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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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MAKING MONEY AND MIRTH FROM THE DOVETAILS HOTEL

TAKING A BREAK from loss-making real historical research and publishing, Michael Walsh turned to penning novels. He believes fiction based on real-life holds out far more promise of a far wider readership.

Michael, who now has 64 titles with his name on the book covers, says ‘it is early days as I am otherwise branded. I have yet to become recognised as a novelist. Book buyers aren’t influenced by book titles; it’s the name on the cover they go for. I was until recently an unknown as a writer of good fiction but I am making up for the shortfall fast.

He says that his serious historical works once accounted for 95 per cent of his book sales. He adds that as this is a niche market his income from royalties, which he donated to charity anyway, were minimal.

‘Amazon removed some of my book titles. Real history books are considered politically ‘off message’. Now, the shortfall is being taken up by books that avoid mention of World War II.’

The Dovetails, his latest novel shows signs of being a best-seller. Michael says, ‘I am not at all driven by dreams of wealth; I simply need financial security from a predictable income. This was missing from my life.

‘I have to add that creating storylines and characters as a writing experience is far more pleasurable.

The story of The Dovetails (Hotel) is based on the love, social and business lives of hotel owners, Leonora and Felicity assisted by residential handyman Gareth or randy-man as Felicity describes the loveable Lothario.

Michael smiles, ‘Whilst creating these delightful people I became a Carlo Collodi. The Italian novelist created the imaginary Pinocchio, who then became a real person. As I penned the novel, Gareth, Leonora and Felicity became real people just as Pinocchio had become real to Geppetto, Pinocchio’s woodcarver creator.

‘I was always impatient to return to writing their story. You see, somewhere, The Dovetails Hotel chronicle became less my story than their story. As my pen did its work, Leonora, Felicity and Gareth seemed to take over and it became their story rather than mine.

My imaginary friends became almost as real and as endearing as my family. So much so that I even considered paying tribute to them in the dedication rather than the foreword. I became less of a creator and more of an observer. As does a copyist, I allowed their ghosts to direct my writing.

I was downhearted on reaching the end of their story as Gareth, Leonora and Felicity prepared to leave. Sorrowfully, I asked, ‘will we see each other again?’

Leonora smiled, ‘it depends. Perhaps we will.’

‘I hope so,’ whispered Felicity, who I sometimes referred to as Facility. ‘You told our story and you told it as I would have had if I been a writer.

Turning to Gareth, my eyes told his story and he read my heart as I took his hand.

‘I will miss you as you disappear into the ether of my imagination, my good friend. Will I see you again, I asked,’ as I firmly took his hand.

‘Ask your imagination,’ he smiled. ‘She has the answer.’

But, what is The Dovetails all about? A risqué romp in out and under the sheets sensually and provocatively describes the most forbidden of romantic relationships, the ménage a trois. The Dovetails Hotel is owned and managed by comely and beguiling divorcees, Leonora and Felicity.

After Felicity meets blind date Gareth on a mutually arranged tour of Europe, the engaging Jack o’ all Maids is subsequently taken on as the hotel’s resident repairman.

As the ménage a deux converts into a ménage a trois the most eyebrow-raising interludes are accompanied by risqué humour, girl-talk, dilemmas, compromises, lurid sex, romance, and at times pathos.

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A REVOLUTION IN ROMANTIC STORYTELLING

Having rediscovered his gift for storytelling, Michael Walsh was struck by the thought that like pop music, storylines in novels had become unoriginal. It appeared that TV soaps, television drama and novels had one unimaginative strategy to boost sales.

Their solution was to dish up a tasteless ménage of mixed race sex, abortion, suicide, murder, and to use degeneracy to cause shock and awe for vapid viewers and readers

Clearly, there was a need for change.  The challenge was taken up by Michael Walsh. Already the author of a varied range of over 60 book titles, the novelist’s aim was to pen a novel that whilst being an easy and enjoyable read would also break taboos.

Despite an aura of permissiveness and degeneracy pervading the book world, there are still romantic topics that remain unexplored. The difficulty was to do so in a tasteful and romantic way whilst challenging convention.

There was then one last redoubt to conquer. This was surprising and it must be said the shock end to the romantic drama.

The master storyteller, having achieved success with his Leopard in LiverpoolThe Stigma Enigma and The Dovetails novels, was now set to enter into and travel into the world of taboo romance and the paranormal.

Follow the chapters if you dare to enquire into the impact the paranormal has on affairs of the heart including your own. The Souls Meet will challenge your beliefs in the world of spirits and past lives. Have you lived before?  Will you live again and again? The Souls Meet is a highly readable and stimulating novel that will certainly push back the frontiers of romanticism and morality.

The Souls Meet is described as a book to be read with closed eyes and an open mind. For the reader, there must be a willingness to realign the morality of romantic relationships excluding none.

The privileged page-turning reader of this semi-fictional novel will eventually reach the final chapters of The Souls Meet and in particular the last revealing disclosures. Here, the startling message on the tombstone will shock the reader.

