Ghostwriters, confidentiality, and desire for vindication

Ghostwriters, confidentiality, and desire for vindication

A clash between two rights characterizes every story you read in a nonfiction book. You, the reader, have a right to the truth. And the people you’re reading about have a right to privacy. The author walks the narrow path between those rights. But it becomes even more challenging if the right to privacy is…

Ghosts emerge in Central Park East

Ghosts emerge in Central Park East

Note: This convention report was originally published on JaneFriedman.com. With 164 ghostwriters in attendance, the first Gathering of the Ghosts, which took place in New York City on January 22, was likely the largest ever gathering of ghostwriters in one place. As Dan Gerstein, CEO of Gotham Ghostwriters, the cosponsor of the event along with the American…

Ghost pride; polyglot swearing; IRS jargon purge: Newsletter 24 January 2024
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Ghost pride; polyglot swearing; IRS jargon purge: Newsletter 24 January 2024

Newsletter week 28: why ghostwriters are having a moment, Wimbledon umpires must know how to swear in a dozen languages, and Texas can’t make publishers, authors, libraries and booksellers into thought police. Plus, three people to follow and three books to read. Ghostwriters ascendant I just shared a whole day in New York with more…

How to write a book for multiple reviewers without going bonkers

How to write a book for multiple reviewers without going bonkers

If you are writing a nonfiction book in a corporate setting, it’s likely you’ll have multiple reviewers for everything you write. This applies regardless of whether you’re the author or a ghost writer. And if it’s not managed carefully, this situation has the potential to significantly multiply the workload, reduce your final quality, and blow…

Newsletter 20 September 2023: Visible ghosts; authors embrace AI; Texas book banners trounced
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Newsletter 20 September 2023: Visible ghosts; authors embrace AI; Texas book banners trounced

Week 10: writers, authors, and credit; top AI tool tips; poorly written book ban undone, plus 3 people to follow, 3 books to read, and plugcasting. Let’s stop pretending that writing books is a solitary activity The actress Millie Bobby Brown has written a book, Nineteen Steps, based on her family’s experience during World War II. She…

Tips for business ghostwriters: Wed 16 August, 12 noon ET

Tips for business ghostwriters: Wed 16 August, 12 noon ET

Join me for a free “Brown Bag Lunch” discussion hosted by Gotham Ghostwriters, tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 August) at 12 noon Eastern Time. I’ll be joined by one of my favorite people, veteran ghostwriter Toni Robino. If you’re pursuing a freelance career that includes ghostwriting business books, we’ll try to answer all your questions. I look…

Every business book ghostwriting project should begin with an in-person kickoff

Every business book ghostwriting project should begin with an in-person kickoff

I do almost everything on the internet these days, including meeting with clients, coaching, editing, researching, and reviewing drafts. Every meeting is a Zoom meeting. But I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to kick off each ghostwriting project with an in-person meeting of at least half a day. There are four types of…