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The Power of Strong Ties…and the Strength of Weak Ties Debunked!

Written by Ivan Misner and Max Steén
Max Steén, the co-author of this piece, conducted a study as part of his Masters thesis, entitled: The Strength of Strong Ties in Business Networks.  The results of this study showed that those who focused on strong ties – rather than weak ties – were able to increase the number [...]

Luck and You

You have to admit that luck plays a large part in success. For actors, for musicians, for entrepreneurs, for writers. If everyone knew how to have a number-one bestseller, everyone would have a number-one bestseller. But everyone doesn’t. Far from it.
As J.A. Konrath writes in a pertinent blog post on his excellent site, A Newbie’s [...]

Writers as Urban Renewers

It often seems that the first thing to go in public financing is spending on the arts. Even big news organizations, such as Bloomberg, have cut back on arts reporting in favor of that all-around black hole known as luxury (apparently thinking that the well-to-do  want to read about luxury goods rather than the arts).
But [...]

Even if You Self-Publish, Write a Book Proposal

We all need to know where we’re going before we get there, when we sit down to write a book. You may think that because you’ve decided you’re going to self-publish your book and not submit a proposal to a publisher, that you don’t have to go to the trouble of writing one.
But you should [...]

Travoltifying Your Book Title

You have probably heard how John Travolta mangled the name of the actress Idina Menzel when he introduced her on the Oscar broadcast earlier this week, as she was to sing “Let It Go,” the nominated song from the hit movie “Frozen” (the song went on to win the Oscar, by the way). Travolta referred [...]

Ghost Stories

A ghostwriter can help others spread their message. Ghostwriting is, then, a self-effacing craft, since the ghostwriter isn’t there to find fame as an author, but to help someone who’s not a writer (or who doesn’t have the time to write a book) to put a book together.
Not only books – articles, essays, white papers. [...]

Paying and Working with Your Ghostwriter

How much does a ghostwriter charge?
It depends on the project and the ghostwriter.
Prices for writing services can range from $5,000 to $50,000 or even more. If it’s a long book that will involve research or if the subject is complicated and the notes hard to decipher, it might be at the top of that scale. [...]

Working with Your Ghostwriter

Working with a ghostwriter to help put your ideas across should be a relatively straightforward process, but if you keep a few things in mind, it may prevent some misunderstandings.
Here are a few suggestions:
• Provide your collaborator/ghostwriter with as much material as possible. The ghostwriter isn’t a mind-reader and can’t access your personal memory palace.
• [...]

Going for the Ghost

You may have a lot of ideas, but you may not have a lot of time, inclination or, frankly, talent, to write a book on your own. That’s why there are ghostwriters.
A ghostwriter can help put your ideas into words, and shape those words into a book. Working with a ghostwriter can be a liberating [...]

Jumping into a Lake Market for Books

Go jump in a lake. Or a Lake market.
If your book is likely to appeal to a pretty wide audience of readers, who have a certain depth of loyalty to your idea, then your book is likely to be a Lake market book.
We’ve been outlining the five markets for books, as identified by brilliant publisher [...]

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