Joshua Lisec is an adventure-thriller novelist, TEDx speaker, Ohio's 1st certified ghost-writer, contributor at Forbes, executive producer of Better Left Unsaid - The Film and author of "The Phoenix Reich."
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR Joshua Lisec is a multiple best selling author with at least one or two on the New York Times Bestseller list. None of them have his name on them. He's a ghostwriter who has cracked the code on writing a book that will get noticed. He is here today to show you how to make a bigger impact on the world with your knowledge and experience. CONNECT WITH JOSHUA Have him build your outline: Sell more online with better writing through his course: The Best Way To Say It Twitter: @JoshuaLisec GENERAL SHOW DETAILS Mind Reader University is the show dedicated to helping you improve your life through sharing conversations with the world's biggest thinkers. Hosted by professional mentalist and author Jonathan Pritchard. Like what you hear? Would you consider telling the world about it by leaving us an honest review on Apple or Google Podcasts? It takes less than a minute, and it really makes a difference in helping us connect with high quality guests. For show notes and other episodes, please visit Find out more about Jonathan at Connect with Jonathan, the host, on social media: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: YouTube: Show Contact Details Have a question, comment, or concern? Drop us a line: contact (at) mind reader university (dot) com
Another Side Hustle Friday Episode! This time we are covering Ghostwriting with Joshua Lisec! According to Scott Adams, He is an expert on ghostwriting and getting published! Other than talking about ghostwriting, we also talked about Joshua's origin, and how he used the spoke and wheel approach with his ghostwriting business and build a career around it!  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook LinkedinSee for privacy information.
Today I asked all the questions I know you want the answers to about writing a book, or more specifically, working with a ghost writer! My guest this week is Joshua Lisec. Joshua is the world’s ONLY award-winning, celebrity-recommended, #1 International Bestselling, certified professional ghostwriter. Wow! He’s the founder of The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith, LLC as well as a contributor to Forbes, a TedEx speaker, and a two-time published novelist. He’s taken his gift of writing and used it create change, impacting so many people. I was so fascinated by today’s conversation and I know you’re going to love learning more about Joshua and his ghostwriting skills! 2:31 - The Joshua 101 You heard a little of Joshua’s accolades in the introduction. Not only is he a wildly successful ghostwriter, he’s also been personally recommended by celebrities for ghostwriting. They’ve also endorsed his books! His books have sold tens of thousands of copies a month after the book’s release! California State University (Long Beach) is the only academically sponsored ghostwriting training program in the world. Only about 50 people have completed this course by not only completing the degree, but also demonstrating professional proficiency as a ghostwriter. Joshua is the first and only person in Ohio to complete the program. As a kid, Joshua loved reading The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Space Trilogy, both by C.S. Lewis. He was so inspired that he decided he wanted to become a novelist. At just 20 years old, Joshua had a two-book deal with an independent publishing house of Washington, D.C. Around this time, he also started a freelance writing business.  As he’s began promoting his novels, some of his clients told him they loved his writing and novels. They didn’t want to write a novel, but they did want to share their stories with Joshua’s help. Joshua didn’t even know what ghostwriting was at the time! He learned a bit more and agreed to help. 40 books later, and he’s still helping people tell their stories. 8:29 – How Does Ghostwriting Work? There are many people who want to get their stories out, but don’t know exactly what to say or are inhibited by their own self-criticism or self-censorship. It can even happen to people who’ve already written a book or self-published. Just as entrepreneurs desire to work on their business and not in their business, authors desire to work on their book, not in their book. Their time and energy is better focused on the impact they want their book to have rather than agonizing over style and grammar as well. In order for a Joshua to understand what’s going on in a person’s head, he starts with a free manuscript strategy session. To start, this helps answer whether a person should be writing a book at all. If the answer is yes, the next step is to figure out what that person’s future readers want. A ghostwriter literally helps an author figure out what the book should be about if there’s a good idea there. This first step is an iterative process that goes on for about a month, and the goal is to figure out what the book will cover, what it will deliver, and how it will transform the readers it’s intended for. For several months, the writer and ghostwriter will work on one chapter each week for several months. Everything written is in the voice of the author. Often a ghostwriter is better at pulling out what an author is trying to say if they are the best version of themselves, the uncensored version. It’s not just what they want to say, it’s the best possible version of what they want to say. Once a rough manuscript is ready, Joshua helps edit line-by-line, chapter-by-chapter