The Business Book Ghostwriter
We’re Barry Fox and Nadine Taylor, seasoned business book ghostwriters.
We’ve had the pleasure of writing business books for leaders of major corporations, B2B salespeople, stock brokers, marketing gurus, and others.
Here’s what some of our clients have said about working with us:
“Barry proved to have a tremendous ability to convert my words, thoughts and stories into a well-structured, thoughtful and insightful book.”– Bruce Krysiak, former President/Board Member of Toys “R” Us
“I want to thank Nadine Taylor, my wonderful editor and contributor, who spent countless hours making my random thoughts and scribbles eminently more readable. Thanks Nadine, you are truly the best in the biz!”– Denise Dudley, founder and former CEO of SkillPath Seminars
“With Barry’s help, writing my book was not only possible, it was pleasurable.”– Steven Friedman, Vice Chairman and CEO of United Steel Services
Our collaboration begins as we sit down with you and, over the course of several hours, get to know both you and your ideas. Then we return home to ghostwrite your business book, sending you drafts of the chapters as they are written for your review and correction. We’ll have many more chats during the writing and editing process.
When our work is complete, you will have a highly polished manuscript that conveys your ideas and bears your name, and your name only.
If you’d like, we can assist with either the standard or self-publication process.
Here are some of the business books we’ve worked on:
If you’d like to talk about your business book,
call us at 818-917-5362 or use our Contact Form to send us a message.
Business Book Ghostwriting Q&A
Here are some of the questions our clients ask about ghostwriters, business books, and the process of creating one.
1. Can a business ghostwriter help me develop a huge concept like Freakeconomics?
That’s the writer’s goal—to come up with a powerful concept that grabs everyone’s attention! When it happens, it’s wonderful.
But remember that not all ideas are groundbreaking. Indeed, relatively few books are based on paradigm-shattering ideas. Still, many still provide their readers with valuable information, insight, and strategies.
For example, an inside look at a company or an introduction to a new concept are extremely interesting topics. So is a new strategy for getting ahead in business.
While these may not earn you a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, they can certainly help you accomplish your business-building goals.
2. Should the ghost have a business degree or experience running a business?
Neither is necessary, for the experienced ghostwriter specializes in learning on the fly and translating ideas into books that people enjoy reading.
You certainly want a ghostwriter who understands business, but there’s usually no need to find one with an MBA or C-suite experience.
3. What is the most important characteristic of a business book ghostwriter?
The most important skill the ghost must possess is the same one that every ghostwriter writing for the popular press must master: being a good story teller.
Unless your book is a reference book, it will tell a story.
The story-telling may be the book’s main thrust, as in a biography, or the tale-telling aspect may be more subtle, as with books like Made to Stick, that relate numerous stories.
But today’s popular business books are almost invariably story-based.
4. How can I find an expert ghostwriter?
There are many business book ghostwriters with varying degrees of experience and a range of fees.
You’ll certainly want to find one with the right résumé and expertise, but these aren’t enough.
The chosen ghost should be willing to challenge you, to (politely) tell you when your ideas are wandering off track, and to help you do what’s necessary to make your book work.
You may be accustomed to working with people who jump when you speak. But you’ll get much better results if you work with your ghostwriter as a collaborator, rather than expecting him to be a “yes-man.”
5. What’s the ghostwriting process?
We’ll begin by interviewing you for several hours—possibly over the course of a couple of days—to learn all we can about your story and ideas and discuss likely approaches to structuring your book.
We’ll continue interviewing you as the work progresses and conduct additional research if necessary.
This research may consist of reading studies or other background material, discussions with your associates or outside experts, visiting your plant if you have one, and so on.
But even before the research is finished, we can begin writing the early drafts of chapters and sending them to you for comments.
As we near completion, we’ll ask that you read the entire book carefully and completely to ensure that it captures your story or ideas, and presents them in the desired tone and selected style.
6. How long does it take to ghostwrite a business book?
As a general rule, it takes about eight months to ghostwrite a business book.
The amount of time required depends on several factors, including the book’s length, the complexity of the material, and whether the initial concept is solid or needs tweaking.
Another important factor is how available you are for interviews and the reading of drafts.
7. Suppose we disagree over content or tone?
This happens, and in most cases should be welcomed.
Some business books are pretty straightforward, such as an encyclopedia of marketing terms.
Most, however, are more complex, and require an exchange of ideas to discover the right structure and tone as the client and ghost sort through the various ideas, stories, case histories, and other content that might go into the text.
We’ve found that our best work comes from this exchange of ideas, with one idea building on another to produce a better manuscript than either the client or the ghost could have come up with singly.
7. Do I need a best-selling ghostwriter?
It’s certainly nice to find a business ghostwriter with best-selling credentials. This suggests that she or he is able to handle the responsibility associated with major projects and to see them through to the end.
That being said, even more important is whether or not you and your ghost see eye to eye on the project, and you that you feel you can trust this ghost with your book.
If you’d like help…
Use our Contact Page to send us a message, or call us at 818-917-5362.
You can learn more about ghostwriters and ghostwriting in general from our blog all about The Professional Ghostwriter.”
For more feedback from our clients as well as editors at major New York publishing houses, see the Testimonials page. Then read our Home Page to see how we handle ghostwriting business and other books.
Please note that we ghostwrite business non-fiction as well as fiction (fables).