You might notice a few minor changes on this blog page. I’m involved in a new venture and posted a few messages in case anyone is interested.
I’ve just finished ghost writing the autobiography of my former football coach, Pietro (Pete) Denevi, and the completed book has been published. As you can imagine, writing a book is a major project, but publishing the book adds an additional layer to the process.
Since I’ve written and published a number of books, as well as having ghost written books for major international music publishers, I feel comfortable with this challenge. I am in discussions with several prominent people interested in working with me on their own biographies in book form. Consequently, I thought it made sense to let folks know what I’m doing in case others may want to become authors and tell their stories.
As you know, a ghost writer does the writing for celebrities and non-celebrities and, in most cases, receives no credit for his or her work. Ghost writers work on a fee basis and may or may not receive credit on the book cover in the form of “as told to…” or “with…” Otherwise you may never know who really wrote the book.
The ghost writer is not the “Author.” The author hires the ghost writer to write the book and the author owns all the legal rights to the work. Normally all royalties go to the author, unless otherwise agreed. So that’s basically how it works. The ghost writer gets his or her fee and then disappears into the mist, to haunt another day.
There are a lot of people with great stories to tell and very interesting biographies. Whether these appeal to a small circle of family, friends, and home town folks, or if they have wide-spread appeal, there appears to be a great need for writers to put these stories into words.
My good friend Pete Denevi is a good example. Pete is the son of immigrant parents from northern
Italy. He was a professional athlete, coach, and
successful entrepreneur. Those of you
who know Pete may be interested in getting a copy of his book. I have a few copies that I will be happy to
send out for those interested. I’m
helping Pete with sales at $15.00 per book plus $5.00 for shipping and handling
on local sales. I’m not taking an
over-ride. All funds go to Pete.
If you want a copy of “Pietro,” Pete’s autobiography, send a check made out to Pete Denevi and mail it to me at
Greenhorn Ranch Road, Quincy, CA, 95971
and I’ll see that you get a copy of Pete’s book.
I’m going to be doing articles, memoirs, biographies, short stories, and a variety of projects as a ghost writer. But I’m specializing in writing, producing, and publishing complete and professional books from start to finish. The process takes time and it’s not a cheap venture, but based on industry standards, my rates are on the lower end of the scale.
Please go to my website at www.ralphhiggins.com and click on the “Your Ghost Writer” tab for more information, if you or someone you know may be interested.