Finally at the Printing Press–so Break Out the CHAMPAGNE!

After months of writing a book—recording and transcribing interviews, composing multiple drafts, plus the editing and copy-editing—it’s finally time to PUBLISH! This is the fun part of book writing–the final result of a huge amount of work. At last, rather than just reading your book on a computer screen, you can hold in your hand … read more

From Bankruptcy to Millions: One Story, Two Books That Inspire

Sometimes, one childhood event affects everything that follows it, as if the clues of destiny were left right at  your doorstep. That’s the way it was for a kid from Queens named Frank Fiume, who at age four, was taken by his parents to his first baseball game–a pivotal event that began a lifelong passion … read more

The Ironman Book

Passion is the fuel of success. So when you’re driven by something you love to do—your talent and energy always brings with it fulfillment.

Take the case of one of my self-published clients, Steven R. Adams, a Cincinnati-based criminal defense attorney who has competed four times in The Ironman Triathlon World Championship—the most treacherous one-day endurance race in the world.531309BD-8A63-4916-B305-441A166F19B7

To get through it, as Steve notes, “You have to swim like you’re gonna drown, ride that bike like you stole it, and run like they are chasing you!” And so he did.

Years later, when Steve came to me to write his first book, he wanted to incorporate the same lessons he’d learned as an athlete into a unique system for showing young lawyers how to become successful solo practitioners.

The result: Practice Law Like An IRONMAN, Unbeatable Checklists for any Lawyer Creating and Building a Solo or Small Practice, a 300-page guide climbing the charts on Amazon.  

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It all started when Steve, a natural promoter with a zany sense of humor, flew to New York to meet me with two heavy spiral-bound notebooks. There were 1,000 pages of ideas he had gleaned from landmark books in the field of business and self-help.

My mission was to synthesize all that material, interview him, and turn it into a book that would capture a succinct inspiring message for thousands of lawyers.

What was totally unique about Steve’s vision was that, instead of a technical narrative tome, he wanted to produce a checklist book, an easily-digested step-by-step guide. This format allows the reader to think in bullet points, to stay focused on a logical sequence of steps to attain each goal.

Although I know almost nothing about law—other than paying my lawyer when needed—the challenge is one of the gifts of being a ghostwriter. You take on an assignment, and throw yourself into it, riding a steep learning curve to the end.

Like any  Ironman, you have to set a goal and stick with it no matter what. Creating a book from an initial vision is like an athletic competition–it takes focus, energy, discipline. But it’s always worth it.

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Backstage With Trump

It all started at the Phil Donahue Show in December l988. There I was, in the green room, interviewing Donahue for a Family Circle magazine profile. And one of the guests on his show that day was the 42-year-old mogul Donald Trump, then rapidly expanding his empire with casinos, hotels, an airline, you name it. I … read more

Turning A Ford Into A Ferrari

Determined first-time authors are sometimes able to sketch out an entire first draft of their book, capturing the basic themes, and even the overall chapter structure. But while many of the fundamental ideas are laid out on the page, the result is not yet a finished book. As Ernest Hemingway once bluntly put it: “The … read more

Tony Robbins Uncensored

In between writing books, nothing compares to interviewing world figures for Playboy, the  venerable magazine that  features the most extended interview format in publishing today. Don’t just read it for the pictures! Everyone from Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King to Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand have done the Interview–and in the September issue, on … read more