Your Idea is Worthless

As a full-time professional ghostwriter, I spend an awful lot of time reading and signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Sometimes I find them sincerely useful to the client—protection of…

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Two Ghosts

THE FOURTH HOUSE, my Book of the Month Club Feature Selection debut novel, took place in the fictional town of Mountain City on the fictional street of Good.  Like many novels, not all of it was…

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Inside Seka … And Me

Laugh if you must, but I swear I was one of those people who actually did buy Playboy for the articles. And when I saw a XXX flick, I even remembered the names of the actors. Of all the women in…

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Ghostwriting Fiction

My first ghostwriting job was, in fact, for fiction. Strange, I know, but true. Like most novelists, I had just come to realize that the advance from my first book would not last me a lifetime, nor…

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Korey Stringer

A few years ago I was asked to co-author Kelci Stringer's memoir about the life and death of her husband, NFL All-Pro tackle Korey Stringer. Korey was the first and only NFL player to die from…

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I’m a Schuylkill Story

Mom came down to visit the other day and came bearing gift.  It was a book.  Tip: Don't buy a writer a book.  Everyone thinks we want books.  The trouble is, we are inundated with books, we also buy…

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Legitimate Publishers: The Ten Commandments for Authors

I take no personal credit for this, but I read it, liked it, and am reprinting it with the permission of its creator, author and publisher HANK SHRIER: 1. I am the Author, lord of the book. I shall…

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Ghostwriters: They’re Not Just for the Rich and Famous

By Kerry Zukus, reprinted from "Publishing  Basics", June 10, 2011 “I’ve got a book inside me and I can’t get it out!” I hear it all the time. I usually offer the typical solutions: stick two…

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Haines, Alaska, We Salute You!

THE FOURTH HOUSE is presently out of print.  It breaks my heart to say it, but it's true.  Yes, there is still the "secondary market," which is a fancy name for "used," but outside of that, y'all…

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The Winter Warrior Returns to Lantenengo County (for Fourth House fans & sundry coal crackers)

Fate brought this writer home twice in the last few weeks to Lantenengo County. Fate and Mother, in the case of the annual Christmas Eve pilgrimage. Every Christmas Eve, Mother, who like Opal…

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