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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.

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Off to the Mountains of New Mexico

I’ll be leaving later this week for a Christian Women’s Retreat at El Porvenir, New Mexico. I love the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I’ve camped in them and visited there most of my life. In many ways, it’s like going home. We live about 4 hours from the mountains in the middle of the Texas Panhandle. I’ll be speaking in a workshop about overcoming our pasts so that we can live more joyfully.

There is a lot going on in our world these days and we often get caught up in economic problems, concerns about our environment and if we will be able to pay our bills and take care of our families. We dwell on past mistakes and carry around the baggage from those times in our “backpacks.” It’s like carrying rocks around. They weigh you down and don’t give you any benefits. I love to work with people and speak with them about ways to overcome those things in our past that only weigh us down and don’t benefit us.

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Speaking at Women’s Retreat – El Porvenir, N.M.

I’m excited to be one of the workshop presenters at the annual Women’s Retreat taking place July 16 – 19, 2009, at the El Porvenir camp not far from Las Vegas, New Mexico. I’ll be speaking on overcoming your past in order to live a more joyful life. How to get rid of the negative energy and thoughts that weigh you down so that you can keep the lesson of your experience, but leave behind the baggage.

So far we have 80 women from several churches registered to come. You can get more information about the retreat at Washington Avenue Christian Church, Amarillo, Texas. Just click on this link.

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Speaking at Inspirational Writers Alive

If anyone is in the area, then come on over to the monthly meeting of Inspirational Writers Alive. They meet on the second Thursday every month at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 4801 S. Austin, Amarillo, TX. The meeting starts at 7:oopm. It always includes time for reading and critiques for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well.

I’ll be the program speaker – Finding Balance: Time Management for the Productive Writer. Then, afterwards, I’ll be doing a book signing for my novella Rebekah Redeemed.