Thistle Publishing

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting

By the ghostwriter of On Leadership:

‘Immensely readable.’ - Management Today

Ghostwriters, for so long the publishing industry’s best kept secret, are finally stepping out from the shadows. In recent years there has been a rapid increase in demand for professional writers who can turn their hand to every genre of book, from celebrity life stories, to misery memoirs from ordinary folk with extraordinary stories, to ‘how I did it’ style biographies of successful businesspeople. Some leading non-fiction publishers report that up to 70 per cent of their list is now penned by ghosts.

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting is a comprehensive overview of this little-known, yet burgeoning profession. Written by ghostwriter and former Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday journalist Teena Lyons, it explores every aspect of this secretive industry revealing why people use ghostwriters, who might need one, from celebrities to ordinary people and how to get the best out of a publishing collaboration.

Teena has enlisted the help of more than 30 of the UK’s best-known ghostwriters, publishers and agents for this book who have shared their stories about their own collaborations and their tips for success.

The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting is the book that brings ghosts to life.


“A good book to read if you're interested in ghost writing. The chapters on what makes a good ghost, how to become a ghostwriter, getting structure right and most of all what to do when it all goes wrong are a must-read!”

Dora Archie Okeyo - Reviewer

“This book leads you through the world of ghostwriting. There really is everything in this book and I have found the information invaluable.”

Karen Lawton - Reviewer

“A very good resource indeed. A straightforward, no nonsense guide to the world of ghostwriting.”

Ruth Giles - Reviewer

“I discovered many useful ideas, especially when it comes to setting up and developing a collaboration with 'the author', the planning and various techniques of approaching hectic and/or difficult personalities. A book recommended to anyone considering ghostwriting as part of their writing career.”

Ilana WD - Reviewer

“If you'd like a reference giving insight on ghostwriting, I'd recommend this book as a great start.”

Rosemary Rey (Educator)

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