by barbara parus
illustration by leo acadia
O, YOu HAVE A STORY TO TELL but you (a)
don’t have time, (b) aren’t organized, (c) don’t
have the writing skills, or (d) aren’t disciplined
enough to see a book project through from
beginning to end. Welcome to the world of wannabe authors!
Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to
write a book. What’s the solution?
Well, don’t keep a good story bottled up inside you—some-
thing you publish could change a reader’s life forever. Look
into hiring a ghostwriter. Someone else writes your story, but
you get the credit while the author stands in your shadow—
like a ghost.
Why Hire a Ghostwriter?
A published book underscores a professional speaker’s exper-
tise on a topic and increases his or her credibility and visibility.
Many speakers, however, have tremendous content knowledge
and great ideas for books, but lack the necessary “mechanical”
or literary skills needed to assemble a readable manuscript. Or
they may not have sufficient time or the patience to labor over
a manuscript for six months or more. After all, speaking en-
gagements can be very demanding in terms of preparation and
travel. Who has time to sit down and write a book?
the shadow of