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COPYWRITING, TRANSLATIONS AND GHOST-WRITING

Professional writing services are not something many business owners use despite their importance to their shops, hotels, restaurants, their business. Fact: A single spelling mistake on a website’s home page will reduce sales by 50 per cent as it suggests professional sloppiness and possible fraud.

Although there is a pressing need for both translators and copywriters there is little demand for either. Translating is, of course, the conversion of say English to Spanish or Russian. The translation will be a faithful copy of the original content but like for like is rarely acceptable so avoid using Google translate.

Russians who translate to English are fine at grammar but the results fail to communicate in a way English speakers are comfortable with. The translation is wooden and written in bureaucracy-speak. Russian businesses tend to favour copywriters whose first language is English.

Copy-writing and ghostwriting (enhancing) is a creative trade in which there is a need for word empathy. The copywriter takes uninspiring content and ‘sexes it up’:

You sell the steak, the copywriter sells the sizzle. Fees charged for either service can be modest. Like much else in life you get what you pay for. Many translators are doing it ‘on the side’ and have only their time to consider. These translators are inappropriate for such legal and official documents that require a notary’s stamp.

On the other hand, the copywriter is rarely paid his true worth. He or she takes your written content and creatively spins a web of enticement to attract interest and buyers.

Their fees are often high and so they should be. You see an advert; he sees many hours of inspired concentration. Their job is to create masterpieces out of a basic sales pitch. The true business professional does not count the cost of the investment as he expects returns to be far higher. A good copywriter can multiply sales faster than a jackrabbit can fornicate to produce rabbit kittens. You cannot put a price on that. ~ Michael Walsh

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Did I Really Write That?


When during a televised skirmish President Reagan’s recently published memoirs came up, former president wryly remarked: ‘I hear it’s a terrific book. One of these days I am going to read it myself.’

Of course, the statesman hadn’t written his biography but he was hardly alone in employing a ghost-writer whose name never appears on a book’s cover. Interviewed by Vanity Fair about her autobiography, Ivana Trump warbled: ‘To my surprise, I find I have a great imagination. I don’t say I am the Shakespeare, but it’s not just about the beautiful people and the gorgeous yachts and the fabulous homes and lots of sex. I tried to put in more the feelings.’

It was a great sales spin but Ivana reportedly paid ghostwriter Camille Marchetta $350,000 to write For Love Alone.

Whatever the ethics involved in book editing (ghostwriting), Michael Walsh, who edits authors books for those who lack his writing flair, is matter-of-fact and asks: ‘Does anyone really believe that celebrities have the time or the skills needed to set down their life story?’

John Blake, of Blake Publishing, estimates that as many as 80 percent of celebrity books are ghosted. Lucie Cave who penned Jade Goody’s My Autobiography says; ‘It is a must-have accessory for anyone who has reached a certain level of fame. Obviously, these people cannot write their books themselves, so they need someone else to do it for them.’

The list of names adorning the spines of books is often impressive but their true authors are rarely known. Earl Conrad ghosted Errol Flynn’s My Wicked, Wicked Ways.

One would need to wade through 529 pages of Hilary Clinton’s autobiography to discover that her speechwriter was responsible for most of her biography.

In 1957 John F. Kennedy was accused of using a ghost for his Profiles of Courage and Why England Slept. Henry Ford’s My Philosophy of Industry (New York Coward McCann 1929) was written by Fay Faurote.

Many famous authors are heads of writers’ syndicates that churn out novels on an industrial scale. Some famous writers allow less well-known writers to use their names on the cover of their books ~ for a fee. These include Andrew Neiderman, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Naomi Campbell, and Clive Cussler. Clancy’s publishers say: ‘Tom Clancy creates the ideas for these series and the writers execute Clancy’s ideas. All are subject to his supervision.’ 

It is claimed that 40 percent of books are ghosted but is it ethical? Michael Walsh has helped scores of writers to bring their books up to retail standards:

‘If there were no co-writers there would be few books. We take advice in fixing our cars, having our photographs taken but why stop there?

