Q. "What does a ghostwriter do?"
A. Often when I tell people I'm a ghostwriter, they say:
"I've heard of that...what exactly does a ghostwriter DO, anyway?"
To adequately answer that question, I have written an e-book on the subject, called
"The Clueless New Author's Workbook, The Ghostwriting edition" for aspiring authors, website owners, or business people who are considering a ghostwriter for their writing project(s). Click here for your free pdf download.
But here's what a ghostwriter does in the most basic bottom-line terms:
A ghostwriter is someone who writes your book, article, blog or script for you.
Their name is not on the cover, the article or blog. They get no writing credit. If they co-write the book with you, then they get partial writing credit.
My book goes into all the details, from pricing to how the ghostwriting process works to how to negotiate contracts.
It's priceless information taken from my inside experience as a professional ghostwriter so don't make a move until you get your hands on that e-book!
Q. "Is using a ghostwriter ethical?"
A. My answer is yes. However, I cannot answer that for you. I can only provide information and
let you decide for yourself. If having someone write something for you makes you feel guilty about putting your name on it, then by all means add the ghostwriter's name to the credit as a co-author.
See, as a ghostwriter when I work with people, I am co-creating something WITH them, using my talents to be OF SERVICE.
To put it another way, when someone designs your website for you, you don't typically feel as if you are deceiving people who visit your website, right?
Or let's say you're having a house built from the ground up and people tell you how beautiful
a home you have, do you feel guilty about the fact that you did not build it directly?
Well, ghostwriting is like building a house. The end product is a result of the person who wants a home (book) and collaborates with the architect and contractor (The ghostwriter) to tell them what they want. The one who builds is not taking credit from the one who owns or sells. You have a need and there are people out there who have what it takes to meet that need, so there's nothing to feel conflicted about. One exception is plagiarism, which I think people often confuse with the ghostwriting process. The two are mutually exclusive since plagiarism is stealing someone else's work and ghostwriting is hiring someone to create an original work on your behalf.
Q. "What kind of services do you offer?"
A. I offer article writing for websites and magazines, blog writing (web content), book ghostwriting, e-book writing, basic editing (copy editing, proofreading) and creative development for books and screenplays.
Q. "What does "creative development" mean?"
A. Creative development means "Book and screenplay Doctor". I take a work which is premature and incubate it until it is ready to be born... Basically I fix gaps and holes in storylines and plots. I develop characters and create a story that flows. I help people find their voice or POV for their story or screenplay-among with many other things. If a person has tried to get an agent and was given suggestions on how to further improve and/or develop it further to be considered, a literary Dr. is the next step.
Q. "How much?"
A. Before you do anything, I recommend all potential clients or "writing friends" to go to Google university and type in "How much does a ghostwriter cost?" in the search engine. Why? Because you need to see the going rate for the type of work you need done. (Even better, click here for your free pfd download on ghostwriting.
Q. "How do I contact you?"
A. Easy. Just go to the CONTACT ME page and fill out the form. Note: You must fill in the first AND last name for the form to process correctly. Also, please specify in the box at the bottom of the form why you are contacting me. For example: REQUESTING FREE CONSULTATION FOR MEMOIR.
Q. "What's Coaching and Consulting Got to do with it?"
A. Sometimes when you're doing something new, you need some hand-holding. You need the person you're paying for the job to guide you through it- a "writing friend"...
Other times you know what you're doing, but don't have the time to do it. Or you have the outline for a book or screenplay but are too emotionally involved with your own work to continue any further.
This is where consulting and/or coaching come in. My specialty is creative development. Sometimes you need someone familiar with the craft and the industry to make suggestions and provide the creative input that will get your story, blog or script ready to be published.