What is a ghostwriter?
What if you have a great idea for a story, but lack the time or opportunity to put that story into words?
That’s where I can help.
I have a wealth of experience working with storytellers of all types to help them craft narratives that captivate audiences.
Blog posts, feature articles, interviews and annual reports, I’ve done it all. Not only do I generate high-level content, but I’m happy to stay behind the scenes.
The best editor is an invisible one, and that goes for ghostwriting too.
I write a lot of content and am always happy to share it. In fact, I get a big kick when something I’ve written turns into a hit for a client and their business.
Why do people employ ghostwriters?
People generally employ ghostwriters because they’re busy and time poor.
They know what they want to say, but don’t have time to craft a message that will resonate with their audience.
That’s where Textshop comes in. I’m an experienced writer who has the ability to write for other people in a manner that is true to their tone and voice.
My editorial training and experience has enabled me to hear my authors’ voices clearly above any distractions.
My clients also get more than expertly written content. They get skilfully researched content that’s edited to an exceptional standard.
Ghostwriting is a broad responsibility because the content must be perfectly researched and flawlessly executed.
“The hardest part of ghostwriting other people’s stories is capturing their voices so that it isn’t you talking, it’s them.”
– Michael Robotham
H. P. Lovecraft was ghostwriter for Harry Houdini.
The creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, used a ghostwriter.
Ronald Reagan used a ghostwriter in his autobiography An American Life.
Robert Ludlum died in 2001, but his bestselling Jason Bourne books were published until 2017. Any ideas?
Late in his career, Mozart ghostwrote music for wealthy patrons, but it wasn’t always a happy arrangement.
The Nancy Drew series was not written by Carolyn Keene, but by multiple ghostwriters in a practice called ‘book packaging’.
How Mozart dabbled in ghostwriting
Ghostwriting is always based on a watertight understanding between the client and the writer. As we see from Mozart’s experience, open communication is essential.
While Mozart achieved wealth and success in his early life, he struggled with financial difficulties in the years before his death.
During those difficult times he took in students, borrowed money from friends and wrote music for wealthy patrons in Hungary and Amsterdam.
In return, these wealthy patrons pledged annuities for compositions they would often pass off as their own work.
Mozart composed Requiem Mass in D minor during 1791. It had been commissioned by an anonymous nobleman, who intended to pass the work off as his own.
Believing the Requiem was for himself, Mozart didn’t complete it, and it remained unfinished at the time of his death in December 1791 at the age of 35.