For this reason, the author at the outset places a hex on any who reveal the secret of the tomb to those yet to read The Souls Meet. This astonishing novel may well prove to be a revolution in English-Irish literature.

Whilst the author welcomes buyer reviews, he begs those who are kind enough to do so to avoid revealing too much about the storyline and not to divulge the secret of the book’s ending.

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THE DECK BOY WHO SAVED A SUPER LINER

At regular intervals, all vessels are placed in Dry Dock where they are thoroughly examined and repaired before being licensed to return to the high seas. The great ocean liners were no exception. The then 16-year-old Michael Walsh was one of the skeleton crew left to man the RMS Britannic during its repair and renovation in north Liverpool’s Dry Dock.

The repairs may last a week or so during which time, especially at night, there is little or no human activity. The writer later recalled that there were just several quartermasters deployed to act as a fire party. ‘I had been tasked with being the liner’s watchman and was to be positioned in the great liner’s wheelhouse.

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Back then, I was still wet behind the ears deck boy and I had volunteered for this night-watchman’s job. The watch duty began at about 6 p.m. and didn’t finish until 8 am the following morning so it was a soul-destroying but well-paid duty. All one could do during the night watch was read a book and maybe catch a little shuteye whilst stretched out on a ship’s deckchair.

The RMS Britannic was the last of the White Star Shipping Company liners. This was the company that had once owned the luckless RMS Titanic. Built-in 1930, the Britannic featured much that would be familiar to the great passenger liners like the Olympic and Titanic. The deckchairs hadn’t changed since that period.

Britannic at Pier Head

‘During my brief instruction, I learned the ropes relating to the watchman’s duties. Having shown me the various alarms, handles, switches and lights, the officer of the watch then took me across the great liner’s wheelhouse to where there was located a glass cabinet set in the wheelhouse bulkhead.

The cabinet looked very much like one of those museum display cabinets that hold and display artefacts. However, this wheelhouse cabinet differed in that the bottom was lined by about 30 small pipe ends. Think of 2’ of a vacuum cleaner pipe and you have the picture.

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The system like most clever ideas is simple.  Each pipe led to a different section of the great liner, a hold, storeroom, workshop, or a utility room. In the event of a fire breaking out the smoke would be vacuumed up along the pipe to emerge in the wheelhouse glass cabinet whereupon the fumes would set off the alarm. The number inscribed on each pipe would indicate the room affected.

The officer was blasé about this part of the instruction and seemed to me to be going through the motions only. With that, I was left to my own devices. It was admittedly lonely. On the ship’s bridge and confined to the wheelhouse, I was far from any human activity. I had no idea where the ship’s officer would be. The four or so ship’s quartermasters were ten minutes of ladders, walkways, staircases and alleys distant.

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Each night watch passed uneventfully until during the early hours of one morning the alarm in the wheelhouse cabinet sounded. A false alarm I suspected. When I reached the cabinet, I stood horrified as I watched black smoke pouring from one of the pipes. Ours is not to reason why ours is but to do and die. As earlier instructed, I ran from one alarm to another, pulling levers, pressing buttons, raising and lowering handles.

One is totally unprepared for the bedlam that follows. Every damned light on the darkened liner came on. Simultaneously, the great ship’s whistles on its funnel continually blasted their whistles. These ship’s whistles could be heard six miles away.

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One could barely hear oneself speak to the backdrop of clanging ship’s bells. Far below in the liners corridors the watertight doors, far heavier than most bank vault doors, were slamming shut. The darkened liner immediately lit up like Blackpool promenade at the height of season but with far greater effect and noise.

Unsurprisingly, the officer of the watch came through the wheelhouse door like fucking batman on steroids. With the glazed-eye look of an unhinged madman, his eyes rolling and his mouth soundlessly mouthing, I gathered he was saying something along the lines of, ‘what the freaking hell have you done, you half-witted little bastard.’

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I was by now aware of the noisy arrival of fleets of fire engines called from all over Liverpool. Stretched along the dock’s quays were already fire appliances, their bells ringing, blue lights were flashing, and hoses were already being laid out?

Unable to utter a word, I jabbed my finger in the direction of the see-all smell-all ‘go and fuck yourself’ glass cabinet. Only then did the ship’s officer realise the seriousness of the situation.

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The cause of the shipboard fire was later revealed.  Welders, working deep down in the ship’s bowels near the bows had unwittingly allowed sparks to settle in old burlap sacking. The effects of the slow burn had taken a period of time. The welders, their day finished had gone home. Only much later in the evening did the smouldering burlap sacking burst into flames enough to cause the smoke that was to set off the alarm.

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The incident reminded us all of a similar fire that precisely six years earlier in 1953 had gutted and capsized another great ocean liner in the nearby Gladstone Dock. Then, the Canadian Pacific Railways Atlantic liner, Empress of Canada, at 20,000 tons smaller than the 27,000 ton Britannic, had been destroyed in a similar situation. Did I receive an award, frankly no, not even a ‘well done, lad’ and a handshake. Such is the reward of duty.

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