We often allow regret to hold us back, or we feel guilty, or like we don’t deserve to succeed. But we all have dreams, don’t we? What if we held onto our dreams, then planned how to make them come true, and then acted on our plans?
Jamar Hébert is an entrepreneur and founder/CEO of J. Hébert Companies, LLC, a business development and marketing firm that focuses on increasing customer satisfaction by incorporating new and traditional trends. In “Dream It. Plan It. Do It.,” he has designed a comprehensive roadmap for discovering and pursuing your purpose by creating easy-to-follow exercises to help you identify your interests, passions, talents and skills; make a plan; and then work your dream to make it come true!
Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.
Hailing from Ireland, Anthony Woods was a European Entrepreneur of the Year finalist at the UK Business Excellence Forum 2017. A visionary business speaker, author, and entrepreneur, his life is a compelling true story of how he went from being sick, broke, and unemployed to building a multimillion-euro business from nothing.
Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.
In the English language, we have an alphabet of twenty-six letters. We use these letters to form words and sentences. Each letter is unique; generally, for any given word formed of letters, you can’t substitute other letters without changing the word.
For example, the four-letter word “hose” means something. If you substitute a “p” for the “h,” you get “pose,” which is a totally different word. You can make other one-letter substitutions to get other words, such as “lose,” “home,” “rose,” and “hole.” There is no other way to write these words. There are no other symbols you can use, only the twenty-six unique letters of the alphabet.
Numbers are the exception. (So are a few symbols, such as currency and percent symbols, but I’ll get to that later.)
In English, we can express numbers using words, such as “six” and “one thousand.” But we have an alternative: a parallel system of numerals that mean exactly the same thing as their written versions. These are the familiar Hindu-Arabic numerals in our decimal number system – namely, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. They originated in India in the sixth or seventh century and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the twelfth century.
Our use of Hindu-Arabic numerals means that when writers want to include a number in a sentence, they have choice. You can write either “I am fifty years old” or “I am 50 years old.” They both mean exactly the same thing.
When to Use Written Numbers or Numerals
Grammarians love to create rules (or, should we say, order out of chaos), and so every expert has their own rules about when you should write out numbers or use numerals.
There are a few cases where everyone agrees, such as when the written version of a number simply doesn’t exist. These include ZIP codes, phone numbers, and most street addresses. It also includes very large, complex numbers, such as 4,568,780, which no author would write as “four million, five hundred sixty-eight thousand, seven hundred eighty.” Why not? Because it’s ridiculously long, and the reader can’t quickly grasp it. The brain will convert it to numerals anyway, so why not start out that way?
Otherwise there is little agreement.
Most literary authors write out every number, even big ones. They’ll write, “The journey of three thousand six hundred miles took the ship four months to complete.” In dialogue, all numbers are generally written out, to mimic human speech: “The man said, ‘This will cost you five hundred and fifty-three dollars, which you need to pay within twenty-four hours.'”
In non-fiction self-help books, which are much more casual, even small numerals are often used: “If you eat 6 meals a day and ingest no more than 2,600 calories in 24 hours, you will lose 5 pounds every week.”
Business books follow the same pattern, especially when there are lots of numbers that are not “literary” but are more mathematical: “At 4% interest, payments of $25.00 per month over 12 months will lower your balance by only $35.00.”
Note that I’ve also used two of the handful of symbols that in English are interchangeable with a word: “$” for “dollars” and “%” for “percent.” Like numerals, they’re typically used in mass-market self-help and business books, but not in literary works.
What’s the answer? Use your best judgment and know the expectations of your audience!
Thomas Hauck is a professional author, ghostwriter, and book editor.
Wait… Why is a Massachusetts liberal extolling the virtues of a book written by conservative columnist and Fox News commentator Kristin Tate, whose previous book, Government Gone Wild, (Hachette Books) was praised by Stephen Bannon?
Because How Do I Tax Thee? (St. Martin’s Press) is a book that any rational human being can embrace. Yes, Kristin is a libertarian, but she’s not either 1) someone who wants to go live in a hut in the forest, away from civilization, or 2) a rich person who champions libertarianism because it’s a convenient way to avoid any social responsibility and live a life of self-centered greed.
In fact, Kristin is a super-smart writer with a common-sense message: As citizens, we should know how much and how often our various governments – city, state, and federal – extract money from us in the form of taxes and fees. She’s not calling for an end to taxation; she’s simply pointing out, in example after example, how government agencies get money from us in a multitude of sneaky ways that we didn’t vote for and may not even be aware of. And what she reveals is often surprising – for example, how many states with no personal income tax (sounds good, right?) can still soak you with property and sales taxes, or nickel-and-dime you with endless fees for things you do every day, such as talk on your phone or drive your car. What Kristin is looking for is transparency and fairness, and you can’t argue with that!
