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…]

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…]

How to describe a character (with free character development crib sheet)

It’s been said that every story has been told over and over. But characters are unique and refreshing…if you write them right. Here’s how to develop a character.

Every story is built on two fundamental bases. The foundation is the plot. The plot is fairly simple. It can be told in a few sentences.

You might spend a further few pages describing the many twists and turns in the plot.

On that foundation grow the characters.

This is where it gets exciting. People follow the plot, but they relate to their fellow humans (or non-humans given humanesque personalities). [Read more…]

Infographic: Do I need a ghostwriter? How to tell if you should hire a ghostwriter

Many authors hire ghostwriters. But how do you know if you should? This handy flow chart will help answer the question: “Should I hire a ghostwriter?”

Surprisingly, not everybody needs to hire a ghostwriter. Some people write their own books, screenplays and business materials.

But people come to ghostwriters for a variety of reasons. This flow chart will help you determine if you have one of the common reasons that people need to hire a ghostwriter. [Read more…]

How to write a professional bio for sales or for credibility

A short biography, or “bio”, opens your door to your audience. Here’s how to make it open the right door.

A bio serves one main purpose: it gives you credibility.

Consider the after-dinner speaker. If nobody introduced him and gave a little background about him, you’d be saying to yourself, “Who is this guy?”

The introduction answers that question before you ask it. That introduction is a short bio. [Read more…]

How a ghostwriter can help you get your book published

Want a publish-ready book manuscript? Here’s how a ghostwriter can get you ready to publish.

Some people come to us thinking that we’ll publish their book. We won’t. But we can make their manuscript publishable.

Getting published is always a challenge, unless you self publish. But even then, you need a publishable manuscript. You need a book that people will want to read.

That’s where our ghostwriters come in. [Read more…]

Proofreading saves lives! How I almost became a hitman by signing a murder contract

Never publish anything without proofreading. Ideally, have several people proofread. Here is a a case study of how proofreading saved me from becoming a hitman.

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Something Amazing – song lyrics in need of music

This song is an amazing song. But it’s just lyrics, so far.

This song is intended to be a pop-rock song. It’s been played once as heavy metal. It has a tune, just no music written down. What it needs now is music. Then, a singer or a band to run with it. [Read more…]