The Premier Mastermind for Ghostwriters, Book Coaches, and Developmental Editors2022-03-17T18:48:43-06:00

Are You A Ghostwriter, Developmental Editor, Or Book Coach Who Wants To Earn More Money, Learn More Skills, Get More Referrals, And Feel Less Alone?

A Message From:
Dan Janal, Author of Write Your Book in a Flash

Dear Fellow WordStar,

I’ll never forget the day when my literary agent asked me an important question.

She said, “You sound like the perfect person to write this book. How much do you charge?”

I gave her my figure.

And she said, “Would you like a little coaching advice?”

I said, “Sure.”

She said, “You should be charging at least three times what you just told me. Someone with your background and with your experience should be charging a lot more money.”

That’s When I Realized That People Like Me – Ghostwriters, Book Coaches, And Developmental Editors – We’re All Undercharging, And We Don’t Know It!

In fact, we may be overcharging.

We don’t know.

We don’t know what everyone else charges.

We don’t know how everyone else runs their businesses.

We don’t know what the norms are.

We’re fighting this fight alone.

We’re running our businesses by bootstraps.

Wouldn’t it be so much nicer, I thought, if we could all get together and share information about how we run our businesses, about how we write our contracts, about how we deal with clients who are, shall we say, not the best clients to work with?

That’s when I hit on the idea, “Why not form a mastermind group?”

That’s why I started the WordStars Mastermind group.

And it’s been going great.

I invite you to check out the testimonials on this page.

Read all about the benefits that you’ll get when you join the mastermind group.

See How You’ll Be Transformed And How Your Business Will Be Transformed.

You’ll be making more money, dealing with better clients, having a lot more fun working with those clients, finishing those projects on time, and feeling great about yourself, your projects, and your clients.

So read this page.

Then fill out the form, and let’s have a friendly conversation and see if you’re a good fit for the WordStars Mastermind group!

Who Is The WordStars Mastermind For?

This Mastermind is for ghostwriters, developmental editors, and book coaches who want:

  • More great prospect referrals

  • More networking with people who understand what you do

  • More professional development

  • More solutions to overcome common problems

Again: it’s a safe place where we can learn from each other about editing, running your business, marketing, dealing with clients — and hold each other accountable.

World-Class Athletes Have Coaches. Top Business Leaders Join Masterminds. Shouldn’t You?

  • You know you can achieve more

  • You are good at what you do and you are always working to become better

  • You know that you don’t always have all the answers, and are willing to ask the questions

  • You want to be confident in your decisions

  • You want to hold yourself accountable

  • You want to be more proactive

  • You are ready to stop wasting time

  • You want to share and exchange ideas

  • You don’t want to feel alone, but rather be part of a supportive community

  • You want to stop underpricing yourself and charge what you deserve

When you join the WordStars Mastermind, you will join with other successful professionals who want to help each other.

You will gain more confidence in your work.

You will discover more tools and techniques to help your clients – making YOU the hero of their story!

Most of all, you will run your business more effectively by learning the best practices of your peers for client management, marketing, onboarding, and client communication.

Hear From Fellow Book Coaches, Developmental Editors, and Ghostwriters About Their Experiences in the WordStars Mastermind:

Pat Iyer

Cheri Merz

Penny Hopkinson

Simon Golden

Join With Fellow Professionals, Like You, As We Collaborate With Each Other To Grow Our Businesses In “Real Time” In A Mastermind Setting!

Here’s how it works:

We hold two meetings, each month for one hour, via Zoom.

The first meeting will be for networking and answering common problems. Topics will be driven by the participants.

The second meeting is a tutorial either by a group member who shares their expertise (i.e., how to make a first draft go from good to great), or an outside person who can answer questions the group has (i.e., self-publishing, marketing, research, negotiations, etc.).

All meetings will be recorded and are stored in case you miss a meeting or need to review the notes.

