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Going The Write Way Up

Everyone has a book inside them and sadly this is where it usually stays. But as Richard Bach says, ‘a professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.’

Is writing a book such a big challenge? Not if you consider that by way of letters and emails most people have already written enough to complete several paperbacks.

There’s a formula for success. Using the advice given or learned I added my name to over 70 book titles and I have ghosted as many more. Remember, your typing finger is simply a spare tongue so let your finger do the talking.

Most wannabe authors are deterred by their inability to write to retail standards. But poor writing never discouraged successful authors like Jeffrey Archer or Stephen King. Their storyline inspirations are simply handed to a ghostwriter who writes their book.

Most books are brought to publishing standards by a ghost-writer rather than the person named on the book’s cover. Many well-known authors lend their names to the works of lesser-known authors. These include Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, 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 helps if the writer has experience with the subject. It is not unknown for hoteliers, social workers, healthcare workers, policemen and entertainers to make more money selling the story of their life than living it.

Biographies don’t sell well but romance and adult romance certainly do. The latter generates $1.44 billion each year and most buyers are women. Hot on the heels of adult romance are crime novels but with sales at $728 million crime is unlikely to close the thigh gap.

Mills and Boon shrugged off its maiden aunt image by adding Cherish and Dare Romance books which are more sexually explicit. The thrust of passion fashion is described by the book publishers as ‘erotically charged and irresistibly passionate.’

Size is important: The word count for romantic novels is 50,000 plus whilst the average paperback is likely to consist of 70 to 80k words. Don’t worry if you can only manage say 30,000 words. A good ghost should be able to make up the difference by adding flair and flow and of course dialogue. A sticking point for many new authors is an embarrassment but if a pen name is used who knows?

Will you make the Rich List? It’s a lottery but ‘if you’re not in you can’t win’. Certainly, becoming a published author is viable. A 10-day cruise or a state-of-the-art camera would cost more than ghost-writing and publishing fees. On the credit side of things, royalties recover some or all of one’s outlay. These tend to be 10 to 15 per cent of the cover price and are paid directly into one’s bank account.

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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

ARE YOU AN UNPUBLISHED NOVELIST

If you have written a novel or biography but lack the skills to bring your work to retail standard Michael Walsh can help you.

Enquiries are invited from writers who have already written or are well advanced in writing their novels. There is a demand for fiction, real-life stories, mystery, romance, crime, erotica, and romantic comedy. Contact: keyboardcosmetics@gmail.com or euroman_uk@yahoo.co.uk

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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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BOOK PUBLISHING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

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When Amazon achieved book publishing dominance in 2009 it was an ambush. Book publishers were mowed down like conscripts in the trenches of the Western Front.  Prior to Amazon, book printers and unknown authors were a made in heaven partnership.

Amazon has since achieved notoriety not for the books it publishes but for the books it refuses to publish. Amazon has become Big Brother and rebel authors are forced to return to conventional publishing.

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In truth, the old methods of book publishing were better.  Since, print-on-demand (POD) books have made it easier and cheaper for authors to publish and distribute their own books and they are doing better than Amazon.

What is POD book printing? One computer fed book printer run by a single operator has replaced scores of old crafts involved in old-style book publishing.  Within a few weeks, your manuscript is turned into 100 + beautifully bound books delivered to your doorstep. The cost of say 200 books is less than a new kitchen cooker.

Ghost-writer Michael Walsh has been printing and re-printing books since 1974.  The author’s name is on 52 book covers, eight of which are published independently of Amazon. The latter is more profitable than are the 51 Amazon-published books.

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“Amazon is merely a POD book publisher, the only difference being is their supremacy. When it comes to selling books they are as useless as a walking stick with a wheel on it.”

The author says that Amazon sells a few of his poetry collections. “However, when in 1999 I self-printed 3,000 small poetry books all sold out in weeks.

Ordinary folk have TV extraordinary peeps have libraries

“In the 1980s I self-printed Behind Enemy Lines, Special Weapons and Tactics, How to See in the Dark, Business Matters, Witness to History, Death of a City and other titles. I ordered each title in quantities of 1,000; all quickly sold.  The profits were higher than Amazon’s meagre 10%, which is what conventional book publishers pay authors anyway.”

