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Featured Writer of the Week: Jordan Michael Smith

Posted: September 9, 2019 | By:

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Jordan Michael Smith is a former speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer. He is the author of a bestselling Kindle Single about President Jimmy Carter called Humanity. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other...

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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.


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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 Editorial Style Guide: A Project We Never Get To

Posted: August 14, 2019 | By:

Editorial Style Guide - Joe Diorio - Gotham Ghostwriters

This article has been reposted on this blog with permission from the author, Joe Diorio. Read more of his work and subscribe to his newsletter here.


I am frequently asked about creating an internal...

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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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“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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