In book writing and publishing circles there’s a lot of talk about the ethics of hiring a ghostwriter. As I understand the discussion, a major part of it circles around the advantages and disadvantages of the author being transparent about how their book got written.

For example, the Fulcrum, the highly eclectic “independent English-language student newspaper at the University of Ottawa” in Canada has a marvelous article called Ghostwriting is a matter of transparency.  Kyle Darbyson, the article’s author, refers to the fiery discussion that occurred when it was revealed that Zoe Sugg was not the sole author of her best-selling Girl OnlineOpinions mostly divided along the lines that Zoe Sugg and her co-author Siobhan Curham were either totally justified in not making their relationship obvious or totally wrong in so doing.

Darbyson commented “I like to think that the answer to this ethical dilemma lies somewhere in the middle.” That’s my wish too. [click to continue…]

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I don’t  know how other ghostwriters do it, but there are generally 7 steps to ghostwriting your book. The idea is we work together to transfer the information, including stories, ideas, timelines, etc. from your head to mine so I can write the book you want in your voice. Here are the steps that seem to work best for me and my authors:

  1. We start with a Visioning – which is an over the phone process to help you open to the possibilities of your book.
  1. I then ask you to draft a 10 word purpose for your book – I often help directly with this. This purpose guides us both through the book writing and helps lay the groundwork for marketing.

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The Well-Fed Self-Publisher

Peter Bowerman’s  The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by  has a subtitle of How to Turn One Book into A Full-Time Living. He’s earned the rights to that slogan because that’s exactly what he did with his first book,  Bowerman actually did that with his first book, The Well-Fed Writer. Bowerman’s view of traditional publishing is right on.  Even though […]

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Is Hiring a Ghostwriter For Your Book Legit?

Some wonder if hiring a ghostwriter is legitimate. There aren’t really many who ask this question these days, but it’s worth taking a look at when you’re considering hiring a ghostwriter. How old is ghostwriting? Most people, if they ever think about it, realize ghostwriting has been going on a long time. How long? Again, […]

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Your Book’s Ideal Reader(s)

I always ask “Who is your book’s ideal reader.” This is the real truth: “If you write for everyone you write for no one.” I don’t remember where I first heard this, but it’s one of those statements that as a writer I immediately recognized as true. It comes to mind whenever someone contacts me […]

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Learn what you need to know about self-publishing. I should have known I’d like Guy Kawasaki’s book, APE – Author | Publisher | Entrepreneur.  And yes, he wrote it with Shawn Welch. Like many, I know Guy, or feel like I do through his tweets, his Holy Kaw site which links to almost everything and […]

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Set Up Your Writing Schedule

Once you have your Working Table Of Contents you also have an overview of your book. That list becomes your roadmap for getting your book written. To get your book written you’re going to have to write consistently. As a rough guide, if you can devote four hours a day every weekday to writing you can […]

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Develop a Working Table Of Contents

Once you have the Vision and Purpose for your book you’re in a position to write a working table of contents. There are two key concepts here, ‘working’ and list. Be assured you’re not creating a final table of contents – that will only come as you actually write the book. This is just a […]

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Create A 10 Word Purpose Statement For Your Book

At first glance it may seem that Vision and Purpose Statment are the same thing. Here’s the difference when it comes to getting your book written: A Vision is like the largest, most open view of your book. The Purpose is the laser-like focus you need to get the book written well for your readers. […]

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Create A Vision For Your Book with These Questions

I believe that when anyone feels like they want or even need to get a book written that desire needs to be honored. I’ve found doing a Visioning can help you open up to the larger purpose of your book. A Visioning is a meditative way of bringing the Universal Mind/Sprit/God/Universe/Still Small Voice/Something that is […]

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