Finally 'Cool' - The Ghost Writing Blog
Just recently I reluctantly answered an invitation from a local school to speak on the subject of writing autobiographies. I’m not a natural public speaker, but it was one of those can’t-think-quickly-enough-to-get-out-of-it moments and so I ended up in front of an entire year group of cynical 10 and 11-year olds.
I delivered what I hoped was a confident and interesting talk, giving a few anecdotes along the way about the people I have worked with. I elaborated on what I think makes books interesting and about the various unexpected things I have discovered through the interviews I have done through my book writing career. I said how fortunate I felt at meeting so many extraordinary people and being able to ask them anything I wanted. At the end of my half hour speech, the teacher asked the kids if they wanted to ask any questions and to my amazement about thirty hands shot up.
Picking out a kindly looking young fellow from the front row, I asked him how I could help.
“Your job is so cool,” he glowed. “How do I become a ghost writer?”
So, that is it. After years working in the shadows as a ghost, I have finally become cool!
On a serious note though, ghostwriting is beginning to carve out a bit of a niche for itself of late. Instead of being the guilty secret that no one really mentions, people are becoming much more open about saying they’ve collaborated with a ghost. In his Guardian blog of November last year, the literary commentator Robert McCrum, went as far as listing ‘Ghost Lit’ as a genre all of its own.
A number of my most recent clients have been very open about it indeed. Better still, many of the people who I work with see it as a badge of honour that they have worked with an experienced author. They are talented and professional and know everything about their field, and luckily they see the same qualities in me. It makes sense that we all do what we are good at to get the best possible end product.
So, it is pretty cool to be cool.
- Why don’t ghostwriters simply write books for themselves?
- Can you make a living as a ghostwriter?
- A day in the life of a writer
- How to find a ghostwriter for an autobiography
- The pros and cons of hiring a ghostwriter
- Why do entrepreneurs hire ghostwriters?
- Selling your book to a publisher – how to write a book proposal
- How can I write a book about my life?
- Thirteen years as a ghostwriter – what have I learned?
- Make money from writing: simple ways to become a ghostwriter
- How common are ghostwriters?
- Ghostwriting – expectations versus reality
- Planning your book part 2. How long should a chapter be?
- How to plan a book – paper and scissors required
- Ghostwriting contracts and agreements: how to protect yourself if a collaboration goes wrong
- Do you need a ghostwriter for your book? Publishers seem to think so.
- How to find a ghostwriter
- Submitting a manuscript to a publisher or agent – why does the process take so long?
- Print vs ebook: Which format is right for you?
- Making your true story readable – what is narrative non fiction writing?
- How and where to research when writing a non fiction book
- I’m writing a biography. What tense should I use in my book?
- How to start your novel
- What should my business book be about? Business book ideas.
- How to distribute your self published book
- Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Wrong. How to write a book without plagiarising
- Can you write a book with the same title as another?
- What’s in a name? Can you write a book anonymously?
- How to get feedback on your book
- How to work with a ghostwriter: what does the author do?
- How to work with a ghostwriter – the interview process
- Ghostwriter versus co-writer
- Can self published books be successful?
- Is ghostwriting ethical?
- How does a ghostwriter keep the voice?
- Perfect pictures: Sourcing photographs for your book
- Why write a business book? Because it is the best way to get noticed. Ever.
- What to do with a book before submitting to a publisher: how to prepare a manuscript for publication
- Rejection could be viewed as a redirection. But why was my manuscript rejected?
- The piece of string question: how many pages should my manuscript be?
- Urgently seeking authors: how to get ghostwriting clients.
- Who you gonna call? What’s the difference between a ghostwriter and an editor?
- How much does a good ghostwriter charge?
- All you need to know about how to write a bestselling business book
- I can write perfectly well myself: so why do authors use a ghost writer?
- If a ghostwriter can’t say what they’ve written, how do they provide writing samples?
- Your name on the cover – but does a ghost get rights to a book?
- How do you know if a book is ghostwritten?
- Should I Self-Publish My Novel?
- How To Use Facebook Advertising To Sell A Book
- Should You Use Slang In A Novel?
- How To Overcome Writer’s Block
- How To Market & Sell Your Book
- How To Come Up With A Title For Your Novel
- 5 Things You Should Know When Working With A Ghostwriter
- Lazy words and stuff
- Finally ‘Cool’