Writing and publishing services

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“Work with me and your book will get done.”

Services:

  • Your book written (ghostwritten) for you
  • Your book rewritten or edited for you
  • Your book self published for you
  • Resume, letters, web pages or other copy written for you

I custom design my service for you to meet your needs, your budget, your schedule. I help Christian leaders and anyone with a positive message or story. I work on inspirational, life story, Christian testimony, leadership, educational, self improvement, Bible study and related books. My specialty is nonfiction.

Your book written / rewritten for you
You have final say on the content.
My name appears in/on your book ONLY if both of us want it to.

You don’t need to write a single word; I can work with a blank slate, our conversations, independent research, your completed manuscript, your partially completed manuscript, your notes, your blog, recordings of your presentations or almost anything else.

Many best selling authors and Christian leaders hire someone to write their books for them. It’s a great way to multiply your influence and reach more people. If you speak or lead, it makes sense to transform your sermons, your vision, your story into a book that you can give to first time visitors, make available to donors, use as a small group study, sell at a back table, or make available on Amazon or Kindle.

Work with me, and your book will get done. All rights will belong to you, and you won’t get locked into a contract that you can’t walk away from. I’m a national award winning writer with over 25 years of experience, and I’m a committed Christian specializing in Christian inspirational, devotional, life story, testimony, leadership, Bible study, self improvement and educational books.

Turnaround time depends on the amount of work needed, but two to six months is common.

I’m a writer, not a copy editor. Copy editors check your manuscript for errors and inconsistencies. As a writer, I take the time to understand your message and how it best connects with your reader. Then I evaluate every line of our manuscript to make sure what we are creating together sends the kind of message and produces the kind of response you want from your reader.

Revisions are a normal part of the process.

Will I steal your idea?
No. Here’s why: I don’t have your expertise. I don’t have your experience. Therefore, I cannot write with your authority, unless we agree to collaborate on a book together. In other words, I don’t have the ability to steal your idea. Moreover, I don’t have the time. With so many ideas of my own that I’m excited about, I really don’t need any ideas from anyone else. My current solo project is a paraphrase of the Bible, and that’s going to keep me occupied for a long time. So unless that’s your idea, we’re probably safe. Finally, it’s not in my character to steal ideas. I’m a win-win person. I like arrangements where everybody comes out ahead. If, for any reason, I think there’s any conflict of interest between your idea and anything I’m working on, I’ll let you know immediately.

Do I charge a fee?
Yes, I do. This is how I make my living. The amount depends on the type of service you want. Keep in mind that if you use your book to promote your business or ministry, my entire fee may be a tax write off.

My fee is based on the number of words, and you can pay in installments. I usually charge between 8 and 30 cents per word depending on the project.

Sorry, I don’t do split-the-profit projects, unless you’ve already sold a million copies of a previous book, and we have good reason to think you’ll do the same with this one.

Please note that I am not always available to take on every project. I reserve the right to turn down any project at any time for any reason or for no reason.

 

I go beyond editing

You want to publish with complete confidence. For example, you don’t want to share a story you heard as a true account only to find out after your book is in print that it is an urban legend. You don’t want to make embarrassing mistakes with wording or quotations.

  • I fact check your material where possible. Is the story really true? If I can find it online, I check, and make adjustments where necessary.
  • If you quote Bible passages, I check the quote to make sure you have the correct wording, the correct reference, and the correct translation. I also include the appropriate copyright notices.
  • While I’m not a literary attorney, and I CANNOT take the place of one (you NEED to hire one if you have any questions about what you’re publishing), I do try my best to spot any material that exposes you to potential liability.
  • Sometimes an author’s wording may send an unintentional negative message to some readers. My radar is up for that. If I see wording that I think could offend your readers or distance them from you or your message, I rework your material.
  • Sometimes an idea makes sense in an author’s mind, but doesn’t make sense as expressed on the page or screen. Sometimes that means I need to pull apart the elements of your message and reassemble them in a way that will make more sense to your reader.
  • When you quote someone, I try my best to find that quote online to ensure accuracy. While doing this, I often find quotes that are attributed to the wrong person, and I straighten that out for you to save you the embarrassment of find that out later on.
  • Where possible, I check your material for plagiarism. It’s easy to download someone else’s material, forget where you found it, and years later assume it was your own. I can’t guarantee I’ll find every instance of this, but my radar is up for this, helping you avoid a lawsuit.
  • I can, for a fee, help you obtain permissions to use copyrighted material, or I can give you instructions on how to do that yourself.
  • I check for word choice errors. Hundreds of words sound alike but have very different meanings: raise or raze, carrot or caret, prostrate or prostate, your or you’re to name just a few. It’s surprising how often I find word choice errors even when authors have advanced degrees.
  • Where you reference people, I usually double check spelling for you. Did you really mean Dennis Whaley or did you mean Denis Waitley? Did you mean Jim Rhon or did you mean Jim Rohn?
  • Of course, I also check grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, word choice.
  • Many authors don’t understand that spoken language does not work on the screen or on the written page. I make those adjustments.
  • I have years of experience crafting Christian books. I understand the nuances of communicating to evangelical and related audiences. I see strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in your work that many editors would not see. I do my best to get behind your idea, and, where necessary, craft a stronger, cleaner, truer way of saying exactly what you want to say.

