James Patterson's Chameleon
as a chameleon changes colors, an excellent ghostwriter has the ability to
with new clients we are often asked, “How do you capture my voice as a
One of the biggest concerns people have when
considering hiring a ghostwriter is if the writer can capture their
voice. They also fear that using a ghostwriter will disconnect them from
Hiring a ghostwriter for your book does NOT mean
sacrificing your voice or message. We have a proven system to capture your
voice. After creating a personal blueprint for your book, we interview you
based on your blueprint. The words you are the words we use. We write the
drafts using your words, phrases and sentence structure, but in a more succinct
and compelling way. You, the author, have control and can review the
drafts at every stage—adding, changing or deleting words that don't sound like
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Consider author James Patterson. James Patterson is
one of the bestselling authors of all time, with more books sold than Stephen
King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined. He has written 147 novels,
including 111 New York Times bestsellers and sold 305
million copies worldwide.
How does he do it?
He employs a team of what I call chameleons,
otherwise known as ghostwriters. Just as a chameleon changes colors, an
excellent ghostwriter has the ability to change voices.
Patterson comes up with the story ideas and then
employs ghostwriters to help him write them. He is not always the one
physically writing the book, but if you read a James Patterson book, it sounds
like James Patterson. The words coming out of his mouth are the same words that
appear in his books. His stories inspire fans to buy book after book, even if
he wasn’t always the one who wrote them. Patterson’s ghostwriters have captured
his voice and aided him in building a publishing empire.
Leading ghostwriters can adapt their writing to convey
the personality and perspective of any person–man or woman, rich or poor, young
or old, etc.
I, for example, have been a hip 18-year-old skateboarder, a 40-year-old woman who was abused and suicidal before becoming a multi-millionaire and a 50-something-year-old trusted financial adviser to high net worth individuals. These authors were astounded with how I captured their voice and message better than they themselves could have.
That’s what ghostwriters are for. We help authors like
you who may not have the time, energy or know-how to tell their story. You may
not be a James Patterson, but you can have your own bestselling book in your
If you would like to explore options, let's
We would love to be your chameleon. :)
by Helen Chang, ABM Editorial Director
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