Most ghosts think of their job friend, an editing helper, a director of creative rave about their ghostwriter. Admittedly it
as being like any other profession. services, an assistant, a supporter and a cheer- feels a bit odd when the “author” appears on
We provide a service. While I’d leader. I’ve been to publicity parties where television or at a media event talking about
never cut or color my own everyoneisclamoringtoheartheauthorread the grueling hours required to get those
hair, because I’d botch it for from her new bestseller and I have been golden words in his or her book.
sure, technically I am physi- pushed to the back of the crowd, without Why be a ghostwriter?
cally able to do it. Instead, I • To get an issue out through an expert’s
pay a professional. Much as celebrity status.
a hairstylist would never “Ghostwriting • To have fun and meet a challenge.
reveal to whom she’s given • To show publishers and agents you’re a
“natural blonde highlights,” goodwriter.
ghosts rarely reveal whom they’ve is far from boring, • To make money. Ghostwriting is lucra-written for. tive. Successful ghosts may make six-fig-There is an art to capturing the but it’s not for ure fees for their work.
voice of an author, the person for whom the But before hanging up a ghost-for-hire
ghosted book is written and who will get the ego-driven writers.” shingle, learn the business, then put your ego
byline. A major requirement for successful aside and get ghosting. C
ghosts is the ability to listen and then reflect —Eva Shaw
the flair, style, phrases, unusual words, witti- Novelist and writing professor Eva Shaw
cisms and elements that make the author has been a ghostwriter for 30 years and has
sound unique. Much like stirring herbs into a even a nod or a wink from the celebrity. written and ghosted more than 70 books,
savory spaghetti sauce, adding the author’s Ghostwriters often do not get credit with including many bestsellers. A Costco mem-
voice in just the right way brings flavor to the their names on the front of the book. When ber, she is the author of Ghostwriting for
writing. the book project is finished, the ghost moves Fun & Profit ( Writeriffic Publishing, 2003).
If you’re thinking of becoming a ghost, get to the next client, like a contractor taking on Contact Shaw at 1-866-244-9047 or
ready to be invisible. I’ve been called a good another kitchen renovation. Authors rarely www.writeriffic.com.
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