Write, Finish, Edit: A Writer’s Guide to Moving Forward and Finishing

We’ve all pictured the cloistered writer hunched in solitude over a notepad or laptop, furiously scratching out word after glorious word well into the wee hours. The brilliance flows faster than he can capture it on paper until the day he triumphantly types “The End” …

Well, that’s how we imagine it, but it rarely goes so smoothly! Writing a book is a big project and a long process, and the direction is not always obvious or easy. It’s common — even normal — for an author to hit roadblocks. Call it writer’s block, brain cramps or something else, but it gets us all at one time or another.

Let’s face it: We need more than an imagination and determination to get to the finish line. Sometimes we need outside intervention, and it comes in many forms. Here are some writer’s block-breakers you can seek out next time the creative juice stop flowing:

  • Inspiration. It can be as simple as a walk or a favorite song, or as stimulating as a brainstorming session with another writer. Enlist someone you trust to motivate you to think about your story in a different light.
  • Advice. Sometimes the inspiration is there but you just need specific, practical guidance to iron out the wrinkles in your plot, character development or story arc.
  • Unbiased feedback. Enthusiastic cheerleading feels good, but it’s not always what you need. If you’re relying on friends and family for feedback, you’re better off with brutal honesty … but how many people you know are willing to provide it?
  • Editing. Leave this one to a professional. While it’s fine to lean on friends, family and fans for the final proofread for typos, hire or trade services with a professional editor to do the heavy lifting. They’ll not only whip your grammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling into shape, but will also make sure your story is organized optimally for clarity and enjoyment.
  • Help finishing. There’s no shame in handing off your “baby” to another writer. Ghostwriters are a poorly kept secret in the literary world and extremely common. Odds are some of your favorite bestsellers were penned — either wholly or in part — by a ghostwriter. A talented ghostwriter is adept at adapting to your voice and creating a finished work that is everything you envisioned, or even better than you pictured!

When writer’s get stuck, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Writing consultants, editors, Publishing Consultants, proofreaders and ghostwriters all fulfill different needs, so figure out how extensive your manuscript issues are before deciding on a path to getting it back on track.

Not sure what you need to get over that writing hump? Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com to chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657 to find out how to finish your manuscript and get it ready for publication.


5 Benefits of Using a Professional Ghostwriter

Everyone has a story to tell. There are even some who think there’s a great American novel in each of us.

Ghostwriting (down payment)There’s probably a lot of truth to that, but it takes a lot more than a story idea to be successful in self-publishing. First, one must have a story that’s unique. At the very least, one needs to be able to tell a familiar story in a way that sets it apart from the thousands that came before. This is where everything can go sideways.

We all have a story to tell, but we don’t all have the means with which to tell it: time, patience, skill. … These are the very characteristics that make a professional ghostwriter such a valuable asset to the aspiring author. If you have a great idea for a book but there are too many hurdles to cross, hiring a ghostwriter might be your best bet for a number of reasons:

  1. It saves you time. Writers spend hours every week, or even daily, penning their ideas, refining their story, rewriting, proofreading and rewriting again. It is a huge time commitment. That alone is the deal-breaker for a lot of would-be authors. A ghostwriter can take over everything from a small portion of the work to the entire project, leaving you free to earn at your day job, promote and market, or dream up your next great idea.
  2. It could save or make you money. While ghostwriting services are not cheap, they are a good value. First, the more well-written your initial manuscript is, the less you must pay a copy editor to review and fix errors, continuity issues and story problems. Also, a so-so book doesn’t stand much of a chance of selling; however, a book that is expertly crafted by a professional wordsmith can very quickly engage readers, create a buzz among book-buyers and gain valuable word-of-mouth (which translates into increased sales).Ghostwriting
  3. You benefit from an experienced storyteller’s skill. Often, an author has a knack for interesting plots, but can’t quite muster the right words to bring that story and its characters to life. This is an area in which a talented ghostwriter excels! They can take a storyline and build a tangible, colorful universe around it — a universe readers will want to visit time and time again.
  4. You improve your odds of getting reviewed — and getting positive reviews. You only have moments to get and keep a reader’s attention, and no one is harder to “catch” than a book critic. Ghostwriters are experienced storytellers. They’re bread and butter — their very reason for being — is placing words into gripping arrangements, crafted for the express purpose of hooking readers. That skill can get positive attention from readers and critics alike, putting your “baby” on the map.
  5. You gain an inspiring partner. Writing is usually a lonely process — but it doesn’t have to be. Creative people benefit greatly from the collaborative process. We bounce around ideas with other creative thinkers and gain a whole new perspective on our work. Well, you can’t get a better partner in the writing process than a professional writer. They represent fresh eyes, and they usually come into a ghostwriting project prepared with plenty of inspiring ideas to get your creative juices flowing anew.

Still not sure ghostwriting is right for you? There’s very little risk in looking into this service. Most professional ghostwriters are happy to work with a prospective author to determine their needs, budget, timeline and style. If the project is a good fit for you and your ghostwriter, a professional ghostwriter could be, dollar for dollar, the smartest hiring decision you make!

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Self-Publishing Help: 6 Ways in Which Hiring a Ghostwriter Now Can Pay Off Later

So, you’ve had this fantastic story swirling around in your head and scrawled on scraps of paper at the bottom of your desk drawer for years now. The only thing left to do is to plunk it all down in one, tidy little document. Your hurdle? Time (or the lack thereof).

