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On Being a Ghostwriter

I went to a party about a year ago and when a woman asked me what I do, I told her I was a freelance ghostwriter, author, and speaker. She nodded and then asked “Do you like scary stories?”

I had to explain to her that a ghostwriter doesn’t write stories about ghosts or necessarily scary stories. Anyone else who may be a little confused, let me clarify that ghostwriters are hired to work with a person who has a good idea, a message, or information that they want to write into a book. They either don’t have time to do it themselves or can’t write. So, ghostwriters like myself collaborate with them and assist them in writing their book.

In cases with high profile clients, a ghostwriter has to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Sometimes, the ghostwriter’s name is given with the author’s name. For example, Don Piper with Cecile Murphy (90 Minutes in Heaven). Most of us work annonymously and are paid a flat fee for our work. Then, we move on to another project. It can be a very lucrative career.

Hope you’ll come back tomorrow to find out more about this life as a ghostwriter.


Welcome to my blog, Joyce Anthony

I’m glad to have you with me this week. Tell us a little about yourself, Joyce.

I live in Pennsylvania with my teenaged son and what she calls a mini-zoo. I’m a freelance writer and editor.

When you’re not writing or editing, what do you do? 

I’m a homeschooling mother, photographer, genealogist, animal advocate and psychologist.  I also answer questions as an “expert” on bipolar disorder at AllExperts.com. Along with that I’m currently working on two additional blogs–one for bipolar disorder and one for Asperger’s Syndrome.

Can you give us a taste of what your writing career is doing now that we’re looking at a new year in a few weeks?

I’m the author of Storm, a spiritual fantasy and two books to be released in 2009:  Spirit of the Stallion and Shattered Rainbow. She answers questions as an “expert” on bipolar disorder at AllExperts.com and is currently working on two additional blogs–one for bipolar disorder and one for Asperger’s Syndrome.

I hear that you have a book trailer for your book Storm. Are going to get to preview it this week?

Oh, yes. I’m looking forward to posting it here on your blog on Wednesday.

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but that certainly wets my appetitie for see Joyce’s trailer on Wednesday and learning more about Storm. Thanks for being with me today, Joyce.

Who he is and why he’s here is a mystery even to Storm-a mystery that can only be answered within the whirling rainbow. His search puts him in touch with many of society’s forgotten people; he changes their lives and heals their souls. When he finds the answer to his identity, the world is changed forever.  You’ll aske yourself:  Is it only a fantasy–or is it real?