If you’ve ever had your home redecorated, you’ll be familiar with a snag list. It might include a poorly painted windowsill, a chipped radiator or, more seriously, a trickle of water suddenly appearing following some heavy-duty construction work. A good builder will resolve all issues they were responsible for, leaving your home safe, dry and comfortable. For all self-respecting writers, a snag list is an essential part of our work. We don’t always get things right first time and, since no style suits all clients, adaptability is key. In the overwhelming majority of cases, my clients and I read from
If you’re thinking of hiring a ghostwriter what you probably want to know is what you will be getting. But how to find out? After all, you can’t click on your chosen writer’s profile to see how many five star reviews he or she has received from past clients. Ghostwriting doesn’t work like that, because every relationship between a ghost and their client is unique. So how can you tell what you might get from a collaboration with one of us? Well, although we’re a modest lot, and don’t generally like to blow our own trumpets, you can ask us
I’m a big believer in the fact that a good story is always going to be a good story however publishing, like most businesses, is very trend led. When it comes to memoirs especially, tapping into a particular trend can mean the difference between getting your book published or not. A trend can be sparked by anything such as a film or a TV programme. When I first started ghostwriting around seven years ago, publishers were clamoring for nostalgia memoirs largely due to the huge popularity of TV shows such as ‘Call the Midwife’, ‘Mr Selfridge’ and ‘Downton Abbey’. So
You’re an entrepreneur in a technical field. Or maybe you’re a scientist. How about an engineer? If your work is what most people would call ‘technical’ – in other words, difficult for the average Joe to understand – writing a book about it is always a challenge if you want it to be appreciated by a general audience. After all, you don’t want your book to be one that only a handful of people understand. So how do you get across your expertise when you have complex and tricky information to impart? What’s the secret to explaining your topic so everyone
“Get my book published,” tops many a bucket list. As we hurtle towards the end of yet another year, thoughts turn to what we hope to achieve in the forthcoming 12 months. Hope is an important word, because writers need an abundance of hope. In her book, Grit, about the psychology of achievement, Angela Duckworth quotes bestselling-author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who says, “Writing is failure. Over and over and over again.” This may sound like a bleak summary of the writing trade, yet the image of screwed-up bits of paper surrounding the stressed writer, head in hands, is a prevalent one.