I’m currently working on two projects with authors no one will have heard of. That doesn’t make them nobodies. Far from it. The more I have worked with them, the more I have grown to respect them and what they have done that they want a wider audience to know about.
There are thousands of business and self-help books that coach the reader on how to communicate. A less obvious but also important attribute is the ability to listen. It is a discipline one has to learn as a ghostwriter, and one of the most important. You’re telling someone else’s life, not your own. Read more “The ghost as listener”
Congratulations! You have decided to write a book. You might already have put pen to paper to brainstorm ideas or opened a Word document to start a chapter with enthusiasm, energy and… then what happens?
Everyone who has tried knows writing a book isn’t easy. Structure, flow, drying-up of ideas, lack of momentum, editing, putting in the hours needed… There are so many reasons for stalling or giving up completely.
Read more “How to… decide if you need to use a ghostwriter”
Thirteen years ago, the first book I worked on – Beg, Steal or Borrow, the authorised biography of Babyshambles – was released, and my freelance writing career was set in motion. For the two years prior to that, I had the unbridled joy of balancing night work at a media monitoring firm and spending time with the nation’s hottest, most chaotic indie/rock band as they rode numerous waves of controversy, due in large part to the media obsession with frontman and vocalist, Mr Peter Doherty.Read more “Revisiting an Old Friend”