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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Author interview with non-fiction ghostwriter and publisher Teena Lyons

Back in December 2013, I interviewed ghostwriter Teena Lyons for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to the six hundred and ninety-seventh of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with ghostwriter and publisher Teena Lyons. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Teena LyonsMorgen: Hello, Teena. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Teena: Hi Morgen, I am Teena Lyons and I am one of a select, yet steadily growing, group of ghostwriters. I run my own company, called Professional Ghost and I’ve been ghosting books for seven years. Before I became a ghost, I was a journalist and worked on national papers such as Mail on Sunday, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
Morgen: It must be really interesting working with someone else on their project. How do you decide what to write about?
Teena: I get approached by a lot of people who want me to help them write their books and I do have quite strict criteria about the projects I take on. First and foremost, the subject matter has to grab my attention. If I am not interested in the content, it is a bit of a tall order to write it in such a way that will carry the reader along too. It is also really important to get along with the main, named, author of the book. You’re not embarking on a life-long relationship (although I have made some great friends with the people I have ghosted for) but writing a book together can be a pretty intense experience. If you rub each other up the wrong way, it can be a really torturous process all round.
Morgen: I can imagine, especially that it must take a while from start to finish. What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Teena: Technically, being a ghost, I don’t really exist in the eyes of the book-buying public. I’ve written around twenty books, but not all named authors want it known they’ve used a ghost. That’s fine by me. It is the job I do and I really don’t have a huge ego when it comes to having my name in lights. Perhaps it does have some impact on my subconscious though. I’m forever flicking through the acknowledgements section of books to see whether I can detect an oblique reference to someone who ‘helped’ get the book written. That’s usually the ghost!
Some of the people I have worked with are fine about my involvement and have given me full credit too. So, I can tell you I’ve written books for former Asda and Royal Mail chief executive Allan Leighton, and Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.
Morgen: I would have thought it a shame that you’ve done so much work to not get recognised but it is, after all, their story. Have you self-published anything? If so, what lead to you going your own way?
Teena: I set up my own self-publishing imprint last year to help some of the authors I work with get their books into print. It is called PG Press and it’s produced a handful of books so far. I did it because the whole self-publishing side of things can be a bit confusing if you are new to the industry.
Morgen: A lot of people are going that way. Are the books you’ve collaborated on available as eBooks? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Teena: Oh, this has been a bit of a touchy subject in my household. I resisted for so long but then shared a book with my husband on the iPad. It transformed my reading habits. I am a prolific reader and just love browsing for, and buying, new books in the dead of the night. It makes packing for holidays a whole lot easier too.
I’d say around half the books I have written are available as eBooks, although that number seems to be on the increase.
Morgen: It does make sense and really, an eBook is just a Word document (or in Amazon’s case an html version of a Word document). Do you get any say in the titles / covers of the books you’re involved in?
Teena: Sometimes, but not always. It is such an art getting an eye-catching title. I often tie myself in knots trying to come up with one, because I know it doesn’t matter how good the 80,000 words in the middle are, it's the dozen or so on the front that will sell a book.
Morgen: Absolutely, although the cover (including the title) has to catch a reader’s attention but it depends who the book is about and if a reader has an interest in that person already then that surely helps. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Teena: In my early teens I was given a list of the 250 Greatest Books of All Time. It was torn out of The Telegraph and I can’t even remember now who gave it to me. I resolved to work my way through the list and it opened up the most incredible literary world to me. I ‘travelled’ to the heart of Africa with Chinua Achebe, to Russia with Mikhail Bulgakov and the Deep South with John Steinbeck. The list introduced me to my favourite writer Alexandre Dumas. Occasionally, when I find an author I really like, like Dumas, I go off piste and work my way through everything they’ve written, but I always return to my list.
It’s still in my bag now. I had to get it laminated, because it started to fall apart, but it is still a very important part of my life. And, no, I’ve not finished working my way through it yet.
Morgen: Wow, what a wonderful idea. It’s like joining a reading group; it gets you (one) reading something they may not normally have chosen. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Teena: I’m not really at liberty to say, other than that I am taking a slight departure from my usual fare and am working with another writer on a fictional novel. I am really enjoying the experience.
Morgen: I’m fiction through and through so I think I’d enjoy that the most, especially seeing it develop from nothing / a plan. Do you write every day, or ever suffer from (ghost)writer’s block?
Teena: I do write every day because it is my day job, but occasionally I do find things just don’t flow. I’ve learned to walk away and go and spend an hour or so in the garden and then come back to it feeling refreshed. That usually does the trick.
