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How did you land your first book ghostwriting project?

How did you land your first book ghostwriting project?  I came to ghostwriting late in life and after retiring from pastoral ministry five years ago. I had, of course, been writing throughout my 40 years in the pulpit—from sermons, to articles, to blogs, and eventually several books based on my sermons. Then, about 15 years ago I wrote my first “secular” book, a narrative nonfiction account of a 1920s murder trial in Texas. Bob Schieffer of CBS News wrote the Foreword, and it became a Wall Street Journal best-seller, which…

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Why Ghostwriting Fees Are Like Fine Art Prices

My talented father, Richard C. Layton, was a fine artist, working primarily in watercolor, oils, and pastels. He drew and painted landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. I always marveled at how quickly his paintings would take shape. He would labor for hours in his studio, concertos and symphonies playing in the background, carefully applying layers of…

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The Right Way to Think About What You’re Worth…

By Robert Bruce Woodcox Talking about oneself is generally not the way to begin an article that enlightens others, but it is necessary to talk about why you should listen to me carefully as you read this. Most of you ghostwriters are not charging enough for your talents, time, education, experience and the results of…

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Cracking “Voice” with Ghostwriting Clients

By Jeff Raderstrong I was in an interview with a potential client, discussing a book she wanted to write on young leaders in politics. I asked her some of the standard questions I usually ask at this phase of the process: “How would you describe your voice? How would you want me to capture your…

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