The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

The 30 Year Secret: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Coming soon from Writestream Publishing and author Samantha Kincaid.

From the Foreword:

As the old saying goes, “Writing is therapy.”

I wrote this book for a multitude of reasons. First, the process of transforming my incredible true story into a fictional tale was therapeutic on a personal level. It helped me to put my actual life events and circumstances into perspective. Within these pages, through the characters of Theresa Chianti and Lucy Napoli, I tried to express my deep gratitude to my mother for giving me the greatest gift I could have ever received after an unplanned conception: a home filled with love, even if lacking in material comforts.

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, where my mother, brother and I lived in a studio apartment with a kitchen and bathroom. None of us had the luxury of a private bedroom; instead we slept on convertible couches, chairs, or cots depending on whomever happened to be visiting. Thanks to our apartment building’s unaddressed infestation, we could always count on the constant companionship of roaches. And while I remember our father as a loving man who always treated me like a princess, his financial irresponsibility meant that my mother worked two grueling waitress  jobs to keep food on the table and send us to Catholic school.

Between the ages of eight and ten, my brother and I were often separated for long periods of time. During the summers we’d live with relatives since my mother had to work. Even though he loved us, my father struggled with his own demons which prevented him from stepping up. Still, I never lacked for love.

Now imagine reaching the age of 30 and receiving news that shatters everything you believed to be true about your life. That’s exactly what happened to me one day when my oldest sister called to request my presence at her house immediately. I assumed she was going to tell me about another death in the family since we’d had more than our share of them at the time. When I arrived, I was struck by how pale she looked and knew that whatever she was about to share was not good. However, I was completely unprepared for what she disclosed.

As it turned out, no one had passed away. But figuratively, all of my beliefs about my birth, childhood and upbringing were destroyed.

A single tear fell from my eye. How could I not know? How was it possible I hadn’t figured it out on my own when the signs had all been there?

So many questions.

Theresa’s journey is my journey. Certain circumstances, places and people have been adapted for fiction but what you are about to read is based on my own life. Whatever you are dealing with, I hope you’ll find inspiration in the strength of maternal love which I know from my own experience transcends biology, legally binding contracts, and financial hardship.

With gratitude and love, I dedicate this book to my mother, a woman who lived for her children. She may not have been perfect but her love for us never failed to reflect the love of God and her devotion to the Catholic faith.

Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the release date.

Cover design by Kimberly McGath.

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What Is A Ghostwriter and How Much Should I Pay for One?

What Is A Ghostwriter and How Much Should I Pay for One?

As stated in my bio here and at Writestream Publishing, I am an experienced ghostwriter of several books, including:

Oddly enough, it had never crossed my mind to use my writing skills to create books for other people, but a year after meeting Shlomo Attia at a book signing for the first edition of Water Signs, he called me with a special offer. With firm conviction, he said he had a book that needed to be written and I was the only person who could help him. Although skeptical that I could 1.) write a full-length book for another person, particularly one for whom English was a second language, and 2.) integrate his high-level concepts into an entertaining and thought-provoking story, his confidence was contagious. The rest, as they say, is history.

I kept writing books and am now the sole ghostwriter at Writestream Publishing LLC.

What is Ghostwriting?

As I’ve posted at Writestream Publishing.com:

Ghostwriting is a service whereby someone entrusts their concept for a fictional story or the facts of their own life and experiences (in the case of a nonfiction memoir, self-help book, etc.) to a professional ghostwriter. The ghostwriter then gathers information from their client, outlines the book accordingly, and writes it in their client’s voice.

That’s a basic starting point. Depending on the scope of the project, it can take anywhere from four months to several years to produce a high quality product. In my experience as a ghostwriter of fiction and nonfiction books, nonfiction is faster and easier to complete.

Why?

Once I have the information from my client, it’s a matter of deciding what’s important to include (based on the purpose of the book and other factors), arranging the content in a logical manner, then writing it on their behalf.

