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  • Writer's pictureLaura Schaefer

I Should Probably Stop Calling Myself a Ghostwriter

For many, many years now, I have answered the question "What do you do?" by replying:


"I am an author and ghostwriter."


It's right there at the top of my website! I hesitate to change it because future authors looking for my services are generally using Google and asking it for a "Florida ghostwriter." (Hi Google, love u!)


However, things are evolving over here and a more accurate description of what I do would be to collaborate on books with partner clients. I am, then, a "book collaborator."


My book process is iterative, transparent, and interactive.


It requires active client participation...but only a few hours of your time each week.


I arrived at this approach via years of trial and error. I hesitate to even call this #ghostwriting because it's really not.


It is a productive and enjoyable book creation partnership.


Here is how it works:


1. PLANNING: We develop a basic book outline/table of contents together. The chapter order can change as we work, but our intentional efforts here will serve as a loose guide.


2. GATHERING: Next, we talk through each chapter week by week (usually 10). Ahead of each meeting, I share a question set and/or meeting agenda.


3. WRITING: Right after each weekly meeting, I post chapter content based on our conversation to a shared Google doc. In a sense, this is the first draft. It's generally a bit rough but I've found it is empowering to have something on the page quickly to improve/deepen. You'll never wonder what's going on with your book as it's always right there on your screen ready to be made better.


4. REFINING: Together, we both refine the chapter content by adding detail and clarifying the stories/steps/takeaways for the reader. It's a looping process of both moving forward with the manuscript and circling back.


5. SOLIDIFYING: Once the entire manuscript is on the screen, we continue to revise for three or four more weeks by evaluating what is missing or where there's unnecessary repetition.


6. CELEBRATING: Voila!


Reach out to me today to see if we'd be a match for creating your next book.




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