Can you keep your mouth shut and maintain the confidentiality of a client? Do you have writing skills? Are you clever and inventive because you find reading books your drug of choice? You might just have what it takes to be a Ghostwriter. And, as my brother has informed me, if you live in the mountains, you can be a “Ghostwriter in the Sky.” (My apologies to Vaughn Monroe who sang it when we were kids.)
I’ve been asked three times in the last month “How DO you ghostwrite a book?” so I guess there’s no time like right now to share that answer with everyone.
- Have a passionate desire to write books.
- Be thrilled every time you hear a cool book idea.
- Love to write. Jones for your keyboard.
- Invent clever way after clever way to approach a subject.
- Appreciate this skill in others. (James Lee Burke, my hat’s off to you.)
- Practice, practice, practice until it’s automatic.
- Cherish the book in your hands after publication.
- Find book ink and glue a sweet intoxication.
- Brag often but with humility, which is after all, Truth.
That’s the overview, but I’m sure you wanted more details than that, so let me tell you one book ghostwriting story that has a most happy ending.
Ms. X connected with me via PatsWriteMind.com. I’ve learned over the years as an online entrepreneur that if I don’t feel a “click” with a potential client, it’s not the right client for me. Boy, did we click! We talked way over the time in our first session. We formed an agreement of what was wanted, what was expected, how I could deliver, and a price. She signed my Agreement and we began.
Step one was listening to her story. She poured out her heart to me as I asked probing questions. It’s only that level of honesty that can turn out a valid product. As she spoke, I could “see” the Table of Contents for her book. It’s a skill I have. I call it Over Vision. I can see the whole project globally and then the steps to get that accomplished. There are hundreds of steps.
We went over the Table of Contents, manipulated the words until they said just what she wanted them to say, and I dove into writing. Before each chapter began, I’d email her the chapter title and say “Just write down in any format the key points you want this chapter to have.” She knew exactly what she wanted and sent back a plump paragraph containing her desires.
That’s when I went to work. The topic was in the self-help genre and that is my bailiwick for certain and for sure. I’ve spent since 1978 studying my Self and Life as a science and I ♥ ♥ ♥ writing in this category.
It wasn’t long before the book was done. Right about two months. I was so thrilled with it, because I’d written exercises with wonderful questions for the reader. If you read the book and answered the questions, there is no way your life wouldn’t be vastly improved.
That’s when the devil went down to Georgia. She showed the book to several whose opinion she respected, and they dissed the book! What? Impossible! I agreed to go over it again and re-edit it but I found very little in it that needed any changing at all. Unbeknownst to me, she had sent the First Draft to a notable unnamed public figure, and what to our wondering eyes did appear? An offer to be in an equally notable Book Club.
If it only ended there, that’d be enough, don’t you think? Such a splendid happening all by itself. Um hum. But no, there was more. That very notable figure asked another equally notable figure also unnamed here if he’d like to make a movie of the book. He jumped on it!
I’m happy with all that’s happened. I’m thrilled for her, because she’s working the law that the book explains. It’s gratifying to this ghostwriter to know so much is in the makings. Who is Ms. X? Ghostwriters never tell. That’s part of the ghostwriting game and I respect integrity.
It takes me at least two months to write a 200 page book when it’s in the self-help genre. When research is required, even more time is needed, but I’ve been a research librarian in my past and I love doing the research, too.
If there’s a book inside you that you really want to work at getting it delivered, you can check out our company with my partner Jamie Saloff at Bookectomy.com. And if you don’t want to write it yourself, but you still want or need it delivered, I’d love to chat with you about my ghostwriting services.
I can’t take your book to that very notable person but you can. She does know my name.
One of the reasons Bookectomy’s course focused on the mental aspects behind writing a book is because they’re invisible. Unless we shine a light on them for you, you might not even think about them! Jamie and I think they are so important that we’ve made them part and parcel of the Bookectomy course, and we credit the accomplishment of our authors to these invisible contributors…. along with their writing skills and the ideas inside their books, of course.
What Are These Invisible Contributors?
To keep it simple, they are your thoughts and your feelings. Let’s look at each category individually.
Your Thoughts. Try to imagine yourself thinking like this:
- Do you think of yourself as a successful or unsuccessful business person?
- Are you frightened to allow yourself to think about “What if I don’t succeed?
- Is pleasing someone in your life a driving force behind how you think about yourself and your accomplishments?
