If you are too busy or need help relating your story, teaching, or personal experience, Ken can transform your insights into a clearly-written message. The secret of ghostwriting is the ability to focus on another person’s background, experiences, and intentions without injecting personal opinion into the material. After preparing hundreds of articles and working on dozens of books, Ken has the experience needed to take your material from concept to reality.
Traditionally, ghostwriting has meant the writer’s name didn’t appear on the cover while a co-author receives more recognition. However, a co-author often takes a more active role, including interviewing, researching, and writing. As with a ghostwriter, a co-author can do all the writing or part of it, with the work carrying the voice of the lead author. Ken has handled such tasks in a variety of formats. Some have involved interviews with the author to write the book; with others, he has revised and refined their rough drafts.
Although editing is part of every writer’s job, editing a book is a special skill that requires clear thinking, research, and the stamina to turn around a project on a relatively tight production schedule. Since 2011, Ken has edited more than 20 books for major publishers, and a variety of self-published books. While a different discipline than writing, this still allows him to lend his talents to the creative process.
Memoir writing utilizes the skills of listening, interviewing and writing that Ken has developed during his career. Ken has helped two retirees compile reflections of their lives, including a retired pastor who died in late 2017. His reflections on his ministerial career produced a 162-page paperback that will serve as a gift to the ancestors who will never meet him. Ken hopes to help others preserve precious life memories before it is too late to pass on their legacy to future generations.
Not every article writer or book author needs a substantive edit of their material as much as an evaluation and tips for improvement. Ken has coached bloggers for a leadership resources website and edited work for self-published authors. This kind of assistance is invaluable in today’s changing market. Too many authors release self-published material without a professional editor to evaluate the clarity of their message, correct grammar and spelling, and refine chapter structure. Such shortcomings can prove fatal to a book in a market that is growing more competitive in an era of electronic and alternative forms of publishing.
Through a network of professional freelance editors and proofreaders, Ken is able to provide an additional review of manuscripts. This is useful whether he is writing a book or editing it, since a properly-produced project takes several sets of eyes to complete a comprehensive review.