Friday, May 31, 2013

So, Here's Something . . .

I got a phone call, out of the blue, from a friend of a friend wondering if I'd be interested in ghost writing his book. It's a business book but he wants it written as a novel, so it's more interesting to read.

I've never done any ghost writing, but I imagine that every ghost writer has to take that first job--the one where enter the unknown and aren't sure if they've got the chops for it. (Or am I the only one who thinks she doesn't have the chops for it?)

I've talked with several people who have ghost written books before, gotten some advice, and have spent the last two days wondering if my anxiety is because this is way out of my league and I should say "no thank you," or if it's due to having to step out of my comfort zone.

I really, really like my comfort zone. It's so . . . comfortable. And there are on-line games here. And peanut M&M's. Why would I want to leave?

After talking to my friend tonight, I feel like I'm ready to take the next step, which would be sitting down and asking more detailed questions. Like, "do you have ideas for chapters, characters, a plot arc? Is there a beginning, middle and end?" Because if I have to pull a whole book out of someone based on a couple ideas, I might be in over my head.

Of course if I do decide to do it, I have no idea how to negotiate a contract. I don't know what to ask for money wise, or where to insist my name appear? (By the way, did you know that "Seven Habits" was  ghost written, along with almost every other business book? Crazy!)

So, that's what's going on this week.

3 comments:

Senia said...

Do it, do it! (I even had to say "Bring It" in order to comment on your post. How fitting!)

Everything I know about Ghost Writers is from the PBS show "Ghost Writer." You'd be so much better than that.

Khristine Pettingill said...

I agree! Do it!! I love your writing style, so it will be good, no matter what you come up with. I had no idea that Seven Habits was written by a ghost writer. My whole view of everything has changed from knowing that, on the one hand. On the other hand, I suppose it would be rare to have a powerful presenter like Steven Covey also be a good writer. I wonder about all the stuff by his son...

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