FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN YOU CAPTURE MY VOICE?
As a collaborator, I have channeled the thoughts and voices of men and women from a broad array of generations, backgrounds, and professions, from a foulmouthed, sports-obsessed social media businessman and consultant, to a grandmotherly pediatrician and neonatologist, to a millennial social impact CEO. Think of me as an actor who traded in the stage for the page.
Though I’m writing the words, as often as possible they will be your words. I read my authors’ previously written material, listen to their podcasts, and watch videos of their presentations to gather information and to get a feel for how they express themselves and talk about their ideas. I often record my phone conversations with my authors, not just so I can revisit all the details of what they say, but also so I can revisit how they say it—their cadence, style, and word preference—then develop and augment their ideas in clear, concise prose.
CAN YOU WRITE MY BOOK EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT AN EXPERT IN MY FIELD?
The fact that I’m not an expert in your field is one of my assets. It ensures that I will ask the right questions. I'm also insatiably curious. I will turn over every stone to see what more I can find to help enrich your book–more detail, more color, more context. I love to tell stories and will do everything I can to draw them out of you. An author once told me that I dig deep; I took that as a compliment.
HOW MUCH DOES WORKING WITH YOU COST?
Your book is an important piece of your legacy, whether you see it as a way to share your memories and experiences, a strategy for boosting your credibility, or a tool for expanding your audience. Every project is negotiated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the scope of your book, the length of the project, and your deadline, among other details. Editing jobs are hourly. Proposals are flat fees. Hiring an experienced collaborator to write your proposal or manuscript is generally a significant investment.
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
I became a book editor because I love books and wanted to spend my life around them. I went freelance because it allowed me to concentrate on the part of the editor’s job that I loved best—working with authors, nurturing great ideas, and making the content of a book the best it can be. Along the way, I discovered that sometimes authors had tons of great ideas for a book, but not tons of time to write. And thus a ghostwriter was born. It's a privilege to get to know my authors and an honor to tell their stories. Plus, with every book, I get a whole new education. Best. Job. Ever.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
I’m half French, half Bronx. My officemates are a brindle Lab-Who-the-hell-knows mix and a semi-housetrained terrier. I like to cook and I like to eat, and I like to talk about what I cook and eat. I’m a wife and a mom, a blood donor and a VDR, a movie buff and a theatre geek. I still get a newspaper. I want my authors to be proud of their books. I want their ideas to shine, and to help them inform, enlighten, or help their readers. While I’m at it, I want to enjoy getting to know them and learn something new. If I sound like someone you might like to work with, please get in touch.