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Claudia Suzanne Author and Professional Ghost Writer on Promoting and Marketing Your Book.

Claudia Suzanne Ghostwriting

Claudia Suzanne famed Ghost Writer, with Over 120 Titles, and Teacher at CSULB in Ghost Writing, Talks to OPM about Publishing, Promoting and Marketing Your Book

audio interview With Claudia Suzanne on Promoting and Marketing your book

Claudia Suzanne Bio

The Business of Books – Claudia Suzanne

Ghost writer Certificate Training through California State University Long Beach (CSLUB)


Ghostwriting Certificate Online Course Now Offered at Univ of Calif at Long Beach CSULB

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Ghostwriting Comes to CSULB

CSLUB in collaboration with Claudia Suzanne, is offering a Unique Program which  Prepares Writers for a Lucrative In-Demand Career as a writer.

California State University, Long Beach College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE/CSULB) is now offering “Ghostwriting Certificate Program” (GCP), the world’s only ghostwriter training program. Your teacher is Claudia Suzanne who is one of the most successful ghostwriters of our time.

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Michael Luckman on Overpowering Fear

Michael Luckman Overpowering FearMichael Luckman, a 40+ Year Veteran of Sales Teaches Us How to Overcome Fear in Selling, but More Importantly in Life.

Michael Luckman is a man that has faced the fear of public speaking, cold calling and fear of failure and has come out the other side grateful, successful and happy.  Michael teaches us how to overpower fear so that we can live the fullest lives we were meant to live.

I have the honor to the first person to interview Michael Luckman for his new book “Overpowering Fear: Defeating the #1 Challenge in Sales and Life“.

I was introduced to this wonderful author by Nance Rosen, Top Job Coach and author of “Speak Up and Succeed“, so let me say a big thank you to Nance because Michael is just what the universe ordered.

Fear is the Number One reason for failure that gains you nothing. Another words, it is fine to fail and even expected that you might fail, if you take a risk and learn a lesson.

If you fail, however, because fear stopped you from trying then it does not take a rocket scientist to tell you that unless you learn to overpower that fear, you will never succeed and thus you will never reach your God given potential.

I have suffered from a few phobias including massive stage fright, but I was a musician and played clubs like The Whiskey and House of Blues. I interview famous celebrities and world renowned scholars and believe me I used to get so fearful that I would get nauseous. I still have problems, but not anywhere close to what I did before.

Michael Luckman knows what he is talking about and he shares what fear and ego is and how you can learn to overpower these feelings that keep you from living the life you were meant to live. Where Mr. Luckman can not help you elliviate your fears, he gives what he calls workarounds.

These are techniques I have used and swear by. If you believe your fears are holding you back, then you need to listen to this interview and pick up this book. – JW

Michael Luckman

With forty plus years as a salesperson, marketing pioneer, entrepreneur and sales trainer, Michael Luckman is today, a successful and dynamic speaker, trainer and coach. In Overpowering Fear he opens up his life and the lessons learned to help his readers uncover their own fear blocks and overpower them, in order to enjoy lives filled with confidence, success and abundance.

Overpowering Fear is Michael’s real world journey through a career filled with amazing achievements – including the launch of the first electronic toy and inventions like the cartridge video game system, the electronic keyboard and the see-through advertising product seen on vehicle wraps.

book Michael Luckman Overcoming FearMichael also “gets real” about the personal defeats that came when fear,
uncertainty and doubt clouded even one of the brightest minds in business.
In working with and training thousands of salespeople, Michael came to the conclusion that those who reach the top in sales are those who have learned to overpower their fears and do whatever is necessary to gain the business. While those we would consider average salespeople succumb to their fears and will do only those things that fall within their comfort zones.

Unlike psychologists and other scientists who approach the topic of fear from an arm’s length or academic perspective, Michael peels back the cover on his own life. With astonishing honesty and impressive insight, he exposes painful, emotional events that began in childhood and continued to dog him as he rose in the business world.

Told with humor as well as deep personal truth, Michael’s life story and his “Luckman’s Laws” help readers take an equally brave and fruitful look at their own journeys. They will be delighted to find ten exercises at the end of the book that Michael created to help them find the causes and cures for their own fears.

Readers will also learn how to identify goals they want to see materialize in their lives, understand what dreams they have been afraid to realize and be able
to create a road map to a fantastic future.

This is a hugely important book because it alone examines the earliest origins of fear, a complex and defeating emotion, from a very personal and relatable perspective. Fear is present in every occupation and in every stage of life, so much so that it is a virtual epidemic affecting almost everyone at any time.

At his website, Michael-Luckman.com, this author provides a wealth of support as well as the opportunity to join him in seminars, workshops and coaching sessions.

