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We are growing at The Best Word, and doing more for our clients every day. If you have questions related to writing, do not hesitate to call and ask for Genevieve at (781) 373-1891.

Resumes



Sooner or later, you need to fine-tune or update your resume, as that, along with your cover latter are among the first things you show a prospective employer. And of course, any time you search for another job, you want your resume to represent the skills you will need to perform the job you would like to have. You want to make sure these things are as professional as can be, and that they present you in the best light possible.

Not everybody has the greatest work history to look back on. Many people are overworked and under recognized. Often pressures at home make it impossible to maintain your work load in the way your boss wants to see. Sometimes working two or more jobs at a time leaves you too exhausted to do any of these things well. So now, you are chewing on your pen, trying to figure out what to say in a resume that would be to the point and help you to look like the perfect employee for another and better job. There are essentially three sorts of resumes. The first one that are all familiar with is the chronological business resume, which emphasizes the places you worked, within the last five years, and the skills you developed while working at those places.

The second one is often used by people who have been out of the work force for several years. This resume emphasizes the skills you have developed over the years, and the problems you solved, concentrating on those skills that are most valuable to the job you are applying for. You may have developed these skills through volunteer work, taking courses, or through working for clients on your own. These are all acceptable on a resume.

The third is the classic CV, which emphasizes your educational achievements and any awards you have won. This is most appropriate for recent university graduates. We will help you sort your information to present in the best way possible. I have interviewed many employers, and I know the sorts of things they look for. Call Genevieve for information at (781) 373-1891.

Ghostwriting



Your time is important and so is your story. I will write the book length manuscript for you that you specify, using the information you give me. Depending on your needs, the book may be either fiction or nonfiction.

The good ghostwriter is a collaborator, who carefully sifts through all the information you give her, and writes it in a manner that will be compelling for your readers. When the terms of the contract have been fulfilled on both sides, the manuscript is entirley yours, and your name is the only name that will appear on it. Continued

Memoirs



Everyone has a unique story. It may be a story that would relate to and add depth to a period in our history, or a story that speaks of the psychology of family life and friendships that deeply affect our lives. Some of my clients have come to me saying they would like to have their life story written, but they do not want to hurt anyone who might still be alive. I often suggest that we write their story as a work of fiction. In this way, characters, scenes and situations can be changed so that no one could point their finger at th book and claim that the author said nasty things about them. other people have come asking for a book that states nothing but the facts. In either event, I gfive my clients the book he wants, written the way he or she would like it to be written, along with the adventure of having his story written by a professional writer.

Substantive Editing



Some clients come to me with manuscripts they have already written, in order to have them prepared for publication. First attempts at writing a book are wonderful, but they generally need a lot of work before they are ready to publish. Very few people are able to sit down and write their story in only one draft. for most of us, the real work begins once that first draft has been written. Editing is a skill that can take years to master. A scene clost to the end of the book may need to be moved back to the beginning, and another one may need to be described in a completely different manner. Often, characters need to be developed so that they are interesting, and the readers want to see what happens to them. This involves far more work than simply making sure that grammar and spelling errors have been corrected. It usually does not make sense to do that final grammar and spell check, until the manusxcrpt says exactly what the author wants it to say.

Copy Edits



Once the manuscrpt does say what is intended, and says it well, then I give it a good copy edit, to make sure that the grammar and spelling are correct.

One note about grammar: Once the basics have been rectified, such as nouns agreeing with verbs and commas used judiciously, what is correct grammar becomes a matter of opinion. The Chicago Manual of Style is the grammar Bible for many publishers and editors. However, there are other equally valid standards. I use the standard my client and his publisher want to see.

Indexing



Indexing is usually done only for scholarly and reference works. It involves reading the entire text and picking out all the topics discussed within that text, noting the pages those topics are found on, in order to build an alphabetical index to be placed at the end of the book. It is hours of painstaking work, and it is absolutely necessary that it be done accurately, or it is worthless. I pride myself on my ability to make an index that is appropriate to the needs of the people who would be using the book.

If you have questions related to writing, do not hesitate to call and ask for Genevieve at (781) 373-1891.