Introduction to Ghostwriting is your gateway to becoming a book-industry insider. Learn about the world in which you want to launch (or expand) a flourishing career.
An easy, professional-level 6-week online class, Introduction to Ghostwriting is a ghostwriter class that covers everything you need to know about who does what over the course of a book’s life; why some “good” books don’t make it while other, “bad” books do; how to increase a manuscript’s chances in the marketplace—and where you, as an editorial-service provider, fit into that landscape.
This Stand-Alone Unit is a prerequisite for the full GPDP course. It is offered as a 6-week online program OR as a “start anytime, finish at your pace” online program.
Welcome to GPDP
What to expect from this class, what we expect from you, what our “grades” mean, how to get help from us as you go along, and how to work with your fellow students.
What you need to command $35,000+ fees for full-length book manuscripts.
MS Word for Writers (PC and Mac)
How to correctly code manuscripts for 21st-century acceptance and reflow.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)
The book industry’s style guide standards and exceptions, and how ignoring them reduces a manuscript’s credibility in the marketplace. All assignments must conform to industry-standards (CMS rules and MS Word templates).
This Business of Books
A brief overview of the book industry from an insider’s perspective, and how not knowing the difference between market, booksellers, and audience can hurt a title’s sales.
The History of Ghostwriting (and Editing)
A quick look at how publishing company editors evolved into 21st-century ghostwriters.
Introduction to Ghostwriting
The scope, responsibilities, and earning potential of freelance or work-for-hire writers, collaborators, and editors vs. today’s professional ghostwriters.
The “headflips,” or mindset transitions to help you change how you think about and present yourself right now, to how you will perceive and present yourself at the end of the full GPDP.
Mindset transition #1: how to interview like a professional ghostwriter rather than a journalist or freelance writer.
Next Start Date: January 2023: Dates TBA
This class has a limit of 10 students/session
Next Start Date: Whenever you are ready
This option can be started anytime and completed at your own pace