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You’ve Got the Time “Especially and Unreservedly Recommended” by Midwest Book Review

Thanks to the library journal Midwest Book Review for a glowing review of Ken’s new book, which will appear in the May 2020 issue.

You've Got the Time to Write that Book in You
“One of the most ‘user friendly’ and comprehensive how-to manuals for writers seeking publication of their work, ‘You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You’ is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Writing/Publishing collections…. Simply stated, if it is your ambition to create the next great American novel and secure your place in literary history (or just to have your own work published and secure as wide a readership as possible for it), then ‘You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You’ should be a part of your personal and professional reference shelf.”

If you’re serious about writing that book in you, this book will give you the jump-start and guidance you need to help you succeed in style. MBR wouldn’t lie to you.

You can purchase your own copy from the bookstore of your choice here.

The complete review is here.

For coaching or editing, write to [email protected] and ask for a free consultation.

“You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You” Earns 19 Launch Day #1 Rankings in 3 Countries

Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 15, 2020 –Ken Wachsberger’s latest book, You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You, wasted no time earning #1 International Bestselling status on Amazon. This step-by-step guide to successful book writing and publishing, released February 27 by Azenphony Press, earned #1 Launch Day rankings in 19 categories in three countries.

According to Wachsberger, “I worked harder and smarter for this launch than for any previous book but I’m still amazed. And pleased.”

Following are the #1 rankings:

United States

  • Genre Fiction
  • Research
  • Publishing & Books
  • Authorship
  • Nonfiction
  • Editing
  • Academic & Commercial
  • Marketing


  • Project Management
  • Training
  • Communications
  • Writing
  • Reference
  • Business Life


  • Research & Development
  • Knowledge Capital
  • Time Management
  • Business Life
  • Entrepreneurship

You’ve Got the Time also earned a handful of #2 and #3 rankings.

“Ken Wachsberger gets it! I work in the professional speaking industry and encourage my clients to put their intellectual property down on paper. For those overwhelmed at the thought of writing a book, this is a ‘must read.’ Ken takes us by the hand and shares his processes, tips, and techniques – all designed to get it done. I’m a fan!” – Lois Creamer, sales expert, speaker co-author, The Speaker Author: Sell More Books and Book More Speeches

“From the moment you decide to write a book to the day that it’s published, Ken Wachsberger takes you through the whole writing process step-by-step, with plenty of examples drawn from his own real-life experience as an author, editor, educator, and book coach. And before you sign a book contract, read the section on that topic; Ken is a contract advisor with the National Writers Union. Whether you’re an aspiring author or a seasoned one, this is a book you’ll want to have.” – Susan Schopp, PhD, historian, member, National Writers Union, author, Sino-French Trade at Canton, 1698-1842

Ken Wachsberger is an internationally known, award-winning author/editor, book coach, storyteller, and book contract expert. He is a long-time active member of the National Writers Union and National Speakers Association, and a renowned NWU book contract adviser for over thirty years.

Azenphony Press has published and promoted a diverse catalog of books since its founding in 1987 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Subject areas include the Vietnam era underground press, censorship, the Holocaust and Jewish resistance, the I-Search paper (a first-of-its-kind textbook), writing for self-discovery, how to keep sane as a breast cancer support person, book publishing and promoting, and puns.

Ken’s Book on How to Write a Book Launches TODAY: Special Offer

Greetings, Friends,

Today is Launch Day for my latest book: You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You.

February 27, 2020

It’s been years in the making. It has been molded by the honest critiques of early readers. It is a clear path to publication and beyond.

I’d like you to have a copy. So I’m making a special Launch Day offer:

Kindle ebook              $.99 (regular price $3.99)
Kindle softcover         $15 (regular price $20)

Purchase today! Procrastinate later!

If you’re even thinking about writing a book, know that there has never been a better time to write it. The technology is simple to learn and relatively inexpensive. I talk about it all, as well as

  • how to register for copyright
  • how to obtain your ISBN and barcode
  • what platforms to consider
  • whether to publish independently or through an established publisher
  • how to negotiate a contract if you ever find yourself looking at one
  • how to attract testimonials and forewords from legends in your field

and much more

Special bonus: You’ll learn how I beat the city of Syracuse with a series of angry letters.

