My ghostwriting skills have helped CEOs, financial advisors, physicians and other busy professionals expand their businesses or transition into publishing and public speaking careers. Tell your audience who you are. Hedge fund managers and traders need not speak only about markets. Doctors can expand beyond health care. Clients may enjoy newsletters, memoirs, and case studies about tangential topics. Remember: Content is not just king, it is oxygen for entrepreneurs, small business owners and thought leaders who wish to share their expertise and world view. Here is how the process works.
JOT YOUR IDEAS: We have to start somewhere, so let's gather whatever materials you have so that we can define your focus. It's OK to be messy in the beginning. Just get as much on the pages as possible. What's your story about? Or what expertise or experiences do you wish to share? Don't worry about starting at the beginning. Trust your interests.
HIRE A GHOSTWRITER: Calculate the precious time you will save and what that is worth. Also, consider how much time has passed without fulfilling your goal. One client had labored for 5 years to write a crime novel. We worked together for 8 months to expand, invent and pull it all together. He has since won an Indie publishing award. Short-term content also demands time. I can help with blogs, newsletters, email blasts, etc.
COLLABORATE: I need you as much as you need me. We'll start with phone interviews that will help me understand your goals and intentions. We'll create an outline, a road map, and set deadlines.
PUBLISH VIA CREATESPACE/KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING (KDP): The paperback designers create PDFs of the interior and covers which can be uploaded to Createspace so that your book can be found on the AMAZON platform. The digital edition must be uploaded on the KDP platform. When uploading these files, you will also need a description of your book, a BIO for the free Author Central page provided by AMAZON (the parent company of CS and KDP), and you'll set price for both editions. Price ranges set by AMAZON determine your royalty rate.
Congratulations! You are now an author!
NOW WHAT? If your title is a nonfiction book meant to build public awareness of your skills, use it as a business card. Share it whenever appropriate. And then market it via your website. Have a screenplay to sell? Hollywood social media sites may help. Have a novel or collection of poems? Arrange a reading at a local bookstore, club or informal book launch party. Have fun and be proud. You have accomplished what many say they want to do but don't.
SEO INSIDER TIP: Many authors don't pay close attention to keywords that help readers understand the category of their book at Amazon and other bookstores. You don't need to be an SEO expert to be practical. Use keywords in the body of your book, perhaps the title (be careful here: don't mess up a good title just for keyword positioning) and definitely in the description and your BIO.
TYPES OF BOOKS I GHOST:Confidentiality agreements often stop me from promoting the books I have written or co-written. This is why I mention "types" of books.
CRIME FICTION: I love drama, and crimes occur in almost every profession and setting. You don't need to be a cop or detective to create a good thriller or dramatic story.
MEMOIR: The Passive Income Physician by Thomas Black, MD is part memoir and part real estate guidebook. A good example of using story to share knowledge. OMG! You Met on the Internet? by Donna Marie and John Peterson tells the story of two senior citizens who discovered each other online and bravely decided to meet in Las Vegas.
BOOK PROPOSALS: Most nonfiction books that win contracts with traditional publishers start with a book proposal. 45-50 proposals allow the author to focus the idea, create several sample chapters (but not the whole book) and suggest an ideal audience and marketing plan. Lot's of work, but not as much as writing a 30K to 50K manuscript.
BUSINESS: Many experts would be wise to write a book that shares their expertise. One former client created a free paperback to answer all the common questions people had about his waterproofing services. A CPA is doing the same to save time and explain his philosophy of building wealth through legal taxation laws. A book does not need to be a bestseller to build your business.
SCREENPLAYS: More entertainment content than ever is needed thanks to the expansion of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix. It is not an easy field to break into. Yet new social media sites and contests give newbies greater access to the TV and Film decision-makers.
HEALTH: My fitness routine improved considerably after writing a book for a retired dentist who had trained high school and college athletes for decades. A Pilates teacher developed a unique program for helping women train. The book proposal I wrote won her an AGENT and caught the eye of publishers.
SHORT-FORM CONTENT: NEWSPAPER-STYLE ARTICLES and STORY-BASED PRESS RELEASES: During one 3-year period I had over 300 publishing events using feature articles and press releases created by individuals and corporations. Third-party testimonials are a powerful way of letting others sing your company's praises. I don't offer distribution services. Online PR firms may be able to help, if you first create your content.
Douglas your writing is concise, taut, and you take what could be complicated details and roll them out seamlessly—and the pace, terrific. — Beth Davey, Davey Literary & Media
My keen interest in people and their stories was sparked by my tenure as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily News.
I have also helped dozens of business clients become more competitive in today’s media-driven marketplace by relying on my passion for storytelling.
