The Last Ones – best drama screenplay at the Los Angeles Film Awards

Another client of THGM Writing Services strikes gold. C.D. Peterson’s WWII-era screenplay The Last Ones wins “Best Drama Screenplay” at the Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA).

It’s always exciting when a venerated organization singles out your work as the best of the best. The Los Angeles Film Awards is such an organization, and The Last Ones is the screenplay it just singled out as “Best Drama Screenplay”.

Here’s the log line:

Douglas, a New England farm boy, and his family survive the hardships of WWII, but then must fight to save their way of life from developers during the unbridled post war boom.

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Simone B and the Magical Mirror – new children’s book published #kidlit

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Simone B and the Magical Mirror by Dr. Denita S. Bottoms is a motivational self-help book for primary school-age girls.

Have you ever been bullied? Has your self-esteem ever been challenged? Stories are a wonderful way for children to process the events around them and learn how to cope.

Simone B and the Magical Mirror is that kind of story. Simone is an 8 year old African-American girl who has to face the school bully. It’s every kid’s worst nightmare. [Read more…]

Self-help book published – From Chaos to Contentment

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. From Chaos to Contentment by Mary France Banda is a self-help book for people who want to heal the past and move on.

A social worker by profession, Mary Banda had recently survived a crisis point in her own life. Professional motivation and personal interest compelled her to write a self-help book for others who are in a similar situation.

When Mary decided to write her book, she had a very poignant goal in mind: [Read more…]

New foraging cookbook for homesteaders and nature lovers

A THGM ghostwriter publishes her own book to help homesteaders, survivalists and nature lovers turn edible wild plants into gourmet dishes.

Usually our ghostwriters remain in the shadows, writing books, screenplays, speeches and articles for our clients.

But Karen Stephenson has stepped out of the shadows to pen her own Foraging Cookbook. This recipe book is built completely on edible wild food – plants you can find by foraging. [Read more…]

8 tips to write a successful memoir

A memoir is not quite the same as an autobiography, but it can be more powerful. Here’s how to write one.

I was told a bad joke a while back.

What’s the difference between:

  • a summer dress
  • clean underwear
  • a funeral gown

Answer: The same as the difference between a memoir, an autobiography and a biography.

Just as a summer dress covers you for a season, a memoir covers a season of your life.

Just like clean underwear, an autobiography is something you do for yourself…and nobody else really wants to be exposed to it.

Just like a funeral gown, a biography is something that someone else dresses you in for eternity. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurs – 10 reasons to write your book

Entrepreneurs! Consultants! Experts! CEOs! Professionals! Have you written your book yet? If not, now is the time.

This blog post is specifically written for anyone whose personal reputation is vital to their business success.

If your credibility, if your knowledge and skill, if your personality can help increase your conversion rate, keep reading.

If your credibility, if your knowledge and skill, if your personality can help increase the value of your sales, keep reading.

If your lack of credibility, if your unknown skills, if your unexplored personality can – oops! – lose you sales and cost you business, keep reading. [Read more…]

Hagrid moonlights – short screenplay

If you really like Harry Potter, you might think twice about reading this ‘original’ screenplay from my archives.

I can’t really tell you how it started. One of my daughters has always been a huge Harry Potter fan. One day, she stumbled upon Potter Puppet Pals, a series of puppet shows on Youtube. At the end of this post are a couple examples, in case you are interested.

I would always tell a story to my kids at night when they were younger; even when I was too tired, they wouldn’t let me off for a night. I always made the stories up on the spot.

At some point, they asked me to tell a Potter Puppet Pals story. [Read more…]

9 mistakes new authors make when self-publishing their books

Writing and publishing are two different worlds. But if a writer self-publishes, one needs to know a few things about publishing.

There’s nothing quite like the high of finally completing you manuscript. Yes!

But a manuscript is not a book. You still have to get it published.

And you have many options for publishing. [Read more…]

How to describe characters in a children’s book (with free crib sheet)

Character development is complex. But in children’s books, and even books for teens, the approach is a little different. Here’s how to develop characters for kids and teens.

It seems like just yesterday (but it was actually a few months ago) that I announced the Character Development Crib Sheet. That crib sheet was, of course, intended for an adult audience with adult characters.

Children and teen characters are different. [Read more…]

Why your blog posts need to look amazing to attract and keep readers

It’s not just what you write in your blog that counts. It’s also what your blog looks like.

NOTE: This is Part 5 of the “mouth-watering blog posts” series. You have come up with a superb idea and a headline to match. Your writing is superb and you’ve added some attractive images. There’s one last piece of business to attend to.

Have you ever noticed how effective a plate of food is on a menu? Studies show that people tend to order the items pictured much more than those that are included just as text.

In fact, they tend to order things that look appealing. Never mind that looks have no bearing on taste; looks have every bearing on whether people expect the dish to taste good. [Read more…]