 

Whenever I consult with a potential new client on their ghostwriting project, I describe in detail how the process works:

  1. Investigation – we set up a weekly recorded call where I act as an investigative reporter and ask questions. Why recorded? To make it easier to capture information I’ll need later on and the client’s manner of speaking; in essence, their voice. This ensures that when I sit down to write, I’ll be writing as the client — not as me. Depending upon the scope of the story, the investigative part of the process can take a few weeks or a few months.
  2. Collaboration – from there, I collaborate with the client to offer suggestions in terms of content and ensure they’re comfortable including certain things. For example, one of my clients experienced a rape by a family member as a teenager. In the beginning, she was adamant about not identifying him, which I honored and understood. But as the process moved along, she decided to call him out. Either way, including the rape as a turning point in her life was necessary. Particularly when dealing with sensitive topics, the client is always in control. My job as the ghostwriter (and editor) is to make professional suggestions based on knowledge and experience.
  3. Organization – once I have all the information, I listen to playback of all recordings to determine a logical sequence to the book. Flow and pacing are just as important as content. Even if you have an incredible story to share, if not properly organized, you’ll quickly lose your readers. In the case of fiction, once I have the real-life events, I then figure out characters, plot, and sequencing. Fiction demands a different kind of creativity. Once I know the actual story, I then spend time creating characters and mapping out a plot. I explain to my clients that the fictional version of their story will not mirror real life because it’s not a memoir. Aside from changing locations (dictated by the client), creative license may involve consolidating multiple real-life people into one character, amending the timeline of events for pacing purposes, and creating purely fictional situations to enhance the intrigue.
  4. Writing – as I said, ghostwriting demands the ability to write in someone else’s voice, which means getting into someone else’s head. The only way to accomplish this feat is by conducting the regular recorded interviews I described in the first bullet. Most importantly though, a ghostwriter must have a genuine interest in other people. Without it, it’s impossible to do the job well. Paradoxically, good writing is a product of pouring your heart and soul into your creation, yet in the case of a ghostwriter, it’s not really your work, so you must maintain a certain detachment while you treat the process as if the end result is your accomplishment. This is especially true if your name will not appear anywhere on the cover.
  5. Editing – at Writestream Publishing, it’s our policy that clients who opt for ghostwriting also select one of our all-inclusive publishing packages. Among the necessary services included is editing. Once I’ve completed the manuscript, it goes to my business partner Lisa Tarves for a thorough edit. As with the writing portion of the project, the client has the right to accept or decline any changes for as long as the book is in the editing phase. Once a client approves their book for formatting, there are no further editorial changes.

Now that you know how ghostwriting works, hopefully you understand its value. Your ghostwriter will spend countless hours fulfilling your dream of becoming a published author and/or of adding more published books to your list of accomplishments. It demands time, talent, skill, discernment…and even a bit of amateur psychology for a good ghostwriter to produce a product their client can be proud of.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Ghostwriter?

Let’s get down to dollars and cents and answer the question of how much it costs to hire a ghostwriter. If we’re talking about a full-length book, which is what I’ve outlined in this post, I defer to Laura Sherman, Ghostwriter and Author:

  • Cheap writers can be found who will write a 100 to 200 page book for as little as $2,000. If this is your budget (and you’re a gambler by nature), your best bet is to find a student new to the industry. Please be careful that he or she is actually writing your book and not plagiarizing another writer’s work.
  • Professional writers will usually charge between $12,000 and $90,000 to write a 100 to 300 page book. This price varies depending on the writer’s level of expertise and the amount of work required for the project.
  • High-end celebrity writers are usually hired by actors, politicians, musicians and other famous personalities who will sell books just by virtue of their name. The writers for these celebrities are well-established authors with a lot of experience. They can charge $150,000 to $750,000 for a book. Sometimes more.

Visit WritestreamPublishing.com to read the rest, but for a 200-300 page book, my rates begin at $8,000.00.

Beyond costs, however, it is important to take the time to “interview” your potential ghostwriter, as I do with every person who approaches me about a project.

Why?

Because the nature of ghostwriting demands collaboration and regular communication, at least in the beginning, both parties should feel comfortable with each other. This doesn’t mean you have to become great friends (although it tends to happen); just that you want to have an easy rapport, where there’s mutual respect and an exchange of ideas. Keeping an open mind is crucial, too, because ghostwriting is a fluid process up until both parties agree that it’s time to move the manuscript into the editing phase.

If you’re thinking about hiring a ghostwriter and have more questions about the process, contact me here. I look forward to discussing your project with you!

