The dawn of the internet, and applications such as Skype, bridge what are often considerable geographical gaps, making communication cheap and easy. Indeed, technological advance has enabled me to work with people in America, Belgium, Norway and Singapore, and numerous others in various parts of the UK. I’ve met just one of those people, even though it feels as if I know them all well, having spent numerous hours chatting over internet connections that have, for the most part, provided good quality sound and visual.
I’m inclined to agree with those who claim we spend too much time on devices such as smartphones and computers for our amusement, but in business, as a writer, life has become less complicated. Documents can be sent and received in a matter of seconds, whereas in the pre-digital age the Post Office would have been relied upon to despatch hefty manuscripts that may or may not reach their destination.
Nowadays, I can conduct interviews sitting at my desk, while the other person might talk to me from the comfort of their own home, a park, café, pub, railway station or some of the numerous other places clients have chatted to me from. A few or thousands of miles might separate us, yet it matters not a jot. Entire books, as well as other, shorter projects, have been completed via Skype and email exchanges; and while nostalgia occasionally reminds me of what sometimes feel like simpler, less distracting times, as a ghostwriter I appreciate the ease with which I can work with people from all around the world.
So if you are considering embarking on a ghostwriting collaboration, but harbour concerns about the validity of such an arrangement, especially if based outside the UK, fear not – it really couldn’t be easier. And at United Ghostwriters, we have a wide range of writers to help you make the very best of your story, whatever that happens to be, and wherever you happen to live.
Spencer Honniball is a screenwriter, author and ghostwriter whose latest ghostwritten book, The Home, will be published by Ebury in 2019.