Pets in kidlit books teach children important lessons

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes her book. Charlie The Chomp’ion: When winning comes with a consequence by Julia Giancaspro teaches children a lesson on consequences through the eyes of her pet dog.

Let the chihuahua shine! New author Julia Giancaspro has put her pet chihuahua Charlie in print in Charlie The Chomp’ion: When winning comes with a consequence. This delightful book will entertain children ages three to 12, while teaching them about the importance of the choices they make. [Read more…]

Enhanced biblical narrative published: David and Bathsheba’s story retold

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes his book. Wisdom Betrayed: David, Bathsheba and the Man Behind the Throne is Don Clifford’s work of biblical enhancement.

The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the better known tales from the Bible. But like all Bible stories, it is told in few words. That leaves so much to the imagination. Or to speculation. Or to deductive reasoning.

That’s what Anne Rice did with her famous Christ the Lord series. And that’s what Don Clifford has done with his book Wisdom Betrayed: David, Bathsheba and the Man Behind the Throne. As he and I struggled with how I should refer to this genre, he said: [Read more…]

Average book word count: how many words should I write?

It’s one of the first questions new authors ask us: “How long should my book be? How many words should I write in my manuscript?” Here is some useful guidance, from children’s books to fantasy novels.

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First-time authors come to us for help to take their book idea to the next level. One of the first issues to address is the desired word count of the book. That determines everything from the ghostwriting fee to the outline they’ll need for their manuscript. We get questions like:

  • How many words make a novel?
  • How many words should your first novel be?
  • What should be a picture book word count?
  • What should be a fantasy novel word count?
  • What’s the minimum word count for a novel?

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Words of wisdom from 15 Canadian novels

The stories we love best are filled with subtle (and not-so-subtle) lessons and perspectives. These quotes from 15 modern Canadian books offer unique insights into the lives we live.

Most people look for words of wisdom in self-help books or in the Bible or other religious guides. But you will find much to think about in the passing comments of characters in works of fiction and other books, too.

Consider my favourite motivational quote: [Read more…]

Dr. Seuss books – to cancel or not to cancel?

It is right to rethink old literature. But does cancel culture amount to book burnings?

It was on Twitter that I first saw news that people were cancelling Dr. Seuss. Sooner or later, everybody gets cancelled, but I could not imagine why anybody would pick on Dr. Seuss, a childhood favorite of mine.

It turns out that all the discussion is because Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the organization in charge of Dr. Seuss’s legacy, announced that it would no longer publish six of his books, saying that “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

It was a proactive action. But it got media play and people have weighed in both against and for Dr. Seuss. [Read more…]

New book tells baseball stories from around the world

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes a best seller. A Pilot’s Passion: Baseball Travels the World is a genre-defying book by Scott Weaver.

Is it an anthology of short stories?

Is it sports?

Is it self-help motivation?

It’s all three!

If you love baseball, you’ll love this book. If you have a world view, and would be thrilled to read about how “America’s pastime” is taking roots in the far corners of our planet, you’ll really, really love this book.

Retired USAF fighter pilot Lt. Col. Scott Weaver loves baseball. He even headed well down the path of a career in baseball, and was invited to try out with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. [Read more…]

Magical Mountain fantasy novel published

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes. Magical Mountain is the first in the four-part Kingdom of Treasures series by Asmaa Jamil.

An Iraqi-born American author, Asmaa Jamil set out to retell not one, but two compelling folk tales:

  • Cinderella
  • Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister

However, Asmaa gives them a fresh and exciting twist. [Read more…]

Christian motivational book against child abuse: No Reason to Believe

Another client of THGM Writing Services publishes. No Reason to Believe is Rodney Timms’ fifth book, a Christian motivational work.

The product of an abusive father and a neglectful mother, Rodney Timms learned that violence was the only way to deal with things. But in time, he failed to cave in to the dark forces of his youth. Instead, he chose to shine a beacon of hope for all who suffer.

No Reason to Believe: The Greatest Mistake Ever Is Giving Up is a beacon of hope. It is a story that will change many people’s lives.

Rodney’s turning point was when he learned that his birth father was not his only father. He found his Father in Heaven, and with faith he never had as a child, he reached out as an adult. [Read more…]

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…]

How to write a memoir – 8 tips for success

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to write a fiction book cover blurb that can make your novel a best-seller

If you plan to self-publish your novel, the most important thing you will ever write is the cover blurb for your book. Here’s how to do it right (with examples from top authors of the 21st century).

If you self-publish, you have to do it all. That includes preparing the cover of your book. Just as the packaging helps sell crackers and cereal, the cover sells the book.

Yes, people do judge a book by its cover.

A cover is more than just a title and an image. On the back, people read the author’s bio. They read the reviews. They look at the author’s picture. But most of all, they read the back cover blurb. Those few lines answer the book buyer’s critical question:

“What’s this book all about?”

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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 of tips to query a literary agent

To publish your book through a traditional publisher, you will need a literary agent and a query letter. These query letter tips will help.

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 still have to get it published. As we zoom through the 21st century, you have more publishing options than Agatha Christie or Mark Twain had. [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…]