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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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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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The 4 Things Every Op-Ed Needs

Posted: May 31, 2019 | By:

Ghostwriter Jonathan Rick explains how to write an op-ed, focusing on the four key elements required to craft a compelling and authoritative piece.


Jonathan Rick - How to Write an Op-Ed

Make a timely argument, about which you can speak...

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Screenwriter Bob Sáenz on Rewriting for Hire

Posted: May 15, 2019 | By:

Screenwriting sage, author, and editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman always shares excellent stories from the silverscreen on ScriptMag.com, but this interview with screenwriter Bob Sáenz is particularly pertinent to ghosting and the process of rewriting for hire. In the interview, he takes readers deep into the world of a professional screenwriter, with an extensive discussion on networking strategies, the...

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What Is a “Words Whisperer,” and How Is It Different from a Ghostwriter?

Posted: April 30, 2019 | By:

The following article originally appeared in a LinkedIn post by Chris Benguhe, an author, columnist, editor, publishing consultant, and speaker who is part of the Gotham Ghosts writer network.


Last month one of my repeat clients asked me to describe what I do. Since “What’s this about?” is one of the first questions I ask the CEOs and thought leaders I help to answer right out of the gate, I must admit I was a little flustered when the question...

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Is your idea book-worthy? Ask these 11 questions to make sure.

Posted: February 15, 2019 | By:

It’s easy to tell people “I have a book idea.” But before you invest your time in writing, you need to make sure that idea is powerful enough to build a book on.

Here are 11 questions to ask yourself before you exert significant effort towards becoming a nonfiction author. If you can’t answer these with a firm and confident “Yes!”, then you’d better work on the idea before you work on the book.

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Is writing a book your New Year’s resolution? Better read this first.

Posted: January 4, 2019 | By:

This is the year! 2019. Are you going to write a book this year?


If all you have is burning desire and willpower, you will fail. You need a plan.

This is that plan. (While this plan is designed for non-fiction, much of this advice may help fiction writers as well.)

Here’s what not to do: start...

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Good Writers Don’t…

Posted: December 14, 2018 | By:

... write "less" when "fewer" is called for, or "farther" when "further" is needed, or "hopefully" at all—even though these distinctions don't matter to anybody except other writers and people who shop at Whole Foods. (Good writers care about the opinion of other good writers.)

... call moments "special," utter the term "adult beverage," congratulate the birthday boy for being "90 years young," describe everything that's amusing as...

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All That A Speech Can Say

Posted: March 30, 2018 | By:

‘There comes a time when patience is no longer a virtue.’ These seventy-year-old words hovered over the dunes during a misty run along the North Sea coast. It was a Tuesday morning in October. Green leaves turned into brown. In the silence I pondered the words Prime Minister Louis Beel solemnly spoke to the Dutch people in 1947. Words that prepared our small country for war in Indonesia — police actions as they where...

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