For aspiring authors

My Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List Yes, I know summer is more than half over, but as I look ahead to my upcoming vacation, I’ve set aside a few books to read or finish during my getaway that I’m excited about. In case you’re looking for ideas for books to read during your spare time, I thought…

What is a Book Coach?

What is a Book Coach? Guest blog post by Melanie Votaw You’ve heard of ghostwriting and editing, but coaching is a relatively new role in the publishing industry that could help you complete your book. A book coach is a seasoned professional who provides guidance as you write your book yourself. While many first-time authors…

Should You Hire a Ghostwriter for a Memoir?

Should You Hire a Ghostwriter for a Memoir? Guest blog post by Jenna Glatzer There are three main reasons to seek out a ghostwriter for a memoir: You want to write a “legacy book” for your family and friends, You want to use the book as a calling card for a career as a speaker…

Presidents and Ghostwriters

Presidents and Ghostwriters Not sure if hiring a ghostwriter is for you? Only you can decide that for yourself, but did you know that many US Presidents and political leaders have relied on ghostwriters for help in crafting and sharing their messages? This use of ghostwriters goes back centuries, in fact, to the first President,…

What to Expect When You Work with a Ghostwriter

What to Expect When You Work with a Ghostwriter The term “ghostwriter” is becoming more commonplace, or at least used more frequently in business conversation, but there are still some misconceptions about what ghostwriters do, exactly, and what role they play within the book publishing industry. If “ghostwriter” is a term you haven’t heard before,…

The Best Ghostwriters Ask Great Questions

The Best Ghostwriters Ask Great Questions The best books are filled with information that is interesting, entertaining, informative, and maybe even surprising. To gather those details requires the skills of a great writer, or, alternatively, a great ghostwriter. The benefit of hiring a talented ghostwriter is as much their writing ability as it is their…

The 6 Things You Should Do Before Writing a Single Word of Your Book

The 6 Things You Should Do Before Writing a Single Word of Your Book If you’ve been thinking about writing a business book, your focus has probably been on how to start the project. You may have thought about a potential title, maybe planned the order in which facts will be shared, and possibly filed…

3 Things the Hallmark Movie Channel Got Wrong About Ghostwriting

3 Things the Hallmark Movie Channel Got Wrong About Ghostwriting   Hallmark holiday movies are sappy and formulaic, and we love them anyway. On Sunday, November 10, 2019 Hallmark premiered a new addition to the Hallmark Christmas movie line-up, titled “The Mistletoe Secret.” (If you don’t want any spoilers, you may want to stop reading…

Letter to a Ghostwriting Client

  Letter to a Ghostwriting Client What I wish ghostwriting clients knew about the process. (Photo credit: Pexels) Dear ghostwriting client, I may not say it enough, but I really enjoy working with you. Although we may not have met in person, if we’ve spent any time working on your project, odds are good I…

Write Your Memoir (With a Little Help from a Ghost)

Write Your Memoir (With a Little Help from a Ghost) Guest post by Tom Seligson   You don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity, decorated war hero, or even a notorious criminal to think your life story belongs in a book. Memoirs are more popular than ever. More than a third of the non-fiction books…

Manuscript Deadlines: Should Ghostwriting Projects Have Them?

Manuscript Deadlines: Should Ghostwriting Projects Have Them? I think we can all agree that deadlines are a good thing, even a necessity, for both client and ghostwriter. Deadlines help ghostwriters plan their workloads and set appropriate client expectations regarding when they’ll see deliverables. A deadline helps both parties stay on track. What Happens When a…

What Does “Bestseller” Mean?

What Does “Bestseller” Mean? Most authors and ghostwriters want to pen bestsellers, right? Because the term “bestseller” indicates that a book has sold better than others. But how much better, exactly? That’s what I started to wonder after seeing some authors in my area claim to have written bestsellers when I know (from previous conversations)…