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"In his masterful Write A Book Without Lifting A Finger, Mahesh Grossman tells truths that many authors never want you to know. But everything he says is right on the button. His book is very easy to read and extremely valuable for anyone who has ever fantasized about seeing their name on a real published book. It is obvious to me that Mr. Grossman lifted all ten fingers to write such an enlightening book." -- Jay Conrad Levinson, best-selling author of the "Guerrilla Marketing" series, selling over 14 million copies in 39 languages

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"In his masterful Write A Book Without Lifting A Finger, Mahesh Grossman tells truths that many authors never want you to know. But everything he says is right on the button. His book is very easy to read and extremely valuable for anyone who has ever fantasized about seeing their name on a real published book. It is obvious to me that Mr. Grossman lifted all ten fingers to write such an enlightening book." -- Jay Conrad Levinson, best-selling author of the "Guerrilla Marketing" series, selling over 14 million copies in 39 languages

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Over 150,000 books were published in 2002, with annual sales totaling 25 billion dollars. Many people believe they have a great idea for a book, but lack the time, the skill or the knowledge to get it published. There were 2,000,000 manuscripts submitted to publishers this past year alone. Author Mahesh Grossman says you can hire someone to do the writing for you - and still reap the fame, the financial benefits and the expert status a published book brings. Why struggle to be the next Shakespeare when you can hire a ghostwriter? If you have a bestseller in you, Grossman, a ghostwriter himself on books from major publishers, tells you how to...

Write A Book Without

Lifting A Finger



"In his masterful Write A Book Without Lifting A Finger, Mahesh Grossman tells truths that many authors never want you to know. But everything he says is right on the button. His book is very easy to read and extremely valuable for anyone who has ever fantasized about seeing their name on a real published book. It is obvious to me that Mr. Grossman lifted all ten fingers to write such an enlightening book." -- Jay Conrad Levinson, best-selling author of the "Guerrilla Marketing" series, selling over 14 million copies in 39 languages

Wouldn't it be great to have a book published -- make money and get professional recognition -- without even writing it or having to invest many resources in the process? Mahesh Grossman says using a ghostwriter is the smart, cheap and easy way to go if you have a good book idea.



In a newly published book that Grossman did write, WRITE A BOOK WITHOUT LIFTING A FINGER: How To Hire A Ghostwriter Even If You're on a Shoestring Budget (available at www.WriteABookToday.com and at bookstores nationwide starting in February of 2004), he shows us how to:



Assess how a ghostwriter can benefit you

Choose the right ghostwriter for your budget

Know what to ask when hiring a ghostwriter

Use a test phase before you commit a lot of resources to a ghostwriter

Negotiate a deal with a writer to complete a book sample and then a book

Understand what a potential collaborator will expect or need from you

"Half of the non-fiction books published by traditional publishers today use a ghostwriter," asserts Grossman, a ghostwriter on two such books himself.

Grossman addresses the biggest concerns or myths when it comes to considering the hiring of a ghostwriter, including these:



The ghostwriter will be too expensive

The writer will steal your ideas

Even with a ghostwriter, it takes too much time to create a book

How to find a writer, judge their work and evaluate costs and compensation

WRITE A BOOK WITHOUT LIFTING A FINGER is designed to tell you why even a gifted scribe should hire a ghostwriter. It is meant to give you permission -- and the means -- to recruit someone to help you with your book, no matter what you can afford. It shows you what to put on paper in order to approach literary agents and publishers. And it points out pitfalls that can occur along the way as well as details that your contract must include for your own protection.

Grossman is the president of The Authors Team, a company that provides ghostwriting, editing, coaching, publishing, and distribution to bookstores nationwide to prospective authors (please consult www.AuthorsTeam.com).



"If you really want to be known as an expert at what you do, you've got to have a published book," asserts Grossman. "If what you know will improve people's lives, who cares whether you're the one who actually puts it on paper? The secret to getting published fast is to hire a ghostwriter."



Grossman identifies many ways to locate a ghostwriter who will meet your goals and financial needs. To get a book sample written by a ghostwriter who has already penned a bestseller can easily run close to $20,000, but Established Ghostwriters can do the job for as little as $4,000. Quality Craftspeople, like small magazine writers, do it for half that, and Future Experts such as college newspaper editors, members of writer groups, or Web page authors will do it for $500 or less. If the book proposal is accepted by a publisher, you can expect to receive an advance of $10,000 to $25,000 -- or more -- plus royalties. Now your investment has already paid for itself!



"Once you have a general idea for a non-fiction book and agree using a ghostwriter is the way to go," advises Grossman, "you need to locate a writer and have him or her put together a sample of the book and some ideas about how it should be marketed. Submitting a completed book to an agent or a publisher makes you look like an amateur. No one writes the book first -- you want a commitment and an advance from the publisher before you do anything else."



Grossman cautions that you need to be careful when you agree to work with any collaborator: "Check their references, examine writing samples, and do a lengthy interview to determine if you like their personality. Decide if they share in your vision for the book and make sure they have a record of meeting deadlines."



Grossman has one last bit of advice to would-be employers of ghostwriters: Don't think about it, do it! "A published book will rocket you to the top of your field and open a thousand doors for you. You can dramatically speed up your lift-off if you hire a ghostwriter."