For interviews, requests for speaking, media commentary and other story or show ideas, Michael may also be reached directly at (408) 404-6762 Ext. 2


Barbara Wilder Clearing Money Negativity

Barbara Wilder Money is LoveBarbara Wilder – Money is Love

Barbara Wilder talks to us about how the negativity around money can stand in the way of your success, and how you can clear the negativity of your mindset and your money.

I am a huge believer in mindset as what you think translates into what you do and thus whether or not you are successful or have the capacity to be.

I believe our reactive thoughts about money are centered around the negative so when you think about the success you want monetarily, you also bring up all your negative beliefs around money and thus are doomed from that point on to fail.

It works like this; you say you want to make 5 Million Dollars in the next 2 years. The success gurus say you have to vision it and write it down, as what you focus on expands. OK, problem is that whenever you think about money your lizard brain automajically starts spewing all it’s beliefs around money, like rich people are greedy and money is the root of all evil and I must vow to be a poor marter if I want to get into heaven etc. etc.

These thoughts will never allow you to focus positively on gaining the abundance you so surely strive for.

Barbara takes it one step further and believes that money itself actually holds the energy of everyone who has touched it and therefore the money itself holds so much negative energy that fixing your mindset is just not enough.

A fascinating interview. – JW

Barbara Wilder Money is LoveBarbara Wilder

Barbara is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, teacher, and healer.

She is the Founder and Director of The Transformational Light Center. In her groundbreaking book, Money Is Love, she showed us how to reconnect money to the sacred feminine and transform it into an agent for both personal and global prosperity.

Her second book, Embracing Your Power Woman, is a radical program that gives women in the second half of life the skills to recognize, embrace, and embody their innate feminine power.

Barbara has been a guest on network television and on numerous radio talk shows. Her popular workshops inspire participants internationally. She is a dynamic keynote speaker, speaking locally, nationally and internationally, including Deepak Chopra’s Alliance for a New Humanity in Pureto Rico, and The Universal Peace Federation’s International Peace Conference in Seoul, Korea.

She has been a member of the faculty of Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Originally an actor, production executive, and screenwriter, she recently wrote a play based on her book Embracing Your Power Woman called POWER WOMAN MAGIC which she wrote, produced, directed and performed in in its initial productions.

As a healer, Barbara works with individuals in person, by phone, and Skype, to help them strip away the veils to reveal the light within themselves. Barbara studied for eleven years under the tutelage of Russell Schofield, founder of The School of Actualism, a mystery school based the Hermetic Principles, the writings of Alice Bailey, Rudolf Steiner, and the ancient practice of Agni Yoga, also known as fire-breathing yoga. She graduated with the highest level of initiation in light-energy healing and transformational growth techniques. In addition to her many achievements, Barbara is an ordained minister and renowned spiritual teacher.

She is also the director and founder of The Power Woman Magic Project, a non-profit organization that exists to produce and promote the play, POWER WOMAN MAGIC and the workshops connected to it. This project was created to help women in the second half of life embrace and step into their power to help shift world focus from domination to co-creation.

Currently Barbara lives in Los Angeles where she maintains her intuitive counseling and light-energy healing practice at the Transformational Light Center, writes, gives workshops, and travels wherever she is called to speak and teach about how we can create a more light-filled and balanced world of peace, goodwill, and abundance for all.

Barbara Wilder Money is LoveBarbara’s Book “Money is Love”

War, Poverty, hunger and crime are caused by the fear that surrounds money and its scarcity.

Money is energy, and energy is limitless. Only our fear and our limited way of thinking make money seem scarce.

Using the tools and the exercises in Chapter Three, you can reconnect with the sacred origins of money, and direct the flow of money through your life and the world on a current of love, joy, goodwill and abundance.

Money is energy, and according to quantum physics the universe is made up of energy, which becomes matter only when information is focused on it. Wood is wood and not iron because of the information that forms the two different kinds of matter. Too many of us labor under the belief that money is “a necessary evil,” which is, more often than not, difficult to obtain.

By changing our feelings about money from fear, anger, greed and scarcity, to love, joy, abundance and goodwill, we can change the way money moves through our lives and the lives of others all over the world. “MONEY IS LOVE” teaches that as we begin to remove the negative thoughts and feelings that surround money and redefine money as love, we bring the power of love into all of our monetary transactions.

This in turn opens our hearts to allow money to flow abundantly into our lives, creating a place of peace and joy. From this place of harmony we can then send money back out into the world on a flow of love and gratitude. Money healed can begin to heal all that it touches.