Whether you live in Massachusetts or Montana, in “How Do I Tax Thee” you’ll find eye-opening secrets that you’ll want to remember the next time you head to the voting booth.
Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both emerging and veteran authors worldwide.
Congratulations to Stephen Gilpin on the publication of “Trump U: The Inside Story of Trump University,” published by OR Books, an independent publishing company that embraces progressive change in politics, culture, and the way we do business.
Trump University began in 2005 as a legitimate online school (not a university) that sought to teach the basics of real estate through courses taught by actual real estate professionals. That concept lasted one year! Then owner Donald Trump and partners Michael Sexton and Jonathan Spitalny jettisoned the pros, hired a bunch of high-pressure salespeople, and launched the live seminar format. The first seminar was free. The goal was to sell prospects on packages that cost as much as $35,000, always prepaid. After payment, there was little practical education – but the scheme made millions!
Stephen Gilpin was hired because Trump U needed someone with real estate knowledge to handle the flood of complaints from angry students who were receiving nothing. His job was to provide a minimal level of coaching to prevent them from suing the company.
One of the most fascinating parts of the book are the transcripts from depositions Trump was forced to give in defense of the lawsuits. Over and over again, Trump says “I don’t remember.” He didn’t remember the names of the instructors, the salespeople, the hotels where the seminars were held. His performance in these depositions provides a preview of what Robert Mueller can expect when he puts Trump under oath. “I don’t recall” will be the answer we hear over and over again.
This is a powerful book from a Trump insider…. buy it today!
Thomas Hauck is a professional book editor and ghostwriter serving global clients of both fiction and non-fiction.
The book opens in an emergency room in Santa Fe, where the narrator, Robert Santiago, seems to meet, by chance, a nuclear scientist named Dr. Robert Marshall. But the meeting quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse in which the hunter becomes the hunted. A connection is quickly made to the corrupt president of the United States, Rex Donald, who’s a power-hungry oligarch. The narrative becomes almost surreal – reminding one of a book like Slaughterhouse-Five – as the personal conflict widens to a massive conflagration.
This imaginative thriller – half ripped-from-the-headlines, half myth – moves briskly through its 186 pages, touching upon many of the hot button issues of today. It will keep you on the edge of your seat – and wondering what’s really going on in our nation’s capital.
Thomas Hauck is a leading professional editor serving both veteran and emerging authors of fiction.
Huh? Thomas Hauck, professional ghostwriter who’s ghostwritten or edited hundreds of top selling books, doesn’t sign contracts?
Nope. Here’s why.
I do business with people I meet over the internet. They often live thousands of miles away. I have valued clients as far away as Australia, Singapore, Qatar, Sri Lanka… the list is long. Obviously, if I were to sign a contract, and my client decided to break it, what could I do? Am I supposed to get on a plane and fly to the Middle East or Asia to collect my money? It’s not going to happen.
Contracts with people halfway around the globe are pointless and unenforceable. I figured out a long time ago that if I were to succeed as a ghostwriter and book editor, I needed to have a business model that didn’t depend on empty rituals. That’s why I invented my milestone system. It’s very simple: My valued client pays 50% of the fee for a section of 5,000 words. This is usually no more than $500, so it’s not a huge risk. Then I write the 5,000 words and send it to my client, who reviews it and accepts it. Then he or she pays me the 50% balance due – again, no more than $500.
Now we’re even.
If my valued client chooses to continue with my services, they can pay the next 50% deposit for the next 5,000 words. And so it goes, all the way up to our goal of 40,000 or 80,000 words, or whatever it may be. It’s a foolproof system.
Of course, I’m happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement and a statement saying the book is a work for hire. The latter provision is the one that’s important, because it makes clear the transfer of ownership of the manuscript from me to my client. And I do sign contracts with publishing houses that hire me to ghostwrite for them, mainly because publishers have lawyers who insist on them to justify their own billable hours.
Contracts? No. Amazing results and very satisfied clients? Yes!
Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving clients around the world.
Let’s say you have an idea for a book. You have something you want to say to people, to either entertain them or inform them.
Your idea could take the form of a business book, a self-help book, or even a novel.
You’re not alone! Every year, I serve dozens of wonderful people just like you who have a book inside them, waiting to come out.
If you have an idea for a book and you want to make it a reality, you have two choices:
You can write it yourself. This may take a while, because you’re a busy person. It may also take a long time because writing isn’t your number one skill. You’re better at other things.
You can hire a ghostwriter to write it for you.
My valued ghostwriting clients are the people who choose #2. They do this for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons why you, too, may choose to hire a ghostwriter.
Why You’d Want to Hire a Ghostwriter
You don’t have the time to write a book. You’re an active professional and you want to publish your book in a few months, not ten years from now! The idea of scratching out a few pages at night or on weekends is not appealing. You want to get your book project completed and the book in the hands of your audience.
