The Horrors of Being a Ghost(writer): Our Stories About Nightmare Clients, via Writer’s Digest
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,
5 Bestselling Books Written by Ghostwriters
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...
Communication can’t solve everything. But can it solve anything?
This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day.
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...
The Author-Ghostwriter Relationship: When Books Fall Apart
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...
Featured Writer of the Week: 5 Questions for Jonathan Rick
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...
“Sincerely, X” Podcast Discusses Ghostwriting for Wedding Speeches, Eulogies, Work Emails, and More
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.)
10 of the Greatest U.S. Presidential Speeches of All Time
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...
5 Famous Authors Who Were Also Ghostwriters
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,...
Why — and How — Women Writers Need to Promote Themselves
Self-Pub Savvy: 8 Tips for Succeeding as an Indie Author
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...