As I mentioned on here a couple weeks back, my freelance copywriting gigs feed my addiction to writing fiction, not vice-versa. However, my copywriting business is just part of a larger vision for Sahno Publishing, and that’s a publishing company that provides services – or at least access to services – well beyond the scope of normal, or average, writing services.

See, I don’t think that a Master’s in English and 16 years of pro writing experience should lead me to provide mediocre content. Far from it. In fact, the whole point of Sahno Publishing at its initial launch was literary excellence. And excellence has to extend beyond the literary and into every other aspect of the business, too.

I also mentioned that speaking engagements can mean a lot, not just for clients, but for the company. So I’m dramatically ramping up my speaking efforts over the next 10-12 months, with the goal of attaining Certified Master Speaker status in May 2018.

Those of you who have already heard of me, or who know me personally, may be surprised to see me making media appearances. Don’t be. That’s part of the plan. As the result of working with some great clients, I’ll be changing my approach to the types of projects I will take on. The Sahno Publishing model now has Ghostwriting for Entrepreneurs at the top of the list, and I plan to finish a ghostwritten book every month over the next year. With a book project taking three months on average, that’s a lot of books.

If you know a business owner who wants to have a book they can use as an extended business card, have them give me a call and we’ll chat. I’m working on one now, and have another one on the hopper. Again, as a result of the great folks I’m working with, the calendar is going to fill up, and once that happens, I have to back off to make room for speaking gigs. If you need that book before 2017 is over, call (813) 528-2622. I have someone onboard who is going to be feeding me these projects without my having to go look for them, so don’t delay if you’d like me to be your guy.

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My Weird Juneteenth Reading Experience

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You Deserve A Break Today

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There’s Not Much Funny About Dementia

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COVID-19: The Reaper that Keeps on Reaping

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The Worst Mother’s Day Ever

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Are Stories Inevitably Autobiographical?

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The End of a Good Run

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What Books Cost Their Authors: A Tale of Blood, Sweat & Tears

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Knuckleheads Who Want to Argue on the Internet: Get a Life

Back around 1990, I heard one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard a husband say about talking to his wife. I was sitting in a 12-step meeting and the man explained that certain conversations with his spouse sounded like she was trying to bait him into an argument....
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Back on Track With a Work-In-Progress

Last week’s unusually short blog post was entitled Closed for Maintenance: Me. Between my busy freelance schedule and other commitments, I didn’t have time for myself, much less for the blog (which is, after all, an unpaid avocation). Today's post is about getting...