When people hear I'm a ghostwriter, they always ask, "Aren’t you mad that you don’t get credit for writing someone’s book?”
I have to explain how collaborative the book creation process is and that months are spent working closely with my authors. Plus, there are editors, researchers, and proofreaders involved, so the final manuscript often includes a whole slew of us. It’s truly not my book, nor did I make up the content.
But over time, I started to notice what did upset me about being a ghostwriter.
It's when people don't know we exist.
Writing a book is a wildly popular goal. Every year of procrastination becomes more painful for the aspiring author. For some it’s embarrassing because they've been talking about their book forever.
Most nonfiction books include ghostwriters--roughly 60-80%. People freak out when they hear that, and it shows how ridiculously optimistic we are when it comes to completing this sacred task. I've worked with both everyday people and celebrity/industry experts who understand the magnitude of these projects.
A few have taken it upon themselves, like Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, and Sally Field's memoir In Pieces, although it took her six years to complete--post-retirement.
Those who find me don't want to wait any longer. Some want coaching to get started, while others want feedback, accountability, and resources in order to finish. And some want their book done within a year, so my ghostwriting help is urgently needed.
Will you do me a favor?
Start spreading the good word--books don't get written alone, and when they are, it's usually a disaster. (I’ll save those stories for another time.) Give yourself the gift of expert help, just as countless others have done.
Schedule a free 30-minute call with me on Book Talk Tuesdays.
Your book awaits,