Book writing help is readily available from the book ghostwriter, rewriter, editor, a book coach.
The ghostwriter might appear to be the same thing as a book doctor, a book coach, a rewrite, or an editor because, in the end, they all share the same goal—helping you write a book that’s well-organized, clear, interesting, and a great read.
In truth, however, these roles are very different.
Let’s take a quick look at each of these writing professionals.
The simplest definition of a ghostwriter is the person who writes your book for you. You don’t have to commit a single word to paper; your ghost will do it all for you. In other words, you can get the most book writing help from the ghostwriter.
Your job is to provide the ideas, experiences, and points of view for your book. Your ghostwriter, in turn, will organize, develop, and shape your material, fill in the blank spaces, create the rest of the book’s content, and produce a finished manuscript.
Naturally, you’ll need to review the drafts to make corrections or additions. But you won’t need to write at all; your ghost will do it for you.
The Book Coach
A book coach is a consultant who can advise you at any point during the book-writing process but does not write for you. She helps by providing crucial advice and direction on a wide range of topics, from refining your initial book idea to maximizing marketability; from choosing the best format for your manuscript to producing clear, compelling copy; from finding an agent to working your way through the self-publishing process.
The book coach’s professional expertise can help you navigate the often treacherous and confusing paths that lead from the book idea all the way to the finished product.
Suppose you’ve already written the first draft of your book, or the second or even fifth draft, and realize it’s just not up to snuff.
The rewriter takes your existing material and rewrites it, from beginning to end. He may set aside the bulk of your words and almost completely rewrite your book or may keep substantial portions and simply rework them. He may stick with your existing structure, tweak it a bit, or completely redo it.
It all depends on what type of help your book needs.
The Developmental Editor
The developmental editor is the person who goes to work on your completed (or nearly completed) manuscript when it doesn’t quite work. For example, maybe your manuscript lacks focus and/or organization. Maybe there are areas that need further development or contain language that needs to be sharpened. Maybe certain sections are overwritten and need to be trimmed.
A developmental editor is both an organizer and a troubleshooter. She will analyze your manuscript, ask pertinent questions, give you constructive criticism, perhaps reorganize some or all of your manuscript, and may rewrite certain sections.
The Line Editor and Copy Editor
There are two additional kinds of editors: the line editor and the copy editor.
The line editor focuses on writing style and language, ensuring that the reading experience is seamless and enjoyable. Are your words used precisely and for maximal impact? Do they convey the necessary tone and emotions?
The copy editor checks your finished manuscript for errors in spelling and grammar, as well as redundancies and omissions, and ensures that the writing style is consistent throughout. Every manuscript will need a good copy editor!
Book Writing Help from Many Sources
Which professional you should hire depends on how far along you are in the book-writing process. Maybe you’re still at stage one, wondering if your idea might translate into a great book. Or perhaps you’ve started to write, but have found the process difficult, if not impossible. Or maybe you have a completed manuscript that needs help.
Whatever your situation, rest assured that there is a writing professional who is ready and willing to assist!
IF YOU’D LIKE HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK…
Contact us! We’re Barry Fox and Nadine Taylor, professional ghostwriters and authors with a long list of satisfied clients and editors at major publishing houses.
For more information, call us at 818-917-5362 or use our contact form to send us a message. We’d love to talk to you about your exciting book project!