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

[Read more…]

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…]

Inspiring children’s book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Flying Cowboys and Confetti Rain: Dreams of a PBR Bull, by Debbie Felkins Tamez, is an inspiring children’s story.

A first-time author, Debbie tells the inspiring tale of Crash and his sidekick and trainer, Trouble. This is a team of bull and racoon, who will delight children on Crash’s quest to fulfill his dreams – to become Bull of the Year. [Read more…]

Investing book for beginners published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book. Wall Street Kitchen, by Victor Chiu, details a housewife’s recipe for investing success.

Victor invites you into his mother’s kitchen for some tasty treats and straight talk on investing, even if you have no formal education. He says that it is based on the true story of how his immigrant mother made herself wealthy:

“This is not a “rags to riches” story. It was more like a Levi’s to the whatever-we-choose-to-wear story, except we now choose to wear Levi’s because we like to. When you’re wealthy and don’t have to clock eight hours a day in an office, you get the choice.” [Read more…]

Top Memorable Writers Conference Moments

Kristin Johnson, our writers conference junkie, reports from the Southern California Writers Conference.

Once again I’m packing manuscripts, new business cards and prose in need of medical attention, to go to another writers conference, this time the Southern California Writers Conference. I will reconnect there with Ara Grigorian, subject of our “Story Packing” blog post and winner of the Gold in Sports Fiction at the 2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards for his breakout success Game of Love (Curiosity Quills Press), who, by the way called the blog post “My favorite writeup on my Story Beats workshop.” He will be teaching that workshop again, as he did at the June Santa Barbara Writers Conference, as well as his “Romance, Bromance and Beyond” workshop, which I will be attending. And he’s a keynote speaker. His Secret Service code name? Nutella. [Read more…]

Get it free – The Genesis One Code

The Genesis One Code unlocks the mysteries of creation from a scientific perspective. Get it free on Amazon.com from January 8 through January 10, 2015

If you have ever wondered how to reconcile the mysteries of creation, which might seem like fantastical magic to many people, with the hard facts of science, The Genesis One Code is a must-read.

We at THGM Writing Services helped visionary Daniel Friedmann put together his bestselling work, The Genesis One Code, which he introduces like this: [Read more…]

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…]

Anatomy of the perfect book cover design

Sure, you’ll hire a graphic designer, but you are in control of your book cover – front, back and spine – so make it superb!

You can’t judge a book by its cover. And yet, most people do, most of the time. If you want your book to sell, it had better have a well-thought-out, carefully designed cover. Let’s look at how to design the perfect book cover, one part at a time.

Front cover

The most important element on the cover is the front cover image. That is what people will see first. That is what will catch people’s eyes. Make sure the image looks good life-sized, but also that it shows up clearly in miniature when people shop online. That calls for a fairly simple picture. [Read more…]

How to Self-publish Your Book

If you are not sure what to do once your manuscript is ready, this free guide on how to self-publish your book will help you decide your next steps.

One of the most frequent questions we get from book-writing clients is, “How do I get published?”

The answer is complicated. That is because there are several options. To help answer the question, we have produced How to Self-publish Your Book: “the no-fluff guide”. [Read more…]

Video Trailer – The Vostok Juncture

Canadian author Matt Chatelain’s video trailer for The Vostok Juncture promises adventure and intrigue.

We help authors from around the world put their ideas into words. So why are we so excited about a book we did not help write? Because the author is not from around the world, but very close to home (Brockville, Ontario), and we did help him produce his video trailer. Matt Chatelain wrote the adventure thriller The Vostok Juncture, which he calls “an all-action bobsled-run of a story”, and here is the video trailer we put together… [Read more…]

Breast cancer survival book published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book.  Breast Cancer; The Sun Will Rise, by Pamela S. Barron, relates one woman’s struggle and victory.

Pamela Barron describes what it is like to live with metastatic breast cancer and continuous chemo treatment for seven years, so that others will know.  She says: [Read more…]

The top 100 books that Amazon.com doesn’t think you should read (Part 2)

Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” missed some important authors and some amazing books. This is our list of books that really should be added.

Last week we looked at the list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. presented by Amazon.com. I suggested that there were some obvious omissions that made sense, and raised my eyebrows at some of the most prestigious literary names that were shut out. [Read more…]

The top 100 books that Amazon.com doesn’t think you should read (Part 1)

Amazon.com published a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime”. We tear that list apart to see what’s there, what’s missing and what will make your eyeballs pop out of your head.

As you might have guessed, the title is slightly inaccurate.  Amazon.com actually would love you to read every book in the world, as long as you buy them there.

But Amazon did publish a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: “A bucket list of books to create a well-read life, from the Amazon Book Editors”. And that list did leave off a lot of very important books that some people would be upset to see missing.

To be fair, every list like this is subjective.  On what basis do you decide a book should be on the list?  That is always open to debate.  So let’s have a little fun and debate. [Read more…]

The Biracial Bondage – nonfiction book published

It is always exciting to report when a client of THGM Writing Services publishes his or her book.  Joe Bama published The Biracial Bondage a few months ago, diving into a relatively unexplored niche.

Although there are not many books on mixed race marriages and the effects on their children, three percent of Americans and four percent of Canadians are involved in mixed marriages.  In both countries the trend appears to be on the upswing. [Read more…]

How to easily make $1000 per book
by NOT writing a word

Your offline referral can earn you an easy $1000 – PLUS make one of your friends so much richer that they’ll buy the next round. Here’s how…

You might have noticed that this is a new website. To celebrate, I want to send you a $1000 bill. Is that OK with you?

Here is how it works, in 5 super easy steps. Please think of all the people you know in the real world – people with offline careers – whose income depends on their reputation in the community. [Read more…]

She Knows What the Future Holds is published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. She knows what the future holds is a new novel by G.G. Irvine. It’s a classic tale of country girl meets big city.

We are excited that She knows what the future holds: A Novel by G.G. Irvine has been published. This is another book that we helped the Swiss-based author to perfect. We hope you’ll enjoy this entrancing chick-lit odyssey, which she describes as “a girly book”.

Here is a quick synopsis of the novel: [Read more…]

A new fantasy novel is published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Eradonis: Legend of the Black Rose is an exciting new fantasy novel by Narisha Rajnandan.

We are excited that Eradonis: Legend of the Black Rose is published. This is another book that we helped the author, South African born Narisha Rajnandan, to perfect. She calls South Africa “a land where fantasy and reality have often met.” Eradonis: Legend of the Black Rose is a fantasy lover’s fantasy.

Here is a summary of the book: [Read more…]