Grandma loved her book. She was so proud of it she showed it to all her friends, and since she was a highly social woman, a lot of people got to see it. One of those people raved about the book to her daughter, and then the daughter called me up and asked me to do the same thing for her mother. That was my first paid ghostwriting job. I charged a miniscule amount considering the energy and time I spent on it, but it was a great learning experience to write for/as a total stranger. It too was a success, and for the first time it occurred to me that I might be able to make a living doing what I loved – writing – and had been doing “on the side” for the previous twenty-odd years.
So I was off and running … well, not really running. I was off and limping. I had a lot to learn about ghostwriting, especially about how to market my services. But that was almost 15 years ago, and here I still am. And now I am so much smarter about the ghostwriting business, and how to live the ghostwriter’s life. I no longer charge miniscule amounts, for one thing. I know how to conduct a great interview, winkling out stories and ideas my clients thought they had forgotten. I know some tricks to make my writing sound like someone else wrote it. I know legal stuff about copyright, royalties, and confidentiality. I know how to combat the ghostwriting “stigma” so people know it’s okay to use a ghostwriter. I know how to convince people that it’s worth their time, energy, and especially their money to write a book. And those are just a few of the many things I now know about being a ghostwriter.
I believe that writing – or sharing in some way – our stories, ideas, and wisdom, is one of our most important life tasks. Our stories show us how we connect with each other, they allow us to teach and learn, they inspire us, and they heal our divisions and our wounds. Our ideas, and our lives, matter. This is why I do what I do, and it’s why I think the more writers helping non-writers share their ideas and stories, the better.
And that’s why I developed my new program for writers called Living as A Ghost. In it I share all the ghostwriting information it has taken me years to learn. For only $349, writers who enroll in this program receive:
Comprehensive, in-depth information about the ghostwriting business and the ghostwriting life, that saves time, energy, and money.
Valuable tips on how to turn writing skills into a way to both make money and help others.
Actual ghostwriting practice – including professional feedback.
An ongoing resource for answering questions and discussing the challenges and opportunities that may come your way as you pursue your ghostwriting career.
A Certificate of Course Completion.
And finally, you will have a lot of fun. (And so will I.)
There is more information at http://www.primary-sources.com/learntoghost.html. Or you can email me and I’d be delighted to share how excited I am about this new program.