A good or great book ghost writer is necessary if you don’t really know how to write. But what is ghostwriting a book? And does it help to sell your books?

How long have book ghostwriters, including the black ones, actually been around?

When did the whole thing actually begin?

By Karen S. Cole, career ghostwriter and copy editor of 50+ books, with a lot of background work on some 300+ other ghostwritten works. And currently published author of seven books of my own, plus some in the past and some coming along in the future. One of which is among the first truly multicultural fiction novels written by an American author, covering more than half a dozen such cultures.

This post isn’t entirely on or all about Black African American Ghost Writers.

Although we do have a growing sample of Black American ghostwriters on our team. Just email or call and ask me about our African American ghosts and editors. We are also currently hiring more Black ghost writers, especially bestselling, affordable, and award winning ones. Apply with us today, we are always an Equal Opportunity Employer.

However, what is a book ghostwriter, or for that matter, a black book ghostwriter?

Obvious, isn’t it? A professional writer lending his or her pen to the works of others. Yet, this was unknown until recently among the general public. Mostly, celebrities such as professional football players, politicians, Hollywood stars, and recently, a lot of rap and hip hop players have been using the services of ghost writers. However, ordinary folks needing their beloved relatives’ memoirs ghostwritten have been increasing greatly in number. Busy business executives, burgeoning fiction writers, and experts in nonfiction subject matters have been contracting for our services, in ever-increasing numbers. A really good, experienced or even a student ghostwriter is now in hot demand, all over the world. In the past, a wide variety of ghostwriters were behind most formal speeches. Even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a slew of minister friends as the black ghost writers for his “I Have a Dream” speech. Also books by famous authors, dissertations and formal papers by medical and legal students, works by famous teachers and serious programs for the advancement of humanity, and of course, throughout history many popular songs – in ways you couldn’t begin to imagine. Bernie Taupin, for example, ghostwrote a great deal of the songs of Elton John. As usual for a song or any other type of ghostwriter, Mr. Taupin stayed behind the scenes, getting little credit for his overall hard work. Instead, he was handsomely paid for his collaborative efforts.

What is the actual history of American book ghost writing?

To this day, there remains a great deal of controversy over exactly who wrote what. Meanwhile, rap musicians are often ghostwriters, which is a constant tumultuous storm in the American, Korean, Indian, and otherwise worldwide music industries. A book ghost writer may turn to rap ghostwriting, but usually they stick with fleshing out and rewriting author clients’ manuscripts. Music, hip hop and rap ghostwriting are whole other industries, as each ghostwriting type or genre involves a lot of utmost specialization. However, you can find and hire almost any kind, type, genre or variety of ghostwriter, including rap and hip hop, at Ghost Writer, Inc. through this link:

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There is a brewing literary farce over whether H. P. Lovecraft ghostwrote. If so, he and a partner were book ghost writers around 1925 for Harry Houdini. Concerning an unfinished 31-page manuscript, worth $25,000 to $40,000. But the actual book project, The Cancer of Superstition, was cancelled in 1926 by the death of Houdini. When it comes to published book ghost writing, we have to go further back. To the year 1791, the time of James Boswell and Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Amusingly enough, Boswell from “Charlie’s Angels” is based upon the book ghost writer in this case. The relatively famous James Boswell and Samuel Johnson lived and wrote around the time of the American Revolution.

Book ghostwriter Boswell was more of a loose biographer than a strict ghostwriter.

The former ghostwrote for a “moral hero” named Dr. Johnson or Sam: Johnson. Presumably Johnson was a medical doctor, which made him heroic. The book was called The Life of Samuel Johnson. Conceivably, it’s the first noteworthy ghostwritten work. James Boswell was Johnson’s underplayed biographer. The reason this book could be considered “by a book ghost writer” is the additional research and wildly varying liberties Boswell took with Johnson’s information. I think of Boswell as a book ghost writer, even though he “did his own thing” with Johnson’s ideas.

Since it’s largely a collection of Boswell’s diary entries, I’ve been a book ghost writer for many similar works. Including one of my earliest clients. I structured his book in that manner. It was the original version of “A Life Less Ordinary,” back in 2004. Boswell’s book is considered to be an important stage, though, in the development of the work known as a biography. I can tell you that a memoir, a biography, an autobiography and a ghostwritten book can all be remarkably similar. A memoir is about a certain period of time in someone’s life, a bio or auto-bio is usually about the person’s entire life story, and a ghost may write a book about nearly anything.

A book ghost writer often writes memoirs or life stories, including bios and autobios.

Lots of people hire a book ghost writer to pen their life stories, due to a need for professional assistance. Another such volume is The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It was actually written and published well after the book author client’s death. Although Mr. Shabazz (Malcolm X) wrote much of the book, he had a journalist colleague named Alex Haley. Haley managed to put the book together professionally, thus he was an example of a book ghost writer. He stayed in the background, and Malcolm X was in the foreground as his book author client. It could also be interpreted that they were coauthors, though Malcolm X wasn’t strictly a professional writer.

This was back in the Sixties, when men were men, standing around waiting to get shot! Well, there was a point to that, promoting the ideal of World Peace. In the face of concentration camps and the Atom Bomb. It was worth writing about, so Alex Haley of the “Roots” television series fame became the first modern American book ghost writer. This is true, at least, under my professional consideration. The clear, courageous voice of Malcolm X Shabazz rang clearly throughout his book, so Mr. Haley must have done a very decent job of ghostwriting it.

What’s it like: Book ghost writer, or book Ghostwriter?

Being a book ghost writer involves acquiring a special set of skills. Usually, you must be a type of freelance writer for publication, or already a serious author of some nature, in order to go into the ghostwriting profession. Meanwhile, the ghostwriting field involves handling a lot of people’s confusing spelling and grammar patterns, having to be as diplomatic as possible, and as in any profession, a difficult lack of perfection. It can be earthy, meticulous, spontaneous and real, being a ghostwriter. In short, it customizes to suit both the author client and the book ghost writer.

Expect the Unexpected, every time you work on a project.

You have to learn how to bend, how to adjust to your clients’ individual voices. When something new comes up, you need to accept any sudden changes. Rather than arguing with things, you kneel mostly to the client, and you take on the workload of considering what is best. For both the client and the writer, and also for any such others who are overall in charge. It’s best for smooth sailing that way.

Also, you must take the time to figure out what’s occurring, on the fly and not at a relaxed pace. You do set your own hours and are your own boss. But in the end, the author client writing the book is the boss. Other than giving your professional opinion, you will find they need to do things their own way every time. So as a book ghost writer, it’s paramount to feel out exactly what the author client wants. It’s learn as you go, adapt to the changes of scenery. You don’t want to be either a stick in the mud or a slow moving catsup when you are a book ghost writer. It’s needed to change, grow, learn new things every day. Each day you must bow to the world, whenever you are a book ghost writer.

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I am on the Internet as an affordable, NYT or New York Times and Amazon bestselling ghostwriter. Also as a rewriter, copy editor and proofreader of book manuscripts. Over the years I have performed many other types of freelance ghostwriting and editing jobs. Usually I only take credit as the “editor” when I ghostwrite for an author client. My fees are lower than industry standard rates for experienced professional book ghost writers. This includes rewriters, book coaches, copy editors and proofreaders. I also do professional manuscript formatting for ebooks and print books. And POD or offset printing, traditional softcover and hardback printing, etc.

By Karen S. Cole

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