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How Do You Work With A Ghostwriter? There are an infinite number of ways to have someone write a book for you. Here are some of the most popular: Talk on the phone once every week or two for about an hour. Work with a ghostwriter to develop an outline for your book and then use each phone session to provide enough information for her to write a chapter. Provide feedback on the chapters intermittently either by phone or in writing, whichever you prefer. Have you already created material on video, audio, or on paper? Give these items to your ghostwriter and let him write an outline and as many chapters as he can without your help. Then let him ask you questions on the phone to fill in the missing information. Tell your ghostwriter what you want to write about and let her create the book. You can come up with the outline together or let her do it. Then just point her to the material you want her to include and let her write. Just make sure you read the final results carefully to make sure you approve of it. (It also helps to know the material in case someone from the media asks you a question about it.) Let the ghostwriter tape interviews with you. Do a marathon interview for two or three days, and then let her go off and write the book. Take what you've written and expand it. You may have written a bunch of stuff that's not quite ready for publication. Let your ghostwriter rewrite it and make suggestions for additional material and what you might want to cut. Let your ghostwriter do all your research for you. Your ghostwriter can do all the library work and all the legwork, too. Let him find the right sources for the information you want. Or let him get the story from your clients or experts you want him to interview. Mix and match any or all of the above. Who Are Our Writers? We are proud to offer you a wide range of talented writers to choose from: Ghostwriters behind autobiographies and self-help books that have graced The New York Times Bestsellers List. Health writers who have ghostwritten for famous doctors. Authors with bestsellers under their own names who are looking for additional work. Folks who have published works in the Dummies series, with Random House, McGraw-Hill, Adams Media, and John Wiley & Sons, among others. Journalists who've written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and USA Today, including one who's won awards for his work with The Los Angeles Times. Authors whose books have been selected by the Book of the Month club. Other equally talented freelancers with slightly less experience, for potential clients on smaller budgets. Who Are Our Editors and Coaches? Whether you're writing (or have written) a book proposal or an entire manuscript, it always helps to have somebody in the business look it over before you submit it to agents or editors -- or even publish it yourself. One author I know personally went from the reject pile to a six-figure book advance because she got the right help. Of the seven authors in my acquaintance who received book deals worth over $100,000, all but one (a former editor herself) used an editor or a book coach to improve their work. The Authors Team will match you up with editors and writers who have written and edited New York Times Bestsellers. Imagine how good your book or proposal can be with this kind of support. Think of how much more likely you are to get published and maybe even earn the large sums that top-notch authors earn. Normally, folks like these charge $250 per hour. But because we're committed to helping as many writers as possible get published, The Authors Team is pleased to announce that you can work with these editors starting at $150 per hour. Here's how they can help you become a bestselling author: Want to make as much money as you can from your book proposal? Let our editors critique your proposal and advise you on exactly what you need to do to maximize your book advance. We might even hook you up with an agent. The cost for this is a $500 minimum, or $150 per hour. One-on-One Coaching Program: Private coaching with an editor of your choice. Most of our coaches start at $150 per hour (some of our New York Times bestselling authors cost $200 per hour). If you'd like coaching with Authors Team president Mahesh Grossman on "big picture" publishing issues around your book, building a market for your book, building your email list, and coming up with the right title (including a title survey), it's available for $400 for the first hour, and $325 per hour thereafter. Superstar Editing: Get your book in the same top-notch shape as the bestsellers. Our editors can maximize the value of what you've written. The cost is $125-$150 per hour, depending on how many hours you buy. Elizabeth is the author of four novels. She has a Master's degree in creative writing and studied under now-Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. In 1994 she received a Hawthornden Fellowship to Hawthornden Castle, Scotland. As well as being a successful novelist in her own right, Elizabeth has coached, edited, critiqued and mentored more than 200 aspiring authors through many top writing programs including the Writer's Digest School and The Authors Team. Connie has been a freelance writer/editor for more than 25 years. As a collaborator/co-author or ghostwriter for non-fiction books, she counts three New York Times bestsellers among her credits. She has also edited or rewritten 10 books for top publishers. Connie has also been gainfully employed as the editor-in-chief of five romance magazines and articles editor at a few women's consumer magazines. She is equally at home writing and editing psychology/self-help, business and medical books. Jennifer is a former Random House editor and a New York Times bestselling author in her own right. Not only has she received a six-figure book advance for one of her books, she was also given a four-book deal worth $300,000. She writes a book a year herself and produces PBS pledge drive specials. She's comfortable with virtually any kind of book. Jen W. (for you chidlren's book authors) has nearly a decade of experience in children's book publishing. She started her career at Bantam Doubleday Dell, then moved to Aladdin Paperbacks and HarperCollins Children's Books. In 2001, Jen returned to the children's paperbacks editorial team at Simon & Schuster where she acquired and edited beginning readers, middle grade paperback series including Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, some fun and girly tween nonfiction, and single title original middle grade and teen fiction. Jen has taught a class on children's book writing and publishing for The Learning Annex, and has served as faculty at several conferences all over the country. Recently, Jen moved from NYC to Atlanta, Georgia, and is coaching writers who want to strengthen their writing and navigate the world of publishin

 

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