The only stumbling block for self-publishing authors is how to sell their books from home or office. Michael Walsh has considerable experience in this field too.

There are three kinds of authors. 1) Specialist, like me, uses social media to promote their books. 2) Niche writers draw on their career or their life experiences. A holiday rep or hotelier will target the leisure market; a police officer will target their reviews and adverts at the crime and security markets.

Novelists, including romance and soft porn, deliver their books to local shops on a sale or return (SOR) basis. For instance, the author leaves 12 books and each week calls in to collect two-thirds of the cover price of the books sold in his absence.

How do I prepare and print my POD book? Michael Walsh says, “As a ghost-writer, I have brought to retail standard scores of poorly written books. In fact, most books, including those of household name authors, are ghosted.

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When your book is print ready I prepare it for the book printers. As soon as payment is received your books are ordered in whatever quantity to you require and you await delivery; it really is that easy.

Authors are taking advantage of new technology harnessed not by Amazon but by them. It has never been easier; Amazon, eat your heart out.”

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MICHAEL WALSH is the author of RISE OF THE SUN WEELEUROPE ARISE, TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROES, MEGACAUST, DEATH OF A CITYWITNESS TO HISTORY,  and 52 other book titles.

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Michael Walsh currently has eight books listed under BUY DIRECT. Royalties will be ploughed into adding further popular titles declared taboo by the treacherous troika; Amazon, Facebook, and Mainstream Media. When ordering the book contact Michael Walsh by email keyboardcosmetics@gmail.com to receive your signed copy.

 

 

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THE WRITE WAY UP

Everyone has a book inside them and sadly this is where it usually stays. As Richard Bach says, ‘a professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.’

Writing a book is a challenge but by way of letters and emails, most people have already written enough to complete several paperbacks.

As with learning any new skill, there’s a formula for success. Using the advice given or learned I added my name to over 40 book titles and I have ghosted as many more. Your typing finger is simply a spare tongue so let your finger do the talking.

Most wannabe authors are deterred by their inability to write to retail standards. But, poor writing never discouraged successful authors like Jeffrey Archer or Stephen King. Their storyline inspirations are simply handed to a ghostwriter who writes their book.

Most books are brought to publishing standards by a ghost-writer rather than the person named on the book’s cover. Many well-known authors lend their names to the works of lesser-known authors. These include Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, 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 helps if the writer has experience of the subject. It is not unknown for hoteliers, social workers, those employed in the sex industry, policemen and entertainers to make more money selling their life story than living it.

Biographies don’t sell but romance and erotica; dubbed mummy porn clears the shelves. The soft porn market generates $1.44 billion each year; most buyers are women. Hot on the heels of erotica are crime novels but with sales at $728 million crime is unlikely to close the thigh gap.

Mills and Boon shrugged off its maiden aunt image by adding Cherish and Dare Romance books which are much more sexually explicit. These are described by the publishers as erotically charged and irresistibly passionate.

Size is important: The word count for romantic novels is 50,000 whilst the average paperback is likely to consist of 70 to 80k words. A sticking point for many new authors is an embarrassment but if a pen name is used who knows?

Will you make the Rich List? It’s a lottery but ‘if you’re not in you can’t win’. Certainly, being a published author is financially viable; a 10-day cruise would cost more than the ghost-writing and publishing fees but royalties recover some or all of one’s outlay. These tend to be 10 to 15 per cent of the cover price, which is paid direct into one’s bank account.

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SANTA AMAZON TO THE RESCUE

Buying gifts doesn’t have to be a nightmare.  Here is a one-stop one shop solution which is open 24 / 7. Everyone loves a book and you don’t have to worry about age, gender, relationship, or world opinion.

When you gift a book to a relation, friend or colleague it is printed specifically for him or her and well-wrapped it is sent directly to their letterbox.

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It is the only gift that is opened throughout the year and you don’t have to go to town to buy it. Your one-stop shop is your laptop’s keyboard; it takes just a few clicks. The price is reasonable and it can be ordered any time of the day or night.

Yes, you really can keep everyone happy without the need to spend a fortune, queue at shop counters or visit scores of stores when you have other things to do. Let Santa Amazon do all the hard work for you.

Here are a few suggestions bound to put a smile on the faces of family and friends. All books are superbly bound and enriched with beautiful full-colour illustrations. 

