Annika Utgaard

Content Strategist, Copy Editor, Copywriter, Developmental Editor, Editor, Ghostwriter, Technical Writer, Writer, Managing Editor

Branded Content with a Storytelling Twist

Hi, I'm Annika, author of Create, a book that offers busy thought leaders and entrepreneurs—with important messages to share—a means of creating and publishing their book without the traditional barriers. Prior to this, I established myself in the world of content marketing and freelance ghostwriting and have been a Top Writer in Books on Medium. Over the years, I have worked with several clients to create on-brand content and messaging, reaching hundreds of thousands of readers in the process.
Content Types
Article, Blog Post, Whitepaper, Ebook, Social Copy, Website Copy, Interview, Product Description, Case Study, Buyers Guide, Press Release, Ad/Promotional Copy, Direct Mail, Guide, Script, Commercial, Recipe, Landing Page, Checklist
More Information
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science, Psychology
New York, NY, USA|English, Norwegian

Published Content

How to Write Your Book and Create Your Legacy eBook
8 Exciting Things I Learned From Launching an Amazon Bestseller

I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me, wanting to know how this whole writing and publishing experience has played out thus far. For anyone who’s interested, I’ve documented most of my journey from the very beginning. (Those articles can be found by browsing my Medium profile.) But, to summarize the end game for anyone interested in the quick version…

August 16th, 2018
5 Key Aspects of Marketing that Drive Book Sales

A few months ago, I was listening to an episode of the James Altucher Show. The interview was with a bestselling author on Amazon. His name? Steve Scott, and he makes a solid five figures per month just on book sales alone. Of course, he seems to love writing and doesn’t mind churning out a new book once every two months. I prefer to write just one and use that book as a marketing tool for my business, as that’s more sustainable in the long run.

July 11th, 2018
7 Day Marketing for Non-Fiction Books on a Budget

Amazon will handle the majority of the marketing of your book for you — or, rather, their algorithm will — if you time everything just right. This includes top-notch promotion across their platform to all interested customers. Of course, you need to set everything up correctly so that you can take advantage of this free advertising. To do this, you need to send a consistent flow of customers who either purchase or download your book over the course of...

July 9th, 2018
This is Agora: An Overview

First and foremost, Agora is a Swiss protocol company. We spent three years building our own custom blockchain that runs on a token-free consensus mechanism, on which nodes can provide consensus without any financial incentive. Agora primarily focuses on voting, having developed several Dapps to ensure security, end-to-end verifiability and support for new devices.

October 11th, 2018
How Apple Cider Vinegar Stops You from Writing Your Book

About a month ago, I decided to start my mornings with a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in water. If you’ve ever tried this, you know that most people suck it down not because of its “pleasurable” taste but because of its many health benefits. Personally, I do it for the probiotics. But I digress… What do apple cider vinegar and writing a book have in common? They both take some getting used to.

June 13th, 2018
On Editing Books and the Importance of Taking Time Off

Earlier this month I finished writing my book. It took five days and came out at just under 32,000 words. To give this statement some credibility, here’s a screenshot of my book’s writing history on Scrivener. This screenshot doesn’t take into account the amount of time it took to the position and outline my book, nor does it reveal that three chapters of my book were already written back in January.

June 6th, 2018
The 1 Simple Trick I Use to Overcome Writer’s Block

One of the best things about picking up a new hobby, such as painting or writing or playing an instrument, is that you don’t care if you suck because you already know that you do. And you’re okay with that because you know that everyone sucks when they’re first starting out. But after a while, you learn the ropes of this new hobby, and you’ve had some time to practice. That’s when things stop being playful and start becoming serious and deliberate.

May 31st, 2018
How to Hack Your Book Marketing for a Successful Launch

A lot of people think that writing is the most challenging part of authoring a book. But, in my experience, the real beast of book creation is publishing and marketing. In fact, up until recently, I viewed publishing and marketing as such a daunting endeavor that I told all of my ghostwriting clients I wouldn’t touch it.

May 16th, 2018
How to Position Your Book to Create the Most Significant Impact

A tried and true method for finding your next (or first) book idea. If you are reading this, you probably have a somewhat loose idea of what you want to write your book about. However, if you don’t know or aren’t sure, don’t worry. In this short guide, I’ll walk you through how to settle on the subject matter for your book and how to position it in a way that will maximize your results and create the most significant impact.

May 15th, 2018
Stabling & Shunting

With its proven track record in energy metering and billing accuracy, it’s no wonder that many countries are turning to Erex to reduce operating costs and save energy. But with familiar, yet outdated bill-by-the-hour still being the preferred method, it can be difficult for some to jump on board the energy revolution. Let’s take a look at one of the latest features developed by Eress.

October 23rd, 2017
The 1 Question That Stops Most People From Writing

The question comes up a lot for aspiring writers: What do I do if someone has already written about my idea? Unfortunately, this mental hang up happens all too often. Fortunately, there is a very simple and straightforward solution: ask yourself, what perspective do I have that has been formed by my unique life experience? Being able to identify what’s unique about your life experiences is a good starting point. That perspective allows you to use those...