‘There are hundreds of fascinating people with interesting stories to tell or experiences to pass on, but few who can bring life to them. If a co-writer achieves that then everyone benefits from the partnership.’

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THE RADICAL WHO TURNED TO WRITING NOVELS

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Few people are born to become dissidents, political activists or revolutionaries. A random glance at the lives and aspirations of figures on the patriotic right reveals that all presumed to follow quite conventional careers.

Michael Walsh is no exception. As a child, the writer-journalist had a voracious appetite for the great classics and boy’s adventure novels. As he matured, his interest pivoted to penmanship. In 2011, the editorial team of the then prestigious Euro Weekly News voted solidly to honour him with the prestigious ‘Writer of the Year’ award and cup.

Euro Weekly News: Writer of the Year

Michael Walsh
Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ 2011

Michael years ago sacrificed a career in conventional writing in favour of political activism and writing. However, the now author of 64 book titles is convinced that had he shunned political activism for conformist writing, he would have become one of Britain’s most successful writers. Michael Walsh today is said to be Britain and Ireland’s most successful writer of multi-topic books and novels.

As a ghost-writer, a professional who edits and prepares for publishing the stories of those less gifted, Michael ghosted many books. His clients included a world-famous movie star and an international playboy. Smiling, he says that the lives of the less well known are far more interesting and exciting.’

It was 1995 when Michael, with two young sons to care for and in an attempt to break the cycle of poverty, wrote A Leopard in Liverpool. But, it was years later before the city vigilante thriller was published on Amazon where it received many tributes.

In 2019 in a further attempt to break the cycle of penury, the gifted writer followed up with The Stigma Enigma, which in the opinion of many is far more believable than Death Wish the movie.

Making a break from city vigilante thrillers, the now recognised writer penned The Souls Meet, a delightful story based on a paranormal-romance theme. With plenty of twists and turns, a feature of Michael’s novels, The Souls Meet has an ending that leaves the reader with much to think about.

Convinced he had the talent to match and even surpass the best of British novelists Michael Walsh was likened to John le Carre, the legendary writer of many British spy novels. The aspiring writer then turned his pen to writing the romantic comedy, The Dovetails.

This hot, raunchy and passionate affair certainly roused feelings, imagination and laughter. The Dovetails is finely chiselled together with precision and attention to detail. Obviously, Michael has a firm grasp on the depths and fantasies of women. Just off for a cold shower! The Dovetails is a recommended read,’ writes Annie Beverley Stamp of Merseyside.

Such was the success of The Dovetails which is based on an endearing ménage a trois romance that writing a sequel to the popular and admittedly adult content romantic-comedy was the next logical step.

Sex Fest at Tiffany’s, the most recent romantic comedy by Michael Walsh could easily qualify for the Book Title of the Century award before the first page is turned.

The title Sex Fest at Tiffany’s is a clear indication of the author’s consummate skill in innovation. It has been said that Michael’s style of writing has revolutionised romanticism. But, that is for Michael’s international readership to decide.

Philosophical, Michael Walsh says he suspects there are some who regret his departure from unconventional financially unrewarding writing.

He smiles: ‘You cannot make a living from niche writing. Had many followers in the past been more supportive then it would never have been necessary for me to write as a conventional novelist. Others put their jobs and careers first; I now do likewise and hope that I have not left it too late.’ 

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THE LIVERPOOL  TETRALOGY

The revenge of a predator is a city-vigilante epic better than Death Wish A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL 30 lavishly illustrated first-hand stories by a Liverpool sailor  BELIEVING OF LIVERPOOL, Latest Killer-Thriller From Michael Walsh the City Vigilante Supremo The Stigma Enigma A powerful thought-provoking paranormal romance The Soul MeetsHow to form a naughty ménage a trois THE DOVETAILS.

