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Get More Writing Done in Less Time

Long ago while working in marketing at Kodak I heard the phrase, “Tasks will expand to fill the time allotted.” Then we were typically talking about meetings, but the notion applies to nearly all business-related activities. Shorten your deadlines. I was skeptical of the adage at first but have seen it hold true consistently. Give… Read More »

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Should Gender Matter in Ghostwriting?

As many of you know, I’m a female ghostwriter. I have worked with male clients and I have worked with female clients – actually, more male than female. Nearly all the books I’ve ghostwritten have been entrepreneurial memoirs or how-to business guides based on a client’s unique approach or technique. Some have been technology-related, others… Read More »

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The Ghostwriting Process

I’ve come to realize that while writing is an art, I’m not an artist – I’m the owner of a ghostwriting business. For that reason, I should have processes and systems in place in my company to ensure consistency of quality and to improve my own efficiency. Do I believe that you can create a… Read More »

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Take a Blues Lesson from Buddy Guy and Mark Hummel: Expand Your Brand with a Book

Guest Post by Douglas Glenn Clark The excellent memoir When I Left Home by legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy was not penned for fame and fortune.  He already has both. Guy wrote his book (with the help of a ghostwriter) because long ago he made a vow to do anything and everything he could to… Read More »

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Secrets to Writing Faster

One of the biggest reasons clients decide they need a ghostwriter is time. They don’t have enough of it yet they still need to regularly post articles on their blog, or prepare a speech for next month’s professional conference, or get started on that book they’ve always wanted to write. Without enough time, non-writers decide… Read More »

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The Art of Juggling Ghostwriting Projects

Believe it or not, in addition to being talented writers, ghostwriters are also skilled jugglers. But rather than keeping balls or fruit or bowling pins in the air, they keep writing projects circulating. Being able to manage multiple ghostwriting gigs makes the difference between earning a decent living and being financially well off. Consider how… Read More »

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Good News for Ghostwriters

Today’s Association of Ghostwriters teleseminar with Debra Englander, editor-at-large at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., was quite an eye-opener. We all know the bad news about the book publishing industry – contracts are harder to get, advances are negligible, and competition fierce. On today’s call, Englander did not dispute any of those observations but, instead,… Read More »

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Are We in a Golden Age of Writing?

Have we entered a golden age of writing? A recent article in Esquire seems to suggest so and a blog post at Gotham Ghostwriters, with a slew of comments from fellow writers and ghostwriters, seems to bear that out. What do you think? Are there more opportunities emerging for quality writing now than a few… Read More »

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How Ghostwriting and Co-Authoring are Different

An article in yesterday’s trade press decried the recent announcement that novelist Wilbur Smith, who was signed to a six-book deal with HarperCollins, would be paired with co-authors for his forthcoming books because he admitted he couldn’t keep up with the writing pace on his own at age 79. There were claims of ghostwriting and… Read More »

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Are you charging too much as a ghostwriter?

There have been some online discussions recently about ghostwriting fees. Mainly, ghostwriters want to know what they should be charging for their work. They want to know what the “right” amount is to bill. And, truth is, there is no blanket “right” amount for ghostwriting work. Every ghostwriter has to decide for him or herself… Read More »

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