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LIZ PURCELL - Page 2 of 78 - freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University

Writing Jobs Online: The "Writing Sample" Fraud and How to Avoid It

There are many fraudulent schemes in the work-from-home, freelance writing niche. One of the most popular is what I call the “writing sample” scam. While it usually doesn’t cost you any money, what it does cost you is time – which is your greatest asset as a freelance writer.

You could wind up spending a whole bunch of time working for free. Following is what this scam is and how to avoid it.

How the Freelance “Writing Sample” Scam Works

The way this online writing jobs scheme works is, a company will place an ad seeking articles or some other type of content (eg, blog posts) on a certain topic. When you apply, they will ask you for a writing sample.

“Great,” you may be thinking, “I just wrote an article on this last week, I’ll send it in as my sample.”

But, they’ll get back to you saying that the article must be original and they want to “judge your writing ability and for you to adhere to their guidelines” or some other such jargon. They’ll usually promise that there will be ongoing work “if your writing sample is accepted.”

So you think, “Hmm, a chance for ongoing work. It’s only 300-400 words; I can knock it out in an hour or so.”

So you do and send it in. You’ll either never hear from them again, and/or if you do, they’ll tell you that your writing sample” didn’t pass their guidelines so they won’t be able to use you.

“Fine,” you think. It sucks that you spent the time writing the article, but you have a few other sources you can pitch it to and probably sell it.

One day while doing some mindless web surfing, you come across your article – on their site – verbatim. Only, it doesn’t have your name on it. They’ve stuck their name on it and are using it – and they haven’t paid you a dime!

If this happens to you, you’ve been scammed.

The reason behind these types of online writing jobs scams is simple – the company/person is getting original content without paying for it. You see, they probably have fed the same story to hundreds of freelance writers who fell for it. So, they’re getting hundreds of pieces of original content — for free.

Why This Online Writing Jobs Scam Is So Prevalent

The reason they do it is because content costs and they’re either too lazy or too stupid to produce it themselves. Many behind these types of scams are internet and affiliate marketers with hundreds of websites.

To pay someone to write original, informative content for their sites would run them thousands of dollars. So, they prey on unsuspecting web writers who are new to the industry to produce the content.

How to Avoid These Types of Online Writing Jobs Scams

It’s surprisingly simple. Don’t write original content for free. Legitimate businesses will pay you to write a sample if they’re considering using you. Most often though, they won’t even require it. The samples you already have will work just fine. So, remember this.

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Source by Yuwanda Black

Writing Your First Christian Ebook

In a previous article that I wrote, “The Art of Christian writing,” I talked about how to write from God’s inspiration as a Christian writer. When you decide to write a Christian ebook, its kind of content is not going to be vastly different from your other writing works as a Christian writer. You are still a Christian writer who must write from the seat of a God inspired spirit and soul.

There are many excellent secular articles on how to write your first ebook. Some may tell you to do some research and find out what’s “hot” or selling on the Internet market and then write about that topic. Hopefully, the topic would be in the same line as your business. Others may tell you to use article writing to promote your website and product(s), without being flagrantly product promotional in your ebook. Still, many people do not follow this good advice; they simply write very poor quality ebooks that are nothing more than pages of promotional material for their products and websites, with no real valuable content information for the reader. While ebooks are an effective tool for marketing an internet business or other businesses, I agree with those who suggest that ebooks should be content-rich and provide valuable information for the reader, even if the ebook is a free, give-away gift to promote a website or business product(s).

As Christian writers, we are not to be driven solely by profit in making our decision about what ebook topic we are to write. I believe that first and foremost, we are really “Ghost” writers for God through His Holy Spirit that dwells within us. So, we are to first pray and ask God to inspire us to write on a topic that He wants us to. You see the amazing thing about being a Christian writer is that when God inspires you to write about a specific topic, rest assured that many people need that information. For example, you may be inspired to write about how to select the best ebook creating software for Christian writers. You may be surprised at the number of Christian writers who are struggling to understand and decide which software to purchase for use in writing and publishing their ebooks. You could be inspired to write about selecting a good website hosting company. You may later discover that with the myriads of website hosting companies available, many Christian writers are overwhelmed with trying to select the company that offers the best and appropriate package for their desired website. God guides Christian writers on what to write and how to write what they write. So, never take this aspect of Christian writing for granted. Once you have a clear vision of the ebook that you are going to write do some research to add to your work.