Latest Michael Walsh bestsellers: Those who fall victim to the taxman, banks and moneylenders are victims of legalised mugging  DEBTOR’S REVENGE, The Business Booster shows you how to double your profits not your workload THE BUSINESS BOOSTER 

MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. His 64 books include best-selling RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL,AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS, THE LAST GLADIATORSA Leopard in LiverpoolRISE OF THE SUN WEELEUROPE ARISEFOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAKTHE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II , and many other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

The dissident author’s books available for purchase by visiting his website BOOKSTOREBUY FROM AUTHOR and POETRY  links.

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HE KISSED YOU WHERE, DEAR

Elegant manners are unfortunately a thing of the past. Holding a door open for a lady is no longer delivered with a dash; offering her your seat or standing when she enters a room may be seen as gauche. 

Unused to small courtesies, younger women may feel a little embarrassed when you open a car door for them or help them on with their coat. Do you still tip or raise your baseball cap to a lady?

The ultimate in gallantry was surely hand-kissing. To get a preferred lady eating out of your hand you need first to kiss her hand. There is a right way and a wrong way. If you get it right then the door to her boudoir and her inner sanctum is open. Get it wrong and you sleep in the garden shed.

Hand-kissing is not uncommon in certain social circles or societies. In Poland, the salutation shows impeccable taste in manners and in ladies.

Hand-kissing is a wonderful way to greet a lady. There are only two social occasions when hand-kissing is acceptable: If you already know the lady or if she has been introduced to you and she offers her hand.

Never raise the lady’s hand to your lips. The art demands that you stoop to kiss her hand but you don’t actually do so. The correct procedure is to bend in a courtly manner and gently place your hand under her palm at which point your thumb will cross her knuckles. Bending as in a curtsy you then brush your thumb with your lips. Only if you know the lady is it permissible to touch the back of her hand with your lips.

If you are something of a roué, a bit of a lad, that is, then there are variations on a theme which are a little more intimate. I do hope you know what you are getting yourself into. Get it wrong and you’ve got problems so be sure the lady concerned isn’t likely to take offence.

Gently turn the palm of her hand upwards and with dry lips kiss her palm. This implies extreme adoration. You then close the lady’s hand on the kiss and murmur something along the lines of: ‘I pray you; keep this as a memory of me.’

If you lightly lick her palm it suggests you wish for a more intimate acquaintance. If you can’t do it with élan then don’t do it as she will kill you where you stand.

There is a variant but don’t try this one unless you are on very intimate though not necessarily sexual terms with the lady. You can bring a duchess to her knees when this approach is delivered with a cavalier flourish.

Raise her hand just far enough so you can gaze like a spaniel into her eyes. Then with a dry tongue gently lick the cleft between her two middle fingers. If she swoons then catch her and do make sure you remembered to bring your Viagra.

The no-go areas of hand-kissing: You never force your attention on a lady; you respond to her hand being offered. If her glove remains on then forget the hand-kiss of any kind.

Wet sloppy kisses or sucking her finger suggests you are a prize twit. Clicking your heels is out of period. And, you will make a laughing stock of yourself if your kisses continue up your lady’s forearm.

Hand kissing is an art form and should always be done with panache, a courtly bow and a murmured appreciation. Good luck   …   to both of you.  

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MICHAEL WALSH BOOK CLUB: Set up a Standing Order minimum of €25 (£25) to my UK bank account each month to receive every 3-months a FREE SIGNED copy of any book from our BUY FROM AUTHOR LINK.

THE BARNES REVIEW is considered by historians as the world’s most prestigious source of bona fide essays and information. Michael Walsh is a key member of the periodical’s Board of Contributing Editors. See www.BarnesReview.com   https://barnesreview.org/

THE LIVERPOOL  TETRALOGY

The revenge of a predator is a city-vigilante epic better than Death Wish A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL 30 lavishly illustrated first-hand stories by a Liverpool sailor  BELIEVING OF LIVERPOOL, Latest Killer-Thriller From Michael Walsh the City Vigilante Supremo The Stigma Enigma A powerful thought-provoking paranormal romance The Soul MeetsHow to form a naughty ménage a trois THE DOVETAILS.

