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Is Ghostwriting Ethical???

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In researching some business information I was derailed momentarily when I came across an article in Forbes that proposed the question: “Is Ghostwriting Ethical?” In all of my works as a ghostwriter, I never once thought I was unethical. Of course, that is because I collaborate with my clients to ensure the message they want to convey is reflective of their thoughts, lingo, and experiences. In the case of writing informational blogs for clients; I research a topic that the client dictates and then write an article accordingly. It’s so very true that not everybody has a firm grasp or passion for writing such as I and other writers do. In the case of The Write Hand, LLC and the ghostwriting services that I provide as a Virtual Assistant; I can always ensure my clients that my work is original and well crafted.

In the article from Forbes, authored by Cheryl Connor on 3/13/14; I have to say that I agree with the manner in which she lays out what she feels is ethical or unethical when it comes to ghostwriting. In particular, these two paragraphs summarize the jest of the question/answer; but to read more on the subject from Cheryl, please visit the article in Forbes by clicking here…

Quoted from Cheryl’s article in Forbes on Ghostwriting:

Collaboration with a professional writer is a wonderful concept and a tremendously effective means of getting the great thinking of a great leader into the words and format that will be interesting to readers, and will make the material memorable and compelling to share. In the world of communication, it’s an extremely valuable service, whether for a book, an article or a speech.

However, Ghostwriting, when it means the creation of material without the participation of the represented author, or without disclosing having utilized a ghostwriter, is a terrible idea, and in my opinion, an ethical breach, especially when non-transparent ghostwriting is used to promote a leader’s or public figure’s image or brand.”

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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Ghostwriting

 

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Day Late and A Dollar Short? Maybe…

Well, it’s been a while since an update has come out for The Write Hand. Sorry for that but all from due cause. I’m still working hard for my one VA client, East End Business Solutions, and I’m constantly bidding on more jobs on Guru.com. A few more transcription files have come through and of course, I’m still doing some miscellaneous side work, like cleaning houses and working local events for tips.

I’ve done a proposal for another VA client (Oginga Carr), but as the story goes, he’s so busy that he needs my help, but we are both so busy we have to find the time to get together on things.

All in all, I’m still plugging along. So why am I so late with a post???

Life moves at an incredible speed one day and drags on others. I was able to take a brief 4 days to visit Wisconsin thanks to a silent auction I won in 2011. For the Love of Ellie helped raise funds for a very young child in our town whom is suffering from a terrible disease. She’s gone through many treatments for such a young child. I was able to finally enjoy the cabin I won at the end of May and first weekend in June.

Upon my return I had one heck of a week when I lost two very special and dear friends. One from a freak accident as he worked on his Jeep. This is my friend Mike Morris, owner of Saffron and Cedar Wellness. You may recall that I wrote his blogs for his company. The other friend Isaac Perez I spent about 8 years of my childhood with on the military base in Charleston, SC and kept in contact with his family since then. The sadness still lingers and certain things will set me off, but I have no choice but recall the good times and pray that I meet them again someday in a better life.

And then yesterday, my dear sweet grand daughter was baptized into the Catholic faith. My father and step-mom visited for the occasion all the way from Georgia. So I must say, after such a terrible week, the ending was ever so sweet.

I am still looking for another VA client, ghostwriting opportunities, transcription jobs, and so forth. I am managing my garden as best I can with this heat and riding my motorcycle less than I would like, but often enough to appreciate my freedom.

I realize this particular post doesn’t say too much about my business, but sometimes despite the need to earn a living, there are just more important things for the moment. May you all be well, appreciate your loved ones, cherish your blessings, and be thankful for your freedom.

Bhyre Lake, Fifield, Wisconsin – The motorcycle riding there is amazing but I really loved waking up to this view.

Mike Morris – aka Mike Motorbike – I Love You Buddy!!

Isaac and I are the two big kids. I Love You My Friend!!