- Do you visualize yourself too far down the ladder of success to ever become a famous author and up level your business?
- Do you tell yourself mentally that you may not know enough to write a credible book?
- Are your thoughts overwhelmed by adding book writing to your busy schedule?
- Can you permit yourself to think that writing a book and then marketing it is something you can learn and accomplish?
- What tragedies are going on in the world or your life that you think your book might alleviate?
- If money was not an object, can you think yourself into the process of setting out to write a book about your expertise, re-branding your business, and then bringing your message to large crowds?
- Imagine you are 75 years old and retired. What regrets would you be thinking about lack of fulfillment because you never wrote your book?
Your Feelings. Thinking (as above) always leads to some feeling. Have you ever felt like this?
- My lack of success leaves me feeling perplexed about whether I should continue or quit.
- I’m terrified to think what I’ll have to endure from family and friends if I don’t succeed.
- My father would croak if I fail and it makes me feel sick to my stomach.
- I feel heart-sick when I think about how far I am down the ladder of success and how far I have to climb.
- My fears flutter around inside me and I don’t feel I can trust whether I have enough expertise to write a book.
- I’m so tired now. How can I add writing a book to my schedule? It’s overwhelming.
- I know nothing about marketing a book and that’s scary. I do know a bit about the writing bit.
- I can see that what I understand can help people, but when I think about how to reach them, I draw a blank and my fear locks me into doing nothing.
- I don’t know how much writing a book will cost me, so I just do nothing.
- I’m going to feel so disappointed if I die with this book inside me still.
Bookectomy addresses all these fears, and Jamie and I help you to work through them. In addition to being transformative, our course will get that book delivered out of you if you follow all the instructions. In nine weeks, you will have delivered that Rough Draft.
Please join Jamie and me for our next Free Introductory Call. Go here and sign up and we’ll let you know when it’s scheduled. There ARE free replays.
I feel confident that the majority of my readers already know that I’ve kicked off my newest business, Bookectomy, where Jamie Saloff and I can help you deliver that business book you’ve been carrying around for way too long in your mind.
If you missed our first free introduction call, you can sign up here and we’ll notify you when the next one will be. I can tell you from personal experience that my experience in writing a book promulgated so much change in my life.
Today, though, I want to talk to you about DELEGATION. One of the bigger reasons I’ve heard for why folks just can’t get that business book that will up level their business written is that they are too busy and they have no help, and they can’t afford to hire help. Can we take a look at those three….what shall I call them? Excuses?
I’m Too Busy. I feel confident that if I got too busy in my business, I’d resolve that in several ways. I’d ask my stay-at-home friends if they could do a few things for me. I’d ask my immediate family to take over laundry or meal prep. I’d go to the local junior college and I’d offer apprenticeships (free) for those who want to learn how to do whatever it is I need done. I’d hire my home cleaned and my yard maintained. I’d let my car go unwashed for a period of time. I‘d switch from cooked meals to bagged salads with cold cuts. I’d drink protein shakes and skip lunch hour. I’d contact a Marketing Professor and let his class take on my marketing as a case study.
There are a limitless number of resources to help you so you can free up one hour a day to write your book. Does your excuse still feel as valid as it did before you read this?
I Have No Help. Ask your mate and your children. Ask your parents. Ask your siblings. Don’t be proud. They all probably have one small hour they can donate to your cause because they love you, and don’t forget: it’s only until you get that book written. It’s not forever. Ask friends at church. Ask at your woman’s club. Ask other mother’s you’ve met at school. Ask your friends and your neighbors. Find a group of Seniors and ask them. Every time you ask someone, wait for their answer, and then ask the second question: Do you know anyone whom I might ask? Utilize the services of a temporary employment agency if you can’t find free help. Find a Virtual Assistant for just two months. Ask me for referrals. I know dozens of top notch VAs.
Help abounds. Become humble and ask lots of people. Go through your contacts and send out a global email asking for help for two months until you can get that book written.
I Can’t Afford to Hire Help. In only the LAST SENTENCE above would you have to spend money. All the other suggestions are for voluntary help.
It all boils down to a few Key Elements if you truly want to up level your business by writing a business book:
- Do I really want to write this book now? I’ve run out of excuses.
- Can I make this one activity the top task in my To Do list now?
- If not now, then when?
Jamie and I want to assist you. The first thing you need to do is to sign up for our free introductory call and we’ll notify you when it’s scheduled. Just take a deep breath, and sign up. It’s your first step toward considering “Maybe now?”
