I May Be Writing for Influencers and Thought Leaders, but I’m not Immune to False Starts

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I’ve been invited to a month-long symposium for artists working on issues having to do with pollution at a writer’s residency in Thailand called Studio88. It’ll be me and about 20 other artists and writers who think of themselves as influencers and thought leaders on any topic related to pollution. My interest in the topic … Read more

A Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Success Story

all street art wall mural of a woman with an apple and arrow going through it

One of the great pleasures I have as a ghostwriter is helping people tell their entrepreneurial success stories. In fact, I met a unique entrepreneur right here at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, where I’m wintering out of Maine’s cold and ice. Taylor Gallegos is a muralist who has found quite a bit of success painting … Read more

A Weird Phenomenon I call “Ghostwriter’s Limbo”

Ghostwriter Limbo

The level of independence I experience as a writer is one of the interesting things about my job as a ghostwriter. After all, my job is to make writing a book easy for my clients, which means they don’t have to do much. The initial interview period is where clients are deeply involved in telling … Read more

The most amazing fiction podcast: Old Gods of Appalachia

Podcast

I want to turn everyone on to my latest crush: a fiction podcast called Old Gods of Appalachia. This is such an incredibly entertaining podcast that it has changed my life forever. Okay, I don’t know about my entire life, but my fiction-enjoying life, anyway.The most surprising thing is that this story is, technically, “horror.” … Read more

Entrepreneur Books—What’s your Unique Sales Proposition?

Entrepreneur Books

The vast majority of books I’ve ghostwritten have been for entrepreneurs. Many have built successful businesses from scratch and genuinely have the desire to help others do the same. Others want to use their expertise to make a career move into becoming a professional speaker, where, again, they’ll teach others their techniques. Some already run … Read more

Where do I Find an Excellent Proofreader? And Do I Need One?

Proofread

I once had a client ask me if I knew any “really good proofreaders.” I was rather offended by the question, since it was my own work that he wanted proofread. Now, once I got over that, I admitted that sure, I’m not perfect. MS Word does correct most spelling errors quite handily, but there … Read more

Why Vacations are Actually More Stressful than Real Life

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It’s crazy how hard it is to change channels. Going on vacation, for instance. It’s supposed to be relaxing but it’s stressful before it’s relaxing. If you attached electrodes to your body to create a stress chart of a vacation, it would start at normal high stress, then increase to impossibly heart-attack high, then reduce … Read more

That’s What You Get for Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping

On my latest trip to Boston, I had a somewhat unusual experience. First, I was in a cafe where a woman was sitting with a bunch of her girlfriends chatting. I’d say she was in her sixties, which I mention because it makes the story more interesting. And she was talking about a vacation she … Read more

Guilt Trips and Guilty Trippers

Guilttrip

I’m realizing something about people who do guilt trips. You know, situations where you’re feeling guilty because the other person gave you a guilt trip about wanting what you want or doing what you want to do. A guilt trip is different from someone saying, “Hey, I don’t like what you did!” It’s passive aggressive … Read more