Professional Ghost

Professional Ghost

Some stories are so good they deserve to be told.

Be it a tale of rags to riches, triumph over adversity, or the fascinating history of how a good idea became an iconic brand, everyone wants to know how it is done.

If you are the person behind this against-all-the-odds tale, chances are, you don’t have the time to tell the world how you did it. Quite simply you are too busy getting on with it. Or perhaps you just don’t feel capable of writing a full book to tell your remarkable tale. Or, maybe you’ve tried to write it all down, but it just doesn’t seem to flow.

There is an answer. Professional Ghost is a ghost writing service specialising in books for business people, entrepreneurs and ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Professional Ghost’s founder, Teena Lyons, is an experienced ghostwriter and journalist who has collaborated on more than 50 books. Her portfolio includes biographies, how-I-did-it accounts, books on specific business disciplines from becoming a brilliant salesperson, to how to lead teams effectively. She’s even written some fiction titles and a spot of ‘chick lit’.

Teena will interview you, get to know your story and then write it in the most compelling possible way. If required, she will help put you in touch with publishers or, if you already have a book deal, she will liaise with publishers to see your book through to market. Alternatively, if you are looking to self publish, she’ll lead you through the process. You could even publish your book through Professional Ghost’s sister company PG Press. (If you want to know more about how this process works, there’s loads of information on this website and Teena also writes a weekly blog on everything to do with ghostwriting and book publishing).

At this stage, you may well be wondering why do authors use a ghostwriters? After many people can write pretty well themselves. Well, there is a blog about this very subject, but in summary, there are a number of very good reasons to hand the writing of your book over to someone else. First and foremost, it can be a cost effective way of getting a book written. It can take a professional writer up to six months to complete a book. And that’s writing full time. You may well be better off sticking to the day job. That goes doubly so if you turn out to be one of the vast numbers of authors who begin a book, but never quite seem able to finish it. Employing a ghost is a guarantee the book will be finished on time, to budget and in the best, most readable way. And that last point is worth emphasising. With dozens of books under her belt and many years working closely with authors and publishers , Teena Lyons knows what sells. She knows what a reader wants, and how to get them hooked from the very first page and then keep them engrossed for page-after-page after that. It’s no surprise that many publishers welcome the input of an experienced ghostwriter: they know they are going to receive a cracking manuscript.

And don’t worry: if you hire a ghostwriter your book will sound like you wrote it. That is the whole point of ghosting. You won’t be able to see the join. The mark of a good collaboration with a professional writer is to capture an author’s ‘voice’ perfectly. A ghost will become ‘their’ author on the page, thinking like they think, using terms and expressions they favour and seeing the world from their exact viewpoint. It may take the ghost ‘changing’ sex, nationality, profession and political and religious persuasions occasionally, but that is all part of the job. As Teena is fond of saying: I know I have done a good job for an author when their best friends read the book and think: yup, that is him or her.

Isn’t it cheating? Absolutely not! A ghost is simply helping an author voice what they want to say in a clear, engaging way. The knowledge/ideas/memories belong 100% to the person who has the name on the cover of the book. All a ghost does is make sure it gets onto the page.

Working with a ghostwriter should make producing a book much less of a chore and a lot more fun. The idea is to take away the hard work and heart-ache of getting that story into print and ensure that extraordinary story gets widely read.

Two main options:

Ghost writing

Your book written for you from scratch by a professional author.

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Polish and Publish

Your manuscript polished and made ready for publishing by a professional author.

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The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting is the must read guide to ghostwriting. It offers a comprehensive overview of this secretive industry revealing why people use ghostwriters, who might need one, from celebrities to ordinary people and how to get the best out of a publishing collaboration.

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