I am the eldest of a total of five children. In that role, I was encouraged to assume the role of decision maker. As a decision maker, I think my practical nature entered in and made me look at the most important things to decide. It may also have been because of my lack of willingness. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I can still feel that little-girl sense of indecisiveness. It felt upsetting. To get away from that discomfort, I rushed off to make a decision and get away from feeling uncomfortable.
Were my decisions always right and good? No, they weren’t. I made a lot of mistakes. Those mistakes again made me feel uncomfortable, and again, I rushed off to make a correction.
I discovered that in making that first decision, I tried to consider all the aspects, the fallouts, the repercussions that would happen when I made it, and sometimes, I failed to create a workable solution. You might think I’m speaking as an adult here, and I am, but I’m talking about a time when I was seven or eight years old.
From the first erring decision, I had to think through what else could go wrong as it had gone wrong the first time, and it made me stretch my mind even further.
Stretching your mind as a seven or eight year old is challenging due to my lack of experience, but as I got that experience, boy, did that stretching serve me well, because now I had a trained mind that could see a least two decisions down the road, sometimes three!
And that leads me to the topic, Decisions and the Goal of Life. My childhood challenges shaped me into a bottom-line thinker. What’s the real bottom line here? What really has to occur for this to be handled with finality? What is extraneous and unnecessary? That will take me off the path, and I am goal oriented if nothing.
Eventually, once I had a raft of decision-making accomplished, I began to ask myself questions beyond those things and into the realm of Life Itself. Using my decision-making ability, the questions about Life began to arise:
- What’s the real bottom line here?
- What really has to occur for this to be handled with finality?
- What is extraneous and unnecessary?
- How do you want to see this concluded?
I view questions as my savior, and I work to answer them all until I have no questions left. I am hoping my little procedure in this small piece of my life helps you in your life.
“We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.” – Bono
During my growing up years, my dad was a salesman. Worse than that, he was a commissioned salesman. That puts cold chills up my back even thinking about it. It also allows me to recognize his supreme level of confidence in himself plus his ability to sell and support a family of seven.
Because he was a salesman, he always read “Entrepreneur Magazine,” and he had tons of ideas from reading it. One of them was that I should become a door-to-door salesperson. I hated that idea, but between the summer of my seventh and eighth grades, I was forced to be just that.
The product was flexible wooden sandals called Flexiclogs. I am astonished that I even found many picture of them on Google, as I sold them in 1953! I just love the internet, don’t you?
I went from door to door in what I saw as an affluent neighborhood, and wonderfully, some ladies even bought them! It was amazing to me, because at that time, I did not have a sales mentality. Possibility thinking was in it’s incipiency in my young mind.
There’s just a big bunch about Life Itself that a young person doesn’t recognize, and the possibility that women might actually like these sandals, that they were very reasonably priced, and that they were delivered right to their door might have made me feel a lot more at ease with my mandate to sell.
I can see those details now, and there was another boon and blessing to my ability to encompass details courtesy of my dear friend, Marilyn. Marilyn has been gone for many years, but the memory of our friendship lingers on and I may cherish her even more now than I did then.
We owned a house together in Huntington Beach, and our neighborhood downtown had lots of construction going on at the time we bought. Sundays often saw us visiting model homes enjoying the design and looking for ideas for our own home.
When we came home, Marilyn would say something like “Do you remember the back splash in that second model?” I would draw a complete and total blank. By then, I had what I thought of as a big picture sales mentality. I looked at the big picture and not at the little details. Marilyn was an artist and she was detail-oriented.
Sales people are competition driven, so could I let her win in what I saw as the battle of the details? Heck no! So I trained myself to focus more on the details. It has served me well since then, and I’d like to give a shout out to my buddy, Marilyn. I hope I get to see you again someday to thank you for this gift.
For you who don’t know, Mike Wetzel was one of the victims in the San Bernardino shootings. Yesterday, there was a Celebration of Life here in the San Bernardino mountains for Mike. I attended with a friend who was once Mike and Amy’s (Mike’s first wife) neighbor.
There was an enormous amount of love in the room. Mike was remembered for his faith, his sense of humor, and his love for his family.
I suppose each of us will learn something different from this happening. I am sad that our political environment in this country unfortunately nurtures this sort of event. I’d love to see us return to “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
The next burial I’d like to attend is the one for political correctness, because being PC has divided us in this country and turned brother against brother. It wasn’t always like this and I hope and pray the old way returns.
