Here’s a question I hear a lot these days: “How’s retirement—are you keeping busy?”
Oh yeah, I’m keeping very busy.
In January, I retired after 41 years of pastoral ministry. Most recently, I served for more than 20 years as the senior pastor of a wonderful ministry called Expectation Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
For the past decade or so I’ve also been a published author, with more than 15 books in print, including a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. I’ve written a couple of screenplays, as well, and a few other “treatments” that are currently making the rounds in Hollywood. One of my screenplays has, in fact, been optioned by award-winning actor Blair Underwood for development into a feature film. I am represented in Hollywood by producer Alexia Melocchi.
These days, while focusing my own writing (several projects in the pipeline), I’m also helping other would-be writers with their projects.
That’s right—I’m THE BOOK GHOST.
Whether helping leaders in business or politics, or even members of the clergy who want to turn their sermons into books, I work with carefully selected authors and projects.
It’s not really a “business” with me…it’s a passion.
And it’s just me, so I work from the quaint and quiet confines of my study at home, sometimes in my pajamas far later into the morning than should ever be allowed or disclosed.
But I always change before lunch.
Okay, MOST of the time.
Actually I work out of two home offices, one in beautiful Northern Virginia, near our grandchildren, and one in the Orlando, Florida area.
Come to think of it, that one is often near those same grandchildren, as well (cue the Disney music).
A ghostwriter is a person whose job is to write a book or other work (feature articles, blog posts, white papers, business plans, e-mail campaigns, etc.) for someone else who is the named author.
It has been very common for decades for politicians (Hillary Clinton & John F. Kennedy), business leaders (Lee Iacocca & Jack Welch), and even novelists (James Patterson & Ian Fleming) to use ghostwriters.
Ghostwriters also help with short stories, newspaper columns, feature articles, white papers, and other projects that are less-than-book-length.
Do you have a great idea for a book, but you don’t have the kind of time it would take to produce 50,000 or 60,000 words? A good ghostwriter can help you take that great idea to a published book.
If you would like to talk about your project, or even an idea you might have for one, send me an email:
Tell me all about it and I’ll give you honest feedback and tell you how I might be able to help, and what that would look like. – DRS