Uh-Oh. I Think We Have a Ghost Writing Situation Here …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk. First things first. What is ghost writing? I really hope you know but if not you can go ask your dear friend Webster. In basic terms, ghost writing is when you hire someone to write something for you. Here are some examples when you might want to hire a ghost writer.

When your manuscript doesn’t make the grade.  Your writing proposal or manuscript accidentally ends up in your middle school child’s backpack and when he/she brings back the paperwork of the day to show Mom/Dad/Grandma/whoever said manuscript says “D-.” Big sign you need a ghost writer or at the very least spell check. Go for spell check and then go from there. There are book writing coaches out there. We have a new strategic partner that provides coaching services. Thank goodness.

Marketability a No – No.  Take a hard look at your material. Is it already out there? Do you have a twist? Twist = marketability. Never done = way better. If you recently decided you are going to write a series of Vampire books you seriously need to rethink this. (Hello! Stephanie Meyer a la Twilight series.) If it has been done even in the most basic terms … here is some advice. No no, bad bad, no no.  And. No. Why spend the bucks to do something that has already been done. Done well to the point the parents of all teenagers have read the series and passed it along to friends. Don’t go there. In fact, table project … regroup … think of something new and different.

It’s Simple as 1,2,3 or LACK of coherent thought.  Here is the deal. Create an outline first then write away. Do not tell your whole story from beginning to end in paragraph one. Just do a BLOG. Get it? The first step to writing anything is creating a table of contents … a.k.a. outline, a.k.a. structure, etc. Do NOT start rambling and rambling to only get to your point in chapter 4 but create all sorts of unintelligible nonsense to follow just because your 10K agent said you needed to be at page 104. Sigh.

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