God speed, Mike. I know you’re okay where you are and the rest of us will muddle through until we join you.
This is the season where celebrating Jesus’ birth is a mainstay in many homes. It was the mainstay in my childhood home, but I don’t live there any more.
Today, my concept of God is very different from my earlier one, and I’d like to share it with you during this season of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men.
Jesus’ mother Mary was one of few women educated in the mysteries of her religion, and some have thought that she was a vestal virgin. To accomplish a purely mental (immaculate) conception, she’d have had to be highly unfolded in Life’s Truths. She was, and she taught these truths to Jesus, her virgin-born son. He did not have to go through what we have gone through: clearing out the erring human beliefs before we get to Life’s Truths because she told them to him without any filters.
There is a great deal of research around the concepts of Jesus’ growing up years. He was able to do what I have come to see as the norm from a very early age because Mary told him pure Truth from the beginning. He matured this truth, and then, as the foremost teacher, he brought it to the masses.
I have seen that the story behind the story is more accurate than the way the story has been interpreted by the churches. I am unconvinced that pure truth is being perpetuated inside the churches, although I’ll be the first to admit that pure hearts and pure intentions motivate those wonderful folks there. I simply don’t find an accuracy that works. Jesus said “I am come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” Frankly, I don’t see church-goers having life and having it more abundantly.
I believe Jesus’ words and works have gotten lost in the translations, and they deserve a fresh looking at. If you are into serious research, consider find the now out-of-print book called “The Business Man of Syria” by Stocking and Totheroh and plow through it. It contains great enlightenment and is a metaphysical masterpiece.
The bottom line here – and it would take me years to share more about it – is that when Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you, he meant it! That animating force, that power to create, that intuitive source, that all-might for good IS the kingdom. It is the God principle, and it IS inside of you right now. You may feel weak in the knees to consider such majesty, but in this season of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, this very truth is what good I will upon all of you who read this blog post.
It’s there. It’s possible to understand. Even better, it’s possible to learn how to use it the way Jesus set an example for all of us, and this is what I wish for you all. May your days be merrier and brighter than ever before because you’re doing what He said in the Spirit of Love he called “The Way.” Merry Christmas!
I belong to several groups on Facebook where the concepts around the idea of Abundance are discussed. In The Abundance Group, it’s moderator Kathryn Yarborough caught my attention by asking “Are You Standing on the Hose?” It made me laugh and then I asked her if I could use the quip in today’s blog. Here goes.
What is the significance of the hose? For me, abundance IS and abundance is the hose. It was there when I was born. It was there throughout my life, and it is there now. Abundance is our norm, and we get to figure out how to claim what is intrinsically ours.
How do we place a claim on our norm, Abundance? First, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it exists. Second, we say that we have it right now. You will have to think about that one and determine the best way for you.
Do I always experience abundance? I grew up with a poverty mindset unfortunately, and part of my life’s work has been to undo that. No, I haven’t always experienced abundance even though it was always there for me to experience.
What did I do that had me standing on the hose? There were lots and lots of things, so let me bare my soul and share some of my mistakes with you in the hopes that if you’re doing the same thing, you can get off the hose.
1. I had a poverty mindset. I thought poverty was the norm in our family, and I took that mindset with me into my adult life. I’m not pointing fingers here. I know from whom I got it and I have no blame towards that individual. It was innocent enough. I became aware of this happening via a process of introspection and it was one hell of an eye-opener to me as if thinking I was fat wasn’t enough. No! I had a double dose to clean up.
2. I wasn’t taught the fundamentals of money management, although my mother tried her best. I rejected her advice and her methods and thought I knew better. I was wrong and the years of misery are my own. Thanks to the gift of a friend of a book about the work of Dave Ramsey, I have learned a lot and am reversing old trends. I highly recommend his work. And in learning his methodology, there was my mother’s instructions. I hope my mother is aware that I’ve finally cleaned this up. Waving at you, muth!
3. Convinced that poverty was my norm, I re-innoculated myself with poverty every time I saw a situation where “it cost money.” “Well, maybe they can do that/have that, but I’m too poor,” was the way the message went in my mind. I have worked to correct this. Just yesterday, I saw a commercial with a Cadillac SUV and the price tag said $73K. My mind triggered off “Not for you” and then the correction went into place: “No! I will not think that way any more. I can afford anything I want and I have the money to pay for it.” I celebrated that moment many times. It was a big rejoicing/correction.