You’ve Got the Time has been described as “the perfect book” about how to write a book. And you’ll get a good read.

I promise.

If after reading it you are so inspired, please post an honest review on Amazon.

Thanks in advance. Please spread the word.

I look forward to reading your book and to hearing from you.



Ken to Launch Latest Book at Everybody Reads

Are you still making excuses for why you can’t write that book you’ve been talking about forever? Then join Everybody Reads Bookstore as we help former Lansing author Ken Wachsberger launch his latest book, You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You. This will be Ken’s fifth appearance at Everybody Reads.

Mark your calendar:

Date:   Tuesday February 27, 2020

Time:   7 p.m.

Location:     Everybody Reads Bookstore
                        2019 E Michigan Ave
ansing, MI 48912

According to Ken, You’ve Got the Time is “the antidote for the oldest excuse for not writing a book in the book. If you’ve got the passion for your idea, you’ve got the time to write your book. You’ve Got the Time shows you where to find it and how to harness its power.”

You’ve Got the Time teaches you how to

  • Create order and make sense out of the ideas that are already swirling around in your mind
  • Name your files — including chapter and manuscript drafts, web text, freewriting adventures, spreadsheets, and more; as well as correspondence with typesetters, artists, printers, web developers, editors, experts, celebrities, and other industry experts — so you can find them when you need them
  • Prepare for and conduct expert interviews so you can sound like an authority even when you know you aren’t one
  • Make your prose flow like poetry even if you are weak in mechanics, grammar, and spelling
  • Track down and reach out to experts and celebrities whose forewords and testimonials will give your book credibility and marketability
  • Negotiate a book contract with knowledge and confidence
  • Build your income stream by thinking like a bestseller — whether or not your book makes a list
  • Prepare yourself and your loved ones for that time when finishing your book takes over your life, and your precious time with them is threatened

In addition, you learn everything you need to know about designing your cover; obtaining your ISBN, barcode, copyright, and index; coding your files for upload to ebook, POD, and audio; and more.

Award-winning author/editor/book coach Ken Wachsberger began his writing and editing career in East Lansing as a staff member of Joint Issue, the Lansing area’s Vietnam era antiwar, underground newspaper. He has two degrees from Michigan State University and taught writing at MSU and Lansing Community College. He is a lifelong educator, a member of National Speakers Association and National Writers Union, and a renowned expert on helping writers to negotiate book publishing contracts.

For coaching, editing, and speaking, or to set up an interview, Ken may be reached at [email protected]; 734 635 0577;,, Azenphony Press was founded in 1987 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jo No Little Woman with Book Publisher

I was one of two men in a half-filled theatre one day recently to see Little Women. Its feminist message was evident.

But what I found equally inspiring, as someone who has advised National Writers Union members on how to negotiate their book contracts for the past thirty years, was Jo’s strength as an independent freelance writer, female or male, whose work deserved to be treated with dignity. The publisher offered 5% net royalty; she countered with 10. They argued back and forth, debated net price versus list price along the way, and finally settled on 6.6.

From my comfortable reclining seat in the theatre, I thought at first that she shouldn’t have settled for less than 7.5 but I soon realized she was allowing a slight give in her demands in order to set up a final take:  She agreed on 6.6 but she insisted on keeping her copyright.

When he countered, she didn’t budge. It was a bottom-line issue that caused the publisher to back down and concede because he knew she’d have taken her manuscript and walked otherwise.

Are you an author looking at your first book publishing contract? Are you an established author tired of being screwed by a contract you don’t understand? What are your bottom-line issues and what do you do about them?

In my upcoming book, You’ve Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You, I introduce you to the world of boilerplate book publishing contracts, teach you how not to fall for the drunk lawyer clause, show you how to get the copyright taken out in your name or find the courage to walk, and much more.

It’s due out February 27, 2020. Stay-tuned for an exciting launch date special offer.