You have to write something. An article, a dissertation, a how-to book – or maybe you want to write an autobiography.
“Help! I need a ghostwriter.”
Can’t write, haven’t time to write, arm’s in a sling – maybe you should find a ghost writer. Or a ghostwriter, even.
You look at http://ghost-writer.co.uk and find me. Then you empty the piggy-bank and my fee is more than you can find. But the book just goes on writing itself at the back of your mind…
“You mean I’ve got to write it?”
Usually there’s an alternative– blogging, vlogging (less violent than it sounds – it’s blogging by video) or podcasting. Maybe you need a Powerpoint presentation or a puppet show, 60 seconds of animation or some lyrics and a ukelele. None of these things means you won’t write when you’re ready to. Blogging and recording sound and video will help you find out who wants to know what you have to say. You get to present your ideas and think about the responses.
“No, I have to write it.”
Plenty of otherwise normal people are intent on writing a book or getting an article published and you may one of them.
This is nature’s way of teaching you two things: writing is harder than you ever imagined; and you may be able to do it. You may learn enough to write a twenty-first century classic. You may even buy a new house from the proceeds of your manual on composting. Even if you don’t you should have some fun along the way, so this blog has some basic advice on writing your own book and recording the recollections of others.
What I’m blogging about is the result of communication over twenty-odd years, as a ghostwriter, with scores of people who have tried to write their first book. Most have wanted to record their own stories or family recollections. You will find on these pages some advice about
“But I’ve written a book. I want somebody to read it.”
If you have written a book and you’re sure it’s already good enough for publication you need a literary agent.
If you are not sure at all, then you need someone to read it, give you an opinion on whether it’s good enough for publication and probably edit it. Click on ‘Contact me’ and email to see if I’m free, or try the alternative links lurking unsuspected at the bottom of this page.
Note that if it’s 99% perfect as it is, this does not mean you are sure to find a publisher. It just means you can submit it to an agent, a publisher or an internet publisher without shame.
More pages are on their way; the next one is about how-to books. Useful links are way, way down at the bottom of this deep page. Feel free to scroll…