Q & A

What exactly is a ghostwriter, and how is that different from an editor?

In  a nutshell, the difference is this:

A ghostwriter starts with a blank page (or computer screen) and lots of background material.  An editor starts with draft text.

There is a third category as well, which usually falls somewhere in between those two: collaborator, an experienced writer who starts with very rough text material and reworks it, tearing it apart and putting it back together in a different form, and  including substantial new writing.

For a longer description of these three functions, click here.

 Maggie Stuckey

How do people find you for this type of work?

Usually I am contacted by a senior editor at a publishing house, or by a literary agent representing an author. They know me from previous projects, or know my work from a trusted colleague. Sometimes, I am approached directly by an author, and in most cases it is someone with whom I have worked in the past.

Maggie Stuckey

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