If your great American novel truly has been languishing, long forgotten, in a tattered notebook for many months or years, what are the odds that that terrific story will ever actually see the light of day? What good does it do to dismiss the idea of hiring a pro, if you’ll never have enough time to get to it? It is difficult sometimes for an author to justify hiring a ghostwriter — ghostwriting can run into many thousands of dollars, depending on the scope of the project — but there are many instances in which the investment is more than justified by the benefits ghostwriting provides.

  1. Time: An average novel can range from 50,000 to 100,000 words or more. Needless to say, cranking out that kind of volume requires a huge commitment. Even if you spend two or three hours each night writing, you could spend many months, even years, getting your story down on paper. And if your day job is full-time or requires overtime, there’s not much time left for what amounts to a second job. A professional ghostwriter, on the other hand, does this work for a living, assuring that your story gets regular attention — giving you time to live a real life!
  2. Definitive Timeline: There is no average timeline for writing a novel. Some experienced authors may crank out a rough draft in a few months, while others can Outskirts Press Ghostwriting Servicesagonize over their manuscript for years. Still others may never complete their work. The advantage of a ghostwriter is that he will work with you to determine the timeline for completion of the work so it’s guaranteed not to linger unfinished. A ghostwritten novel can take anywhere from three months to more than a year, depending on the size and complexity of the project, but it will get done. And the sooner it is, the sooner your book starts selling and earning you money.
  3. Professionalism: Ghostwriters, particularly ones associated with a publishing house, generally have a great deal of experience crafting stories and compelling characters, all while employing the rules of grammar. They’re generally accustomed to writing under strict deadlines, and as such, are conscientious about getting their work done in a timely fashion.
  4. Tailored Service: Many would-be authors fear that handing the writing over to another person will result in a book that’s not “them,” one that doesn’t reflect their own unique voice. However, this is exactly what an experienced ghostwriter has been groomed all her life to do! Before tackling your project, a professional ghostwriter will spend time getting to know your style. She may also provide you with “preview” pages so you can ensure that the style she’s using matches your vision. If, in the end, you don’t feel the writer is a good fit, you can choose another who is.
  5. Creative Control: Even once you’ve placed your project in the capable hands of a ghostwriter, know that it is still your baby! It’s your name on the cover and your reputation that will be built. Your ghostwriter will work with you as closely as you wish throughout the project to ensure that it’s heading in the direction you envisioned.
  6. Potential Savings: In many cases, hiring a ghostwriter can actually save money or result in greater future profits. Whether you’re giving up profitable overtime work at your day job or turning down freelance projects to work on your book, you could lose more money than you think during the writing process, even if you haven’t hired a pro. Add to that the expense of hiring a copy editor or doing time-consuming rewrites, and the writing you did for “free” can start getting expensive.

With the help of a professional ghostwriter, rewriting and copy editing time is greatly reduced, resulting in the quick release of a well-written book that captures readers’ attention.

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Turn Your NaNoWriMo ‘Experiment’ into a Successful Self-Publishing Venture

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November seems like a distant memory now. It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway to the next annual writing challenge! It makes one wonder what has happened with the hundreds of manuscripts that spun out of that exciting competition.

Are you among those authors who took the challenge? If so, what has become of your month of NaNoWriMo labor? Perhaps you produced what you consider a “stinker,” not realizing that that writing could be the genesis of something wonderful, if you only give it half a chance. You can finish what you started with NaNoWriMo — writing and (hopefully) publishing your book.

Outskirts Press Ghostwriting ServicesIf you need help, you may want to consider hiring a professional ghostwriter to fill in the blanks. You can benefit from having someone else finish off or polish your story so you can get the rough draft to finished manuscript form.

The best part of it all is that you pay someone else to do all of the work while you keep all of the credit, and you don’t even have to feel bad about it. As a matter of fact, almost every celebrity autobiography you have ever read or heard of was written by a ghostwriter. Even hugely successful authors like James Patterson collaborate with other authors to produce high-quality books.

So, how will Ghostwriting on your NaNoWriMo novel work?

  1. You pay a small down-payment. Upon receipt of your payment, we will team you up with the ghostwriter we believe is best-suited to your project based on your book and your goals.
  2. Once that introduction is made, you will work personally and directly with the ghostwriter. Together, the two of you will determine if it is a “match.” Ghostwriting is an intimate exercise based on compatibility and trust. You and the ghostwriter will both need to agree to move forward. If it doesn’t seem like a good match, just let us know and we will connect you with a different ghostwriter.
  3. You and your ghostwriter will come to agreement on some project specifics: cost, timeframe, deliverables, etc.
  4. The process will be outlined by your ghostwriter per your agreement and the two of you will work together until the project is done. Any additional fees you owe will be made directly to the ghostwriter via a payment schedule the two of you will agree upon in advance. Any agreements or contracts that are necessary will be presented to you by the ghostwriter, independently of Outskirts Press.
  5. Once the ghostwriter is done with his or her work, Outskirts Press is here to help you move the manuscript through to publication.

Outskirts Press can help you share your book with the world with a whole menu of valuable but cost-effective self-publishing services.

What are you waiting for? Let us help you finish that book you started with NaNoWriMo!

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