 

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The Truth Is Out There – The Voice of The People

The Truth Is Out There – The Voice of The People

Many thanks to Joe Goldner and Gayle C. Hammer for hosting me last night on their excellent program. During our interview, we talked about  Writestream Radio and Writestream Publishing, ghostwriting, politics and more! Click to listen below. I join them in the second hour.

Visit The Truth Is Out There – The Voice of The People on Blog Talk Radio.

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Happy New Year! The Mentor In Me Is Live on Amazon

Happy New Year! The Mentor In Me Is Live on Amazon

Just in time for 2017, The Mentor In Me by author William Todd is now live on Amazon. If you’re ready to make permanent, positive changes in your life, click on The Mentor In Me’s Amazon page to order your copy today:

From humble beginnings to celebrated entrepreneur and successful business coach, William Todd is one of the few to be personally mentored by one of the masters of personal and business development, Bob Proctor. The Mentor in Me chronicles a journey many of us can relate to — been given the tools and guidance to achieve success and then only sometimes following through on the wisdom offered. The book documents the time when William used The Seven Levels of Awareness to unlock doors and change paradigms and the times when, to his detriment, he failed to make the most of opportunities presented. Until he understood why he was not achieving long-lasting success, he was doomed to failure. The Mentor in Me offers a rare opportunity to watch as Bob Proctor mentors William through the peaks and valleys (ditches) of entrepreneurship towards a life of seemingly effortless abundance. The Mentor in Me is not just for entrepreneurs, however. It is for corporate professionals, students, parents and grandparents, educators, and budding entrepreneurs alike.

“The Mentor in Me is not a book you pick up and read. It’s a book you form a relationship with and you will want to study it daily for the rest of your life.”Bob Proctor

About William Todd:

wt_mentorinme3William Todd is a self-made entrepreneur with over twenty years of expertise in the direct selling and personal development industries and a lifetime of experience in business startups. William is a protégé of Bob Proctor who was featured in the global phenomenon movie The Secret and is widely regarded as one of the pioneer masters and teachers of The Law of Attraction.

Change is inevitable. Those three words are under, in, and around everything my mentor has believed in and taught for over fifty years. Bob Proctor is the ‘last man standing’ in many ways. He is a teacher, a motivator, a speaker, and an author. He is a Master.

Bob’s hero and mentor, Earl Nightingale, was one of the giants in the self-improvement movement. Beginning with the teachings of Thomas Troward, Emerson, and the genius of William James, these mentor/guides made the change that is inevitable into something we could manage — something that could catapult us into a much more meaningful and successful reality. They held onto the truth until it became their character, their life’s work as a mentor. These giants brought about a vast shift in the way we think, the way we see the world, ourselves, and others. We (you and I) are the custodians of the lessons and the legacies these mentors laid down. Their lessons are the source of this book.

After twenty years of being mentored by a legend, and after a lifetime of wild successes often followed by dismal failures, William has discovered the key to that formula. William continues his mission of inspiring people to discover a new way of life through recognizing and sustaining the Five Key Areas of Health and Wealth — Healthy Mind, Body, Family, Community, and Finances.

William has personally mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and individuals from every walk of life in over twenty countries around the world. He is the author of the The Mentor In Me, WHAT TO DO, WHAT wt_bobproctor14NOT TO DO. The book contains lessons offered from his mentor, Bob Proctor and lessons learned from William’s entrepreneurial and personal experiences. It highlights a story that is familiar to most people—being given incredible insight and guidance, but not always choosing to listen to it. The Mentor In Me follows the roller-coaster ride of what happens when you accept counsel from a mentor and the consequences for not. The book offers a solution for getting off the roller- coaster.

After discovering that mentors could help him achieve his goals in less time than it would take him to figure it all on his own, William created a 21-Day Coaching Program to help people of all ages and demographics (young adults, corporate executives, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and budding entrepreneurs alike) gain a higher level of awareness and improve their results in every area of their life.

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William takes a unique and efficient approach to coaching by helping individuals unlock their potential through a process of eliminating old paradigms and habits. Reaching our true potential requires a formula of disciplined repetitive learning just as a gym membership requires self- discipline and repetitive workouts for optimal physical health.

Go to www.thementorinme.com for more information.

Lisa and I are thrilled to begin 2017 with the release of this exceptional book from Writestream Publishing!

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