Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ghostwriter by Virginia Davis

All writers need encouragement. Sometimes, after a manuscript has been rejected repeatedly, an author begins to wonder what is wrong and may lose confidence in their manuscript. An author may need more than encouragement, they may need someone to read the manuscript and give a new slant or perspective to the work. Friends can be the worse critics, because they may be afraid of the author’s feelings or else be too brutal. An objective opinion is best.

An author may be too close to their work. After toiling for weeks over a manuscript the author’s creativity may take a hike, or the author has become so involved in detail that his manuscript will be a thousand pages when finished, but he lost his reader after the first one hundred pages because of too much detail, and being so in love with his prose that the delete key felt like a surgeon’s knife.

A first time author may lack self confidence or still be working the day job and doesn’t have the time to devote to the book that they need to create a book that will be published, and they can sell with pride.

Ghostwriters are hired for numerous reasons. In many cases, celebrities or public figures do not have the time, or writing skills to write and research an autobiography or “self-help” book. Even if a person has the writing skills, they may not know how to structure and edit a book so that it is captivating and well-paced. Publishers use ghostwriters to increase the number of books that can be published each year under the name of well-known, highly marketable authors. All of these reasons may call for the services of a ghostwriter.

A ghostwriter is a professional who is paid to write books, short stories, articles, poems, or other content which are officially credited to another person. Executives, celebrities and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit an autobiography for them. The ghostwriter is sometimes acknowledged by the author or publisher for his or her writing services or does not have to be.

In some cases, the ghostwriter is hired to publish and edit a rough draft or a mostly completed manuscript. In other cases, a ghostwriter does most of the writing, using articles, ideas or tapes provided by the credited author. In this case, a ghostwriter will do research on the credited author or their subject area of expertise. It is rare for a ghostwriter to prepare a book or article without input from the credited author. The credited author usually gives and outline of ideas at the beginning and provides comments and changes on the ghostwriter's final draft.

One of the newer types of ghostwriters is the blog ghostwriter. Blogs are websites where a person keeps a journal of thoughts and holds online discussions with other web users, typically on political, social, or cultural issues, and current events. As well, many blogs cater to special interests such as doll collecting or even writing. Blogs are rated according to how many 'hits' they get from users viewing the page, and this rating is used by advertisers considering paying for ad space on a blog website.

New blog operators hoping to generate interest in their blog site sometimes hire ghostwriters to post comments to their blog, while posing as different people. With more posts and more comments, it is more likely that a blog will have more key words which will bring up the blog during a search engine's search. Once a blog gets more traffic, eventually the number of posts may increase, and the blog ghostwriters may no longer be needed.

Maybe you would like to be a ghostwriter or feel that you need the help of a professional ghostwriter like me. In my case, the only subjects that are taboo are extreme violence and horror. Religious or romance, mystery political material, fiction or autobiographies, “self –help” and “how- to” are acceptable. I even write children’s books and magazine articles. I accept rough drafts, almost completed manuscripts, or even manuscripts still in the “idea” stage. If you would like a free critique on one chapter of your work, please respond to this blog. After the free critique on the first chapter you are under no obligation to continue.

Virginia Davis is a full-time ghostwriter.


  1. Virginia, this is a fascinating subject. I would never even have thought of a blog ghostwriter! but I can see the reasons behind hiring one, especially given how much time promotion can suck from one's writing. I did some ghost writing for a friend and it was one of the best paid writing gigs I've had to date!

  2. Virginia this is a great article! I really enjoyed reading it. Let's do hook-up sometime. I would love to chat with another ghostwriter.