My articles and feature stories for clients led to over 600 publishing events in a three-years period.
The descriptive power of his words … was exceptional.”
— Midwest Book Review, The Lake That Stole Children
My own books include fiction and nonfiction title. Learn more here:
“An excellent novel that touched my heart in so many ways.”
— Amazon review of The Memory Songbook
My behind-the-scenes creativity saves authors lots of time and stress. They expand productivity by partnering with a ghostwriter.
My transition to ghostwriting began when I was hired by a real estate mogul to help him express a dark passage in his childhood. Other projects followed—a Hindu physician at Brown University, an international brand designer with offices in Beijing, and a solar architect/Harvard grad whose innovative company recently went public.
“Wow! Another great job. It’s funny and communicates the message really well. We can only begin by thanking you for all you have done for us! Your professional yet friendly personality makes working with you a pleasure.”
— Sergio Briceno, CEO, CaseCruzer
“This is excellent. I believe not only is this on-point with the client’s themes, but I feel they will love the conciseness and clear message.”
— Nick Alt, president, Clear-Media
“I am very pleased with your services. Your endless creativity and ability to meet tough deadlines continues to impress me.”
— Jeff Elliott, president, PowerPR
“Douglas is an extraordinary writer. Tremendous talent is evident in his fiction. His gifted storytelling ability also has been applied to articles and profiles he's written for several of my clients. Whether he's profiling a master herbalist … a floral artist or dress designer … Douglas brings out emotional ‘nuggets’ … that connect readers to the story. He is able to capture what so much of business writing and marketing communications often misses — soul. I always look forward to working with Douglas!”
— Maria Fotopolous, owner, TurboDog Communications
My clients also include law enforcement (crime fiction) and fitness (self-help) professionals, as well as—
• A French chef whose childhood memoir is a recipe for a delicious lifestyle
• A physician whose zeal for commercial real estate is helping professionals of all walks create lasting wealth.
• A lonely farmer who took to the internet after the death of his wife of 50 years and fell in love texting a woman whose handle was DL SAUCY.
• An Army chaplain whose war experiences inspired him to write a self-help book for caregivers paralyzed by powerlessness in an explosive world.
Let's talk. I want to know more about your book and what you hope to accomplish as a published author.
Even the best and brightest doctors lack a financial education. And that's why so many high-income earners eventually face a career crisis.Now there is a remedy for medical and other veteran and aspiring professionals—and it does not require predicting or investing in the stock market.THE PASSIVE INCOME PHYSICIAN is the story of a former U.S. Navy veteran who became an emergency medicine physi... read more
Ever wondered what all the fuss is about with online dating? Or maybe you tried it and are still recovering from the shock and awe of the toothless wonders who confessed their undying love? In this riveting memoir, Lonely Farmer and DLSaucy, in their 7th and 8th decades, relive their romantic tale. From the reeling loss of a spouse, to depression and Depends, their online connection rekindled ... read more
Shelley Jean traveled to Haiti determined to adopt an orphan she had discovered online. Although she was already the mother of two biological children, expanding her family by embracing a displaced child was, in part, a fulfillment of her compassionate Christian faith. But when she witnessed the agony many Haitian women experienced when poverty —not lack of love—forced them to give up their ch... read more
AUTHOR HACKS put new book projects on the FAST TRACK!Is it true? Does everyone have at least one good book in them?Heck, I bet you have 2 or 3 titles in your “junk” — forgotten social media, unfulfilled yearnings, impulses, itches and your so-called failed early stuff.Use it or lose it. Gather all your tweets, Evernotes, dreams, blogs and other nonesuch now! And let's get started so that you c... read more
A forgotten manuscript. A lifetime of memories. One moment from the past could transform his future.When Frank first touched a guitar, everything changed. Years later, with his music career’s next big moment on the horizon, he’s called home to care for his ailing mother.As he loses her bit by bit to Alzheimer’s, Frank finds a manuscript he wrote that describes a miraculous day during the Summe... read more
The Lake That Stole Children blends the magic of Disney's Pinocchio with the magnificent quest of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. It begins with a boy's deep yearning and leads to a grown man's startling discovery. The story begins with a town troubled by a big secret. Children have been disappearing and no one knows why. A fisherman, who lives with his family on the outskirts of town, ca... read more
"Did this story make my spirit soar as I read it? Yes, yes it did; to the point of wiping away tears."—AmazonFrank Gosnell, featured in The Memory Songbook, is home for the holidays, but feeling low. As Christmas closes in he's not celebrating but counting his loses -- his girlfriend left him for another guy, and his singer-songwriter career is ... well, the year didn't go quite as well as he ... read more
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I’m a creative consultant and strategic wordsmith who helps people and companies sort through their ideas to find clarity and direction.