Morgen: It works for me (having a dog is handy in that respect). Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
Teena: The way I like to write is to get everything down on the page in a first draft and then go back and really tighten it up. I like to leave a day or so gap between those two processes, so I can come to it with a fresh perspective. I can be quite ruthless with my edits.
Morgen: It’s the best way. I have that tip on my http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101 page. Given that you’re working with the subject, do you have to do much research?
Teena: It really depends on who I am working with. Some named authors give me huge amounts of supporting material, while others leave it entirely up to me. The most important part of my research is the interviews I do with the named authors because I have to prise the information I need out of their heads.
Morgen: Now there’s an image. Do you have pieces of work that you think will never see light of day?
Teena: Yes, my novel! I never get time to write it.
Morgen: Oh what a shame. Maybe you’ll find an hour or two over the festive period… although if you’re anything like me, work doesn’t stop just because the world does. Have laptop / paper and pen, will travel. Do you pitch for submissions and / or are you commissioned to write?
Teena: I do have to pitch for some commissions and work with my agent Andrew Lownie to produce book proposals for certain projects. Other times, it is just a straight agreement with the main author, who then goes on to self publish.
Morgen: Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Teena: Lots. When I first started out, I used to be in wretched mood for days if I received a rejection. As time goes on, I am able to handle them better. I usually have a number of potential projects in hand, so I force myself to look forward to something else. It is a difficult aspect to the job though.
Morgen: You mentioned your agent, Andrew Lownie, do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Teena: He has been a huge help to me and, in the early days especially, he helped me a lot to find my way around the whole book proposal / pitching process.  He is very well connected in the publishing industry and that can make things a whole lot easier for an author.
Morgen: Anything that (anyone who) can do that, is certainly an asset. Do you do much marketing for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
Teena: As I ghost, I differ from most authors, in that my involvement pretty much ends when I deliver the manuscript. I don’t have to get involved with any marketing, book tours, interviews or any sort of book plugging whatsoever.
That said, I do need to promote myself and Professional Ghost as a credible ghostwriting brand, so I do try to get and about to spread the word. I have spoken at a few conferences and events, including one in the House of Commons, and am always happy to do more.
Morgen: Marketing is usually the answer to the second part of my next question… What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Teena: I love days when there is nothing else to do but write. No meetings, no interruptions, just me, my computer and a large pot of tea. Bliss. My least favourite aspect is probably the rejection side, but then who likes that?
Morgen: Not me, although I rarely submit so that helps. What advice would you give aspiring ghostwriters?
Teena: One of the best routes into ghosting is through journalism. Journalists have exactly the same skill set as ghostwriters. They are used to getting to know people, gaining their trust and then asking the right questions to get the best possible story out of them. My view is spending a few years getting a good grounding in newspapers or magazines would be an excellent foundation for a subsequent career as a ghostwriter.
I would also advise any would-be ghost to read. All the time. As well as my 250 greatest books, I try to read books from all sorts of different genres. I think it really helps me to frame my own styles, particularly since I have to find so many different voices in my career writing for other people.
Morgen: I’ve been to loads of writing events and whenever asked for advice, many established authors have said to read; apart from being so enjoyable (on the whole), it helps with seeing how books ‘work’. If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Teena: My idea of heaven would be to have Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins for dinner. I think the menu would have to be ridiculously flamboyant, but I would hide my lack of prowess in the kitchen with some very fine wines.
Morgen: :) Do you plan your books or do you just get an idea / thread and run with it?
Teena: I know there are many established authors who would argue planning stifles the creative process, but I would argue that it is essential in ghost writing. Writing a book is not an easy process and most of the authors I work with have never done one before. Setting out a detailed chapter-by-chapter plan at the outset can make it all a whole lot les gruelling. The plan can, and usually does change a little as we go along, but it really does make things more straightforward and makes for a better end result.
Morgen: I can imagine it’s more practical that way, especially being non-fiction – I find with fiction that the characters take over so my planning changes more often than not. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Teena: I do still do the odd bit of freelance journalism, but less and less so these days.
Morgen: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Teena: Professional Ghost can be found on a fair few networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but I confess my involvement goes in fits and starts. I come up with great one liners in the morning before I get to my desk and then fail to get them down because I get so immersed in whatever I am writing.  
Morgen: Oh dear. I used to be the same when out with my dog but I soon learned to have a mini notebook and pens (at least two in case one fails) in every coat and bag. I’d lost some brilliant (I’m pretty sure they were brilliant at the time) ideas and was so frustrating. What do you think the future holds for a writer?
Teena: The future is very bright for ghosting. The fragmentation of the publishing industry and the increasing amount of self publishing means that more and more people will seek out ghosts. Someone much cleverer than me said it is all about the democratisation of book writing. Readers want more real life stories from ordinary people. Ghosts can help get those stories written.
