Ghostwriting Compensation: Too Much or Too Little?

Both potential clients and fellow ghostwriters are uncertain about ghostwriting fees.  Clients always want to know what the ranges are.  Fellow ghostwriters always feel they are not charging enough or perhaps they are charging too much. It’s all a muddle.   I wish there was more transparency in the fees […] Read more

Code of Ethics for Professional Ghostwriters

Because ghostwriters engage in activities that by invitation impact the lives of our clients, and because our conduct carries with it significant responsibilities, and because we desire the benefits of being treated as professionals, it behooves ghostwriters to accept the responsibilities of professionals guided by a Code of Ethics. This […] Read more

Groping towards Apology

Donald Trump and Ari Shavit Respond to Accusations Two prominent men.  Two accusations of serial sexual harassment. Two prominent apologies, both fundamentally flawed—though one attempt was much more complete than the other—that demonstrates why apologies should be immediate, avoid explanations and, above all, be brief. Donald Trump and Ari Shavit, […] Read more

The Ten Commandments of Being a Good Client

Rules for Getting the Most from Your Freelancer   Much has been written about the responsibilities of freelancers to clients. But clients have responsibilities too. Project success depends as much on how responsibly the client performs as how diligent the freelancer is. After 30 years as a freelance writer serving […] Read more

Selected Quotes to Guide a Discussion About Effective Apology

In preparation for a recent talk on apology I gave in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I went through my book to pull out some statements that might serve as s basis for for a discussion. I was pleased that many of the quotes inspired some good discussion. This was […] Read more

When Ghostwriters Need Each Other

If being a writer is a lonely occupation, consider the fate of the poor ghostwriter. Not only do ghostwriters toil alone, they don’t even get to tell people what they’re toiling on. When the book is published, someone else gets the credit, stands up at the bookstore readings, and sits […] Read more

Man Who Attacked Uber Driver Apologizes . . . Badly

Benjamin Golden, the ex Taco Bell marketing manager, was all over the news as the Uber passenger caught on camera attacking his driver. He was drunk and claims to have no memory of the incident. Now he has offered an apology. Now comes the classic evasion of responsibility: the old […] Read more

Ten Tricks to Reading a Puzzle

Puzzles are different than problems. Problems have solutions that are usually obvious.  There’s nothing hidden. Puzzles are problems designed to test ingenuity or knowledge. There is always something hidden. Discovering that hidden thing is the core of the puzzle. The Puzzlers I’ve been preparing for financial professionals for over ten years […] Read more