Ghostwriting by Sandy Penny


You don't have to be a good writer to be an author. You just have to be smart enough to hire a skilled ghost writer to bring your subject to life. 

According to a recent New York Times article, “Up to a half the books on any non-fiction best-seller list are written by someone other than the name on the book.”

The reason is simple: being an expert, an eyewitness, or a celebrity does not necessarily mean that you're also a skilled writer/communicator or that you have the time to devote to the writing.

Ghost writers typically work for five types of clients.

  • The expert who writes to preserve and share accumulated knowledge.
  • Someone with an extraordinary first-person experience to relate but no writing skills.
  • A celebrity or aspiring celebrity, who wants a book to memorialize or launch a career.
  • The would be author with a great fictional story to tell, but not the necessary storytelling skills.
  • The executive or business owner who is a great speaker but not a writer or who desn't have the time to translate spoken materials into good prose.

You don't think all those famous politicians write their books by themselves, do you? They don't have time to do the writing, but they love to tell a good story. A ghostwriter can listen to the stories and write them in an engaging, appealing, logical, exciting or even terrifying way.

The ghostwriter compensates for any skill or knowledge the author lacks. In return for their expertise, ghosts are typically paid a cash fee plus often a percentage of the author’s royalties. In return, the ghost usually takes a vow of silence. Occasionally an author will give permission for a ghost to reveal their role in a project or share the book credit with the ghost, but typically, that's not the deal. A ghost has to honor whatever contract they negotiate with an author, agent or publisher. It's a different arrangement from co-authors who share the risks and rewards of a project.

If you are not a skilled writer, but have expert knowledge or an extraordinary story to share, or seek to launch or enhance your image, that’s when you should call a ghostwriter. Good ghost writers are highly prized and don't come cheap, so be prepared to pay well to get the best.

I have served as a ghostwriter for several popular books and many executive articles. I call myself the "ghostwriter for the angels" because one of those books recounts a doctor's deathbed experiences with patients who see angels when they're dying.

If you have a story to tell, I may be able to help you write it. Choosing a project like that takes into account whether I'm in alignment with the story and its values. If I'm not the right person for you, I have several excellent ghost writer friends I can recommend, so feel free to contact me about your ghost writing project.

I specialize in identifying your voice and writing to fit your style and personality. It's like it flows directly from the pen in your hand or the vision in your head through my fingers on the keyboard.

Cordially, Sandy Penny - Contact Me Now.