Once your inspiration is now soaring and you are overflowing with words to pen down, feel free to start writing, using any word processing software. Later, you can always cut and past your writing into an ebook creating software application, or easily covert your document into a simple pdf file. Please note that there are people who write directly into an ebook creator software application. Personally, I prefer to write and store my initial ebook content in a word processing application and then transfer such content, as needed, when creating an actual ebook. In the case of an ebook pdf format, all you would need to do is simply distill a word processing document into a pdf file format.

Below is a clear, writing approach that I suggest that you take as you embark on writing your first Christian ebook writing project:

1. First, you must ask some critical questions. Who is your target audience? Is it just Christians or everyone? If it is everyone, then you need to decide how to present the Biblical information, in a manner that many will receive it. In short, you would need to write what I call, “crossover” Christian writing. This is the kind of writing that appeals to both Christians and non-Christians, because it contains palatable universal truths that all humans can relate to. For example, “Understanding your purpose in life,” “Christian strategies for dealing with daily stress,” etc. But remember, you have to write what God has inspired you to write.

2. Write down an outline of the Christian topic you have decided to write about based on a Biblical theme. Decide whether you plan to write a short Christian ebook or a full-blown book length. I suggest that depending on what the Christian ebook is meant to accomplish, you should then make the decision about the length. For example, if the Christian ebook is for teaching, it could be longer than one designed for evangelism.

3. Organize your Christian ebook outline into logical chapter sections. This could be a by-chapter one-sentence synopsis of what each chapter of your ebook will be about. This is a kind of chapter-by-chapter synopsis.

4. Start with an introduction. Why are you writing about this specific topic? Are there existing problems that individuals are facing, either within the Christian community, or the world as whole, and that you need to address in your writing? Also, be ready to offer Bible-focused approaches or solutions to tackle the problems identified, but avoid coming across as being judgmental.

5. What do you hope to achieve with your Christian writing, specifically, your ebook? Is a teaching, preaching or an evangelism tool? Is it motivational or inspirational writing? What is your target gender and age group, etc.? Is your ebook for women or men, youth or children? Remember that you are targeting sub groups from within a general pool of Christian readers and non-Christian readers, and perhaps, new individuals who recently have become inspired to read ebooks and books in general.

6. Now, center on your main writing focus, which is the primary core of your Christian ebook. Write from your heart. Write as though you are sitting with someone you really care about and whose interest you have at heart. So, pour out in your writing, the inspirational words that God has given you. Tackle the issue of your writing focus with powerful words of God and deliver in writing an electrifying message, offering short and long-term Bible-based approaches to solving the problems. Don’t worry about editing your writing for now. Just write. You’ll focus on the editing aspect later.

7. Make sure that as you write on the main focus, that is the core of your writing, you clearly identify specific issues, discuss them and provide solutions or guidance based on God’s Holy Word. Don’t come across as superficial in your writing, or as having little or no expert knowledge on the topic that you are writing about.

8. Write simply, clearly and concisely. As much as possible, please bullet your points and keep them straightforward and plain. Remember that when people are seeking information, the last thing they would want is a long, convoluting prose that is hard to decipher what the point is.

9. As much as possible try to use specific and realistic examples to illustrate your points.

10. Avoid using generalizations, as this may turn off some people.

11. If you are writing a “crossover” Christian ebook, don’t sound too preachy or you may loose your audience. Instead, present and illustrate God’s Holy Word with examples of real life scenarios that your audience can relate to. For example, you can illustrate how a mountain climber stranded on a Swiss snow mountain prayed for a miracle and got one; a rescue helicopter that had flown across several times and didn’t spot him, suddenly did after he prayed.

12. Write your conclusion or summary. This should be brief and concise and should not be a repetition of what you have already stated; rather you can ask a question about the Christian topic that you are writing about. Something for your reader to think about, or perhaps, a hook that would make then eager to read your next Christian ebook.

13. Now, edit and polish your ebook content that is still in a word processing format, and get it ready to be produced or created, that is, for you to cut and paste your writing into the ebook format of your choice. There are many excellent articles on different ebook formats and ebook cover creator software. Shortly, I will be adding a new article, “Christian Writers Choice of eBook Format.”

