Straight Talk for New Authors: Why It’s So Hard to Get an Agent
Gotham Ghostwriters
by Gotham Ghostwriters
2w ago
Welcome back to Ghostwriting Confidential, a series we launched in 2021 to educate prospective authors about what it is that ghostwriters do (and don’t do). Our goal: to define, demystify, and, to the extent possible, de-risk-ify the process and ultimately maximize the payoff from working with a ghostwriter. Since then, it’s become clear to us that a lot of confusion and misunderstanding… Source ..read more
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Straight Talk for New Authors: What To Expect About The Cost of Hiring a Ghostwriter
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by Gotham Ghostwriters
1M ago
Welcome back to Ghostwriting Confidential, a series we launched in 2021 to educate prospective authors about what it is that ghostwriters do (and don’t do) and define, demystify, and, to the extent possible, de-risk-ify the process and ultimately maximize the payoff from working with a ghostwriter. Since then, it’s become clear to us that there remains a lot of confusion and… Source ..read more
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How to Find an Agent, Land a Book Deal, and Create a Timeless Book
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by Gotham Ghostwriters
2M ago
The ghosts in our network ask a lot of great questions about how to advance their careers, but one of the most frequently asked is a variation on, “how do you find an agent?” Lucinda Halpern has answers. Halpern is a literary agent with over 15 years of experience and has secured book deals with Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmillan. Source ..read more
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Gathering of the Ghosts: The Perfect Venue
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by Mike Field
2M ago
Every so often, participants at the first-ever ‘Gathering of the Ghosts’ held at Manhattan’s historic New York Academy of Medicine could be forgiven if their attention wandered just a bit. Moderators and panelists held forth on subjects ranging from choosing the best publisher to promoting their work and brand to the all-important topic of money and what to charge – a sure crowd-pleaser. Source ..read more
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Summary: Town Hall — Addressing the Community’s Needs and Goals
Gotham Ghostwriters
by Gotham Ghostwriters
2M ago
From frank discussions about fees to a realistic look at AI, most of the Gathering of the Ghost panels focused on the cornerstones of the ghostwriting profession — to bring the work ghosts do out of the shadows. The final panel of the day, however, asked the ghostwriters in the room to take a deeper look around and confront which ghosts are often given the most access and opportunity to this work. Source ..read more
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Summary: How to Help Clients Choose the Best Publishing Path for Their Book
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by John Kador
2M ago
Every client wants to choose the best publishing path for their book, and today, there are more options than ever — from self-publishing to hybrid to traditional publishing houses. Ghostwriters reach their highest value when, rather than automatically defaulting to their client’s first inclination, they act as the project manager among all the stakeholders of the project and help guide everyone… Source ..read more
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Summary: The Money Dance
Gotham Ghostwriters
by Gotham Ghostwriters
2M ago
There’s one thing that pervades every aspect of the delicate romance between author and ghostwriter: money. Moderator Kevin Anderson, CEO and editor-in-chief of Kevin Anderson and Associates, and panelists Marsha Layton Turner, Executive Director and Founder of the Association of Ghostwriters; New York Times best-selling ghostwriter and author Michael Levin; and author, ghostwriter… Source ..read more
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Summary: Keynote Fireside Chat
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by Gotham Ghostwriters
2M ago
Is there one surefire way to succeed in the business of ghostwriting? According to the experts, the answer is ‘no… but.’ There are certain commonalities, they say, that separate and define the work of the greats from those who merely aspire to become so. Broadly speaking, these can be whittled down to five foundational categories: trust, truth, taste, tenacity, and timing. Source ..read more
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Summary: Be a Visible Ghost
Gotham Ghostwriters
by Christina L. Lyons
2M ago
As a ghostwriter, you don’t have to remain invisible. Instead, you should be everywhere on social media and the Internet, showcasing your expertise, and always ask authors to give you credit for your work. That was the advice of panelists in an afternoon session, “Be a Visible Ghost.” Be everywhere. “Build in public and play in traffic” on social media so that people understand what you do… Source ..read more
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The State of the Ghostwriting Union
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by Dan Gerstein
3M ago
This past Monday, 138 professional ghostwriters came together in New York City for the Gathering of the Ghosts, the first-ever convention for ghostwriters. I think it’s safe to say it was THE largest gathering of ghostwriters in one room ever. I’d go a step further and suggest it was the most extraordinary collection of ghostwriting talent in one place since. . . well, when Thomas Jefferson dined… Source ..read more
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