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

Chemistry Counts When It Comes To Choosing Your Ghostwriter

A few years ago, as a contributing editor at Family Circle, I had the pleasure of interviewing bestselling author Tim Sanders, who, at the time, had just released a book titled: The Likeability Factor. Tim, a trailblazer in publishing, has now created a brand-new web site, NETMINDS.COM, unique in bringing together authors and publishing professionals in … read more

Hiring A Ghostwriter? Chemistry Counts

In the The Ghost Writer, the 2010 political thriller directed by Roman Polanski, the film’s hero, Ewan McGregor, is hired to ghostwrite the memoir of England’s former Prime Minister, played by Pierce Brosnan. As  McGregor’s character eventually discovers, the ghostwriter who preceded him was murdered on the job, while the Prime Minister is later assassinated … read more