Bear in mind that your first Christian ebook could become the beginning of a great Christian ministry for you. Your first Christian ebook could be the beginning of tons of ebooks that you will be writing, a Christian ebook webstore or a teaching, preaching and evangelism ministry that could touch the lives of millions around the world. Remember the popular adage that goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, gear up, take the first step, and start writing your first Christian ebook.

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Source by Jacyee Aniagolu-Johnson

Is Wireless Internet Technology Making Journalism Obsolete?

It is no secret that newspapers, magazines, and other publications of traditional journalism are badly hemorrhaging readership. Many people familiar with the industry put the blame on mobile broadband and other Internet technologies, which has led to the Internet rapidly replacing these publications as people’s primary source of news. What impact does this have on the profession of journalism, and on the quality of news that people receive?

Years ago, traditional forms of journalism – i.e. print journalism and television journalism – were largely considered authoritative, independent sources of information. For example, television anchor Walter Cronkite is perceived as turning the public in the United States against the Vietnam War through his efforts to hold the government accountable for its prosecution of the war. Newspaper and television reporting is still largely cited as a reliable source of information in academic publications, similar to the results of formal, scientific studies in disciplines such as biology or chemistry.

However, many people fear that modern Internet journalism has undermined both the independence as well as factual accuracy of journalism. Since the beginning of 24-hour news television, many experts in the field have argued that this journalism has been less about truth, and more about entertaining viewers and getting the “scoop” before one’s competitors. Traditional publications were shamed by the fact that President Bill Clinton’s affair in the Oval Office of the White House was largely uncovered by Internet journalists. Since that event approximately fifteen years ago, Internet journalism, using tools such as 4G internet service and WiMax, has only grown in prominence.

Some have noted that established journalistic institutions instill a code of ethics in their reporters, emphasizing above all to them the twin pillars of accuracy and independence in their pursuit of the truth. By contrast, according to certain people, Internet journalism follows no code of ethics. Therefore, one can never really be sure that personal biases are not distorting Internet reporting. Internet journalism can devolve into an exercise in ferreting out “spin,” or the ways in which these journalists attempt to influence current events as well as simply report on them.

However, one only has to think back to the “yellow journalism” of William Randolph Hearst and others at the turn of the 20th century to rebut this argument. Hearst clearly used his newspapers, as trusted as they were by many people at the time, to promote his particular political agenda and causes. Rather than promoting and serving an educated citizenry, “yellow journalism” was a form of political speech, rather than an attempt to shed light on the events of the day. Thus, it can be said that the debate over whether journalism is a tool to influence or to inform citizens is not necessarily a product of the Internet age.

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Source by Jason Tandle

How to Beat Down Writer’s Block and Write Like a Pro

First off, you need to realize that writer’s block is a state of mind. And I’ll show you why here in a second or two, when I get past this 15 minute time limit.

But first things first…

Start writing your blog post with some quick and easy tips for accomplishing your specific task – writing this article. And number them out so you can identify the markers, for your bullet points. I use a number dash system like below.

1 – Focus on Your Keyword Phrase for the Article You’re Writing

My keyword phrase for this article is Write Like a Pro. or Write for Profit. I often have two, one in the header, and one in my thought process, and both are rolling off the keyboard early in the article. Then I’m going to mention them a couple more times in the article. That phrase, or those phrases, as the case may be helps me to stay on track, write like a pro, and makes writing for profit easier, because I know exactly what my purpose is. Stay focused on those keyword phrases. Yours will probably be different, but still relevant.

2 – Use Bulleted Points to Reference 3 – 5 Specifics about Your Topic

Your bullet points should include your keyword phrase, and a few other relevant points that help you stay on target. When you write for profit, it’s often referred to as freelancing, and you write like a pro to keep the money coming in, whether you’re writing for pay or marketing options. Articles on your site, published to article marketers, or as guest posts on someone else’s blog are marketing options and they have to payout. If you’re not gaining traffic and buyers from your articles posted, it’s wasted time and effort on your part. Payment for what you write is an important aspect of writing for profit, because if you don’t get paid, you’ll be flipping burgers to feed your family pretty darned fast. Nothing wrong with flipping burgers, but you’re a writer!

