We all hate them – and always have done, from the first parental nagging about homework tasks, through the hateful slog to deliver the 50,000 word thesis on the due day to the routine demand of a professional writer’s life – to produce a specified number of words by a certain date, over and over again. Everyone has their favourite deadline horror stories. I’ll never forget my first commission. I was still at university, working on my thesis (deadline too far off to be the slightest worry), and beginning to enjoy the life of a postgrad student. I had met a poet and
So near and yet so far. Your final book manuscript is in your hands. It’s been researched, it’s been edited, and it’s looking good. Congratulations – you’ve achieved what few other people manage, which is to finish your book. But before you press publish, there’s the small matter of making sure there are no nasty legal surprises lurking behind the pages. Because if you’re found to have unwittingly transgressed copyright law after publication, you or your publisher will be faced with the prospect of making changes and even destroying copies that have already been printed – not a welcome task.
Flick over to the ‘meet the ghosts’ section of the United Ghostwriters website and you’ll find 15 highly capable, hugely experienced, friendly ghostwriters. Plug in ‘ghostwriter’ into your favourite search engine and you’ll find dozens more ghosts offering to write your book. It might all seem a little overwhelming. How do you choose between us all? Trusting another person to bring your book to life is such an important, possibly life changing, decision. You don’t want to make a mistake. A word that is bandied around a lot in the ghosting business is ‘chemistry’, as in the ghost and author
In her excellent blog post of just a few weeks ago (28 September 2019), my United Ghostwriters colleague, Caro Handley, wrote about the value of telling ‘the whole truth’ in your memoir – i.e. including in your account of your life the stories of the times when you made mistakes, hurt others or made decisions you later regretted. Caro is a vastly experienced ghostwriter with more than 50 bestselling books under her belt and has worked with a number of very high-profile clients from all walks of life, and her point about honesty being the best way, not only to
As I have recently discovered, writing a novel is not for the fainthearted. For starters, there’s the exhausting process of living and breathing your characters, plots and storylines, only to realise how unfeasible everything looks when it stares back at you on the page in unforgiving black and white. Writing fiction is never going to be easy, but the following 10 tips might just help you hang on to your sanity. Don’t squirrel yourself away Tempting though it may be to hide yourself away from the world with just your keyboard for company, too much time focused on your novel