You’re not a professional writer. Think about it: When your car needs servicing, you take it to a professional mechanic. When you need your teeth cleaned, you go to a dentist. When you need legal advice, you hire a lawyer. That’s because these people are experts in their fields. So when you need a book written, you hire a professional ghostwriter. It only makes sense!
A professional ghostwriter will add value to your book and your ideas. A good ghostwriter will take your ideas and amplify them and add that “special sauce” that makes them zing. He or she will know how to structure your book for maximum impact, and make sure the text has just the right mix of information and entertainment. Even better, they’ll do this while retaining your individual “voice.” The book will sound like you wrote it.
You’ll own your book! After the ghostwriter has done their job and you’ve paid them, they disappear. Poof! Like they were never there. You will own your copyright 100 percent. If you’ve paid a flat rate – which is how I always get paid – you need not put the ghostwriter’s name anywhere on the book. And all professional ghostwriters are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that give you added protection.
Hiring a ghostwriter can be a very wise decision and a good investment. For more guidance, I invite you to download my informative and easy-to-read book, “Hire a Ghostwriter: The Complete Guide to Outsourcing Your Book.” You’re also invited to contact me for your free consultation! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the link on this website.
Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor.
Congratulations to Steven Bowen on the publication of his powerful and groundbreaking new book “Total Value Optimization: Transforming Your Global Supply Chain Into a Competitive Weapon,” now hitting the lists on Amazon.com. A leading supply chain and business consultant, Steve presents his proprietary formula for eliminating waste and adding value to any industrial supply chain, from the first sourcing of raw materials to the final on-time in-full delivery to the satisfied customer.
The key to a powerful and value-adding supply chain is Total Value Optimization, a rigorous and comprehensive approach to analyzing, diagnosing, and transforming a company’s supply chain. It starts with leadership and a company culture dedicated to competitive excellence at every level, from the executive suite to the front line customer reps. Steve reveals the critical importance of data analytics, which is the foundation of the TVO Pyramid—the exclusive graphical model for a company’s journey to supply chain superiority. Along with leader and organizational improvement, Steve deeply analyses the three critical areas of procurement, logistics, and operations. He emphasizes how every functional area of the business realates to every other area, and the importance of objectivity analyzing a company’s performance.
The book is replete with revealing case studies that show how companies have solved tough problems and found unexpected value in their supply chains. With this important new book, the engaged CEO can guide his or her company to a brighter, more secure future, with more robust profits and increased market domination.
Thomas Hauck is a professional ghostwriter and book editor serving clients of both fiction and non-fiction around the world.
Many of my valued fiction clients ask me for advice about contacting literary agents and publishers. The most difficult part of any proposal is the query. This is the one-paragraph summation of what your book is about and why the literary agent should devote eight hours of his or her life reading your 90,000-word novel. It takes the agent or publisher about ten seconds to read your query and then decide whether to reject your book or ask to see more. This means that if you’ve spent a year or more slaving over your novel, its fate may depend upon that ten seconds your query is read by the literary agent.
The most important thing about a query is that it must convey the essence of your book, not the details. It must address the underlying theme, not the fine points of your amazingly intricate plot. It must present the problem faced by the protagonist, and the difficulty of solving the problem.
Here’s an actual example of advice I gave to a client who was gracious enough to share his query with me. He wrote:
“I have been rejected hundreds of times, and made the novice mistake of querying way too early. I think I now have very few viable options left, but here is my current query that no one has positively responded to:
“I am seeking representation for XXXXX, a 72,000-word ethnic novel with literary sensibility.
The book focuses on the unlikely friendship between Negin, the daughter of an Iranian Baha’i man, and Habibeh, a house servant who believes that touching a Baha’i can cause fatal blisters. However, their friendship is not tested until Habibeh conspires to take Negin to her late husband’s nephew — a powerful cleric who is planning to capture Negin’s father. Negin prepares to flee, but the cleric’s brother arrests her father. Habibeh can help, if she pays a high price.
“I grew up in Iran and my family, like Negin’s, was pulled between the Baha’i and Muslim faiths. This is my first novel.”
This is what I wrote to him:
“Your query is too confusing. Leave out the names. Boil it down to its essence. Say this:
“When the daughter of an Iranian Baha’i becomes friends with a Muslim house servant, the two girls violate deeply held social norms. The danger deepens when a powerful cleric learns of their friendship. This insightful novel explores the clash between cultures in contemporary Iran, and seeks to explore the limits of the human heart.” You need to convey the theme of the story, not the literal facts. There needs to be tension and conflict, and you need to state the source of the conflict. Do not use the girls’ names – they are much too confusing for a query.”
The query he had been using was very confusing and required the busy literary agent to keep track of the names of the characters – and their names are the least important part of the query! I’m not an expert, but it seemed to me that his novel, if well written, should be snapped up instantly. It fulfills everything the publishing industry is looking for.
– Thomas Hauck is a leading professional ghostwriter and book editor serving both established and emerging authors.
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