4. I made comparisons with others in my life who seemed more abundant than I was. I once asked my brother about our childhood experience, and he said “Were we poor?” Wow! He did not have the we are poor experience, and when I asked my other siblings, they didn’t know either! Only I was gifted with that privileged information. Uggggg. So, oh well, I get to clean it up and in the same breath, quit making comparisons. What difference does it make if Will Smith is a millionaire or the television newscasters make oodles? Bottom line, there is only me in my experience, and I have the privilege of cleaning it up for me.
My wish for you is that those four little areas will enlighten you. Years ago, I had not yet unfolded the insight to even write them. Today, I am able, and I am grateful. The hose is flowing full force.
I wish you well on your journey toward greater understanding. If you want to learn what I learned to be able to cut through the error, get off the hose, and get to the light, please email me.
I have studied metaphysics since 1978. I have taught the science since 1985. I recognize that for some people, even the word metaphysics brings up a sense of some kind of repulsion, but I never can fathom that, so I generally present an idea to those folks and it goes somewhat like this:
Me: You’re alive, right?
THEM: Yes, I’m alive.
Me: So it’s only life than can live, right?
THEM: Sounds about right to me.
Me: So if there is life, and only life can live, how does life die?
THEM: Never thought about it this way before.
Me: THIS is metaphysics, and for the life of me, I can’t find anything evil in it, can you?
I’d like to share an idea that comes from the metaphysics study created by William Walter. Mr. Walter believed in all things in moderation. He also believed that we need to be well-rounded in our efforts to gain an understanding about our life. He created the idea of the Mental Sandwich of Life and here’s my take on it for you for Thanksgiving, a time when both the ideas behind the season of the year and the ideas about abundance become much more prolific.
Part Work. We’re gung-ho Americans. We all know what this means. We maximize, strategize, plan and get coaching to become even better. We don’t need to focus much attention here. We are mostly hard workers.
Part Play. If we’re in corporate management, we do need to look at this piece of the pie – or sandwich. Determination to climb the corporate ladder has to be balanced so that it doesn’t affect your health and happiness in your family. “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies,” Oprah says, and with her level of productivity, I trust her.
Part Serious Thinking. Even if you get behind the driver’s wheel, put the key in the ignition and start up the car, if you don’t know ahead of time where you’re going, nothing will happen. This earth experience is an awesome experiment. Learning about what Life is and how you fit into the equation is exhilarating. Molding your dreams into a plan takes some thought and you are so worth it.
Part Restful Enjoyment. At the end of a day’s work, we relax. At the end of a life’s work, we retire. At the end of a strenuous job, we rest. Rest comes after working. If you look at Part Work, you will recognize that you have been working hard. (And if you haven’t, that can’t feel good.) Restful enjoyment is the natural follower for having worked hard. You truly deserve it.
It’s a cycle. Work a little; play a little; think a little; rest a little. If you’re able to keep it in balance, you’ll enjoy harmony in your life.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
From the early days of our childhood, we have made decisions, and we have acted on those decisions. When I’ve looked back, I can recall making the decision with the information I had then, and I can also recognize what more I’ve learned since then. The “more I’ve learned” has also shown me that my original decision wasn’t an accurate one and should probably not be acted on any longer.
I used to be very firm – adamant, in fact – about my decisions. No, let’s really tell some truth here. I used to LIE to cover up any weaknesses I sensed in myself. That was just me defending my right to be wrong. It was so hard for me up until my forties to admit to being wrong, and then as the light slowly dawned, admitting to be wrong became an imperative.
Self-Correction is empowering, folks. If you are never willing to admit that you’re wrong, you cannot move forward toward more good, because being wrong locks you in and limits you.
It takes honesty to admit that you are wrong. It takes integrity to admit that you didn’t see the full picture. It takes courage to admit this to anyone outside of your Self. It’s so necessary if you want more good in your life.
Practice saying “I was wrong and I will fix it” to yourself in the mirror. We all make mistakes and only the one who made it is able to fix it. That’d be you in your life; me, in mine.
Telling the truth can be very painful because it makes you appear less-than. But admitting that “I will fix it” conveys the message that you are wiser now than you were before and you’ve got an improved sense about the whole issue.
Only a coward will not admit to being wrong and tries to hide behind his mistakes. You’re so much better than that!