Your message matters
Your story can change lives. You can make a difference, and your book can advance your cause, extend your influence, strengthen your credibility allowing you to reach new audiences, access new opportunities and make a difference in your world.

Your dream of writing a book can really happen. It starts here with a simple email. We’ll move forward at a pace that’s comfortable for both of us. Start by telling me a little bit about your project, and I’ll help you identify next steps that make sense for your goals and your budget.

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Get your book into print—your book self published
If you are looking for a way to get your book into print, I’ll guide you through the self publishing process and help you avoid many of the traps and pitfalls that trip up inexperienced authors.

Super easy! I do all the work for you. As an experienced author and self publisher, I will steer you around many of the pitfalls that trap inexperienced authors. As an experienced ghostwriter, I can also help you re-purpose and rewrite your material if you want me to (see above).

Your rights are protected.

You earn a generous royalty on every book you sell. You don’t need to fulfill a single order. The publisher will pick, pack and ship your book to your reader for you. You earn a much bigger slice of the pie than you typically would with a traditional publisher.

  • No inventory required.
  • No minimum print run.
  • No hidden costs.

You may order inexpensive author’s copies from the printer—any number, anytime you want, but you are not required to do so. Give them away or sell them.

You set your own price on your book. Within reason, you can set whatever price you want.

Your book can become available worldwide (major markets) if you want it to be.

You keep all rights. You never get locked into a contract that limits your right to do what you want with your own material.

Publishing your book is a big job, but I take care of everything for you, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Here’s how it works:

I start by helping you set up a free account with Amazon’s Create Space, a publish-on-demand platform.

I use your photos or Creative Commons images to create your book cover. You, of course, have input inot the design and make the final approval. I make sure that our cover is printable which means I create the front and back cover, spine and bleed all at the same time.

If the back cover contains copy (words), I help write or edit them for you.

I take care of ISBN and bar code for you:

I prepare your manuscript for printing. Many first-time authors underestimate how important this step is. A poorly designed book interior makes the book look cheap and makes it difficult to read.

In addition, I help you select a trim size, write promotional copy, write an author’s bio, select a BISAC book category, develop key words, set up distribution channels, price your book in the USA and internationally, and plan royalty payments.

My service is quick and affordable.

As an author, you need to be careful where and how you publish your book. Many publishing houses not only take away your rights to your own content, but to any future content you create. Talk about unfair! Not here. You own the content. You are free to republish elsewhere in addition if you like. You are free to do develop spin offs and derivative works (which are sometimes more profitable than the book itself).

I’ll get your book in print with Create Space’s print-on-demand service. That means you don’t need to maintain an inventory. Books are manufactured as you sell them or as you order them. You can order as many copies as you want any time you want and sell them yourself, or your customers can purchase copies directly from the printer and/or Amazon.com and you get paid a percentage.

If desired, I’ll also convert your book to Kindle or other e-book formats. For the uninitiated, converting a book to Kindle—and doing it right—can be about as much work as putting a new transmission in your car. Yes, there are automated conversion services, and I use them, but a thousand things can go wrong in that process. I’m the guy that can go through all 6,000 lines of html code for you and fix the problems.

I publish in the following formats:

Paperback—color cover with black & white or color interior
Kindle e-book
I do not publish hardcover.
We may be getting into audio books in the future, but we haven’t done any yet.

I publish a variety of trim sizes with 6×9 being the most common.

Please note that I am not always available to take on every project. I reserve the right to turn down any project at any time for any reason or for no reason.

My fee for the above services is usually $300 to $700 depending on the project. If I’ve written / re-written your book, I sometimes waive some or all of this fee.

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Other writing services

  • Review and revise a letter, blog post or web page: $50 (most cases)
  • Second round of revision on the same: $25 (most cases)
  • Write a letter, blog post or web page from scratch: $150 (most cases)
  • Write a resume from scratch: $100 (most cases)

Usual turnaround 1-2 business days
(Fees subject to change without notice.)

Most resumes die in the first 12 seconds
My job is to keep yours alive…

…long enough to get you the interview
…long enough to get you the job
Since 1983 I’ve written thousands of resumes for job seekers. I make it easy for you. I interview you over the phone and / or work from your source material. The more you know about the kind of job you want, the better job I can do for you. I charge $100 for a basic resume, payable after our phone interview, before I start writing. I will email you a resume in doc, text or pdf format. I’m easy to work with and revisions are no problem.

