14 useless words to throw away

Sometimes we throw in words that add nothing to the meaning. They make it harder to read your article, book or report. Here are some words you can throw away.

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Available

This word gets thrown into sentences all the time. Here are two ways it is thrown in for no good reason:

  • “This report is available with…” No, no, no. Instead, you can say “This report has…”. It’s much shorter and to the point.
  • “The line staff processed the available documents.” Hold on…they processed only the available ones? Really? Why didn’t they also process the unavailable ones? You see, there is no reason to specify that they processed the available documents.

Throw it away! [Read more…]

How to save money on ghostwriting

Want to save money on ghostwriting services? Here is your complete guide to getting the best bang for your buck.

There is no question that ghostwriting is expensive. It is a highly skilled, labor-intensive job. But there is a very wide range of pricing. I have known people to pay upwards of $50,000 to have a book ghostwritten. That is not good.

I have also known people to pay very, very little…but that is not good, either. [Read more…]

A tale of abuse and betrayal

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book.  The Black Veil of Deceit, transcribed by Marina Kaye, is a true story of abuse and betrayal, escape and recovery.

Marina wrote her book as a healing exercise after escaping years of abuse. By the time she was through, The Black Veil of Deceit had become a literary anthem for women everywhere.

We have helped many people write their stories. Some of those stories hurt. Some of them are not easy to write. Marina’s is one of those stories that had to be written, even if it hurt to write: [Read more…]

How to write a query letter – the ultimate guide

If you want to publish your book through a traditional publishing house, you will need a query letter. Here is all you need to know in one place.

Whether you have written the next great literary masterpiece, or a reputation book to promote your business, one hard truth appears at the end of your last edit. You have to get it published. As we zoom through the 21st century, you have more publishing options than ever. [Read more…]

Your company book is the ideal recruiting tool

Some companies publish a book as a marketing and sales tool. But there is another reason to publish your own company book: to attract the best talent.

Being seen as a good place to work makes it easier to recruit top talent and build a stronger team. In fact, the more positive the image of your company, the more people will want to work for you. The results can be impressive:

  • lower training costs
  • lower recruiting costs
  • less turnover to manage
  • increased employee loyalty
  • better talent applying for jobs
  • greater worker loyalty and pride

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Making readability studies readable

Readability is in crisis. Even the abstracts from studies on readability are virtually incomprehensible. Let’s see what they really say.

What is readability? It’s a measure of how easy a text is to read. For example, how easy is it to read a blog post or white paper you wrote?

Readability is most commonly measured in grade levels. The average person reads in the range of Grade 6 to Grade 8. This might shock you. You’ve had 12 grades of education. Or you’ve had 15 or even 20. But you still read at a Grade 8 level or lower. Yes, you can read at a higher level, but you would do so only when you have to. Why is this?

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17 lies the English language tells you

English, like any language, is straightforward. Words mean what they mean. And if you believe that, you’ve been lied to.

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

So said Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking-glass.

FACT: hundreds of English words don’t actually mean what we mean by them.

These are the little white lies that the English language tells us. We all use the words incorrectly, because if we all agree (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more), then words actually take on the meaning that they don’t mean.

Here are just a few examples I’ve plucked out of an ocean of misused meanings. [Read more…]

Top 10 reasons to start blogging (unless you are an undercover spy or a drug smuggler)

Everybody should blog. Blogging is now a basic tool to succeed in almost every field. Here are 10 reasons why.

You should be blogging, whether you run a business, freelance part time or hope someday to land that dream job. Hairdresser? Plumber? Home inspector? Nuclear safety monitor? Whoever you are, other than a criminal or a spy, blogging gets you ahead. Most of these 10 reasons apply to you.

  1. It’s fulfilling
  2. Instant credibility
  3. Build a loyal fan base
  4. The ultimate networking tool
  5. Help the search engines find you
  6. Feed your social media following
  7. Much more complete than a resume
  8. Business card? What business card?
  9. Tangible proof of what you know, can do and have done
  10. Clients and employers can find you even when they are not yet looking to hire

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Christian spiritual book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book: He Will Guide You: Truth, Experience The Holy Spirit, by Rev. Dr. John Diomede.

John set out to write a very specific book. He wanted to help Christians make sound decisions by enhancing their relationship with the Holy Spirit. The resulting book is all about you and the Holy Spirit.

John sees something missing in the church today. Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to be with believers. He said this would be the “norm” for His relationship with them. [Read more…]

18 pros and cons of eBooks

eBooks are taking over the world of reading. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Here are some pros and cons of eBooks.

A book is no longer just a stack of papers bound together. More and more people are reading electronic books, or eBooks. Some are PDFs. Some are on Kindle. Some come in various other formats.

There are pros and cons of eBooks replacing paper books. Before I list a few, let me say that I still love paper. I spend so much time staring at a screen for work, that I really don’t want to stare at a screen when I don’t have to. But there are some undeniable advantages to eBooks. [Read more…]