Morgen: Yes, I think readers are getting fed up with a certain slice of celebrity culture, especially with multiple books from someone who doesn’t seem old enough to have much life experience. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Teena: My website is www.professionalghost.org. There is a lot of general information about ghosting there too, as well as a blog about various aspects of my profession.
Morgen: Thank you very much, Teena, for joining me today. It’s been really interesting.
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Teena Lyons spent ten years as a news reporter and feature writer on national newspapers and consumer magazines before leaving Fleet Street in May 2006 to pursue a career as a ghostwriter. 
Teena’s first project, in collaboration with ex-Asda chief executive Allan Leighton was a business book bestseller.  On Leadership was called ‘immensely readable’ by Management Today; and World Business wrote: “the book barrels along at such a pace, with such enthusiasm, that we are breathlessly carried along…On Leadership is a profoundly hopeful read – informed by the almost palpable joy Leighton feels in inspiring and leading others.”
Since then, Teena has collaborated on up to twenty ghostwriting projects, ranging from business ‘how to’ books, to true life stories, to straight autobiographies.  Previous work includes Common Sense Rules, by Deborah Meaden, of Dragons Den fame, Sold Out by Bill Grimsey and Diary of a Fortune Hunter by Lyndon Wood.
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Author interview with non-fiction writer Bobbi Linkemer (revisited)

Back in December 2013, I interviewed author Bobbi Linkemer for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to another of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with non-fiction author Bobbi Linkemer. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Bobbi. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based.
write a nonfiction covers.inddBobbi: I have been a writer for forty-five years (seems impossible that it is that long!) in many capacities. During that time, I have always freelanced but also worked as a magazine writer and editor, corporate communicator, and marketing manager for twenty years. I went out on my own in 1989 and have done everything imaginable since then. If someone asked, “Can you do this?” I said yes and then figured out how to do it. I am based in St. Louis, Missouri, where I work out of my condo.
Morgen: I’ve heard a few times to say “yes” and worry about the “how” later. I think it kicks us into accepting and doing things we probably wouldn’t have done otherwise, and everything we do (in whatever profession) is something for the CV. How did you come to be a writer?
Bobbi: I was a thirty-year-old housewife and mother. I wasn’t looking for my destiny; I was just looking for a night school class. I signed up for Writing for Fun and Money, about which I remember nothing, except, of course, the words that changed my life. On the last night of class, as I approached the teacher to thank her, she grabbed my shoulders and gave them a good shake.
“Listen to me,” she said. “I know talent when I see it, and I see it in you. You’d better keep writing!” I had no idea what caused her to say that. We hadn’t shown her samples of our work or done any writing in class. But it really didn’t matter. She had said it, and I believed her. Her words affected me so profoundly that for forty-five years, “You’d better keep writing!” has remained a sustaining mantra.
Morgen: What a great teacher. I’m teaching eight courses for my local council (five creative writing, three I.T.) from January and maybe that’s the approach I need to take. :) What have you had published to-date?
Bobbi: In more than four-and-a-half decades of full-time writing, I have filled fifteen large binders with published work, ranging from annual reports and hundreds of articles to marketing materials and websites. I have also written seventeen books of my own, plus those I have ghostwritten.
Morgen: Wow. I’ve been pretty busy since 2005 (eight novels, 400+ short stories) but most of those sitting (unpublished) in files. I’m terrible at submitting anywhere, although one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to have something in each month’s divide in my current submissions / competitions folders. Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you going your own way?
Bobbi: I have self-published my last several books, all of which are on writing. Up until 1998, I was published by traditional publishers, including Amacom Books and Amazon New Media (New York), Marshall Editions (London), and publically-funded agencies that provide services for adults with developmentally disabilities.
Morgen: Are your books available as eBooks? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Bobbi: I have five books in e-book format with two more in the works. I have been a reader all my life but made an unbelievably smooth (and expensive) transition to e-books on the Kindle. If I put out a book in print, I also have it converted to digital and advise my clients to do the same.
Morgen: It’s a great idea. I was helping one of my writing group ladies, Monica, yesterday to put her children’s novella on Smashwords (which I always do first as they provide a free ISBN) and Kindle. It took most of the day (although I hadn't designed the cover until I got there) but it’s up and she’s delighted. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Bobbi: I have always been a reader, but as an adult, my role models were Gail Sheehy, Gloria Steinem, Jane Howard, Anna Quindlen, Letty Cottin Porebin, Judith Viorst, and Carolyn Byrd—all strong, talented women.
