We’re often asked by prospective clients for more information about our ghostwriting staff. Who are they, and what do they bring to this type of work?
Excellent questions! While each of our writers brings different skills, interests, and strengths to the job, here’s a chance to get to know one of them.
What is your background? I’ve always been a writer. My favorite form of writing is fiction, which is why ghostwriting projects that incorporate storytelling especially appeal to me. I love taking what a client tells me and developing it into a story with a full arc. Even for clients who are writing business books, I enjoy bringing story into the project, because when story is used, readers are more likely to connect and feel engaged with the material. Equally important is crafting a ghostwritten book to reflect the client’s voice. A ghostwritten book isn’t the writer’s story to tell – it’s the client’s. My job is to use my many years of writing experience to build a full, engaging narrative in the client’s voice.
How did you get into ghostwriting? A writer friend of mine introduced me to Mark Graham Communications. When I learned about the company and the type of work they do, I was eager to work for them. My first Mark Graham Communications project was a self-help book. The client was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject matter, and seeing how thrilled he was with the finished book was rewarding for me. I’ve felt the same way about every ghostwriting project since.
What is your favorite part about being a ghostwriter? Getting to know the clients. I love learning about their lives, businesses, and passions. Our clients have extraordinary stories to tell, and during interviews, I’m always fascinated to hear what they have to say. Equally wonderful is finishing a book! The first time a client holds their completed book in their hands is always a great moment not just for the client, but also for me.
What is the most challenging aspect of ghostwriting? Using the transcription of our conversation with the client to create an outline, in preparation for writing the book. When we interview a client, we create a customized interview script to use – but the conversation often isn’t completely linear. Like all of us, ghostwriting clients rely on memory to tell a story, and narrating one aspect or situation often jogs the recollection of something else they want to mention. When the transcription arrives, it’s typed exactly as the recorded conversation flowed. Moving the pieces around, putting everything into an order that readers will find logical and compelling, is like solving a puzzle. Once those pieces are in place, the work of writing the book begins, which involves interpreting the interview transcription and crafting it into a full, well written book, told in that unique voice belonging only to the client.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love being outdoors, spending time with family and friends – and, of course, curling up with a good book!