Celebration of the Profession Organized by Gotham Ghostwriters and American Society of Journalists and Authors
Ghostwriting pros will gather on January 22, 2024, for the first-of-its-kind national convention – Gathering of the Ghosts – in New York City.
Sponsored jointly by Gotham Ghostwriters and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the GOTG will bring together writers for a day of conversation, education, and celebration of this evolving and expanding profession.
Super early bird tickets are now available for $300 – a $200 savings off the regular rate.
We will share a detailed agenda later this year, but it will include deep-dive discussions on:
- the role of the ghost in an increasingly diversified publishing industry
- the state of compensation for the profession
- the profound impact of AI on the work of collaborative writers in the years ahead
- the imperative to diversify our community
“Our immediate goal is to build a greater sense of community and connectivity within the field and start what we hope will be an ongoing dialogue about the trends shaping our work and the common challenges ghostwriters face,” Gotham CEO Dan Gerstein said.
“But we also hope to use this forum to help bring the profession ‘out of the shadows’ – to educate the broader public about the service and value we provide and elevate the field as a viable career path for publishing professionals and writers of all kinds.”
In that spirit, the convention’s capstone event will be the presentation of the Andy Awards – the first awards program specifically for book collaborations. Taking its name from the “and” that underpins creative cooperation, The “Andies” will honor the author and collaborator behind the best jointly written works of the year.
Honors will be awarded in three categories: business and thought leadership, memoir and narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive nonfiction. You can submit entries between July 12 and September 12, 2023. Submission guidelines can be found here.
ASJA’s president Emily Paulsen says it’s time for ghostwriters to get their due. “We’re eager to recognize, support and encourage the valuable work collaborators perform to help authors share their stories with the wider world,” she says.
About Gotham Ghostwriters
With a network of 3,000-plus editorial specialists — and connections to a larger universe of 20,000 freelance pros — Gotham offers authors, thinkers, and speakers the unparalleled ability to find the right writing partner for their priorities.
Gotham also helps their clients find the right publishing path and get the most impact for their ideas through its extensive industry relationships with literary agents, publishers, media outlets, and PR and marketing consultants. Learn more at www.GothamGhostwriters.com.
About American Society for Journalists and Authors
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation’s professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. ASJA membership consists of outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement. ASJA brings leadership in establishing professional and ethical standards and in recognizing and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in nonfiction writing. ASJA headquarters are in New York City. The Society has active regional chapters in a variety of locations. Learn more at www.asja.org.