“Everyone’s got a book in them.” Sure—but not necessarily a good one. “You should write a book.” Probably not—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t – or can’t –have a book. “Publishing is dead.” True, but a new zombie, more powerful than ever, has arisen out of the ashes.
Look, only the right book can become a linchpin to major success and opportunity. Money. Credibility. Press. Your chance to change the world. But more than a million books are published in the US each year—300,000 traditionally, and a whopping 700,000 through self-publishing channels (698,004 of which are complete crap). More than 13 million previously published books are still in print. It’s a massively oversaturated market. For each available bookstore shelf slot, 100 to 1,000 or more titles are competing for that same half-inch. Most proposals wind up in the slush pile and never see print. Then even those that find a home at a traditional publisher have far less than a 1 percent chance of being stocked in an average bookstore. A self-published book less than .1 percent of that 1 percent. Grim, right? The good news is there are secrets employed by authors who buck those stats and stand out.
Ian Blake Newhem is a veteran ghostwriter who founded The Ghost of the Future, LLC, a full-service writing, editing, and platform-building corporation after years in journalism education. He’s ghosted and co-authored New York Times- and Amazon bestsellers for celebrity doctors, CEOs, tech gurus, politicians, and other influencers and distinguished personalities. He’s published more than 100 books, articles, stories, and essays for major publishers and publications. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he’s seen his work anthologized and produced for NPR, and he’s appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows in support of his authors and his own work. Newhem’s firm also manages social media platforms for a host of corporate, celebrity, political, and business clients.Join Report
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