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Payment options

PayPal online: http://dwightclough.com/pay-here/

Credit card. Contact me and I’ll give you my land line number so you can call me with your your credit card information. http://dwightclough.com/about/contact/

Check / money order:
Dwight Clough
311 W. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

If you mail a check, please call or email so I know to expect it. Thanks!

Your book empowers you to…

  • Extend your influence.
  • Reach more people.
  • Add a profit center.
  • Unlock new opportunities.

Your book can open the door to speaking engagements, new clients, new opportunities to serve and more.

I’m a national award winning writer, and I’ve written books, letters, fliers, resumes and web pages for thousands of clients since 1983. My clients have included a peak performance coach, nonprofit ministries, an architect, a microbiologist, pastors, an evangelist / prophet, survivors of abuse, and more—ordinary people and “celebrities.”

7 questions every author should answer

#1 How do you define success with your book?
People write books for wildly different reasons; you need to be clear on yours. Are you writing because you want to see your name in print? Are you putting together a book to raise your credibility with your (potential) clients? Will the book be a failure if it fails to sell 100,000 copies? Do you mainly want to share an important message with family and friends? Do you want the prestige that comes from being published by a major publishing house? Are you seeking to start a movement or influence an election? How you define success will determine every step you take in writing and publishing your book.

#2 How does this book fit into the big picture for you?
Does this book extend your career or ministry? Will you, for example, take this book with you on speaking engagements to reinforce and extend your message? Will you require your students to purchase it as a textbook for the course you offer? This is important to consider. If you are an established expert on microbiology and you write a book on microbiology, you have the contacts and the credentials to get your book into the hands of many people. But if you write a book on stamp collecting, you may need to start from scratch, requiring you to make a much greater investment of time and money to get the same results.
You will also want to consider whether your book will fit into a series or package of resources. It requires much more effort and expense to find a new customer for a new book, than it does to sell a second book to the same customer.

#3 Who is your reader?
New authors frequently make the mistake of thinking everyone will be interested in their book. Bad idea. When you market to everyone, you interest no one. But when you identify a specific reader, e.g., single moms in their 30s, professional chefs, backyard mechanics, you give definition to the marketing process and make it much, much easier to sell your book. You should know who your reader is before you write your book. It helps you include and exclude material based on your reader’s interests. Yes, you might have secondary audiences for your book. That’s fine. Begin by marketing to your #1 target reader. Once you’ve achieved success there, you can branch out and begin tackling other groups.

#4 Why will your reader want to own and read your book?
What motivates your reader? Will your reader get excited about your book because it will show her how to save money at the grocery store? Will she learn how to ask for a raise? Will your conflict resolution strategies empower your reader to enjoy a more satisfying marriage? What are your benefits? What does the book do for your reader, and why does your reader care? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it might be good to organize an informal focus group (invite a few friends over who represent this reader group) to talk about this so that you can hear the benefits expressed in the reader’s own words. Take careful notes; this will be the foundation for your marketing campaign. By the way, even if your publisher takes care of marketing your book (a rarity for new authors), you need to have answers to these questions so that you can understand and contribute to your publisher’s marketing efforts. Even if your book is fiction, you should have some idea who reads the type of fiction you are writing and why they read it. What does it do for them? If you don’t know, start asking.

#5 How do you want your reader to respond?
What action do you want your reader to take as a result of reading this book? Examples: Plan a short term missions trip. Invest in gold. Enroll in your course on real estate development. Change the way he thinks about marriage. Will you include any type of response device such as an order form in your book itself?

#6 How will you get this book into the hands of your readers?
Examples: Offer the book as a premium for ministry donations of $50 or more. Promote it to your email list. Back table sales at speaking events. Make it an add on sale on your sales route. (Also consider: What is your marketing strategy? How will you use your email list, bookstores, website, speaking engagements, joint ventures, ministry premiums, radio and TV interviews, press releases, volume sales, corporate sales, secondary rights to promote your book? What kind of sales do you project? Upon what do you base your projections? Have you published other (similar) books in the past?)

#7 How are you going to meet your goals?
Do you know what steps you will take to achieve your goals? Do you know what to include and what not to include in your book? Do you have a clearly understand how you will frame your main message? (This is different than a topic. Marriage is a topic. “Your marriage will improve if you pray together with your spouse daily” is a main message.) Do you know what book features you will need to accomplish your goals? About how long will the book be? How many pages? What will the book look like? Will the book require any special features or formatting? Illustrations, charts, diagrams, footnotes, index, bibliography, photographs, etc. What publishing arrangements will you make? Will you self publish or work with a traditional publisher? Will you go with hard cover, paperback, digital download or audio book? What is your level of competence with each of these areas? How much time—realistically—do you have to do this? What do you want to do yourself, and what do you want to hire out? What source material will your writer use to create your book? Recordings of presentations? Interviews? Written or online materials? Other research?

