What’s it Like to Write a Book With a Ghostwriter?

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When people ask me what I do for work and I get to answer, “ghostwriter”, I enjoy the confused expressions for a second. Then I explain: “I write books for people based on their ideas and experiences. Or I give them lots and lots of help to write their own.”

I don’t think that answer clears up much for most people. I figure a lot of them are still in the dark about how something like that would work.

So what’s it like to get a ghostwriter to write a book with you?

The quick answer is you get a book that’s informative/interesting/inspiring/(insert your desired adjective) without having to do a lot of work. Plus, it’s work that (if you’re honest with yourself) you’re not all that well equipped to do.

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May 11, 2016

A ‘Keeping It Real’ Lesson From Elon Musk

For the last few months I’ve been buried neck-high in a book-writing project with some very intelligent, very interesting clients. In the course of researching content for the book I’ve been watching quite a few interviews with various entrepreneurs and industry leaders. (You know you’re a researcher when the makeup of your YouTube recommended videos list takes sudden hairpin turns. They used to recommend videos of kids dancing to Beyonce. Now it’s all Richard Branson and direct mail marketing.)

Anyway, last night I watched this video, featuring Elon Musk being Elon-Musky: all buttoned-down eloquence and even-keeled charisma.

“Authenticity” has become a terrible word, but he has it, and I appreciate it. Listen to what he says from about minute four to eight about navigating a period of acute anxiety. It’s real talk about making a hard decision and a huge investment and then waiting to find out whether the roof is going to fall down on your head or not. Nobody is so intelligent and strategic that they can bypass moments like these.

As the group therapy people say, “Thanks for sharing, Elon.” I really mean it.

[Author: Kristin van Vloten]

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June 10, 2015

Sparkle Project BC releases handbook – Abbotsford News

Sparkle Project BC releases handbook – Abbotsford News

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March 7, 2015

Singer-Songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson to Produce Anthem for Female Self Confidence Movement — The Sparkle Project BC

Singer-Songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson to Produce Anthem for Female Self Confidence Movement — The Sparkle Project BC

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January 15, 2015

Hiring A Ghostwriter Doesn’t Make You Less Of A Thinker

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Hi there,

You are a particular type of person: someone who should consider hiring a ghostwriter. I know you pretty well because I’ve worked with others like you. You’re what people call a natural-born leader. And whether you openly express it or not, you also feel that you are a thinker whose potential is not necessarily being expressed.

I just want to tell you that I think you’re right. Please allow me to explain.

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November 6, 2014