Morgen: I have to say they’re all new names to me (perhaps not my genre or nationality). Doing this blog has made me realise how many authors there are out there. As you know, you are my 696th and I’m sure that’s only the tip of the clichéd iceberg. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Online courseBobbi: I have recently launched my first online course for aspiring writers, called How to Write, Publish, & Promote a Nonfiction Book, and am now writing seven short, individual courses on aspects of that subject. E-learning is a whole new ballgame, with SO much to learn. Now, I am marketing, marketing, marketing, which is even harder than writing the material and converting it to a format students can access and understand.
Morgen: One thing that Monica’s realised is that just putting the book online doesn’t mean automatic sales, so she’s signing up to Facebook, Twitter etc. That’s when the hard work really starts. Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on, your writing is more fully-formed?
Bobbi: Writing is a natural process for me, and though it does seem to flow, I definitely do a lot of editing. By that I mean polishing, pruning, searching for better ways to say something, and replacing words with more expressive synonyms. If it is going to be published online or in print, I also have it copyedited by a professional. If it is designed and in layout, I have it read again by a proofreader. My sister, who is an editor, believes you can never have too much editing.
Morgen: Absolutely. I’m a freelance for (to-date) for fourteen clients and many of them have been surprised at things I’ve picked up that they’d not spotted or when I’ve come up with suggestions that hadn’t occurred to them. I have a great editor, Rachel, for my writing for exactly the same reason. Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Bobbi: Oh, yes, many, especially in the early years as a feature writer. I once wallpapered an entire wall of my basement office with multi-colored rejection slips. Later, when I moved into the world of books, I had one or two proposals turned down flat. I wrote one of those books some years ago and self-published it. I have just rewritten it and had it redesigned. It is out in e-book format and soon to be released in print. It is on surviving and thriving as a freelance writer.
Morgen: A great idea. These days with so many opportunities available to us, advice like that is always so useful. You mentioned having to do a lot of marketing…
Cover only.inddBobbi: Yes, I do, which didn’t come naturally to me, but I have an excellent mentor, Bobette Kyle, who is a marketing guru. I have a very comprehensive website and blog, designed by Kenya Caldwell, and I am on several social-networking sites. My books on writing now have a recognizable brand, thanks to my wonderful designer, Peggy Nehmen, a partner in Nehment-Kodner. The little figure, which actually looks like me, has become my logo.
Morgen: The covers are nice and clear. I’ve seen some so fussy that it’s really hard to see what they’re all about. What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Bobbi: My favorite aspect of being a book coach and ghostwriter is being able to help people tell their stories and convey their messages. My least-favorite aspect is when authors abandon their books after they’re finished and never do anything with them.
Morgen: Erm, yes. See earlier reference to not submitting. :) To be fair, it’s a time thing with me and another NYR is to get my books re-edited then off to Rachel. If any of your books were audiobooked, whom would you have as the narrator(s)?
Bobbi: This is something I had not considered, and while it sounds terribly self-serving, I might narrate them. I don’t have a great speaking voice, but my writing style and speaking style are almost identical.
Morgen: How interesting. I record podcasts once a month and enjoy doing them. Most recently they’ve been the blog’s guest short stories, many of whom have been written by overseas authors who love my English accent. They’ve also said how interesting it is to hear someone else’s interpretation of their fiction. You’re a writing coach, what advice would you give aspiring writers?
Words to live byBobbi: The following lessons have helped me grow, learn, and reinvent myself when necessary. I think they are worth passing along. (They are excerpted from Words To Live By: Reflections on the writing life from a 40-year veteran)
  • If you know what you want to do, don’t let anything or anyone stop you from doing it. With a little talent and a lot of moxie, you can be whatever you choose to be.
  • Set attainable goals that stretch you; as you achieve each one, set another one immediately.
  • Writing is not a competitive sport; don’t be threatened by other people’s success.
  • Seek mentors; then become one.
  • Be generous with your talent; remember that it’s a gift; pass it on.
  • Know what your values are; let your writing reflect them.
  • Don’t lose your sense of humor. When there’s a choice between laughing and crying, choose laughter.
  • Ask yourself from time to time if there is something else you would rather do; if you can’t think of anything, keep writing.
  • With a little tweaking, these lessons can apply to any dream, any career, any life.
Morgen: Yep, I’d agree with those. Especially the determination and not wanting to do anything else. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Bobbi: The heart of my “business” is coaching, editing, ghostwriting, teaching (online or in a classroom), and publishing my clients’ and my own books. I have just been appointed to the board of the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA), a local chapter of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).
Morgen: Are there any writing-related websites and / or books that you find useful?
