Ghosted and Co-written
I have worked with a number of clients, helping them to tell their stories, mostly in the non-fiction area. It is work that I enjoy immensely. In some cases I conduct interviews, or get a person to record their stories on tape, then help them to shape the material into a coherent narrative. I call that ghost-writing. With others, it may be a case of taking their own draft manuscript, or chapter-by-chapter account, and improving, editing, polishing it. That’s more like co-writing.
Among the most enjoyable projects have been several books for retired country copper Mike Pannett for Hodder, Constable & Robinson and Dalesman Publishing.
I have ghosted too for former county cricketer, now CEO at Leicestershire CCC, Wasim Khan. 'Brim Full of Passion'
More recently, I have worked with Robert Stone on his thrilling account of a life lived on the edge of legality, Chasing Black Gold.
The 2017 history of York Brewery (P*** Up in a Brewery) was my most recent collaboration.
I offer a range of editorial and mentoring services based on skills acquired over many years as a teacher in creative writing.
Since 2001 I have read and appraised manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy [link], the first and probably the best editorial service in the U.K.
I have been privileged to read some remarkable scripts. On the TLC website you can find several testimonials by people whose books were published after I had read the early drafts and reported back to them.
If you would like to discuss my critical, editorial or appraisal services, click here to contact me.