And because money flows like blood through the planet, diseased it causes disease, but infused with love, money can become rejuvenating. This work stands out from other transformational money theories, because it deals with not only healing our personal relationship with money, but with healing the money itself, returning it to its sacred roots and then using this money infused with love as an agent for healing “Money is the blood of the planet. Heal the money and we can heal the world.” Page 82.

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Claudia Suzanne Professional Ghost Writer on Learning How to Find one or Be One

Claudia Suzanne Ghostwriting

Claudia Suzanne has Written Several Books and Has Written Over 85 Titles as a Ghost Writer.

Ghostwriting expert Claudia Suzanne is one of the leading book industry authorities with close to ten dozen “invisible” credits in myriad nonfiction topics, fiction genres, and academic fields.

Ms. Suzanne is the only ghost to ever deconstruct exactly how ghostwriters do what they do. Her latest title, Secrets of a Ghostwriter, is the “seminal text” on the subject–in fact, the only known ghostwriting textbook in existence.

I get the pleasure of interviewing many authors and many have asked me about ghost writing so I was so excited to get Claudia Suzanne, A very prolific ghost writer and the author of “This Business of Books, 4th Edition”,  which is considered a “standard of the industry” by college professors and librarians across the English and Chinese-speaking world.

Claudia explains to us how to find a ghost writer or how to become one. She tells us about what it takes and how to go about it.

She also teaches writers how the secrets of ghostwriting can help the writer do a better job. – JW

Claudia Suzanne

Ms. Suzanne is a recurring guest lecturer at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where she was also a consultant and Advisory Committee member on the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 editions of the award-winning historical journal The Welebaethan, respectively.

In recognition of her literary achievements and amassed knowledge from ghosting/editing so many successful books, Claudia was awarded a Bachelors degree (2004) and a Masters degree (2006) from Suffield University.

Claudia helped found Professional Writers of Orange County (PWOC) and served two terms as president of Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), OC Chapter. She currently sits on the board of directors of PEN USA, OC Chapter and the advisory boards of CSUF Extension Education, Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (MASA), and BASTIS Foundation. She is a member of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA, formerly Publishers Marketing Association) and Small Press, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN).

This Business of Books - Claudia SuzanneClaudia’s Book “This Business of Books”.

The most complete single-volume book-industry reference is now available in an updated 4th edition.

This Business of Books is an indispensable tool for aspiring authors, teachers and industry professionals. Frank, reality-based and reader-friendly, it explains what every author needs to know about:

  • Concept, Writing, Editing, Submissions, Publishing, Distribution, Marketing, Promotion & Sales
  • Editorial-service providers
  • Publishing contracts
  • The 5-step process for creating a book
  • When a plot isn’t a plot
  • Pros & cons of subsidy & self-publishing
  • Editing do’s & don’ts

… and much more. It’s a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips!

“This book should be in every creative writing class in the country!” (Laurie Thomas, Creative Writing Instructor, Saddleback College)

Used in colleges throughout the USA

Selected for translation by China Renmin University Press

Also includes: a glossary of industry “buzz” words and terminology, valuable links and resources and a complete index.

Ghostwriter Certification Training

Become a Certified Ghostwriter

Ghostwriting is recession proof and lucrative if you have the specific skills, theory, and freelancer politics of how to do the job, how to get the job, and how to get referrals from the job under your hands.

Ghostwriter Certification Training is a full semester of  intense, extremely hands-on work and serious fun. It  will affect the way you read and write for the rest of your life.

It’s the only course of its kind, based on the only textbook ever written on the subject.

The class breaks down every step of the ghostwriting process into easily digested pieces.

You learn exactly what to do with any concept, manuscript, and client you encounter. It will give you the confidence to charge the fees you deserve, the skill to fulfill your contracts, and the insight to become a master in the field.

“The best, most affordable and most efficient training around is provided by ghostwriter, gifted teacher, and author in her own right Claudia Suzanne.” – Jane Genova, journalist, attorney, blogger

You will need:

  • Microsoft Word 98 or later; 2003 or later preferred
  • A phone line, preferably hands free, that will stay connected for 3-hour sessions
  • 6 to 8 hours or more per week for homework; this is an intense course of study, meant to prepare you to increase your income immediately upon completion
  • Required Textbooks (see below)

Read what recent students say

Read what the press says

Includes MS Word for Writers demonstration session
Returning students: always 1/2 off tuition and books.

CONTACT Claudia Suzanne:


Jeff Rivera Talks About Writing for a Living

Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera

Speaking at Author 101 2011 in Los Angeles, Jeff Rivera talks to the attendees about quiting your day job to write full time.

