For more than a decade, I wrote as the Real Estate Business Guide for the New York Times owned About.com site. I wrote hundreds of articles for real estate agents on how to start and grow their businesses, and also many about real estate investing.
The New York Times sold the site, and it has changed ownership at least one other time, currently owned by DotDash. I left my contracted position more than a year ago. It has come to my attention through emails from confused readers of articles with my byline that links have disappeared to supporting documents and spreadsheets for some of my articles.
In checking them on TheBalance site, they show updates after my tenure. They still use my name as author, but I want readers to know that I can’t guarantee the accuracy or the quality of those articles, as they have been edited by people whose abilities are unknown and at low compensation rates.
Any potential client is free to check my articles there, but I must make it known that it is impossible for me to state that they are original or accurate.
I’m in Toronto, Canada last week through this week working with a major writing client. WebsiteBox.com and I have a 3+ year relationship, and I’m working with them in rolling out a new vertical product line with major writing requirements.
I appreciate clients who need regular work, as it helps to smooth the sometimes roller coaster income of a freelance writer. I just finished one book as a ghost writer for another client and starting another soon. Work is good for you.
I’m just finishing up a book project about fix & flip real estate investing. This one was interesting because it focuses not on flipping to other investors. It’s about creating a brand and selling to the consumer home buyer. Lots of great information on branding.
Finally, I’m not a ghost! While I’ve ghost written several books, I’m pleased to announce a book of my own for Turner Publishing Company that presents tips for first time home buyers. The title is “70 Things First-time Home Buyers Need to Know.” It’s detailed, taking the first time buyer from the decision to rent or buy, through the search for properties, then through the steps and documents in the transaction.
I’ve just completed an eBook ghost writing project about a new concept in lease-to-own for the purchase of homes. The Realtor® eBook is about 52 pages, while there are ancillary reports for Sellers, Buyers and Investors, each averaging around 19 pages.
I used photos, screen shots and did the cover design for this eBook, targeted at real estate professionals to get them to sign up and participate in the program. Approximately 65,000 words.
In late 2009, for early 2010 release, I was the lead ghost writer on a book project for a well-known real estate investment trainer. This book contains real estate investing tutorials as well as real life deal details all around the country.