The Master Wordsmith™: Transforming Your Words From Good To Great.

Book coaching, editing, and ghostwriting services that establish your authority and turn your words into profit.

The Master Wordsmith™:

Transforming Your Words

From Good To Great.

Book coaching, editing, and ghostwriting services that establish your authority and turn your words into profit.

Let's talk about your book.

You know, the one for your business? The one that's going to explode your authority, multiply your email list, magnetize you to clients and spotlight you on high-paying stages? The one that was supposed to be a cakewalk because it's just putting your expertise down on paper? The one you've been talking about for years, planning for months, poking at for weeks, and stayed up till 3am last Friday, gulping cold coffee and rubbing your red eyes, trying to figure out why it's just...not...working?

Right. That book. So as every pulled-over driver ever said: what seems to be the problem?

Maybe you're writing ten pages a day but everything that comes out just doesn't sound right. Maybe you've got 237 ideas...that all disappear as soon as you open a new Word document. Maybe you know your writing is good, but you don't just want good, you want freaking amazing. Maybe you just don't know where to start. Or maybe you don't know what your block is--you just know it's there every time you walk into it like a screen door you thought was open when it wasn't. No matter what it is, you're tired of figuratively (and/or literally) beating your head against the wall...and you don't have time for book frustration and potential ER visits anyway. You've got a business to run (you know, the reason you're writing a book in the first place).

You could throw in the towel and hire a ghostwriter. No shame in that (and if that feels like the right way for us to work together, I’m game if you are). But if you're here reading this, something tells me you're not quite ready to quit yet. And if you're still in this fight, your best bet is to figure out what your block is and what you need to do to defeat it.

That's where I come in. (Hi! *waves*) I'm James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith™, and I've got a secret to share with you. (No, not like The Secret…like something most people don’t know that you should know.) Want to hear it? Good, cause I want to tell you.

This block you’re running into has nothing to do with your business expertise, your writing process, your ideas, your work habits, or your desire to write a book. And it has everything to do with what kind of author you are.

Yes, you read that right. The block you’re hitting is there because you are a particular type of author. Different author types hit different kinds of blocks. But every author type is equipped to break through those blocks…once they know why they’re hitting them in the first place. And that takes the knowledge of which type you actually are.

I could tell you all about the different types here, but instead of making you read for another 43 minutes, I’ve put together a short quiz for you. Its questions will help you figure out what kind of author you really are, get ready to break your book block, and set yourself up to write the book your business needs this year. (I mean, unless it's already like Halloween...then it might be early next year. But you get the idea. Soon and very soon, you are going to finish the damn book.) Hit the button below to take the quiz, and get ready to gain enlightenment and get back on track.

What My Clients Are Saying

James transformed the book I loved into a book that others could love too. Clarity is everything, and James was to my book what BRITA is to my water.

David Hrostoski

Coach, Author & Founder,

James was the solution to all of my book problems. He understood my situation, shared my goal to create a high-quality masterpiece, and matched his expertise to my passion effortlessly. His blend of rigorous editing, inquisitiveness, professionalism, and humor made him a joy to work with, and his work added light-years of clarity, accessibility, and power to my book. I'm so grateful to have found him before I gave up on it!

Jolie Dawn

Author and Chief Creative Visionary,

James Ranson was exactly the writer we needed. Not only did he provide high-quality writing, he also made special effort to understand our industry well beyond surface-level knowledge. James walked the line between technical explanation and engaging, conversational tone perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better writer for this job.

Kim Butler

Founder of Partners For Prosperity, Author of six acclaimed finance books

James helped make my writing clearer, more cohesive, easier to grasp, and more entertaining to read. His editing skills improved my book in ways I didn’t know existed before I hired him.

Steven Daar

Author of Profit Hacking, CEO of Conversion For Good

About Me

James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith™, is a Wall-Street-Journal-bestselling editor, ghostwriter and book coach who has worked with over 200 authors. In addition to his own clients, he has done editing and ghostwriting work for several digital publishing companies, including Book in a Box and Authors Unite. James is the author of Buy Once, Cry Once: How Shortcuts Cost You In The Long Run, and is currently working on his second book.

An avid reader and unofficial Master Wordsmith™ since before kindergarten, James has been writing and editing in one form or another for over twenty years. In addition to the Wall Street Journal acclaim, his wordsmith achievements include presenting at the College English Association’s national conference (as one of only four undergraduates), writing grants for three opera companies, coaching speakers for four TEDx events, and writing Playbill content for a Grammy-winning symphony orchestra. James’s broad writing and life experience background makes him an ideal partner in creating books on a wide variety of topics, businesses and industries.

Learn more...

Hey there! Are you tired of book programs and self-publishing gurus telling you to write a quick, cheap book that may or may not help your business? Are you sick of hearing the same recycled book writing advice on every sales page and webinar? Do you want to know the difference between just publishing a book and actually being a successful business author? 

I'm James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith(TM), and in Don't Write A Crappy Book!, I'll walk you through 18 writing and self-publishing mistakes you probably don't even know you're making. I'll help you stop writing the fastest and cheapest book and start writing the best one for your business. And I'll show you what real author success actually looks like--and how you're closer to it than you think. 

Don't Write A Crappy Book! is available NOW on Amazon.