After weeks of anxious anticipation, the email has finally arrived. In a matter of seconds you will find out whether your manuscript has been accepted by an agent or a publisher…or not. On first glance, your heart skips a beat. The email is longer than a one-liner (“not for us, but thanks anyway”) which is a good start. You immediately scroll down to the end, knowing this is where your destiny lies – the result of months or even years of hard work. The email ends kindly, but for you, devastatingly. Your manuscript is good, but just not good enough.
Working with a ghostwriter is a process that you, the author and the ghost you have chosen to work with set out on together. It will go on for some time and will have a distinct beginning, middle and end and it will be both enlightening and, hopefully, enjoyable. But that’s not all that ghostwriting has in common with therapy. Let me explain. The Beginning This is where you get to know one another and build up trust. You, as author, tell the ghost what you want and the ghost will tell you what’s involved in reaching that point, how
It was my teenage son that found it: the worst possible person to be in possession of these particular two words. ‘Utter drivel.’ This was, it is hard to admit, a review for a book I helped write. Now, since I am a ghostwriter and this is my livelihood, let me get my defence in quickly. The book in question was what can only be described as a Marmite one. A real sex ‘n shopping, chick lit humdinger. You either love that genre, or you don’t. I absolutely adored working on it and the reason the family was glued to
You sit down to write your business book and check over what you did last week. How disappointing – nothing seems to hang together. What’s more, you’re sure it’s littered with spelling mistakes, and wonder if that second chapter makes sense at all. Now you’re starting to wonder whether you’ll ever be taken seriously as a business author. But what if I was to tell you that feeling like a lousy writer can actually be a blessing when it comes to creating a thought-leading and well-respected book? The real reason you’re stuck You probably think you’re stuck because you don’t know how to structure your thoughts into
The six emotions every writer will feel ‘Everyone has a book in them’ How often have you heard that phrase? When researching who originally said this well- worn observation, Christopher Hitchin’s witticism cropped up in Google: ‘Everyone has a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay,’ he wrote. But of course it’s a ghostwriter’s job to help these stories be told, so I prefer author Jodi Picoult’s more positive take on the phrase: ‘Everyone has a book inside of them- but it doesn’t do any good until you pry it out.’ Prising the