In these interactive sessions, you will:

  • Have spotlight time to introduce yourself and share the “Readers’ Digest version” of how you got started, who you are, and how you serve your clients

  • Ask for and receive feedback and ideas for a current problem you need support with

  • Contribute feedback and ideas to other people’s problems

Frequently Asked Questions About the WordStars Mastermind

I have a lot of experience. Will this benefit me?2021-07-06T15:51:59-06:00

You can always learn new skills and new ways of working.

You’ll also meet other accomplished people who could be in a position to refer work to you – and vice versa.

I don’t have a lot of experience. Will that be a problem? I don’t to appear stupid or drag down the group with newbie questions.2021-07-06T15:51:29-06:00

Everyone enters this group with the “beginner’s mindset.”

We are here to learn from each other, and sometimes, re-learning the basics makes us smarter and more productive.

Why is there an application form?2021-07-06T15:49:39-06:00

Membership is by invitation only.

We want to ensure each new person is a good fit for the community.

New members are invited by referral from existing members.

We don’t do any email blasts or Facebook ads to find members.

I’m very busy, and I like this idea. How much of a time commitment is there?2021-07-06T15:36:27-06:00

There are two meetings a month, for one hour each meeting.

There is no prep work so you don’t have to spend any other time in the mastermind.

All meetings are recorded and transcripts will be available so you won’t miss anything.

Why would I want to spend time with other people offering the same services as I do?2021-07-06T15:33:26-06:00

Because they are the only people who know what you are going through – and have the collective answers to help you get to the next level and deal with issues that only we have.

Also, it is rare that anyone is a direct competitor because we all have different topics of interest, different fee schedules, and different time requirements.

Many of our group members refer business to other members because they are a better fit (and possibly exchange referrer fee commissions in the process!)

Why do you charge a fee for the WordStars Mastermind?2021-07-15T15:05:21-06:00

“Free” doesn’t build loyalty.

We want people who show up and are invested in their futures.

We don’t want people who don’t take their professional development seriously.

Punch above your weight – team up with people who are smarter than you are.

Learn from each other.

Share your problems and your struggles.

Gain behind-the-curtain expertise and how-to advice.

Meet Dan Janal: Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, And Book Coach

Dan Janal works with business owners and professionals who want to elevate their reputations and set themselves apart from their competition by writing a book.

As a book coach, developmental editor, and ghostwriter, Dan shapes stories and strategies that can transform a career or business.

Dan has written more than a dozen books that have been translated into six languages.

His latest book is Write Your Book in a Flash.

He also hosts a podcast, “Write Your Book in a Flash with Dan Janal”, where he interviews subject matter experts who have written books. named the show one of the top 50 podcasts for thought leaders.

He’s a former award-winning daily newspaper reporter and business editor.

He has interviewed President Gerald Ford and First Lady Barbara Bush.

Dan is an award-winning daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor who excels in making difficult concepts easy to understand.

Somewhat of a visionary and thought leader, Dan wrote one of the first books on Internet Marketing in 1995. He also foresaw the coming of voice recognition technology with his book, “Business Speak” in 1999, and the problems of Internet security with “Risky Business” in 1998. He can see trends happening and show what they mean for businesses and society. (See all of Dan’s books here.)

As a skilled journalist with BSJ and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University, Dan has superb interviewing and writing skills.

Get Started Now – Apply To Join The WordStars Mastermind

Wouldn’t it be nice…

To learn, grow, ask, challenge, discuss, collaborate, co-create, and even compete in a fun, non-judgmental, highly-energetic environment?

Come for the content. Stay for the community.

Your investment is $1,000 per year – and we also have a popular, convenient payment plan of just $97 per month.

You can test the group for one month and then make a decision to join.

I realize you have questions – and I want to make sure you’ll be a good fit for the group.

Sound good?

Please fill out this simple form – as soon as you do, you’ll be immediately redirected to select a time on my schedule app:

As soon as you click the submit button, your form information will be sent to me and you’ll be immediately redirected to select a time on my schedule app.

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