Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Why Am I a Ghostwriter/Collaborator? (Part 1 of 5)

I never planned to become a ghostwriter and I had published ten books before I ever ghosted for anyone. My story goes like this. I sent a full manuscript of a novel to the senior editor of a publishing house.

He came to Atlanta (where I live) and took me to lunch. He pitched the manuscript back to me. "I'm not interested in your novel." Before I could react, he said, "But I'd like you to ghostwrite a book for us."

I said yes, even though I didn't know anything about ghostwriting. I decided I could figure it out on my own. And I did.

That's the background and I've ghosted probably 70 books.

So why do I ghostwrite? I can give you several reasons.

1. Ghostwriting is a way to discover more about the world and other people. I'm a curious person and I've learned about a variety of things I would never have investigated on my own. Because of being a ghostwriter, I've written diet books as well as those on the topics of medicine, addiction, physical fitness, and sports.

2. Ghostwriting helps me grow. As I learn about another person, I'm able to understand more about myself. That statement may sound strange, but the more fully I attempt to comprehend how another person feels, the more I figure out my own feelings and my motives. It also seems to help me understand more about God.

As I open myself to other people, 
I also open up to myself.

1 comment:

  1. The road to success sometimes seems like obscurity. Thank God you accepted to ghostwrite.

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