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Editing for a Cause

Do you need editing for your new book? Win two hours of the best professional editing I’ve got to offer at the State of Michigan Children’s Trust Fund annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction.

Time, online silent auction: September 14-16, 2020

Time, virtual live event: September 16, 2020

Where to register:

Bipartisan – in Today’s Climate?

The Children’s Trust Fund is the only department of the State of Michigan that has as its sole mission, childhood abuse and neglect prevention. It was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1982 as a result of a bill co-sponsored by Democratic State Senator Debbie Stabenow, Republican State Senator Connie Binsfeld, and others from both sides of the aisle. It has been proudly bipartisan throughout its history.

My interest in CTF began in 2008when Emily was hired to become the statewide coordinator of the seventy-three local councils. She’s on the phone or Zoom every day, answering questions of local council leaders, leading workshops, sharing current news from the State, and helping councils to fund effective local programs whose goals all are to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment before child protective services get involved. In addition, she serves on statewide committees (she co-authored the Michigan state protocol on child trafficking). I see the good work she and CTF do every day on a starvation budget.

And There’s More

As if their good work isn’t enough, studies have shown that preventing childhood abuse and neglect. rather than letting it happen and picking up the pieces through expensive recovery programs, saves not only lives but money. According to Emily, “For every dollar of prevention, research shows that we save $4 to $6 later on in intervention.”

It would be logical, then, to heavily support CTF in the annual state budget so we can reduce the need to clean up the mess after the abuse and neglect. Make sense?

Unfortunately, it is the only department that has to fundraise to exist. It does so in various ways that you can read about here. The annual auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year, pulling in at least a half million dollars per event

Items are donated. In years past, the evening was a high-class affair in downtown Lansing or at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University. This year’s auction is the first to be totally virtual. In recent years, they added the pre-auction silent auction. I’ve been part of the silent auction since its inception.

According to Emily, “The dollars we raise are vital to accomplishing our prevention mission goals.”

Register Today, No Cost

There is no cost to register for this event.  So please register today at You can help make this year’s auction the best ever and get editing you didn’t know was possible:

“If any of you are writing a book, go out and get yourself a Ken right away! He held my hand through the doubts and fears, pulled me out of the stuck places, and turned me into a writing ninja.” — Kristi Lynn Davis, author, Long Legs and Tall Tales: A Showgirl’s Wacky, Sexy Journey to the Playboy Mansion and the Radio City Rockettes

“Don’t hire Ken! Unless you want impeccable editing skills. He’s the best!” — Kathryn Dempsey, author, SHED HAPPENS! 7 Ways to Overcome Life’s Challenges at Work & Life

If you don’t need editing, bid on another item. Or you can give a direct donation to CTF at

Your kind donation will help to save lives and keep families together.

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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.

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.