If paid handsomely, will you agree to be ghost writer?
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I've been a ghostwriter before. I'm forbidden to name the actual books (so don't ask) -- but, I can at least say that I've ghostwritten a few autobiographies, and a couple of books under fictitious "team" author names.
(The most famous example of this second thing is the Nancy Drew mystery books, which were written by "Carolyn Keene"... ahah. "Carolyn Keene" is actually a group of at least 20 different people, both men and women, who wrote the various Nancy Drew books. None of whom were actually named Carolyn, or Keene.
I haven't written YA fiction -- and the Nancy Drew books were all written by the time I was 9 or 10 years old -- but, that's just an *example* of what I mean by a "fictitious team author".)
Ghostwriting AUTOBIOGRAPHIES was... not boring. It was not boring at all. In fact, it was INCREDIBLY interesting, and VERY emotionally intense.
Basically, you had these people, who had these stories that they wanted to tell the world -- but they felt powerless to tell these stories *themselves*. And the stories told by the media weren't the stories THEY wanted to tell. So... the stories just stayed inside their hearts and souls. Waiting, for... a storyteller.
The first step in ghostwriting autobiographies was... earning TRUST, and emotional intimacy, from people who were extremely reluctant to hand out trust and emotional intimacy.
That was intense enough -- but, then, there was the storytelling part.
When you ghostwrite, you're working with someone who REALLY wants to say something -- but REALLY doesn't know how to express what she/he wants to say.
Those conversations are INTENSE. They scream. They cry. They get pissed at YOU for... not understanding all the subtleties of what they want to say the first time, and for having to search for other ways to get the right message across... **even though that's exactly why they had to hire YOU to write their story**.
Srsly... It was almost like being a psychotherapist. The people whose autobiographies I ghostwrote, had absolutely NEVER thought through their stories in as much depth, or from as many perspectives, as they did in those pre-writing conversations.
I have a letter from one of these clients, framed on the wall in my house. This client was... a VERY difficult person, who drank a lot, and got really angry, really fast.
This client ended the letter with:
"Thank you for making MY life so damn interesting."
Also, it pays well, and you get paid upfront.3
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