a book probably work as part of a team offer a short packaged ‘life story’ produc... Read More

Diamonds in the sandbox: self-publishing for beginners

Aug 31, 2017

Basics Since anyone can self-publish just about anything, there is some excruciating stuff out there. If you’re not going to clutter the field with rubbish, make sure your self-published book is well written, well designed and above all, absorbing and fun to read. Intellectual snobbery S... Read More

A book, really?

Apr 27, 2017

You have to write something. An article, a dissertation, a how-to book – or maybe you want to write about something you’ve done or the life you’ve lived. “Help! I need a ghostwriter.” Can’t write, haven’t time to write, arm’s in a sling – maybe you should find a ghost-write... Read More

Ghostwriting. Whatever next?

May 09, 2017

I have been a successful ghostwriter for over 25 years. What d’you write about? I write about a huge range of subjects and experiences for English-speakers from all over the world. Life stories, extraordinary adventures, court cases, self-help, wild success, dangerous jobs, how to get fit, lif... Read More

Editorial help

Apr 27, 2017

If you’ve written a book, you need an editor to read it and offer honest advice before you submit it for publication. A dispassionate, uninvolved gimlet eye is always necessary (and the same goes for theses and dissertations). First impressions matter. Readers are to books as Building Inspecto... Read More

Writing history: company history, family history, house history, biography… 

May 27, 2017

Research is the solid foundation, but the book has to be a good read. I’ve had many books of history and biography published (under other names). Some have been made into TV programmes. With every new commission and fresh research project, my sense of different periods and places deepens. I ca... Read More

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