9 mistakes new authors make when self-publishing their books

Writing and publishing are two different worlds. But if you self-publish, a writer 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 “mahvelous” 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…]

Book on PTSD published, exposing the mental health industry

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fallacy (Part 1), by Nattanya Andersen, pulls back the curtain both on PTSD and on the secrets of the mental health industry.

If you ever wondered whether doctors, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry prefer to cure you or to keep you sick and keep treating you, Nattanya Andersen has an answer for you, at least in the field of mental health.

Keeping you sick and treating you is clearly more profitable. [Read more…]

10 New Year’s resolutions for writers in 2020

Welcome to a new year – 2020. It’s the perfect time for fresh beginnings. If you are a writer, here are some New Year’s resolutions for you.

There is nothing special about New Year’s Day. It’s just the day we start counting over.

There is no reason why you can’t make resolutions to change your life today, tomorrow, next week or on June 17.

But, as we start to count over, many people take advantage of that event to also make over their lives. And why not? Any excuse to make ourselves better is a good excuse. [Read more…]

Why your blog posts need better images than you have now – time to up your game!

Stock photography makes your blog look uninteresting. And it fails to deliver the most important marketing results. Here’s what to do instead.

NOTE: This is Part 4 of the “mouth-watering blog posts” series. You have a great idea and the ideal headline, and ooh-oooooh is your writing ever magnificent. Let me paint you a picture of what you’re still missing. [Read more…]

Your writing style and your choice of words can keep blog readers reading

How you write your blog posts, in plain language and easy to read, will determine whether anybody reads what you write. Here is how to keep people reading.

NOTE: This is Part 2 of the “mouth-watering blog posts” series. You have a great idea and the ideal headline, but you’ll need a bit more than that.

How you write is not as important as what you write. For instance, the quality of your writing is not as important as the what your headline says.

But if you come up with the best idea for a blog post and give it the most deliciously seductive headline, all that work will be wasted if people leave your page after a few seconds. [Read more…]

Political speechwriters must leverage authenticity

Speechwriting is a special skill. And political speeches require an extra layer of understanding.Most of all, they require authenticity.

What is the most important feature of a political speech?

  1. Ideas?
  2. Vision?
  3. Alliteration?
  4. Emotion?
  5. Leadership?
  6. Credibility?

No. No. No. No. No. No. Authenticity. That’s the key on which all of the above rest. [Read more…]

How to write a powerful blog post headline that says “Read me!” in 6 easy steps

Your blog post headline says only one of two things: “Read me” or “Don’t bother”. Here are six ways to make sure that your headline says, “Read me.”

NOTE: This is Part 2 of the “mouth-watering blog posts” series. You’ve found the perfect idea for a blog post. Now , that idea needs a headline.

The headline or title of your blog post fulfills several functions, all of which lead to the same thing. The goal of the headline is to draw the reader in.

The actual functions are: [Read more…]

What to write about to attract traffic, build a throng of raving fans and create a world-class blog

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of blog posts on every topic. The only thing that makes yours worth reading is a truly original idea. Here’s how to create those ideas.

NOTE: This is Part 1 of the “mouth-watering blog posts” series.

Nothing is more important than a truly original and interesting idea for your blog post.

You can wax eloquent.

You can use perfect English.

You can optimize for length and keywords and whatever other metric.

At the end of the day, it’s the idea that counts. But with thousands of other blog posts on the subject, how do you create an original idea? [Read more…]