Ghostwriting: 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 a good ghostwriter 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.
Co-Authoring: 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 of 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.
Book Editing: 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 nearly 20 books for major publishers, and several self-published books. While a different discipline than writing, this still allows him to lend his talents to the creative process.
Memoir Compilation: 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. This pastor’s reflections on the highlights of his career produced a 162-page paperback that will serve as a gift to ancestors he will never meet. Ken hopes to help others preserve precious life memories before it is too late to pass on their legacy to future generations.
Coaching Services: 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 church resources web site 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 the help of a professional editor who can evaluate such components as the clarity of their message, correct grammar usage and spelling, and 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.
Proofreading: 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 collaborating on writing a book or is editing it, since a properly-produced book takes several sets of eyes to complete a comprehensive review.