I have two live projects at the moment: ghostwriting a book on teamwork in modern businesses, and doing the development edits for my third novel, to be published by Unbound in late 2019 (I would give the title a plug, but that’s currently under discussion …).
They appear to be very different projects, but one issue is common to both: finding the right voice. On the ghostwriting side, the style obviously has to be my client’s, not mine; an early chapter draft was not quite there – which is to be expected. To this end, we make sure we chat generally, for example over lunch, to help accustom me to the right tone and personality; writing a nonfiction book is so much more than just imparting information. In the world of business literature, some people like a formal, academic tone; others like to be very chatty and inviting in style, while others go for somewhere in between. Read more “Someone else’s shoes”