3 – Have Your Hook Built Into the Topic You Write

If you had writer’s block at the beginning of this message, you noticed we focused on it right away. Then I hooked you into the solution by discarding the writer’s block concept for later in the article. I could have skipped it altogether, and you’d probably never have missed it, however, EzineArticles.com would have slapped my fingers silly for promising something I didn’t give you. So… I’m going to give it to you right now.

Writer’s Block is a state of mind. If you change your mind and focus on something of relevance and purpose, you don’t have it anymore. Writer’s block GONE.

Notice, I dispersed it twice, by starting over with First things first, and then, 1 – to move you right into the topic. You don’t have to include the three firsts in your final article. But if you’re struggling with writing, use them to kick your fingers off the keys and get you moving toward a 15 minute piece of content that’s worth way more than $15 an hour.

Now why would you want to flip burgers?

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Source by Jan Verhoeff

How Delaying The Decision Of Hiring A Copywriter Could Be Costing You $$$$

Dear Friend,

Would you call yourself a good decision maker? I know I am, but I know too many people who aren’t and it’s costing them dearly!

Get this. Recently, a very close friend of mine was job hunting here in London.

After countless interviews, he was presented with two amazing job offers. I’m talking six-figure salary, paid vacations, pension plan, the lot!

The thing was, he only had three days to make a decision…

My friend is probably one of the most indecisive people you could ever meet.

He was simply unable to decide which offer to go with.

Now, you couldn’t make the next part of this story up!

On the day he had to choose, fate kindly decided to step in and give him a hard, jaw breaking kick in the teeth!

What happened? All of a sudden, his long term fiancé decided to pack up and leave him. He was devastated.

He couldn’t think about anything else and forgot to tell his potential new employers of his decision. Meaning that they gave the jobs to other people.

No girlfriend, no job… all because of the inability to make a decision.

What does any of this have to do with you?

Look, if you are seriously considering hiring a copywriter, you need to know this important thing…

There are a whole load more of business owners who desperately need top notch copywriters than there are copywriters!

Hiring a copywriter is dead easy…

But hiring a results getting Copywriter is a whole different story.

Supply is limited my friend.

My point is this…

Business owners who come across top notch copywriters, but fail to pull the trigger and hire them because they can’t decide who to choose, waiting for something even better to come along, are falling behind their competitors at an alarmingly fast rate and missing out on a ton of cash and new business!

Here’s what happens…

Any copywriter worth their salt WILL have a waiting list of clients. And the longer you wait to decide and hire him, the longer you’ll have to wait for him to craft a winning bit of copy for you.

And while you’re waiting (and this happens time and time again), you’ll probably be flushing your marketing budget down the drain promoting old copy that simply doesn’t work anymore.

Good copywriters are worth their weight in gold! Their sales messages bring in the big bucks and skyrocket your bottom-line.

Don’t be indecisive! When you know you’ve come across someone who could potentially deliver a winning bit of copy for you… pull the trigger.


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Source by Tal Sam

Use Metaphors and Similes to Find Nonfiction Writing Ideas

Two writing methods useful to spice up your writing and make it more fun is to use a metaphor or simile to illustrate a point in your writing.


Both a metaphor and a simile are statements of comparison between two different items that share one aspect or trait in common. Unlike analogies that use five or six points of comparison, a metaphor or simile uses only one and lets the reader extend the thought on their own.

A metaphor uses the wording, “X is Y.” For example, “Life is a banquet.” The reader thinks about a banquet, picturing all the food, people, fun, and activities and then relates those images back to life, with the reader seeing the similarities. The point(s) of comparison are implied but rarely explained.

A simile uses the wording, “X is like Y” or “X is as Y,” with the comparison being explicit, that is, with more of an explanation. For example, one of the famous line from Forrest Gump is “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will get.” That simile actually gives an explanation in addition to the simile itself, just in case we do not realize that a box of chocolates usually have different flavors or types contained within.

In selecting the right metaphor or simile, make sure the point you are making with that figure of speech matches exactly the tone and topic of your writing. A mismatch will either sound strange or become unintentionally funny, neither of which would be a good reaction.

