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Hi Iam a first time writer.I have great ideas, great story lines, and endings. My problem is in dialogue. Is it possible to get good ghost writers from countries such as India since they are much cheaper than U.S ghost writers? And if so where do I begin looking.
Thanks Sean.

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Most ghostwriters write nonfiction, not fiction. If you want to write fiction, good fiction, learn to write good dialogue. Like anything else you want to conquer, it takes time, study, and practice, but if you have good story ideas, you, and probably only you, can create the characters and their dialogue to make the stories come to life. In addition, writers in India do charge less, but if you want to write for an American audience, hiring someone for whom English is a second language is probably not going to result in believable, convincing dialogue. Read a book on how to write good dialogue. Listen in on conversations, rather than joining in. Hear how people talk. Read books that have good dialogue in them and see how other popular authors handle dialogue. Donít hold yourself back as a writer by refusing to learn how to write good dialogue. Also, a good editor may help point out exactly where your weaknesses and strengths are in dialogue, so you will know where to improve.

Last of all, know this fact: good contemporary fiction is 70% dialogue. Do you really want a ghostwriter to produce 70% of your book?

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Thank you for your question, and keep coming up with those story ideas! Good for you!

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Book Doctor Bobbie Christmas owns Zebra Communications, a book-editing firm in metro Atlanta. She not only edits books, she also helps writers power up their prose to increase their chances of success. She is the author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), a creative-writing guide that won three awards.

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Bobbie has spent more than 40 years in the publishing and communications industry and has run Zebra Communications, a book-editing company, since 1992. The editor of many publications and periodicals, she has worked with book publishers and trade magazine publishers as well as working in marketing communications and corporate communications.

Organizations
Past president, Georgia Writers Association; past vice president, South Carolina Writers Workshop; charter/lifelong member, Florida Writers Association; Southeastern Writers Association; Atlanta Writers Club; Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL); International Guild of Professional Consultants

Publications
Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation), A Cup of Comfort for Friends (Adams Media), A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (Adams Media), Haunted Engounters (Atriad Press), Remembering Woolworth's (St. Martin's Press), First-Time Home Buyer magazine, HomeBusiness Journal, Apparel Industry Magazine, Edge Magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Time Travel Australia, American Writers Review, Points North, That's Entertainment, Atlanta Parent, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, etc.

Education/Credentials
Journalism: University of South Carolina plus four decades of working in publishing, marketing, communications, advertising, newspaper and magazine production, book publishing, etc.

Awards and Honors
First Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers Annual Contest, 2005; First Place, education, Royal Palm Literary Award, 2004; Best in Division, Georgia Author of the Year Awards, 2005; Finalist, Best Books 2005, USA BookNews Third Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers, 1999; Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year, 1998; plus many other awards

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Capital Books, Sourcebooks, Olin Frederick, The Writer's Machine, Russell Dean & Company, Outskirts Press, and hundreds of writers.

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