GHOSTWRITING: HOW IT WORKS
I’m very friendly and easy to chat with, making the process nice and simple – after all, we’ll need to get on as there’s going to be a lot of talking ahead.
The process always begins with a book planning session. We can do this over the phone, via Skype, or in person, depending on where you live. We'll map out a structure and the content, make a chapter plan, review any material you have already written (if any), and discuss your goals for the book.
Once the plan is in place, we’ll need to compile all the information for me to work from. This stage will usually involve sitting down for a number of face-to-face interviews, which can be carried out over Skype or in person. The length of the project will generally dictate how long we need – it could be an afternoon, a couple of consecutive days, or several separate meetings.
Once I have all I need, I’ll go away and put pen to paper, and do any extra research needed to produce either a pitch for publishers or a first draft manuscript. After that, we’ll explore changes, check facts and get a final version together.
KEEPING IT CONFIDENTIAL
Confidentiality is key while some ghostwriting projects are underway (and after publication, too) – for a vast variety of reasons. I will happily sign a confidentiality agreement if you need to be sure of discretion, and I can do this before our first conversation, if your story is particularly sensitive.
IS USING A GHOST CHEATING?
There’s a lot of discussion about writing a book in the name of someone else, but ghostwriting occurs often for a couple of reasons:
1. No one is brilliant at everything. You have a story to tell, I have the words to tell it; it’s that simple. It’s still your story, when all is published, and that’s why it’s your name that appears on the finished product. Ghostwriting is a bit like an architect designing a building (you're the architect) and a builder laying the bricks to make the place habitable (I'm the builder).
2. Writing a book is a long, long process. It can take years when you're working full time and trying to write in your spare time.