These comparisons are trickier to come up with than, say, examples, but they can add spice and interesting content to your writing when you get them right.


Use them when you have found one that really fits the writing situation. Do not overuse them, as their use should be a little added spice. Too much and the spice becomes overwhelming.

With that said, if you are trying for humor, an excessive number of metaphors and similes could work in your favor, but again, be careful to get them right.


Here is another metaphor: “Life is a bouquet of flowers, varied and beautiful.”

Here is another simile: “Life is like a picnic: it is best when shared.”


1. Do you have a point being made that could really benefit from one of these?

2. Do you have a metaphor or simile that you would like to use in the writing? Find the right place to put it, making sure it fits exactly.

3. Do you need to give credit to an author for providing the metaphor or simile or is it considered common knowledge? Do check this out and give credit where credit is due.

4. If you feel you need to put a metaphor or simile someplace in your writing but cannot find one that someone else said, then come up with one of your own. Focus on the point you want to make with the figure of speech and then think. If one does not come to mind, think about something else, and let it come to you unheeded.

Using metaphors and similes can add spice and fun to your writing, but only if done well and sparingly.

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Source by Katherine Ploeger

A Frum (Orthodox) Philadelphia Shul (Synagogue) Member Talks About Nechemya

Nechemyah was a powerful leader and influential adviser in the Persian government. He advised Darius, King of Persia, who Jewish tradition identifies as the son of Ahasuerus through Esther, which makes Darius, halachically Jewish. Nechemyah received from the king the right of police power and the right to bring weapons and contingents of armed men with him when he arrived in Jerusalem. He and Ezra planned the program that would provide physical security to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, lay the basis for a primarily agrarian economy and address the deteriorating spiritual and moral climate of the society.

Ezra was a cohen, a sofer, a scribe and the greatest Torah scholar of his time.

He foresaw that the survival of Israel depended upon the Jew’s understanding of and loyalty to the Oral Law.

With the end of the period of prophecy in Jewish life, the masses could no longer rely on the prophets for moral and traditional guidance. Only through understanding the imperative of the Oral Law’s supremacy concerning Jewish practices and values, even in the absence of prophecy, could the Jewish people retain their spiritual creativity and be able to contend effectively with the foreign cultures now swirling around them.

Ezra stayed behind in Babyonia initially after the building of the second Beis HaMikdash. He was worried about the fate of the Babylonian Jewish community if all its spiritual leaders left for Jerusalem. Through his efforts, Babylonian Jewry was left whole, strong and w/o problems of questionable Jewish identities and pedigrees.

When he did move to Jerusalem he found it in a shambles. The walls of the city were in ruins, the markets were open and operating on the Sabbath and knowledge and study of Torah was mainly ignored. Intermarriage had become socially acceptable. Ezra rallied the people to his banner and declared and enforced the supremacy of Torah.

Nechemyah was a member of the AKHG and was E’s companion in leadership. Together they forced the closure of the markets on Shabbos, proclaimed the supremacy of Torah and tradition over other factors in Jewish life, pushed to eliminate every vestige of paganism from Israel’s mist, reintroduced the Hebrew language as the spoken language in Israel, eliminated the Babylonian and Persian, though not Aramaic tongues and forced the dissolution of marriages with non Jewish women throughout Judah.

All of this was accomplished despite great opposition even within the Jewish community itself. It is impossible to imagine the people of Isreal, Jewish survival and Torah life w/o recalling these two great men.

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Source by Evan Aidman

Self Publishing – Quantity or Quality?

You must be wondering what the title of the post meant? Yes, it is still related to the self publishing of books. There are some authors that think ‘just business’ when publishing on Amazon Kindle. Some authors have just designed a business model that just produced books in lightning speed and increased their number of books in the portfolio so they make quick money and get rich fast. They would have just uploaded their books in the platform only for the sake of mere numbers and no passion or interest for writing. They have used ‘ghost writers’ and made small eBooks on random topics and uploaded them to make money. While there is no mistake in having ‘ghostwriters’; there is definitely a problem with having too many poor quality books priced higher.