Latest Michael Walsh bestsellers: Those who fall victim to the taxman, banks and moneylenders are victims of legalised mugging  DEBTOR’S REVENGE, The Business Booster shows you how to double your profits not your workload THE BUSINESS BOOSTER 

MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. His 64 books include best-selling RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL,AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS, THE LAST GLADIATORSA Leopard in LiverpoolRISE OF THE SUN WEELEUROPE ARISEFOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAKTHE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II , and many other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

The dissident author’s books available for purchase by visiting his website BOOKSTOREBUY FROM AUTHOR and POETRY  links.

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LANGUAGE BEFORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Long before the term political correctness had any meaning there was a richness to riposte sadly lacking in today’s vernacular. Those in the public eye often captured the headlines with a sneering wisecrack at an opponent. Newspaper editors too risked their readers’ wrath with an occasional derisive comeback.

Lord Sandwich was scathing when he scornfully addressed John Wilkes, editor of The North Briton: ‘Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of the pox.’ The newsman retorted: ‘That depends, sir, on whether I embrace your politics or your mistress.’

This exchange has wrongly been accredited to Gladstone and Disraeli. It was a time when the English language was an art-form; when people could communicate with richness.

‘If you were my husband I would give you poison,’ sneered Lady Astor to Winston Churchill. ‘If you were my wife I would take it,’ he answered back.

Insulting witticisms must include Clarence Darrow’s: ‘I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.’

If you think red-top tabloid crassness is a recent phenomenon reflect on William Faulkner’s take on Ernest Hemingway’s writings: ‘He has never been known to use a word that might send the reader to a dictionary.’ The war correspondent’s retort was to the point: ‘Does he really think that big emotions come from big words?’

Pity the wretched author who received a memo from Moses Hadas. ‘Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I’ll waste no time reading it.’

Mark Twain, renowned for his sharp wit, once said; ‘I didn’t attend the funeral but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.’

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw loathed Winston Churchill. Aware that his corpulent foe was better known for his toadies than for genuine friends, he wrote: ‘I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend, if you have one.’ Winston replied, ‘Cannot possibly attend the first night, will attend second, if there is one.’

Any in a misplaced relationship may take heart from Stephen Bishop’s remark: ‘I feel so miserable without you. It is almost like having you here.’ Equally sardonic the opinion of Irvin S. Cobb: ‘I have just heard about his illness. Let us hope it is nothing trivial’. The playwright Oscar Wilde was famous for his wit: ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.’

This brings us to the thereafter which prompted Jack E. Leonard to surmise; ‘There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.’

Thomas Brackett Reed might easily have been talking of today’s celebrities when he said, ‘They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.’ As for enthusiasts of pop music Billy Wilder spoke for many: ‘He has van Gogh’s ear for music.’

MICHAEL WALSH is a worldwide journalist, broadcaster and author of 64 book titles with 36 years experience. Like other journalists of integrity, he no longer writes for corporate media, opting instead for true journalism.

! ! Senator Fritz Hollings I will if you take an IQ test

! ! Noel Coward almost look like a man

! ! Dorothy Parker. Apparently youtr mother could bear fools

! ! Henry Clay, not be troubled. He will never be either

! ! Hitchcock. Best side, u r sitting on it

! ! Lincoln Whose do you polish

! ! Mark Twain lightning isn't distributed right

! ! No, I pray for my country

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MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of RISE OF THE SUN WEELEUROPE ARISE TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROESMEGACAUST,  DEATH OF A CITYWITNESS TO HISTORY, THE BUSINESS BOOSTER , THE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUME I and IIFOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAKIMMORTAL BELOVEDTHE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II , SLAUGHTER OF A DYNASTY , REICH AND WRONG,  THE RED BRIGANDSRANSACKING THE REICH ,    SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH: ARNO BREKER AND REICH SCULPTORS  SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH:  JOSEF THORAK AND REICH SCULPTORS ,   The Exiled Duke Romanov Who Turned Desert Into Paradise THE DOVETAILS and other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

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The revenge of a predator is a city-vigilante epic better than Death Wish A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL 30 lavishly illustrated first-hand stories by a Liverpool sailor  BELIEVING OF LIVERPOOL, Latest Killer-Thriller From Michael Walsh the City Vigilante Supremo The Stigma Enigma A powerful thought-provoking paranormal romance The Soul MeetsHow to form a naughty ménage a trois THE DOVETAILS.

