Find answers to my most commonly asked questions

What’s a Master Wordsmith™? And what makes you one?

In the olden days of true craftspeople, a person would spend years mastering their craft, working their way up from apprentice to journeyman to master. Master craftsmen and artisans were renowned for their immense experience, hard-won wisdom, and most importantly the high quality of their work. A master would rather lose a hand than produce shoddy craftsmanship. Certain high-level metalworkers were called master blacksmiths, silversmiths, or goldsmiths; as I work with the written word, have spent years mastering it, and share the ironclad dedication to quality that the old masters lived by, I am the Master Wordsmith™.

For more about me and how I work, please visit the About page.

I’m a coach / fitness trainer / accountant / architect / therapist / something else that doesn’t involve writing. Can you help me with a book?

Sure thing! Just because your business or calling doesn’t involve a lot of writing doesn’t mean that you can’t—or shouldn’t—write a book.

It may mean that you’ll need some specific guidance in writing it (book coaching), someone to help you revise and polish the draft after you’ve written it (editing) or someone to take the burden of writing off your back by doing it for you (ghostwriting). And I can provide any or all of those. What’s really important, though, is that you have something uniquely yours to say about what you do that can help, heal, ease, inspire, excite, guide, solve problems for, or provide advice to your audience. If you’ve got that, the rest is just logistics and time.

What kinds of books have you worked on? How successful were they?

I’ve worked on books on a variety of topics, from internet marketing and personal development to life insurance to the right way to adopt a dog. The majority of the ones I’ve helped with have helped their authors grow businesses, attract new clients, and build authority that has lasted for years so far. One even became a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Feel free to check out some of them on the Portfolio page.

How do your services work? What’s the difference between editing, book coaching and ghostwriting?

I go into a lot more detail on the Services page, but the Cliff Notes version is that book coaching helps you write the book, editing improves the book after you’ve written it, and ghostwriting writes the book for you.

What about book design/narration/book marketing? Do you also provide those services?

I don’t personally, but I know many people who do and I’ll be happy to connect you with them. Check out my Resources page to find a few of them.

What about other writing or editing services? Can you write my blog posts or edit my website copy?

I can, but books are my main focus. More likely I know someone who specializes in blog or article work and would fit your needs better. Don’t worry, I’ll connect you.

Do you work on fiction books?

No, but again, I know many people who do. If you need a book coach or editor for fiction, I’ll do my best to connect you with someone who does that. Drop me a line on my Contact page and I’ll hook you up.

Will you publish my book/write my book proposal/introduce me to agents/connect me with a publishing company?
No, sorry. I don’t run a vanity press, I don’t have connections in traditional publishing, and I work exclusively with self-published authors. If you’re looking for a book deal, I’m not your guy.
You talk a lot about books for businesses. Do you also work on memoirs or other types of books?

Absolutely! If you have a memoir or other non-fiction book you’d like help with, I’d be happy to talk with you about it. Book a call with me here.

If I hire you as a ghostwriter, will I have to put your name on my book?

It’s a standard practice for ghostwriters and co-authors to be named on the covers of books they do the majority of the writing for, and it’s my preference to follow that practice. But it’s not a deal-breaker if you only want your name on the book. We can discuss it on your free, customized book consult call.

Why should I work with you? How are you different from Book in a Box, Self-Publishing School, Authority Self-Publishing, or any other book creation program or guru?

Great question! I’m different from each of those and most others like them for a bunch of different reasons, but in general it comes down to three factors:

    1. Complete customization. Many other programs only offer either a one-size-fits-all program or a do-it-our-way-or-else system to get a book written. Very few people or programs offer both the structure to support many different clients and the flexibility to treat each one as an individual whose specific needs matter.
    2. Personal attention and guidance. Many other programs are either largely DIY by the author or largely hands-off for the author. Again, I provide a third option, where you as the author can be as involved as you want to be—and no matter what level that is, you’ll always receive personal guidance and communication from me.
    3. Dedication to quality. Finally, most other programs care mainly about just getting the book done as fast as possible and then marketing the hell out of it to achieve a flashy but largely meaningless accolade. I believe that method does way more harm than good. I prefer to focus on making sure the book itself is of good quality first, and then using that quality to position you, the author, as an authority worthy of real accolades (not to mention excellent business growth).

You can absolutely work with any of those other programs, and you’ll almost certainly pay them less than you’d pay me, but you’ll also miss at least one of these three things with them. Your call.

Why do I have to apply to get on a call with you?
Three reasons. One, to get all the basic prep questions out of the way so we can spend our consult call really digging into how best I can help you rather than taking half of it to ask you where you’re from, what your business is, and why you’re writing a book. Two, to weed out people who aren’t good fits or aren’t serious about this work. A quality book project is a multi-month commitment of time, effort, focus and money. If you’re ready for that right now, a call with me will be worth your time, but if you aren’t ready, or you’re just looking, it won’t be. I’d rather we both find that out up front. And three, to give you a preview of coming attractions. I’ll be asking you lots of questions in our work together, so you might as well get used to it up front.
Okay, I’m sold. How do we get started?