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
In Robert Harris’s bestselling novel, The Ghost, later filmed with Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, the ghostwriter hero leaves the haggling to his agent. He does a good job. The deadline, one month, is impossibly tight, but the fee for the Blair-like ex-Prime Minister’s memoirs is a juicy $250,000. When the American ghostwriter Tony Schwartz ‘put lipstick on a pig’ and wrote Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal for him in 1987, the deal he struck for himself was for the same amount, $250,000, plus a half share of the royalties. Not much for a soul, you might say,
We are a group of 13 professional ghostwriters who came together as friends to set up a marketplace for all your ghostwriting needs. Here are 10 other things you should know about us: We are all full-time writers (unlike other ghosts, we do not do ghostwriting “on the side”.) We work with people from all walks of life, including business leaders, experts, and people with a story to tell. We are NOT an agency (no middleman fees to pay). Between us, we offer every topic (mostly non-fiction but a few of us handle fiction too) you may wish to write about.