A few years ago, I was at a gathering of writers and readers. I got a chance to meet fellow authors, some fans and also some budding writers. At the event, I met quite a number of people at different stages of their writing career…
Traditional publishing is a strange business model. It’s probably the only industry that gets 95% of its sales from 5% of its workers. And yet, it keeps on pouring money into discovering new work (that’s you, fellow writer), hoping to find the one author that will make the bestseller lists and keep their staff in jobs for at least another year.
I wasn’t expecting him to be fired, but in a way, I was glad he was, because I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I did. When you’ve put your heart and soul into writing a 90,000-word book, the least you expect from an editor is, at the very basic level, fundamental editing skills. Till this day, I do not know if he was incompetent or just out of his depth. But I’m not interested in finding out.
I think I’ve suffered from writer’s block once in my life. I was working on my first book and got to a stage where, it seemed, the creative river got blocked and essentially, refused to unblock itself.
I earned four figures for my first ghostwriting gig, and by the time I got to the third, I was well into comfortable five figures. If you’ve ever wondered how to become a ghostwriter, this epic post is for you. Plus, you hear from ghostwriters and the people who commission them on what they look out for in a ghostwriter.