writing tips

Does Your Book Stand a Ghost of a Chance? Here’s How to Ensure It Does

Ghostwriter. WooOOOOooooOOO …!!!

It’s a mysterious-sounding job title, is it not? One almost imagines a shadowy, cloaked figure huddled in a dimly lit room, tapping away on a worn typewriter. All hush-hush …

Not so much. Ghostwriters are a poorly kept secret in the literary world and aren’t so mysterious anymore. Celebrity authors and bestselling writers use them and make millions off the fruits of their labor. Why? Because the initial expense of hiring a ghostwriter pays them back in spades when the quality of the book drives sales. And, because a ghostwriter can usually churn out a book sooner than a busy celeb or public figure can, that selling starts earlier than it would otherwise.

Everyone has a story but not everyone has the time, discipline or storytelling skills to turn their story into a great book. There are plenty of reasons you may want to get a ghostwriter involved in the creative process, and you don’t have to have a Hollywood A-lister’s budget to do it:

  • A ghostwriter can take your ideas from scrawled notes and half-baked ideas to a fully fleshed-out story and then a completed manuscript in a matter of months.
  • For authors looking to break into the English-speaking market, a ghostwriter is essential. If English is not your native tongue, a skilled ghostwriter can construct a story that appeals to your target audience and ensure that your ideas translate properly in English.
  • Flummoxed with your first-draft manuscript? Ghostwriters don’t just write from scratch; they are also qualified “book doctors.” You may only need them to assess an existing manuscript and rework it to make it the strongest it can be. That might be a little or it might involve a complete overhaul. How much you want your writer to do for you is up to you.
  • Sometimes a project is close to complete but needs a bit more polish than a standard copy edit is intended to do. This is a perfect time to hire a ghostwriter! Many authors mistakenly believe that a ghostwriter only writes complete books, beginning to end — but they take on jobs of all sizes. If your manuscript needs to be gussied up and you prefer more personal, tailored service, a ghostwriter is a good match for you.
  • There are additional advantages to hiring a ghostwriter through Outskirts Press. We’ll never “farm out” your project to a nameless, faceless text mill! We’ve contracted with a small number of hard-working, experienced ghostwriters with whom we’ve built long, trusting relationships.
  • We’ll put you in touch with a writer we know is a good fit for you, then you communicate directly with the writer to ensure that he or she is a good fit. Your writer will give you personal service and will work with you to ensure you get as much quality work done on your book as possible — within your timeline and budget.

Remember, no task is too big or too small for a ghostwriter to handle — it’s the level of personal service a ghostwriter brings to the table that truly defines their value.

Are you ready to publish your book? Whether you need a ghostwriter or not, our publishing consultants can help to guide you in the right direction. There are three ways to connect:

  • Call 1-888-672-6657 (OP-BOOKS)
  • Chat with us using the live chat option on our website
  • Make an appointment with a Publishing Consultant for assistance

 

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The Book Marketing Resource Center from Outskirts Press is brimming with all kinds of information you can put to use now to increase sales through the holiday season and beyond. Each is downloadable and optimally organized for easy reference, so if you’re an Outskirts Press published author, you can log into your Author Publishing Center to check out as many books as you’d like, whenever you’d like.

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Virtual Book Tour

Tales of Charm. Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between by Thomas Noel Smith

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Thomas Noel Smith is taking his latest book Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Thomas will be able to take his book to the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Thomas’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Thomas was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a glimpse into the mind of the creator of Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between. What is it about?

Thomas: My book is a collection of short stories ranging from the very serious to the very ridiculous…all of the stories are very entertaining.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Thomas: There were stories deep within me that needed to be told.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Thomas: I submitted my manuscript to Outskirts Press. I have published four other books with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Thomas: I think everyone who enjoys fiction will be interested in my book.

OP: What is special about your book?

Thomas: It is unique. The tales offer a different view of life and the world in general.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Thomas: No other book has such a wide variety of stories — ranging from the very short and direct, to the longer stories that approach the essence of life and love.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Thomas: I have published four books of poetry with Outskirts Press: “Dust” and Other Poems, Pirouettes in the Moonlight, Words of the Times, as well as Impressions and Memories.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Thomas: Yes, I plan to publish more.

OP: Thanks for your time, Thomas! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Thomas Noel Smith, in addition to being a writer, is also a poet. He is currently a film actor in Florida. He has also worked as a professional circus clown and a magician.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/flactortom

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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