Ghostwriting

Question: What is ghostwriting?
Answer: Ghostwriters write books that are officially credited to you — the official author. Therefore, ghostwriting involves writing by an anonymous consultant, and that consultant is me!

You. Me. Ghostwriting.

Why is ghostwriting such an important option for authors? Many aspiring authors have amazing stories to share, but lack a writing or editing background. Some give up a lifelong dream of publishing their story simply because they can’t write it. That’s where I come in.

I ghost write novels, memoirs, biographies, self-help books and thrillers under your name. You get the writing credit. It’s your book written in your voice. I am simply your assistant, scribe, guide and partner—a ghostwriting consultant.

Ghostwriting is Personal

As a professional ghostwriter, I take your concept and turn it into to a book. I am experienced, extremely collaborative, and understand what this project means to you. That’s why I pour my heart and soul into your storyline.

Ghostwriting is an extremely personal undertaking and can involve any genre. Perhaps you have a memoir or biography that honors a loved one and is just waiting to be written. Perhaps you want to tell your family’s story, the world’s greatest love story, or a white-knuckle adventure like no other. You may want to publish self-help, fitness, or relationship advice. Maybe your passion involves sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy, or a paranormal tale. Perhaps you have a charming story filled with fascinating and quirky characters that would perfect for a series of books. And there can never be too many first-hand accounts of military service or careers spent in harm’s way. My job is to take your concept and develop it into a full manuscript.

ghostwritingGhostwriting Process

Perhaps you need help jump-starting the process. Don’t worry — we can Skype, email and talk on the phone. I can transcribe tapes and also work from your notes and documents you mail me through UPS or Fed Ex.

You may need me to research history or timelines. You may need me to research the backstory, and I excel at gathering details. My job is to sort through material, develop a story arc, and write the story. Then I write each chapter and share it with you for feedback. Together we build the book until it’s ready to launch. I can also write your front matter, back matter, author’s bio, back cover content, chapter titles or even the book title.

Ghostwriting and Credit

It may surprise you, but the truth is that many books are ghost written. But no one is supposed to know. The whole point of hiring a ghostwriter is to make sure your story is written in your voice.

Celebrities hire ghostwriters, but so do others who want their story told in the best possible manner. My ghostwriting clients span a wide demographic and include moms, dads and grandparents with heartfelt and important stories to share with the world. Single, married, or divorced. Sassy and young. Older and wiser. Some have struggled, climbed metaphoric mountains, and endured profound loss.

  • Generally, I ghostwrite your book for a fee and you retain all rights. In these instances I’m credited only as the editor.
  • I quote prices after consulting with the author and determining the degree of difficulty, desired length of manuscript, research requirements and estimated time frame.
  • Some authors credit me as a co-author.
  • Every once in a while a book concept is so extraordinary that I believe it has potential for further ventures. In these instances I may negotiate a percentage of sales, first right of refusal on prequels, sequels and series, and/or first right of refusal to write the screenplay.

Bringing Your Story to Life

What an incredible feeling when a manuscript is ready to launch—a unique and never-before-told story for other to enjoy, study and even cite. Click here to see an article on the topic.

Doesn’t it make sense to have a professional ghostwriter develop your book? Contact me and let’s make it happen!

Melanie Saxton | melanie@melaniesaxtonmedia.com