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Collaborating on memoirs (Moehringer and Agassi)

November 17, 2012

Tags: memoir, autobiography, ghostwriting, collaboration, Moehringer, Agassi

Toward the end of an interesting interview with Terry Gross about his novel about Willie Sutton, the infamous bank robber, Moehringer talks at some length about his earlier collaboration with Andre Agassi (more…)

Debating the ethics of medical ghostwriting

October 19, 2010

Tags: collaboration, ghostwriting, ghost writing, medical writing, ethics

Medical writers who collaborate with scientists are often called ghostwriters. Questioning the ethics of some medical ghostwriting, Adriane J. Fugh-Berman in a recent issue of PLoS, published The Haunting of Medical Journals: How Ghostwriting Sold “HRT” (PLoS Med 7(9): e1000335, 9-7-10). Fugh-Berman examined documents unsealed in recent litigation to see how pharmaceutical companies promoted hormone therapy drugs. (more…)

Who gets credit on ghosted celebrity memoirs, and why?

December 8, 2009

Tags: collaboration

Some celebrities have no problem sharing authors' credits on a celebrity memoir, and some want solo billing. "It's not that celebrities are necessarily vain," says Elisa Petrini, an agent at Inkwell Management, and a collaborator on several such memoirs. "It's just that they see these books as an extension of their brand. Having another name on the cover is like (more…)

Where is Sarah Wernick's "So, You Want to Be a Writer" website?

September 1, 2009

Tags: book proposals, collaboration

For years writers, editors, and publishers have referred writers with questions about how to get a book published to the wonderfully helpful website of the late, great Sarah Wernick. Her old links don't work but SARAH'S WEBSITE STILL LIVES! You can find it on two pages of my Writers and Editors website:

Part 1 is (more…)