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How to write a kick-ass query letter which publishers will want to read

You’ve had your manuscript edited by a professional developmental manuscript editor; now you’re ready to submit to publishers. But they want a (*checks notes*) query letter? Here’s how to write one. First, know your genre, and research publishers who are currently accepting manuscripts in that genre. Like the vast majority of business letters, ensure your …

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How do I hire a manuscript editor?

Yes, Southern Ambition works with authors whether I’m developing the manuscript alongside you to keep you motivated with accountability and creative exercises or to edit your completed manuscript. But here’s how you find the perfect editor for your book. What is a manuscript editor? What do they do? And why is it worth your money? …

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What is a so-called ‘content strategist’ anyways?

Fantastic question. Here’s what it means to me and how Southern Ambition does this for you/your business – and why it pays to have an expert deliver this for you. Googling content strategist job descriptions results in definitions like an “inbound marketer with a broad set of content marketing skills” (retrieved from https://contentstrategycourse.com/what-is-a-content-strategist/). Or you …

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How to write a stand-out cover letter hiring managers will notice

DO make the look match your resume. You’re going for a consistent personal brand image, and – using neutral colors and simple formatting – go ahead and make it stand out visually a little. DO use a formal tone. This is not a personal letter but a business one. Appropriate greetings include Dear Hiring Manager …

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Writing an entrance essay which college admissions boards will want to read

Applying to college, graduate or doctoral programs, or medical school requires a lot of pieces, one of which includes a personal essay. They tell you to make it a personal story, unique, to reveal some of your individuality, but what are they really looking for? In my business, I have written numerous essays for those …

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Who or what is a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriting is legitimate and authentic. Ghostwriting means you hire a writer to write for you, but you present the work as if you authored it. Isn’t that deceptive? Well…not exactly; it’s an acceptable practice. A ghostwriter is a professional writer-for-hire who doesn’t take credit for the content in any way, nor do they profit from …

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