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…]

How much should you plan your plot?

Fiction writers need to plan their plots. They need to be organized. But should they also allow their characters and the plot to develop on their own?

Most people coming to us to help them write their manuscripts are first-time writers. They often don’t know where to start, or have started and are not sure where to go next. One really good question is “How much should I plan my plot?”

A huge caveat needs to be placed on any answer to this, including my answer here. No two writers are the same. No two stories are the same. The best answer for you might not be the best answer for another author. So take the following paragraphs as good advice that might be helpful, but don’t take it as Gospel truth. [Read more…]