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United Ghostwriters by Ian Shircore - 1w ago

AS I WRITE THIS, one of our little group of ghosts is boarding a flight to West Africa. Another has just got back from the Middle East. One’s in Scotland, another’s just popping over to work with his business school clients in Switzerland and two are busy interviewing their authors in Central London. Me, I’m sitting in the sun over a cup of coffee, wondering when the phone’s going to ring, with no idea what direction my next ghostwriting project will take me in. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. At an age where less restless souls might
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Over the years, I’ve lost count of the amount of times my clients have compared the ghostwriting interviewing process to therapy. And although most of us at UG are not trained therapists, I can sort of see where they’re coming from. You might think that the ‘therapy’ only applies to people who have harrowing stories to tell, but that’s not the case at all. I have written business books for top professionals where the client has broken down in tears because something has gone wrong in his personal life, or self-help books where the client has shared past secrets she
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Recently I read my diary entry from about a year ago when I was working in Malaysia: ‘Bizarre ghost-writing adventures number 327: spent the morning trying to get the missing pieces of X’s story. He had to fit in a workout before a series of meetings which would take up the rest of the day. I and my iPhone followed him round his personal gym – seven stories up with stunning views of Kuala Lumpur – recording his thoughts, stories and observations as he toiled away on a cross-trainer. After 45 minutes, he stopped, draped a towel round his shoulders
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We may be professional ghostwriters now, but not one of us started off that way; some of us were journalists, bankers, and even musicians. While we may have worn many different hats, there is no doubt that these different experiences have made us better writers. This is why we firmly believe that here at United Ghostwriters, we are best positioned to help our clients write the most high-quality books, give the best professional advice, and guide our clients through different types of publishing processes. Oh, and our media contacts aren’t too bad either . . . Ghosts on Television Ever browsed
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It’s a tricky moment, I’ll admit. That point in your business book when you decide to go out on a limb. You make a controversial argument which you know some people will disagree with. You go for a radical change of tone throughout.  You even want it re-structured in a new way. It feels scary, doesn’t it? Even though it’s only words on a page. But if you’re like many business authors, there’s one person you’re most afraid of when you do this: your critic. Critics are rarely far from our mind when we’re writing a book, because it’s human
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United Ghostwriters by Philipwhiteley - 1M ago

It’s been noted before in this column that a moment professional authors dread is when someone from another profession comments: ‘Oh, I’m going to write a book when I retire/find the time. Everyone says I should.’ Ours is the only profession that other folk tend to think that they can do, irrespective of qualifications, natural ability or training. Patiently, we often have to explain that penning a book is usually not straightforward, and that a promising idea for a story does not automatically qualify you as author. Being a professional writer is a privilege, however, and one cannot impose qualification
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This week, everyone at United Ghostwriters thought it would be useful to give you an insight into what we’ve been developing over the past year. One of the questions often asked of ghostwriters is, ‘What was your last project?’ The truth is, UG has exceptional talent in every area of ghostwriting. But here, to make it all a bit more personal, is what we’ve all been working on recently. No matter what your book is about, you will be able to find someone at UG who can talk you through the process and produce an incredible testament to your story,
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United Ghostwriters by Spencerhonniball - 2M ago

Authorial envy isn’t something I’ve ever really suffered from, though occasionally I come across a piece of work so magnificent, it makes me wish I could’ve tackled the story myself. One such story did exactly that. Rewind to August 2014, Emirates Stadium (or The Grove, as diehards prefer), for the launch of Stuck in a Moment: the Ballad of Paul Vaessen. Having remembered Paul from 1980, when he headed Arsenal into the Cup Winners’ Cup Final with a priceless goal away at Juventus, his name occasionally cropped up in my mind. In days well before the advent of social media,
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So you’ve written a manuscript…well, part of one, most of one actually. But now you feel you can’t see the wood for the trees any longer. You’re pretty sure it’s got some potential; in fact you’re excited about it because it’s a great story. But you’re running out of steam and you need some help to get it over the line. This is how the scene is set for many a conversation between a would-be author and a ghostwriter. The urge to get our stories down on paper can be a powerful, sometimes irresistible. But the reality of committing the
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When the 2010 film The Ghost Writer came out I was quite curious to see its portrayal of my profession. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t expect it to be a bland, ‘how to’ type, portrayal. I know that a movie needs a gripping storyline, dramatic flair and lots of twists and turns. I suppose I was just interested to see how my solitary profession came across. Nevertheless, within half an hour I was shouting at the screen in front of me. (Luckily I was watching a DVD at home and not in a crowded cinema.) ‘If you don’t get
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