Bobbi: (All of these authors have websites, but I have just included links to their books.)
Morgen: Thank you, Bobbi. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Bobbi: Website: WriteANonfictionBook.comBlog, The Writing Life; Facebook business pageLinkedIn; and Twitter
Morgen: Is there anything you’d like to ask me?
Bobbi: Where did you get this brilliant idea? I am truly awed by what is involved in the project and the work you have put into it. The questions are so well crafted that it takes real thought to answer every one of them. I applaud you for providing this platform for so many writers. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this interview. I look forward to reading your blog and would love to get to know you better. You are truly inspirational.
Morgen: Ah, thank you very much, Bobbi. I started this blog back in March 2011 and it was going to be just my content but, although I can talk for England (as the cliché goes), it soon became apparent that I’d have to scrounge around for content. Very shortly afterwards, I was invited to do an interview then it dawned on me I could do the same (I was already on Facebook and Twitter). The interview questions have developed over the months and everything else grew from those humble beginnings, and we’re up to nearly 200,000 hits. Not bad if I say so myself. :) Thank you for joining me today, Bobbi.
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I then invited Bobbi to include an excerpt of her writing…
Write a New Story
It is never too late to start over. Never. Whether life forces you to change or you consciously decide to recreate your life, you have all the material you need to write your new story.
Life is unpredictable. It always has been, but we seem to be more aware of it than we used to be. Perhaps it is because communication is instantaneous. The minute something happens anywhere in the world it is on CNN or splashed across the Internet. Sometimes, the people involved are literally the last to know when their lives have been turned upside down by outside circumstances.
I knew the president of a major corporation who was about to unveil a new strategic plan when he read in The Wall Street Journal that his company was “in merger talks.” That little news item brought his proposed plan to a screeching halt and profoundly affected the careers of many people. Some remained with the newly formed organization; others found themselves superfluous and out of work.
The recent recession left millions of people among the ranks of the unemployed. Many of their jobs have ceased to exist and are unlikely to return. What did all these people do? How did they manage? What happened to them when their savings or unemployment compensation dried up? These are painful questions to contemplate because any one of us at any time could find ourselves in the same situation.
I saw a documentary recently that followed the lives of a several people of different ages and levels of experience who had been “laid off” (we used to call it fired) from advertising agencies. At first, they were stunned and devastated. They experienced all of the stages of grief that accompany the loss of a job. As they looked at the camera and shared their stories, I knew exactly how they felt because I had experienced the same feelings in my own life.
The movie was only thirty-six minutes long. Yet, I had no sense of time passing as I watched it. These were people I knew by the time it ended. I witnessed their struggles with loss and their triumphs over uncertainty and battered self-confidence. I wanted to cheer as each of them, in his or her own way, built a new career. Not one person sought a job with another advertising agency. Instead, they went in other directions. Some returned to work they had once loved but had abandoned along the way; others entered fields of endeavor they had never before considered; and a few identified needs in the marketplace and found innovative ways to fill them.
They had rewritten the stories of their lives to become, among other professions, a landscape artist of, a yoga teacher, a purveyor of fine coffees, a cinematographer, and the developer of a website for creative people who were out of work. At the end of the film, one of them summed up the experience this way: “I was laid off from my advertising agency, and it’s AWESOME.” The last thing I saw before the image on the screen faded was his big grin.
The name of the documentary was Lemonade. I highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking of rewriting his or her own story for any reason. To borrow a phrase from Nike, “Just do it.” Nothing is more satisfying.
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and a synopsis of her latest book…
Going SoloWriters who are contemplating the freelance life often envision it as glamorous, liberating, and creative. At the other extreme, many writers see freelancing as an uncertain and risky way to earn a living. If you are asking yourself if the freelance life is for you, here is what you will discover in Going Solo: How to Survive & Thrive as a Freelance Writer:
  • What it takes to make it as a freelance writer—the strengths, skills, and characteristics that are necessary for success.
  • How to carve out your niche as a freelance writer—choosing between trying to “do it all” and becoming known for a particular area of expertise
  • How to play the many roles of a freelance writer—finding a balance among your business life, your personal life, and your inner life.
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Bobbi Linkemer is a ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach, as well as the author of seventeen books under her own nameHer passion is helping writers at all levels convey their messages through books. In her forty-five-year career, she has written on hundreds of topics for magazines, individuals, and organizations in both the private and public sectors. Bobbi has been a magazine editor and journalist, a corporate communicator, and a book-writing teacher. Her courses and coaching services are based on her book, How To Write A Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs who want to write nonfiction books in order to build their businesses or share their stories. Bobbi’s website is http://writeanonfictionbook.com.
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