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Hey, How'd You Build a Successful Ghostwriting Career, David Ritz?

The prolific writer tells how he landed his most notable clients

By Andrea Williams - December 3, 2012
An estimated 80 percent of Americans want to write a book someday, and it's very likely that most of those people have been silently crafting their stories for years, mentally stringing together character sketches and plot lines. But what if your dream is to tell someone else's story, to write a book that brings to life the imagination or experiences of another person?

Author David Ritz has been doing just that for over 35 years, collaborating with more than a few high-profile celebs, like R&B artist R. Kelly and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. He even played a part in the creation of Marvin Gaye's iconic hit "Sexual Healing" while working on Gaye's biography, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, published in 1985. At age 68, Ritz is easily one of the most prolific writers in the publishing industry -- ghost or otherwise -- and he shows no signs of slowing down.


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