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Latest Michael Walsh bestsellers: Those who fall victim to the taxman, banks and moneylenders are victims of legalised mugging  DEBTOR’S REVENGE, The Business Booster shows you how to double your profits not your workload THE BUSINESS BOOSTER 

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Spanish Skipper Who Saved an Armada

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Enugu Palm in colour

Never forgotten was the drama as the Palm Line freighter Enugu Palm after finally answering the wheel skimmed by a metre or two a row of ocean-going freighters moored at the port’s quays. A second’s delay on the part of Captain Inés would have led to one of the worst shipping disasters in African history.

Had it not been for the quick thinking of the skipper several freighters moored at the Ivory’s Coast Port of Abidjan would have been devastated.

Enugo Palm at dock

Palm Line, a British-owned shipping company, plied 5,000 miles West Africa’s seaboard. In the early 1960s, the company’s commodore was Spanish Captain Inés, whose hands-on character was legendary. He never suffered fools so I got on perfectly well with him.

Palm Line vessels were specially designed to negotiate the sand bars of the African creeks that otherwise excluded entry to liners that might otherwise bring trade to communities located to the Dark continent’s interior.

Ibadan Palm deck cargo

The Port of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, however, is a modern port. Having picked up the pilot at the port’s approaches, Captain Inés, in accordance with the protocol, surrendered control of the Enugu Palm to the pilot. The local pilot’s knowledge of the port is essential for safe mooring.

On this occasion, it soon became self-evident that all was not quite right. The recently boarded pilot was blind drunk and quite incapable of riding a bicycle let alone a fast-moving ocean liner in the narrow confines of a port.

Enugo Palm

The Enugu Palm did successfully negotiate the port’s Vridi Canal without colliding with its palm thronged banks. As an 18-year-old Ordinary Seaman standing at the ship’s wheel I was best placed to see the unfolding drama as the pilot inexplicably instructed the engine room to full ahead. After all, we were now approaching a lengthy quay along which several freighters were moored.

African creeks

Riveted, I watched the expression of growing alarm on the face of Captain Inés. Racing at full speed, about 25 kilometres per hour, the Enugu Palm’s bow was clearly destined to cleave the nearest moored freighter in two. I must have been the only British sailor ever to witness a port pilot being roughly cursed and physically shouldered aside as a ship’s captain resumed control of his doomed laden ship.

Rushing to the telegraph, bells clanged alarmingly as Captain Inés swung the lever to Full Astern. Simultaneously, he ordered me to swing the wheel hard to port. The rest was down to fate. Unlike a car, a ship can travel a long way before it responds to a change of command.

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Never forgotten was the drama as the Enugu Palm finally answering to the wheel and skimmed by a metre or two a row of ocean liners moored at the port’s quays. A second’s delay on the part of Captain Inés would have led to one of the worst shipping disasters in African history.

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Michael Walsh was a British Merchant deckhand (AB) during which time his ships scoured sores of seas. By the time he was 24-years of age, he had visited, lived and worked in over 60 countries. His sea memoirs, Believing of Liverpool is crammed with fascinating stories, images and anecdotes.

READ MORE:  Believing of Liverpool by Michael Walsh.

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MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of RISE OF THE SUN WEELEUROPE ARISE TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROESMEGACAUST,  DEATH OF A CITYWITNESS TO HISTORY, THE BUSINESS BOOSTERTHE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUME I and IIFOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAKIMMORTAL BELOVEDTHE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II , SLAUGHTER OF A DYNASTY , REICH AND WRONG,  THE RED BRIGANDSRANSACKING THE REICH ,    SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH: ARNO BREKER AND REICH SCULPTORS  SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH:  JOSEF THORAK AND REICH SCULPTORS ,   The Exiled Duke Romanov Who Turned Desert Into Paradise , THE DOVETAILS and other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

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