ROMANTIC POETRY OF MICHAEL WALSH

Michael Walsh’s reputation is worldwide and favourably commented on by tens of thousands of poetry lovers.

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IMMORTAL BELOVED. Michael Walsh.

WHISPERING HOPE. Michael Walsh.

WINE THOUGHTS. Michael Walsh.

A SYMPHONY OF VERSE. Michael Walsh. 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume I 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume II 

HEART TO HEART POETRY. Michael Walsh. Volume III 

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EUROPE ARISE Cause and Activist’s Solution. Michael Walsh.

THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND

Michael Walsh’s affinity with Ireland will enrich and inspire you.

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FORTY SHADES OF VERSE. Michael Walsh. (Irish Poetry) 

ANTI-WAR, PEACE ON EARTH

If your heart melts at the sacrifices of the victims of wars this beautifully illustrated poetry collection is for you.

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FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK. Michael Walsh. (Anti-War Poetry) 

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ALL I ASK IS A TALL SHIP. Michael Walsh. A Liverpool Sailor’s Odyssey.

CRIME FICTION AND REAL LIFE

Michael Walsh gifted journalist and award-winning writer, his vigilante and crime spree books are bound to please.

A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL Revenge of a Predator. Vigilante similar to Death Wish. Michael Walsh.

TONY MULDOON. The Dream Snatcher. Michael Walsh. Exposé of Spain’s most notorious British confidence trickster. 

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RECOMMENDED GOOD READS

Michael Walsh is the only Euro Weekly News Group writer to receive from the entire editorial board the Writer of the Year cup.

THE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUMES I and II

Each week 550,000 readers enjoyed access to the pithy stories and articles penned by Michael Walsh.

THE FIFTH COLUMN Volume I. Michael Walsh. Chronicle of media stories that earned Michael Walsh the coveted Writer of the Year award.

THE FIFTH COLUMN Volume II.  Michael Walsh. Chronicle of media stories that enriched the lives of 550,000 media readers each week.

BUSINESS ~ THE BEST ADVICE EVER

Michael Walsh from 1988 to 2008 was the Guild of Master Craftsman’s most successful business executive. The Business Booster offers sound business advice to businesses regardless of type or size.

 THE BUSINESS BOOSTER. Michael Walsh.  Marketing and business tactics to make your business profitable. 

REAL HISTORY

Are you fed up with fake news and history? Brace yourself for real history that will change completely your worldview.

CONFLICT AND GLOBAL TERROR

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TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROES. The Censored Holocausts, Michael Walsh.

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MEGACAUST: ‘Death by Government’ The Guilty Ones ~ The hidden holocausts. Michael Walsh. During the last 100 years Capitalist and Communist regimes, often collaborating, have been responsible for nearly 200 million dead.

HISTORY WITHOUT THE SPIN

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A SERIES OF THE BOOKS ‘WITNESS TO HISTORY’

WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume I. Adolf Hitler’s Reich Odyssey. Mike Walsh.

WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume II. Churchill’s War. Mike Walsh.

WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume III. Catastrophe. Mike Walsh.

WITNESS TO HISTORY Volume IV. The death of a Nation. Mike Walsh.

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WITNESS TO HISTORY Complete Edition.

Mike Walsh blockbuster real history topping book sales for 20 years.

TESTIGO DE LA HISTORIA: HISTORIA SIN CENSURA

(WITNESS TO HISTORY SPANISH EDITION) Michael Walsh.

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THE DARK CONTINENT

Michael Walsh visited and worked with the peoples of North, East, South and West Africa for years. No one is better placed than this scintillating writer to tell you the truth about conflicts media is strangely quiet about.

EUROPEAN AFRICA. WAR AND CONFLICT. BUSH WAR.

AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS. Victims of the Liberal-Left, Michael Walsh.

AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS.  Victims of the Liberal-Left, Michael Walsh. Kindle Edition

RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL. Britain declares war on Britain. Michael Walsh.

THE LAST GLADIATORS Fiancés of Death. Africa’s mercenaries, their deeds, deaths, and destinies. Michael Walsh.

A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL Revenge of a Predator. Vigilante similar to Death Wish. Michael Walsh.

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