Inspiring children’s book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Flying Cowboys and Confetti Rain: Dreams of a PBR Bull, by Debbie Felkins Tamez, is an inspiring children’s story.

A first-time author, Debbie tells the inspiring tale of Crash and his sidekick and trainer, Trouble. This is a team of bull and racoon, who will delight children on Crash’s quest to fulfill his dreams – to become Bull of the Year. [Read more…]

Investing book for beginners published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book. Wall Street Kitchen, by Victor Chiu, details a housewife’s recipe for investing success.

Victor invites you into his mother’s kitchen for some tasty treats and straight talk on investing, even if you have no formal education. He says that it is based on the true story of how his immigrant mother made herself wealthy:

“This is not a “rags to riches” story. It was more like a Levi’s to the whatever-we-choose-to-wear story, except we now choose to wear Levi’s because we like to. When you’re wealthy and don’t have to clock eight hours a day in an office, you get the choice.” [Read more…]

Top Memorable Writers Conference Moments

Kristin Johnson, our writers conference junkie, reports from the Southern California Writers Conference.

Once again I’m packing manuscripts, new business cards and prose in need of medical attention, to go to another writers conference, this time the Southern California Writers Conference. I will reconnect there with Ara Grigorian, subject of our “Story Packing” blog post and winner of the Gold in Sports Fiction at the 2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards for his breakout success Game of Love (Curiosity Quills Press), who, by the way called the blog post “My favorite writeup on my Story Beats workshop.” He will be teaching that workshop again, as he did at the June Santa Barbara Writers Conference, as well as his “Romance, Bromance and Beyond” workshop, which I will be attending. And he’s a keynote speaker. His Secret Service code name? Nutella. [Read more…]

Get it free – The Genesis One Code

The Genesis One Code unlocks the mysteries of creation from a scientific perspective. Get it free on Amazon.com from January 8 through January 10, 2015

If you have ever wondered how to reconcile the mysteries of creation, which might seem like fantastical magic to many people, with the hard facts of science, The Genesis One Code is a must-read.

We at THGM Writing Services helped visionary Daniel Friedmann put together his bestselling work, The Genesis One Code, which he introduces like this: [Read more…]

Is my story good enough to publish?

Before hiring a ghostwriter, many people want to know if their story is “good enough”.  OK, let’s see if it is.

Many people who approach us to help them write their books want to know what we think of their story.  They ask if it’s good enough.  They want to know if they have a bestseller. Can their story keep readers perched on the edge of their seats, drooling for more?

Of course, the bestseller question comes too early, given how many factors go into the making of a bestseller (I list some of them here).  But it’s a fair question to ask if their story is good enough to be published – or more to the point, whether it is good enough to be worth publishing. [Read more…]

Anatomy of the perfect book cover design

Sure, you’ll hire a graphic designer, but you are in control of your book cover – front, back and spine – so make it superb!

You can’t judge a book by its cover. And yet, most people do, most of the time. If you want your book to sell, it had better have a well-thought-out, carefully designed cover. Let’s look at how to design the perfect book cover, one part at a time.

Front cover

The most important element on the cover is the front cover image. That is what people will see first. That is what will catch people’s eyes. Make sure the image looks good life-sized, but also that it shows up clearly in miniature when people shop online. That calls for a fairly simple picture. [Read more…]

How to Self-publish Your Book

If you are not sure what to do once your manuscript is ready, this free guide on how to self-publish your book will help you decide your next steps.

One of the most frequent questions we get from book-writing clients is, “How do I get published?”

The answer is complicated. That is because there are several options. To help answer the question, we have produced How to Self-publish Your Book: “the no-fluff guide”. [Read more…]

Video Trailer – The Vostok Juncture

Canadian author Matt Chatelain’s video trailer for The Vostok Juncture promises adventure and intrigue.

We help authors from around the world put their ideas into words. So why are we so excited about a book we did not help write? Because the author is not from around the world, but very close to home (Brockville, Ontario), and we did help him produce his video trailer. Matt Chatelain wrote the adventure thriller The Vostok Juncture, which he calls “an all-action bobsled-run of a story”, and here is the video trailer we put together… [Read more…]

Breast cancer survival book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book.  Breast Cancer; The Sun Will Rise, by Pamela S. Barron, relates one woman’s struggle and victory.

Pamela Barron describes what it is like to live with metastatic breast cancer and continuous chemo treatment for seven years, so that others will know.  She says: [Read more…]

The top 100 books that Amazon.com doesn’t think you should read (Part 2)

Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” missed some important authors and some amazing books. This is our list of books that really should be added.

Last week we looked at the list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. presented by Amazon.com. I suggested that there were some obvious omissions that made sense, and raised my eyebrows at some of the most prestigious literary names that were shut out. [Read more…]