Me, My Step-Mom Ms. Patti, Tina my son’s fiance, my grand daughter Kylee, my Dad Roy, and my Son Nathan

 

 

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Growing (Slowly) but Growing INDEED

My new client for Virtual Admin work is a real gem and I’m learning a great deal from her. Paula owns and operates East End Business Solutions out of Long Island, NY. I was blessed when she hired me as her VA, not just for the obvious reason that I finally have a recurring gig, but because she is the ideal 1st client for my full-time venture into entrepreneurship. Paula has proven to be an up-beat, kind-hearted woman with a deep desire to succeed and flourish. She has taken the time to recognize that I am a very smart and eager individual and while I do not know everything she needs me to know, she has given me guidance and sent me along my way without micromanaging and with intent to see that we flourish together.

New New New and Good Good Good ~ Despite the slow rate of speed at which my clients are growing, they are growing. My capital will be all gone as of the next round of personal payments, so very soon it’ll be skin of the teeth, praying harder than ever, and getting creative with Ramen Noodles (hehehe). I have always believed in the barter and trade system, and now I’m actually making it work in one instance. You see, I sit at my desk for hours and hours, sometimes 10, 12, or more hours a day. Needless to say, it can be grueling and painful. Since being laid-off and being on a strict budget, many luxuries have been cut (case in point: my massages).

Here’s the barter and trade… My massage therapist (and good friend) is also building his independent business because he’s giving more to chiropractors in fees than he’s keeping himself for his services. His company, Saffron and Cedar Wellness, much like my business, needs some marketing. So I have created his blog and write his content based on subject matter he suggests. This takes me about 2 hours a week and in return I get an in-home 1+ hour massage session to help what ails me. Now, if only I could find a trade-off for somebody to steam clean my carpets (hehehehe).

That’s all for now… Time for a snack ;-)~

 

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A Blessed Week and Another Week of Self Employment Underway

I sure hope that everybody had a wonderful weekend and blessed Easter. I sure did. Saturday and Sunday were both spent doing a lot of riding with people that mean a great deal to me. Saturday we rode about 250 miles (scenic route of course) to go see the Red Covered Bridge in Princeton, IL. It’s one of five remaining covered bridges in Illinois.

I filmed over four hours of riding on my GoPro camera mounted to my windshield. I love my camera that my riding friends gave me for my birthday last year. It’s totally awesome although I’m still learning how to use it. 🙂   I spent a little over five hours Saturday evening (until 1:00 AM) creating the following video our of the footage and photos I had taken from the day.

It’s Monday evening and another productive week is taking shape. I had a phone interview for a VA position with a very nice lady from New York. She found me on Guru.com and said she was impressed with my skills and recommendations. YAY!!

I did another ghostwriting session for a blogger. ARGH – how I wish I could tell you more because it’s very fascinating stuff.

I’m bidding on more jobs and submitted a test scenario for a husband/wife team that needs a VA. Hopefully I’ll hear more about that soon. I have an accounting project in the AM as well as a transcription project setup for tomorrow PM.

I’m not getting rich yet, but my name is getting out there and that’s really what will make this come to life for me.

I have been corresponding with a lovely lady that has some great inspirational women that she features on her blog. She goes by LadyRomp and her blog is quite refreshing. I recommend it for a light and uplifting read.

Other than that, my Easter with my son, grand daughter and their family was pleasant. My son and I rode our motorcycles for a while Easter afternoon which is always a blessing and a treat for me. Now that he’s grown with a family of his own, I don’t see him much so the time I get I cherish immensely.

Easter breakfast with my grand daughter Kylee, her Mommy Tina

(and of course my son and more of Tina’s family).

Easter Sunday Motorcycle Ride with My Son Nathan and other friends.

 

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Tuesday is Over?? Oh My!!

WOW!! What a busy two days. Between finishing up some ghostwriting for a blog, transcribing, and job bidding on Guru and Freelancer … I can’t believe it’s almost Wednesday (well it will be in 2 hours).

