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Writing & Ghostwriting

Actually sitting down and writing is the most important and often most difficult aspect of the book writing process. After all the content is what determines who and how many people actually buy and read the book. Organizing all of one's myriad ideas into coherent and cohesive paragraphs, chapters, and sections often proves too overwhelming for many would be authors resulting in unfunished products—pieces of a potentially rewarding final product.

According to Emma Brown in 10 Book Writing Mistakes That Stop Your Dream in Its Tracks the key to success for novice writers is to start small and self-educate. According to Brown, too many beginning authors overwhelm themselves (and readers) at first base trying to cram too much information into their book. Also, not being educated on the process in general is a major roadblock to success for numerous beginning authors.

What is a Ghostwriter?

A ghostwriter is simply someone who writes stories, books, or articles for someone else. He is paid to write the material and give it to the payee who puts his own name on the product. Ghostwriters are often employed by celebrities (you thought they wrote their own biographies didn't ya) to pen their biographies. Newspapers often employ ghostwriters in that reporters (Freelance) will report on a story and sell the story to the newspaper to be used as if the newspaper did the actual reporting. Ghostwriters are employed by politicians, websites, scriptwriters, and large companies.[cite?]

Ghostwriting is another option for those who love to write but don't want to delve into the risky business of book writing. You make money writing for other people! But you forfeit all credit for the work.

Getting Published

After you've completed the work of writing your book, the next step is getting published. This is often as difficult an aspect of book writing for many as actually writing the book. A publisher is a group, a person, or organization that is responsible for the production of the book. This includes everything from the binding to printing of the book. Doing an internet search for "American publishing houses" yielded literally hundreds of company profiles. Knowing which publishing house is appropriate for the type of manuscript you intend to publish is an important step in choosing a publisher. Having a clearly defined audience and keeping the audience in mind throughout the writing process should make choosing a publisher an easier task.

Additionally there are numerous individual publishers and the option of self-publishing is something that many authors have succesfully undertaken. In How To Get Published Kate Camp breaks down the whole process in several steps, the first of which is establishing a publishing record. Most publishers will publish a book only after an author has "proved himself" through previously published pieces.The next steps include preparing your manuscript according to the publisher's requirements and actually sending the manuscript to the publisher.

Although estimates differ by source and size of one's work, publishing can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Book writing is an investment of time and money, however the finished product is one that is rewarding and will transcend time and generations.

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