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Find Your Niche and Start Small to Work Your Way to a Celebrity Ghostwriting Career

Celebrity ghostwriting is a lucrative, yet competitive field. For writers who want to collaborate with celebrities on penning their memoirs, it can be an exciting opportunity to tap into a new market. However, there are a few things you should know before you get started.

First, it helps to have a portfolio of clips that are related to the celebrity you’ll be working with or the industry they’re in. For example, if you want to be the ghostwriter behind a politician’s memoir, make sure you’ve written substantially about politics. Or, if you’re going to ghostwrite a book about a big name in the music industry, having a few clips from the likes of Rolling Stone would be ideal.

In addition, starting with a smaller project might be the better avenue for the new ghostwriter, says literary agent Madeleine Morel:

You probably should go to the smaller independent houses, like Adams Media and Sourcebooks, who use a lot of ghostwriters but barely pay a living wage. They’ll probably pay you $5,000 to write a 100,000-word book, but it’s a way of getting your foot in the door.

For more tips on how to start your celebrity ghostwriting career, read: How to Land a Celebrity Ghostwriting Gig.

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Lisa Fiedler Inks Middle-Grade Trilogy Deal with Margaret K. McElderry Books

cvr9781442487819_9781442487819_lgWriter Lisa Fiedler has landed a deal for her middle grade fantasy trilogy with Simon & Schuster’s Margaret K. McElderry Books imprint.

The first installment, Mouseheart, is scheduled for publication in May 2014. Book two will follow in Spring 2015 and the conclusion title will come out in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, artist Vivienne To has signed on to create the illustrations which will include fifteen interior pieces and a world map. Editor Ruta Rimas negotiated the deal with Writers House senior agent Susan Cohen and 2M Communications agent Madeleine Morel.

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