The readers are smart, they would clearly understand if they have stumbled upon a low quality book and they never make the same mistake again. They would never buy that book from that publisher/author. But if you are using multiple names, then it might get tricky. In any way, long term commitment is necessary to be able to build a successful career as an author. While short-term you may see some money flowing, there is no credibility as a long-term publisher/author. So, it is advisable to follow the ethics of writing in self publishing world. This will also enable the dreamers of the writing career, the noble writers that are passionate about getting their first writing work in front of the readers.

Quality always won over Quantity in just many areas, not limited to writing alone. When amazon publishing was started five years ago, many authors felt a sigh of relief. The sincere, passionate authors that have faced several rejections from the traditional publishing world have experienced joy. And they have self published their books and got success down the road. They remained as those great passionate authors and grew overtime with both success and joy.

On the other hand, there are many publishers that have uploaded books, rather the short, low quality books as they found a system that can be used as a business and of course lucrative. ‘Get rich fast’ attitude and scheme. It definitely brought success to them, but it was short- term. Their books sold the first few weeks or months and they declined. It is simple, as long as the authors put their zeal, heart and passion into their manuscript or work, success is bound to come to them. For others, that merely consider self publishing an avenue to make money, it might be hard long-term.

Success comes with producing quality books coming straight from author’s heart and soul!! Happy writing!!!

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Source by Sadhana Ramaani

What Exactly Is a Ghost Rewriter, and Why Would You Ever Use This Service?

You seldom see the term “ghost rewriter” used, if you’ve ever seen it at all. If you search that term online, you’ll see tons of site listings for ghostwriters and then maybe some sprinkled in for rewriters. Ghostwriting is the more familiar service, which is an involved method of getting a book written that’s based on a concept, notes, and or interviews with and for the person who wishes to put their name on the book cover, even though they don’t write the book (there are far more books written by ghostwriters, including best-sellers, than you may be aware of). So, what is a ghost rewriter? Maybe it’s self-explanatory. If not, you’ll know more in a minute, as well as why an author might want a rewriter on his or her team.

There are new, budding, and prolific authors who are do-it-yourselfers. They appreciate input from an editor because they sincerely want to put the best book out there that they can write, but they want to do all the writing and revising. There are other new, budding, or prolific authors who want to write a rough draft of their fiction or non-fiction manuscript then turn it over to someone else to rewrite and revise it, including writing additional content, if needed, until it’s ready for readers. If you’re in the first group, you may wonder why any author would do what those in the second group do.

One reason may be that the author never focused on the technical and or creative mechanics of writing, and has no intention to. Ever. These writers rely on their editor/ghost rewriter to bring what they write to finished form. There are other authors, new or not, who don’t have the time, or inclination, to do more than a rough draft, so rely on an editor/ghost rewriter to bring their manuscript to the finished-product level. Yes, your book–your baby–is, after all is said and done, a product you promote and sell.

Ghost rewriting can be an involved process (though not as involved as ghostwriting usually is) because now the editor/rewriter is creating what is essentially a new first draft that will need to go through the revision process just as an author doing all the writing would be required to do. The author is the one credited for the work; though, mention of the editor usually appears on the copyright page, in acknowledgments, or both. Credit for services rendered is up to the author. But the fact that someone ghost rewrote (or ghostwrote) the book isn’t mentioned, at least, not usually.

If you think this is a form of cheating, please consider that a number of best-selling authors do a version of this: They engage a co-author to write their book(s). A good example is James Patterson. At some point in his career, he shifted gears from being a solo writer, and his fans (I’m one of them) don’t mind at all. They want to be entertained Patterson-style, and he fulfills this for them. He fleshes out an outline for a novel, working on it until he’s satisfied, and then he sends it to one of his co-authors to write the novel (that’s what the other names on his book covers are about, in case you weren’t certain). This happens with Patterson’s input and approval about what’s written, of course. What a terrific opportunity and win-win-win-win for him, the co-author, the publisher, and readers.

What you, as an author, need to decide is what works best for you; what helps you accomplish your desired outcome. Sometimes the best assistance for you is to have your manuscript evaluated or to use substantive editing services so you know how to improve your book. Just make sure the person doing this is going to provide you with enough guidance you’ll use to revise your manuscript so it becomes the engaging book for readers you intend. And if you need or want more assistance than that for the reasons listed above, or for some other reason, consider a ghost rewriter who’ll take your manuscript where it needs to go but not require his or her name on your book cover.

