Claudia Suzanne will teach you to become a ghostwriter
Think you’d like to become a ghostwriter? I stumbled into the book ghostwriting part of my freelance writing career.
These days, there’s an easier, softer way. Several years ago I was asked to be a speaker at what was probably the first-ever conference for ghostwriters. It was put on by Claudia Suzanne.
A successful ghostwriter herself she felt the profession needed some opmph and a bit more respectability. She started a certification program for folks who wanted to learn the skills involved.
To earn the certificate you need to take her class. And it’s a wow of a class.
Offered under the auspices of California State University at Long Beach it’s available online and in person.
I grill Claudia about her become a ghostwriter program
I asked here a bunch of questions – they, along with her answers, follow:
How did you become a ghostwriter?
When I couldn’t play the drums anymore (yes, this is a true story), I wrote a book with my pianist husband and our road manager about making a living in the clubs. Our only competition was Kenny Roger’s book, so we were picked up by Watson-Guptil/Billboard Books, plugged on MTV, and sold out quickly and repeatedly around the country–including Samuel French, the biggest music-industry bookstore at the time. We made… enough to cover rent + two bags of groceries each. Six months later, our royalties came to two bags between the three of us. We did better playing dive bars! A friend who was helping me get a handle on my MS had a friend who needed help with a book. Since I’d written one, I wrote another. Then I wrote another. Then I met a literary agent who sent me a client, but he wanted me to write like him, not like me. And the journey began.
Do you include ghosting articles as well as books in your program?
No. I never really learned the knack of writing short. I used to be Executive Editor of a small magazine and had to ghost/rewrite all the submissions into the publication’s voice (rather PEOPLE-ish), but I have little to offer there.
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