The above is an excerpt from my book, How to Write and Publish Your First Book, available here.

Here’s what people are saying about me:
“It was such a great experience working with you. I know that the whole site, and ESPECIALLY the cemetery piece, is anointed because of your anointing. Please accept my most heartfelt thanks for all you have done (and for being so patient)! I know it was incredibly hard to “write for a writer” and you met the challenge—and exceeded my expectations. You can be sure that you’ll be hearing from me soon …” Kathie Torres

“I have known Dwight Clough for 30 years – including many years working together – he is a creative and godly man of integrity … He is also a talented (and published) writer that I would recommend highly.” Al Schirmacher, Pastor, and former President, Career Counseling & Search


Here’s a copy of my book (re)writing agreement:
(Subject to revision)

Agreement between
Dwight Clough, Writer (me)
[address]
[phone]
[email]
[links]

Client (you)
[contact information]

(1) Writing process / I will (re)write your manuscript (including content review, communication with you where input is needed, rewriting, editing, composition where needed, development of copyright page and other publication-ready material, reformatting, and preparation of a print-ready interior) based on
your original manuscript
transcripts of your presentations
your notes
recorded copies of your presentations
our conversations
my original research
You certify that all content (words and images) supplied by you are original to you unless otherwise noted. If content is not original, I need to know which content is not original and the exact source(s) of all such content BEFORE I finalize my fee. Understand that nonoriginal content—except for short quotes—may need to be deleted and/or completely rewritten to avoid copyright infringement lawsuits. You are legally responsible for the content in the published book and agree to indemnify me against any and all claims. My fee is
10 cents per word
15 cents per word
20 cents per word
25 cents per word
30 cents per word
Word count is based on your original manuscript (if available), my drafts, or the final manuscript whichever is larger.

(2) Revisions / The (re)writing process includes up to two rounds of revision. If you want changes in what I’ve (re)written, I will make those changes for you. While I will want feedback during the process, as a rule, I prefer to make all revisions at the same time.

(3) Size of book / Your book will be approximately ______________ words.

(4) Book cover development / Development of print-ready front and back covers with spine based on Creative Commons images and/or high resolution original images supplied by you. You certify that you own appropriate rights to any images you supply. Model releases are required for any recognizable living people. / $300.

(5) Paperback publishing through Create Space including helping you set up your Create Space account if needed, helping you set up royalty payments if desired, making sure your files meet Create Space submission requirements, uploading the book to Create Space, creating a book information page and author bio, taking care of ISBN, book category, etc., helping you select a price for the book, helping you select distribution channels, guiding you through the proof process / $300

(6) Kindle conversion and publication if desired includes setting up your Amazon Kindle account, setting up royalty arrangements, converting your book to Kindle format, troubleshooting source code. / $300 (add $150 for clickable footnotes)

(7) Price and terms / The total price for the above described services is estimated to be $_________ with $_________ due up front, with the balance / additional installments due ___________________. You will also supply me with a free copy of your book when we finish.

(8) Ordering and selling your book / rights / You may purchase copies at an author’s discount and resell them or give them away. Alternatively, you may direct people to an Amazon / Create Space site where they can purchase your book, and you receive a royalty in 60-90 days. The cost of author’s copies can be estimated here:
https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/#content7:BookOrderCalculator
I do not guarantee that any number of your books will be sold. Once my fee is paid, you own all rights to your book.

(9) Turnaround time / Turnaround time depends on your schedule and mine, but I would expect to finish in ________________ weeks

(10) Walk-away provision / If, at some point, either of us decides we don’t want to move forward with this, my fee amounts to _______ cents times the number of words in the portion of the book which I have completed a first edit/write at that time. You would then owe that amount, minus any payments you’ve already made. If we’re working on your book and 60 days pass without contact from you, I will consider the project abandoned by you and any payments forfeit.

(11) Use of my name / My name appears on/in the book ONLY if both of us want it there.

(12) Payment of installments may be made
(a) by check to: Dwight Clough (or to Creative Advantage), [address], or
(b) by credit card over the phone to Dwight Clough [phone], or
(c) by PayPal at http://dwightclough.com/payhere/ or https://www.paypal.me/DwightClough
A down payment with or without a signature represents agreement to the above terms

[client] signature and date Dwight Clough signature and date

If the above does not fit your goals, budget, schedule or other needs, I can work up a different proposal based on additional information you supply, but this different proposal must be agreed upon by BOTH of us BEFORE I begin my work.


Writing and publishing your book is a big job, and I’m here to help you get it done.

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