Guest Post: Do You Need a Ghostwriter or Developmental Editor?
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
1M ago
By Brooke Turbyfill So you want to write a book. And you actually told someone? That’s a terrific decision. But what now? A pivotal next step is to determine why you want to write a book. “Wait! You don’t want me to share my ideas list with you?” Nope. “But what if I have nothing good to say?” Why Are You Writing? If you understand the why behind your book, you will have something incredible to say. Too many authors just dive in without really understanding — or even exploring — why they’re bothering to write a book. To be fair, it’s easy to do. Authors receive so much critique, it’s easy to ..read more
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The Mystery of the Ghostwriting Process
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
1M ago
By Jeffrey A. Mangus The Mystery of the Ghostwriting Process “I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.” ~ Louisa May Alcott All right, you’ve been thinking of writing a book and finally decided the timing is right to get it done. Oh, but wait… there is a snag. You’re not a writer and need the help of a professional to write your book. That is perfectly normal, and fortunately, you’re on the right track. Studies show that over 97% of people who write a book never finish it. That’s an astonishin ..read more
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Guest Blog Post: Why Write a Book to Build Your Brand?
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
2M ago
By Mike Wicks Search for advice about sales, marketing, growing a business, or even installing new windows, and almost certainly, one of the hits on Google’s first page will be a book on the subject written by an expert. You might then check it out, peruse the reviews, read some sample pages, and possibly purchase the book. If the book tells you what you need to know and the author comes across as an expert, you might reach out to them for more advice or hire them to assist you in your business or with a project. Why? The author established himself as an expert on the topic and, in so doing ..read more
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“Ghost Karma”: The Key To Creating Your Dream Ghostwriting Business
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
3M ago
By Laura Elliott, your go-to ghost One night at sunset, after our outboard motor had failed, a good Samaritan named Tom towed our dinghy behind his. We were in the waning days of summer camp—our annual boating adventure on the Salish Sea. The sweet inland passage, home to the San Juan Islands on the border of Washington State and Canada, is one of my writing happy places full of serenity, peace…and surprises. As we slowly drifted behind Tom, I remembered another fateful dinghy ride at the beginning of summer camp. After a harbor visit, a new 30-foot Cutwater named Sea Dream tore up Mosquito ..read more
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10 Tips for Interviewing Trauma Survivors for Their Memoirs
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
4M ago
By Jennifer Upton Being a ghost writer of memoirs involves meeting with clients in person, getting to know them, and recording their histories. When I first started ghost writing memoirs, I naively thought most of my work would involve constructing family trees and describing nostalgic tales of yesteryear. I had no idea the vast majority of my clients would have histories of trauma. Five years and 46 projects later, I’ve worked with veterans of war, survivors of domestic abuse, targets of racial and/or gender discrimination, recovering addicts, victims of child abuse and forced marriages, sur ..read more
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The Write Tools for the Job
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
4M ago
Guest blog post by Josh Kelley Wouldn’t it be amazing to have an office of my own? I thought as I unpacked a computer, charger, headphones, and mouse for the thousandth time at “my” table in the back of an extremely understanding coffee shop. The very idea felt extravagant—no way I’d waste money on something like that until I was rolling in dough. In the end, it wasn’t a huge book contract that brought me to a little office overlooking our quaint downtown street. It was the simple realization that my limiting factor was the number of words I could produce in a day.  Best guess: I get 50 ..read more
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What Happens When you Work with a Ghostwriter
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
4M ago
Guest blog post by Ginny Carter You have a book that begs to be written, but there’s a problem. You don’t have the time, and if you’re honest, you aren’t sure where to start. So, you decide to hire a ghostwriter. That’s a great first step, because you’re acknowledging that you could do with some help. Now, you’re on the way to making your book happen. But something’s stopping you from putting this idea into practice, and you ask yourself what it is. Is it the prospect of delegating the writing to someone else? No. Is it money? No. Is it that you have a million other things to do? Maybe, but n ..read more
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Authors: How to Easily Find a Ghostwriter Online
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
6M ago
One of the most-searched questions within Google regarding ghostwriters is how to find one. Many aspiring authors would like some writing support and don’t know where to turn. Being cautious about where you’re looking and how you’re qualifying potential ghostwriters is smart. There are many scam websites out there and it’s easy to get taken by companies that claim to offer bestselling talent for a few thousand bucks. Be skeptical. (For tips on red flags, check out this recent blog post.) So now that you’ve been warned about how not to conduct your search, here are some places to find experien ..read more
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What Kind of Ghostwriter Do You Want to Help Write Your Book?  
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
7M ago
Behind-the-scenes ghostwriters play a different role than writing collaborators or partners do. We’re hearing the term “ghostwriter” and “ghostwriting” much more frequently these days, as everyone from industry experts to leaders to celebrities are freely acknowledging that they did, in fact, hire a ghostwriter to assist in producing their book. And why shouldn’t they?! Ghostwriters exist to help aspiring authors formulate, organize, draft, and polish their book idea(s). That is what they do. Hiring someone who is skilled at a particular type of task is the American way. That is why we hire a ..read more
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How Ghostwriters Provide Writing Samples
Association of Ghostwriters
by Marcia Layton Turner
8M ago
Because many ghostwriting clients demand that their ghostwriter sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to preclude them from sharing any work they’ve done, how can ghostwriters demonstrate their skill and experience? What can ghostwriters show prospects when asked for writing samples without violating their NDA? It’s a good question and, fortunately, there are some ways to deliver examples of your abilities without outing previous clients. Here are some ideas: Chapters from books you’ve authored. Some ghostwriters began their careers with the publication of their own book(s). If you’re in that ..read more
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