May 10th, 2018
Why Are You Sabotaging Your Dreams?

Every day, I meet brilliant people who are both knowledgeable and accomplished. They are full of innovative ideas and big visions for the future. The problem is that their ideas and dreams are reduced to casual conversations among friends and colleagues, or, even worse, remain inside their minds and never see the light of day.

May 9th, 2018
How To Not Disappear Into the Sea of Abandoned Dreams

Our ability to articulate our vision in a way that resonates with others — in a way that genuinely contributes value to their lives — is what will get people to fall in love with that vision, and choose to invest in our ideas. This is where learning how to communicate our story becomes so essential. When it comes to pursuing our big ideas and dreams, it is important to get other people on board. Enrolling others in our vision is what makes the difference between that dream taking off or casting it into the land of abandonment.

May 8th, 2018
Blog Post
The 1 Simple Reason To Put Your Ideas In a Book

Most thought leaders have no idea how much authoring a book can change the course of their lives. From finding your voice to getting unstuck, putting your ideas into a book can pull you out of the trenches and launch the life you’ve always dreamed of having. Writing a book gives you the opportunity to share your dream and your ideas with others and enroll people in your mission, supporting you...

May 4th, 2018
How To Use A Book As The Ultimate Growth Strategy

Recently, I wrote an article titled, The 1 Simple Reason To Put Your Ideas In a Book. The point of the article was to demonstrate that it is possible to make significant progress towards your end goal in a short amount of time. How? By putting your ideas into a book and sharing it with others. Writing a book is just part of it though. To create the biggest possible impact, you need to have the courage to publish what you wrote.

May 3rd, 2018
The Importance of Citizen Auditors in Elections

In Agora’s ecosystem, not only can each voter verify that his or her vote was accurately recorded and that it remained unaltered, but voters can also audit the results of their own elections — or those of other nations or organizations — and get rewarded for it. In this way, voters play a key role in ensuring fair elections and can place their trust in the electoral procedures.

October 18th, 2018
Blog Post
How To Use Medium to Gamify Your Writing (and Finish Your Book)

It all started with a goal: to write my first non-fiction book, under my own name (not as a ghostwriter), and launch a movement. I wanted my book to inspire thought leaders and budding authors to put their ideas and unique insights into a book and share it with others. Having seen extraordinary results from my ghostwriting clients, I knew that a book would be the catalyst for thought leaders to launch...

May 12th, 2018
Q & A: What Prompted Me To Write a Book

Since publishing my book earlier this month, I’ve had a lot of people reach out, asking for more information on what prompted me to write my book, how things have changed since publishing, how did it help my startup take off, things of that nature. So, I thought I’d take the time to answer these questions here on Medium. That way, if anyone else has similar questions, they can find them in my articles.

August 27th, 2018
The #1 Way to Experience Ease and Even A Little Magic on Your Dream

When it comes to turning a pipe dream into a reality, getting other people to support your vision is the only thing that matters. But you can’t just say, “Here’s my dream and this is why you should join me.” You need to tell your story; root your why in human experience. Because storytelling is where the human spirit is activated, and it’s the catalyst for unlocking the door to your future.

May 9th, 2018
16 Incredibly Useful Resources for Aspiring Authors

Throughout the process of writing my book and helping clients with theirs, I’ve curated a list of tools that have made the whole pursuit significantly easier. I’m sharing these in the hope that they will help other aspiring authors overcome some of the challenges they may be facing in their book creation journeys. So, without further ado, here are 16 incredibly useful resources for all you aspiring authors out there.

June 9th, 2018
#1 Best Resource for Landing Major Media Attention for Your Book

Let’s face it: Getting the word out about your new book is not as easy in reality as it is in theory. It’s difficult to compete with the thousands of authors who are publishing their latest stuff each month, especially since they have already made a name for themselves in the world of publishing. But rather than dropping $5000 to $10,000+ on a PR firm to promote your book for you, why not try HARO instead?

July 6th, 2018
Navigating the Landscape of Italian Energy Efficiency

Today we see a strong will to find solutions to the changes we need to become a sustainable railway energy sector. There is no question that trains are seen as a preferred transport mode and that energy saving is quite relevant for both monetary and environmental reasons. In this edition we highlight Italy, due to its adaptation to EU regulation and how its market and IT development are helping the country to move in the right direction. The rest of the magazine is focused on standardization and collaboration between countries, which are crucial for making European railways competitive.
Create: How to Write Your Book and Create Your Legacy

Entrepreneurs and thought leaders want to create their legacy—something that is an extension of the big dreams that drive them forward in life—they just need a conduit for making that happen. Create helps you put your ideas and unique perspectives into a book to create that legacy. Rather than feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the writing process, Create guides you step-by-step through an infrastructure that you can work with right away. It keeps you focused while amplifying your ideas in a beautiful, meaningful way so that you can affect the most lives.

August 8th, 2018
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