Introducing Ghostwriter Academy …

I had the vision to create an elite group of ghostwriters after I had to turn down several requests for my services as a ghostwriter.

I no longer consider myself a ghostwriter because my current business focus doesn’t offer me the bandwidth. After all, in 2014, I started a publishing company: Author Academy Elite. We’ve published hundreds and hundreds of books written by authors all around the world.

I knew that many writers, editors, and ghostwriters would join Ghostwriter Academy to start their own businesses or level up their current ones. 

After all, if over 80% of the population wants to write a book, the world needs educated and qualified ghostwriters defined by clarity, competence, and confidence. Those qualities are all at the foundation of the elite individuals we encourage to apply to Ghostwriter Academy.

We give you everything you need:

1—Ghostwriter Handbook

The handbook I’ve created for Ghostwriter Academy is an 86-page interactive guidebook chock-full of resources. This is the exact process I followed when I decided to become a professional ghostwriter.

2—Video Modules

Benefit from 7 masterclass modules comprised of 29 videos, each designed to be clear, concise, and direct. Leverage these forever-access tools and tactics in your own ghostwriting business.

3—Curated Content

The ghostwriting industry has shifted over the last few years, and you need to cash in on these changes. Dive into this curated content via hand-selected articles, websites, and exclusive videos. 

4—Contact and Checklists

Turning your passion into a successful profession requires you to look professional, and we’re here to help you do that. Utilize these contracts and checklists within your own ghostwriting gigs.

5—Individual Mentoring

The managing editors who lead our community are experienced professionals already as either ghostwriters, editors, or a little bit of both. They are here to offer support, resources, additional training, advice, and critique along the way whenever you need it. Continuing education is encouraged and facilitated through the work they do with our ghostwriters and editors.

6—Global Community

Much of the business world runs on relationships. Enjoy lifetime memberships to our global community of generous collaborators. This includes lifetime memberships to our larger Igniting Souls Facebook Group, and it also includes a yearly membership to The Guild Facebook Group once Ghostwriter Academy graduates join The Guild.

7—Ghostwriting Certification

Upon completion of the modules, you will receive a professional-level certification, declaring you as a successful graduate of Ghostwriter Academy.

The Ghostwriter Academy Framework©

Here’s a sneak peek of the first three modules:

Module 1: Your Creation Story

PAST: You are your business, so stop hiding your story. As the adage goes, people buy from those they know, like, and trust. Until you learn and leverage your creation story, you’ll feel stuck and stagnant. Sticky brands have sticky stories. Package your past struggle with your present solution so you can design a new future for your eventual clients.

PRESENT: The truth is that until you see yourself as a ghostwriter, no one else will either. It starts with an internal identity. Soon after, it seeps into an external reality. Ghostwriter Academy is designed to help you turn your passion into a profession. Whether ghostwriting is your side-hustle or your main gig, fortifying your WHY will help you clarify your WAY.

FUTURE: You’ve probably heard that envisioning your future and goal achievement are interrelated. Sometimes it’s called beginning with the end in mind. Other times, it’s called moonshot thinking. If you want to turn your passion into a profession, then you need to fill in some blanks. What new reality do you want to create?

Module 2: Why

TIME: Before you can develop a thriving business, you must understand why the world needs ghostwriters. Simply put, ghostwriters save their clients time. Many clients are too busy to take time away from their careers, businesses, and lives to write a book.

SKILL: Ghostwriters bring a unique skill set to their clients. Many clients think they can write until they try. Not everyone can write, nor should they try. About 99% of politicians, celebrities, and musicians use ghostwriters to write their books. Many traditional publishers state that around 70% of all their books are written by collaborators and ghostwriters.

MONEY: Ghostwriters bring value to their clients because they save them time, and everybody knows that time is money. Many clients would lose money by spending their limited time trying to write a book.

Module 3: What

GHOSTS: Most nonfiction books solve problems—even oftentimes memoirs. In other words, they offer solutions. A framework is a solution broken down into simple steps. All the books I ghostwrote contain frameworks. It’s an effective way to write because it helps your reader see and feel an intentional beginning, middle, and end.

GIGS: It’s important to know the different terms that apply to writers for hire. Most clients who need help don’t know the correct terminology. They may think they need a copyeditor when they truly need a developmental editor—or even a ghostwriter who collaborates with them. Clarity comes once you know how the gigs differ and where you fit in.

GUILDS: A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their craft in a particular town. Guilds were first organized in the late Roman Empire and rose in popularity during the Medieval period. Naturally, guilds benefit their members if managed properly. Discover which guilds are helpful, which are harmful, and most importantly, why they are beneficial to your freelancing career.

Read about modules 4–7 and our special bonus module at

I’ll Show You How to Level-Up Your Business…

Besides teaching you the skill of ghostwriting, I’ll also show you the business side of ghostwriting—including lead generation, marketing, contracts, collaboration, and much more. Over the last 15 years and beyond, I’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs—in nearly every industry—start, scale, and level up their businesses.

You don’t need to take my word for it. Watch my interview with Tina Morlock, one of The Guild’s managing editors, about how Ghostwriter Academy transformed her life and allowed her to live her ultimate dream of becoming a full-time freelance book editor and writer.

Do you know someone who is passionate about writing and/or editing? Comment below and share this post with your friends. We’d love to hear how we can help you turn your freelancing dream into a reality. 


    6 replies to "What Is Ghostwriter Academy?"

    • April T Giauque

      Ghostwriting Academy really helped me to understand the business side things. I really appreciated learning the facts and now I incorporate them into my Ghostwriting business.

      If you have any questions about how to go about this, this article gives you a great place to start. I am honored to show others my certification and my clients know that they are getting great quality and helping their work to reach millions.

      • Kary Oberbrunner

        Thanks for your feedback, April.

    • Jill

      I’m looking forward to joining the ghostwriter academy!

    • Julie Bentz

      I am interested in ghost writing AND editing. Can I learn both of them here?

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