in The Chicago Manual of Style. They style considerations are what separates a self-published book apart from a book on a bestseller list. 15:37 – The Jay Conrad Levinson Rule Jay Conrad Levinson wrote the International bestseller, Guerilla Marketing. It was the first book of its kind to help small business with low or no cost advertising. When asked how much money the book made him, Levinson said it was about 10 million dollars. The royalties over 30 years only paid about $30,000, but the book opened a door to consulting, speaking, products, services, upsells, masterminds, etc., that accounted for the remaining 9.9 million dollars. Following the Jay Conrad Levinson rule where people can gain from further resources that accompany your book after they’ve read it is the only way to see a big return on investment in the process of writing a book. 24:00 – Could Your Book Sell If You Didn’t Market It? Have you ever thought about writing a book? Would you have ever thought you need to know about SEO when coming up with your book title? Joshua also equips authors with resources (like Publisher Rocket) to know how to title your book. It literally tells you what book titles are profitable and which ones are not profitable. 33:23 – Live Ghostwriting and More Joshua also helps people who are interested in writing a book on their own. You can write your own book, but Joshua consults on how to structure material and then reviews the work you’ve done or the changes you’ve made. It’s almost like a live ghostwriting experience. Joshua has a similar program for publishing by setting up an independent publishing business for you, going through all the traditional processes of a normal printing press AND it comes in audiobook form too! Memorable Quotes: 10:20: “Authors want to work on their book, not in their book. Your job, your effort, your energy as the author should really goes toward the impact you want your book to have, that high level goal of the book, rather than whether an adverb goes here or here in the sentence.” 20:42: “Just like steppingstones across a creek, you want the stones to be there before you start walking.” 39:28: Getting To Know Our Guest Find out what Joshua would eat if he had to eat the same thing for dinner every night for the rest of his life, a dream that he’s yet to achieve, and most importantly, what it means to him to run a business with purpose. ABOUT JOSHUA LISEC: Every day Joshua Lisec helps authors manifest the mission behind their voice. Joshua is the world's only award-winning, celebrity-recommended #1 international bestselling Certified Professional Ghostwriter. He is also a Forbes Contributor ghostwriter, a TEDx speaker, and a two-time published novelist. Since 2011, he has ghostwritten forty books for everyone from household names with millions of followers to small town preachers who want to share their testimony. CONNECT WITH JOSHUA: Thank you our sponsor for this episode of the Business with Purpose Podcast: noissue! noissue. is the online platform for designing and ordering custom, sustainable packaging for your business or brand. With low minimum order quantities, worldwide delivery in three weeks or less (for free!!!), and a team of designers ready to help, noissue is making customized packaging accessible for businesses of all shapes and sizes. You can use the promo code purpose15 for 15% off your first order!
Joshua Lisec is the founder of The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith LLC, Ohio’s first Certified Professional Ghostwriter (California State University Long Beach), a multiple time #1 International Bestselling Ghostwriter, a Forbes Contributor ghostwriter, a TEDx speaker, a leading authority on author voice authenticity, and a two-time published novelist. Since 2011, he has ghostwritten forty books.   Brought to you by Hardy's Mentorship Program (, Hardy's Membership Program (, and Haberland Media (   Thank you for listening and supporting us!   This podcast is brought to you by Hardy's Mentorship Program. Do you want to know the most effective way to positively impact lives, achieve next-level success, and experience true fulfillment? Do you want to know the "behind-the-scenes" secret that Hardy equates to be the #1 strategy he used to create the most success in his life? Go to and join this free virtual training.   This podcast is also brought to you by Hardy's Membership Program. Membership benefits include private access to Hardy directly via a monthly Ask-Me-Anything podcast where you can submit questions for future episodes and get your questions answered by Hardy personally. Benefits also include steep discounts for products we believe in, so you can save money, and much more. Go to and get access to exclusive membership-only content.    This podcast is also brought to you by Haberland Media. Haberland Media provides podcast advertising placements for SMEs and large enterprises on world-famous podcast shows. Haberland Media also leverages its global network and relationship capital to book entrepreneurs and public figures on top interview podcasts. Furthermore, Haberland Media drives business outcomes via best-in-class paid media, SEO & content marketing. Go to and connect with us.   If you enjoyed this episode, would you please consider to rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds and it really makes a difference. Go to and rate, review, and subscribe.   Follow Hardy Haberland: Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram:   Get exclusive life & business tips that I only share with email subscribers. Go to and sign up.
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