Gotham
Ghostwriters

BLOG
ARCHIVE

Category: Publishing Advice

Featured Writer of the Week: Jordan Michael Smith

Posted: September 9, 2019 | By:

Bronwyn Fryer - Gotham Ghostwriters

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...

[Read More]


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...

[Read More]


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...

[Read More]


Book Promotion: 10 Tips for Authors on Social Media

Posted: July 31, 2019 | By:

It’s now a different world for writers. This is thanks to the combination of self-publishing, and the emergence of a variety of platforms for writers to share their work. Social media is now the platform of choice for writers to connect with their fans and promote their latest work.

In a way, this evens the playing field a bit. The same social media platforms that are available to world-famous authors are also available to writers who work on a smaller scale. So are many of the tools associated with promoting on social media.

Still, there’s no guarantee of success. To...

[Read More]


Most Ghostwriters Don’t Ask Their Clients This Question Until It’s Too Late

Posted: June 28, 2019 | By:

Every ghostwriter must also be a savvy businessperson. Here’s a simple trick to sharpen your writing business best practices.


 

Jonathan Rick - How to Write an Op-Ed

Seasoned ghostwriters know a secret:...

[Read More]


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...

[Read More]


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...

[Read More]


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...

[Read More]


Why Work With a Developmental Editor?

Posted: April 22, 2019 | By:

So, you’ve finished your book. But you have a niggling feeling that something isn’t working with it, and you’ve reread it so many times, you can’t tell anymore, and you don’t know what to do.

You could have your partner read it, or friends, but they all love you and they may not be as critical as you want them to be because they want to spare your feelings, or they want to make you feel good. Plus, unless they are writers themselves, will they be able to know what advice or techniques you might use to fix what isn’t working?

That’s where a developmental editor...

[Read More]


Hybrid Publishing and the Measures That Matter

Posted: December 21, 2018 | By:

A fellow publishing professional told me recently that she wished hybrid publishing had a different name—that it would be better if hybrid publishing could be clearer, sexier somehow, as if that would solve its lingering challenges. But there is no name hybrid publishing could adopt that would change the fact that it’s a gray zone—between traditional publishing and self-publishing—or that it’s an emerging...

[Read More]