There’s an advantage to working with an editor/ghost rewriter: You can choose to start out with a completed rough draft or submit one or more chapters at a time, until the draft is completed (a number of my clients prefer to work this way); just be consistent about writing so that you never allow the momentum to flag. Yet another advantage to working with an editor/ghost rewriter, if you’re committed to improving your skills, is that you see what the person did with your manuscript and learn from it.

Ghost rewriters are skilled writers but may not wish to travel the publishing path themselves. They love writing and are avid readers. They love assisting authors, especially indie authors, to put their best foot forward for their particular audience. This is another win-win-win experience. As a new, budding, or–if you’ll pardon me–somewhat lazy author when it comes to the technical and creative mechanics of writing, finding the rewriter right for you can be the difference between not going far (or anywhere) with your book and going the distance (and getting great reviews).

No matter which group from above you fit into, the fact is this: No writer ever completes a book entirely alone. At least, writers shouldn’t, if they want to put the best book they can into publication. There should be one or more qualified beta readers involved to give quality feedback. At some point an editor needs to be involved, without exception. Line-editing may be needed. Eventually, the services of a proofreader are required. Best-selling authors have teams who assist them, whether they go the indie or traditional publishing route. And if you’re Patterson and want to publish ten books a year to keep your readers and publisher deliriously happy, you engage the services of co-authors. If you’re not 100 percent confident about your skills or don’t have or want to take the time to go the distance, you put a ghost rewriter on your team. A team makes a dream come alive.

I wish you the best with your writing and progress, always and in all ways.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg

Source by Joyce Shafer

Junk Journalism: Why Writing For Ad Space Turns Readers Off

The most frustrating thing that can happen to someone attempting to research most any subject online is running into Junk Journalism. You visit a website looking for serious information or content only to be confronted by a wordy, mostly useless article. If you are lucky it might contain one or two sentences of information that will be helpful to you. The problem is that you had to read a dozen useless paragraphs and click through several pages to get there.

People experience this type of thing all the time. I know I do. So, I have learned that when I land on a site like that it is time to immediately move on to greener pastures. I mentally ban those sites and, after a while, recognize them in search results. And I am not alone. Newbies do not know this and will have to learn by experience just as I did. That is what keeps these useless, over monetized sites alive.

Now, don’t get me wrong. These websites obviously make money or they would not exist. And it may be that the hacks who write for them may also make money. The issue is not just how negatively they affect visitors, but what they do to the people who write the content. Writers develop enough bad habits without having their writing style ruined by producing pulp garbage for what amounts to ad sites with virtually no useful information.

A writer is like any other professional. If they start out or head in the wrong direction, it is hard to change course later. You might be a talented musician who learned to play by ear. That will entertain people at a local talent show or inspire parishioners at a church if religious music is your thing. What it will not do is get you a job as a serious music professional. For that you have to learn to read music and be able to transfer that information to the instrument of your choice. By the time you get around to doing that, your brain is already hard wired for playing by ear.

Another aspect to Junk Journalism is the disregard many writers have for spelling. Sure, we all turn off Spell Check to avoid having to go back and dump or change words it uses instead of those we type. That doesn’t give us permission to write something with misspelled words. I cannot get through any major News site without finding a number of misspelled words. If you doubt me, try it yourself. Misspelling doesn’t just tell the reader that you really don’t care about what you’re writing; It detracts from the subject and causes an unnecessary pause in the material.

Very few writers are disciplined enough to obey all the grammatical rules and that includes me. I do not believe there is anything wrong with having a ‘natural’ writing style that allows the Writer to make his or her point in their own words. That’s a far cry from being too lazy to spell words correctly or create a dumb-downed document using increasingly popular ‘phonetic’ spelling.

Just because our educational system sometimes embraces phonetic spelling doesn’t make it right, especially if you plan to write professionally. The teacher writes TELEPHONE on the board, then writes TELEFONE next to it and says that’s alright because it’s pronounced that way. Meanwhile, some brain trust in the back of the room that has already benefited from years of this type of education says, “Yeah, It’s spelled that way in Canada, right?” I think I have made my point.

Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg

Source by William A. Edwards

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