I am really enjoying the opportunity to ghostwrite for a blog that is related to bartending. This is not an area that I would normally have an interest, but it’s fascinating to me to research the ‘behind-the-scenes’ info of the career of bartending. I go into an establishment, order my beverage, pay my bill, tip well if the service is good, and continue about my socializing with friends. But oh my goodness, there’s so much more to the industry that I never knew before.I cannot detail the blog I write or the company for which I produce it, but it has certainly been a wonderful experience.

As busy as I am, I don’t get a lot of time to read books for leisure or study areas of interest outside my immediate desires. For this reason, I find what I do for a living a very welcomed way to expand my knowledge.

As such, I have been blessed to create a great rapport with Sean of Page21 Magazine. As of yesterday, he assigned me three more interviews to transcribe by tomorrow. Yesterday I completed an interview with Tichina Arnold; she played Pam on the sitcom Martin. She is a fascinating lady and I love her take on life and career. But to really get a feel for who she is, you’ll have to check out the interview with Page21 Magazine.

Then today, I completed an interview with Rob Lewis. We’ve all heard, never judge a book by it’s cover. Well, Rob is the end-all, be-all to that cliche. This dude grew up in Chicago, less than 20 miles from where I sit now. His story is nothing short of amazing and his success has not begun to slow. I so wish I could share the details because I found him inspiring, articulate, funny, and well naturally… full of talent. He has worked with some of the biggest in the biz and he’s promoting his newly released album, The Masterpiece. This is not your kids’ hip-hop or the R&B of our high school years – this is totally different. You have to hear it to appreciate it. And YES, I already bought the album. I love the horns, the strings, the bass, the drums, and the whole way it all comes together for a sound that joins generations and awakens the senses. You really must listen to The Masterpiece Prelude – it’s a tasty sample of what the album has to offer you.This interview is scheduled to hit the April edition of Page21 Magazine.

So as I listen to my new album, I conclude this blog post and wish you all a successful Wednesday. Tomorrow, I’ll be transcribing an interview with Rudy Currence. Looking forward to it…

 

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Blogging Just Comes Natural

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Since I was very young, I’ve always loved to write and use the English language. I began with poetry, have written one short story, and have chronicled much of my life in diaries and letters. I’m such a nut for grammar that I used to proofread love notes from my former spouse. (Hope Your Having a Great Day – ugh, it’s You’re)  Ok, so maybe that was a bit over the top, but it just comes natural. I find mistakes in all sorts of printed and online material and I just want to fix it. How can they publish that? Who’s writing for them? Don’t they have proofreaders?

So now that my business is starting to pop, I had a wonderful mentor #HireShai that introduce me to blogging. She has unleashed an animal. What better way to make a living than doing what I love? Writing as a freelancer and blogging for others is a magnificent way to make my love work for me.

I’m looking forward to a lot more #writing as a #freelancer and #blogging for others. Until you read again….. Have a Fan-Tabulous Weekend!!

 

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Working From Home – Time Management

Well, being your own boss and working from home certainly has it’s advantages, but there are a few pitfalls as well. Managing your time wisely is your key to success. Just because you may be in your PJ’s doesn’t mean you should lay around. Get up and Get going. Your virtual clients keep their hours and you have to be available when they need you. Brush your teeth, find a healthy breakfast and LOGIN. Some mornings that’s a challenge. For instance, I was up until 1AM last night working and taking online classes. That was my choice but I still had to roll out of bed and get moving for a 9AM appointment.

Create a schedule for yourself that includes all your daily tasks, both professional and personal and stick to it as strictly as you can manage. I have always been a big fan of Dale Carnegie and the business strategies he has developed and that the corporation teaches.

Mr. Carnegie is also the author of Living in Day Tight Compartments. Check out this interview with Rod Colon of ME, Inc.

No matter your expertise or business function, time management is your great asset. Make a plan, stick to it, and live and work in a healthier mode.