What is Ghostwriting?

Is it . . .

  • Editorial services?
  • Professional writing assistance?
  • Self-publishing help?

Is it all of these things?

Well, as the saying goes, you say po-tay-toe, I say po-tah-toe. For most of my life, I presumed — most likely as you yourself have done — that everyone wrote their own material, start to finish.

  • Authors wrote their own novels,
  • Screenwriters wrote their own scripts,
  • Politicians wrote their own speeches, and
  • Business leaders wrote their own articles.

Silly me! I was young. I was foolish. How could I have known that ghostwriting is one of the foundations of publishing? Of course, it is often called something else. Generally “editing”. But a rose by any other name…

When an editor prunes down a three-thousand page, meandering, interesting-but-not-
particularly-well-written manuscript to a tight, two hundred and fifty page best-seller, what would you call it?

When a writer turns to an editor who is, after all, earning her living by providing editorial services, and says, “I’m having trouble developing this character/scene/plot line…” and the editor lends an expert — though unseen — hand, well you can call it what you want, but I call it ghostwriting.

When the finished script of a Hollywood blockbuster has gone through countless “revisions”, often at the hands of unnamed professional writers who earn their very lucrative livelihoods by doctoring up other people’s scripts, that’s ghostwriting!

When a CEO, whose strengths are legion but whose handful of weaknesses include the expert manipulation of the written word or the crafting of the clever phrase, turns to an executive assistant for help in drafting a speech to a meeting of shareholders, hey that’s ghostwriting!

In short, one of the unspoken truths of books, speeches, and scripts is the invisible pen of the ghostwriter.

But what of the business person or entrepreneur who needs help drafting that important speech or correspondence but who lacks an executive assistant capable of lending a hand? What of the scriptwriter who doesn’t have access to Hollywood’s cadre of rewrite experts? What about the first-time novelist who can’t find an editor willing to devote the time and energy to transform a manuscript into a bestseller? Or the physician who, working eighty-hour weeks as a healer, doesn’t have the time or skill to write a book about his or her area of expertise?

Where can these people turn for help? Who can you turn to?

Why, that’s easy.

How can I help you?

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