Writing

Proving 1 Guy’s Innocent is a Compelling Story

By Lee Barnathan / July 8, 2024
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Seventh in an occasional series about compelling stories and ideas worth telling. Compelling stories have many qualities to them: They’re powerful, have an irresistible, sometimes emotional effect on the reader. They earn the person attention, either positive or negative. They’re unique, original, different. They relate to the reader, and they put the reader there. A…

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3 More True Bona Fide Expectations to Deal With

By Lee Barnathan / June 24, 2024
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The professor and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia once said, “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.” Ghostwriters—and their clients—would be wise to remember this so expectations can be properly managed and everyone remains united in making the project the very best ghostwritten work possible. But that means recognizing that some expectations…

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3 Wrong Ghostwriting Expectations and Their Genuine Realities

By Lee Barnathan / June 17, 2024
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Let’s talk about expectations. Because ghostwriting is so collaborative, the ghostwriter has the responsibility of managing a prospect or client’s expectations. If not, things can go wrong quickly. Example: A prospect wanted me to write five high quality articles related to his business, that he could post and then share on different social media sites.…

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Always Have These 6 Recommended Contract Parts

By Lee Barnathan / June 10, 2024
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I recently wrote about the importance of having a contract. That’s all well and good, but if you don’t know what to put in a contract, the importance won’t make sense. Since a contract’s purpose is to record rights, duties, obligations, responsibilities, collaborations, agreements, and payment schedules, among many others; and since a contract should…

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1 Ghostwriting Contract’s Perfect Importance

By Lee Barnathan / June 3, 2024
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During one scene in the 1942 movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” George M. Cohan (James Cagney) admitted that he and his partner Sam Harris (Richard Whorf) did business for sixteen years with nothing but a handshake. Cohan said it was all they ever needed. They never had a written contract. They were lucky. Today, they’d probably…

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7 Ghostwriting Pros and Cons (They’re Solid Pros)

By Lee Barnathan / May 28, 2024
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What people see as pros and cons of ghostwriting, I see as pros. Last week, I wrote about why ghostwriting is expensive. Some people consider that a reason not to use a ghostwriter. I believe just the opposite: Since you get what you pay for, it’s actually a positive to fork over good money for…

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Why 1 Ghostwriting Project is Expensive

By Lee Barnathan / May 20, 2024
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Proof that ghostwriting is expensive: I remember speaking about ghostwriting at a networking event. Afterwards, a member came up and asked just one question: “How much?” What I wanted to say was, If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Instead, I responded, “It depends on several factors, but if you want quality ghostwriting,…

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1 Certain Ghostwriting Secret: Publishing Not Included

By Lee Barnathan / May 13, 2024
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Clients want publishing deals. I’ve recently had conversations with a client and a prospect. I ghostwrote the client’s manuscript, which she appreciated tremendously. Now, she’s trying to get it published and is finding it very difficult. She showed me how one publisher wanted $50,000 to edit, publish, and market her manuscript. “I can’t believe how…

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Ghostwriters Take Percentages at Their Peril

By Lee Barnathan / May 6, 2024
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I recently wrote about why ghostwriters don’t work on spec. It’s also true that ghostwriters don’t usually take a percentage of an author’s advance, sales or profits on the books they ghostwrite. Just like in my previous post, one reason comes down to money. Ghostwriters want to get paid. They want to guarantee the revenue.…

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Refining that 1 Foul First Draft

By Lee Barnathan / April 29, 2024
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As I recently wrote, all ghostwritten work has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is the first draft, that often ugly, messy, incomplete, error-ridden, Frankenstein’s monster of a draft. Ghostwriters must impress upon clients that the first draft is just that: a beginning. Then comes the shaping, molding, building, forming, forging, and producing the work…

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