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The Horrors of Being a Ghost(writer): Our Stories About Nightmare Clients, via Writer’s Digest

Posted: September 12, 2019 | By:

A few weeks ago, Writer's Digest published the online version of a previously in-print feature by our own Dan Gerstein about nightmare ghostwriting clients, complete with insights from several of the writers in our network. Marlayna Glynn, Bronwyn Fryer, Oren Rawls, Louise Bernikow, Justine Duhr,

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5 Bestselling Books Written by Ghostwriters

Posted: August 30, 2019 | By:

Anyone seeking to grow their platform, establish themself as a thought leader, build their brand, or simply tell a compelling story might require the help of a ghostwriter to bring their vision to life. If your time or writing expertise prevents you from writing a book, working with a ghostwriter can ensure that your message reaches the world as well-crafted, beautifully structured book. From memoirs and tell-alls to cookbooks and speeches, books written by ghostwriters are more common you might expect. So, how many of these that you’ve read or heard of were penned with the help of a...

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Communication can’t solve everything. But can it solve anything?

Posted: August 28, 2019 | By:

This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day.


David Murray speechwriting - Gotham Ghostwriters

I’d been brought up—by two writer parents at the dinner table and by Phil Donahue on TV—to believe that communication could solve anything.

It wasn’t only me: My whole American...

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The Author-Ghostwriter Relationship: When Books Fall Apart

Posted: August 7, 2019 | By:

Bronwyn Fryer - Gotham Ghostwriters

On a cold and dreary Vermont day last March, I was dreaming by the woodstove of taking a summer vacation to Greece. I’ve never been to the land of Odysseus and was playing around on Airbnb, looking at a lovely, whitewashed house near a beach to stay at on the island of Corfu. My big financial ship was about to come in, so why not...

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Featured Writer of the Week: 5 Questions for Jonathan Rick

Posted: July 15, 2019 | By:

Jonathan Rick - How to Write an Op-Ed

If you've read this blog before, you're likely familiar with Jonathan Rick's powerful ghosting and freelancing insights, which he shares regularly on the GG blog and on his own site. As you might expect, he steered his Featured Writer conversation away from himself and...

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“Sincerely, X” Podcast Discusses Ghostwriting for Wedding Speeches, Eulogies, Work Emails, and More

Posted: July 12, 2019 | By:

The latest episode of the podcast "Sincerely, X" addressed the practice of ghostwriting for wedding speeches, eulogies, work emails and other personal occasions.


In an age when identity is commodified and personalities become brands, there are still trusted spaces of authenticity: love letters, wedding speeches, eulogies, job applications, etc. What happens when people seek out ghostwriters to represent them in these spaces? (Aside from the plot of Cyrano de Bergerac or Hitch, that is.) 

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10 of the Greatest U.S. Presidential Speeches of All Time

Posted: July 3, 2019 | By:

Aristotle’s Rhetoric has defined what empowers a speaker and their audience, rating persuasion based on its appeals toward emotion, logic, and credibility. Speeches aim to inspire or convince. Key speeches by U.S. presidents are carefully constructed—usually by professional ghostwriters—to call Americans to action in vital historic moments. The following addresses are some of the greatest presidential speeches of all time because they...

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5 Famous Authors Who Were Also Ghostwriters

Posted: June 26, 2019 | By:

Successful authors are those with clear, distinguishable voices. Jane Austen’s work is marked by an amused fondness for the British landed gentry, while Stephen King’s iconic characters and tone are easily identifiable and relatable. But it requires another skill set entirely to capture another person's voice—a skill set some famous authors with their own distinct voices mastered. You may be surprised to learn that these famous authors dabbled as ghostwriters before their careers were established.

1. Sinclair Lewis

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930,...

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Why — and How — Women Writers Need to Promote Themselves

Posted: June 18, 2019 | By:

Women writers: What if building your platform was an altruistic act, rather than a dreaded exercise in shallow self-aggrandizement?


New research on women’s aversion to self-promotion reveals the following staggering conundrum:

• Most women...

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Self-Pub Savvy: 8 Tips for Succeeding as an Indie Author

Posted: June 7, 2019 | By:

Self publishing and other nontraditional models can be a tough road to walk. MeiMei Fox, who is part of the Gotham Ghostwriters writer network, recently published an excellent piece for Forbes about success in self publishing. In it, she highlights three authors who have built sustainable indie publishing careers — and their best...

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