I did not know who Jeff was when I did this interview and now I am bummed, as Jeff has so many interesting things going on and his story is amazing. Go check it out for yourself. www.JeffRivera.com


Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.
Jeff Rivera SittingHe also writes for Mediabistro, GalleyCat and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

The Gatekeepers Post

Jeff Rivera is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Gatekeepers Post. The Gatekeepers Post is a community of book publishing leaders including agents, editors, ebook publishers and A list authors allowing the publishing industry to tie in directly to other vendors and authors.

These professionals all blog on the newest changes in the industry and much more.

The Gatekeepers Post has been called a cross between The Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly. For More Info Click Here


Forever My Lady Jeff Rivera

Forever My Lady Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera’s “Forever My Lady”

From Publishers Weekly

Dio “Playboy” Rodríguez grows up poor with a drunk single mother in gritty Las Vegas, leading him into gang life at 13. Now 17, Dio hides a softer side beneath a fierce exterior that’s known only to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer. But when a drive-by leaves Jennifer wounded and sends Dio to prison boot camp, their soul mate relationship is put to the test. Rivera, who originally self-published this debut, traces a classic redemptive arc: perpetually scowling Dio resists the authority of drill instructor Jackson and clashes with fellow inmates, but he pours out his heart in letters to Jennifer, forms meaningful peer relationships and gains an appreciation for discipline. A genuine care for dynamic Dio allows Rivera to deliver a sincere story of transformation. (July)
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Rick Frishman’s Author 101

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you’re an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You’ll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

Author 101 University Event Website: www.author101university.com

Rick Frishman at Author 101 Helping New and Seasoned Authors and Writers Build Huge Success

Bookmark and Share I have been so blessed to be able to have gotten to know Rick. He always answers his own phone and takes the time to listen. I called Rick and asked if he had any media coverage at his Author 101 program in Los Angeles. Now Rick really does not need press as his programs. They are constantly sold out, but Rick, always about gratitude, graciousness and never about lack mindedness, invited me to the event with an all access pass.

I will never forget the day I got to sit down with Rick and his lovely wife for lunch. What a treat, Rick is hilarious and great fun to be around and as you will see from many of the interviews, his authors, agents and vendors really love Rick and Author 101.

Rick takes a moment at the end of the 4 day event to come and talk with me about the event, the programs they had and some new programs coming up. I of course, got some of the greatest interviews ever from authors, agents, vendors and more. Thank You Rick .- JW

Authors: Rick gives away his Million Dollar Rolodex. Rick has compiled this list of top agents and industry resources to help you write, publish and market your book or project. www.rickfrishman.com/resources.html

Rick Frishman

Rick Frishman

Rick Frishman RICK FRISHMAN, the founder of Planned Television Arts, has been one of the leading book publicists in America for over 33 years.

Working with many of the top book editors, literary agents and publishers in America, including Simon and Schuster, Random House, Wiley, Harper Collins, Pocket Books, Penguin Putnam, and Hyperion Books, he has worked with best-selling authors including Mitch Albom, Bill Moyers, Stephen King, Caroline Kennedy, Howard Stern, President Jimmy Carter, Mark Victor Hansen, Nelson DeMille, John Grisham, Hugh Downs, Henry Kissinger, Jack Canfield, Alan Deshowitz, Arnold Palmer, and Harvey Mackay.

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Rick is publisher at Morgan James Publishing in New York. In 2010 “MJ” published over 100 books. Morgan James only publishes non fiction books and looks for authors with a platform who believe in giving back.

Morgan James gives a portion of every book sold to Habitat for Humanity. (http://www.morganjamespublishing.com)

Rick has also appeared on hundreds of radio shows and more than a dozen TV shows nationwide including OPRAH and Bloomberg TV. He has also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Selling Power Magazine, New York Post and scores of publications.

He is the co-author of twelve books, including national best-sellers GUERRILLA PUBLICITY, NETWORKING MAGIC, WHERE’S YOU WOW, and “GUERRILLA MARKETING FOR WRITERS”.

His 12th book “SHOW ME ABOUT BOOK PUBLISHING” ( with Judith Briles & John Kremer) will be published in the Spring of 2011

He is the co-host (with attorney Richard Solomon) of the radio show Taking Care of Business, which airs every Thursday from 2:00-3:00 pm on WCWP-Radio in Long Island, New York. (www.tcbradio.com)

Rick has a B.F.A. in acting and directing and a B.S. from Ithaca College School of Communications and is a sought after lecturer on publishing and public relations and a member of PRSA and the National Speakers Association.

Rick and his wife Robbi live in Long Island with their three children, Adam, Rachel and Stephanie, and two Havanese puppies Cody and Cooper.

Go to www.rickfrishman.com for more information and to get Rick’s “Million Dollar Rolodex.”

To contact Rick or get more information:

Rick Frishman’s Author 101

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you’re an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You’ll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges. Author 101 University Event Website: www.author101university.com