9 Secrets of Ghostwriters: Critical Linking, April 30, 2017

Critical Linking is sponsored by From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle from Central Avenue Publishing.

 

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7. GHOSTWRITING IS ONE OF PUBLISHING’S WORST-KEPT SECRETS.

Many ghostwriters will tell you—sometimes even on the record—that at least 60 percent of celebrity books are ghostwritten. The most obviously ghosted books bear both the author and ghostwriter names on the cover. Sometimes the ghostwriter or “collaborator” credit is a bit more subtle: on the back cover, inside the back flap of the book, or in the acknowledgments.

Take Edison. “The books that I’ve worked on, it’s generally an open secret that I’ve worked with the authors,” he says.

A more accurate title for this piece is secrets of celebrity ghostwriters, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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If you’ve ever dreaded reading yet another book in the popular Llama Llama series, this video will breathe new life into your nightly bedtime routine. During an appearance on Power 106’s The Cruz Show earlier this month, Ludacris, who is a father of four himself, turned the rhyming words of Llama Llama Red Pajama into a catchy rap that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Watch the impressive freestyle above — you can thank us after bedtime tonight.

Easily the best thing I’ve seen all week. Maybe all month.

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It’s no secret that most of us lied about having read the book in English class now and then. Bluffing your way through a book report is no easy task, though, so you would have thought we’d all grow out of that sneaky little habit after we graduate. But according to a recent study by British organization The Reading Agency, 41% of adults in the U.K. have lied about which books they’ve actually read.

I’m curious as to why more than what. Are we still not okay with just saying a book doesn’t interest us instead of lying about having read it?

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Now, at 13, she’s already read books from 80 countries—but she still needs your help. (Perhaps as a World Book Day activity?) She’s looking for reading recommendations as well as books; you can see her list of 197 countries at her Facebook page, with books she’s read and books she’s planning to read—as well as those places from which she has not yet found any books published in English.

But why this particular project? “There are many authors in this world who have produced masterpieces but do not receive the recognition they should,” she told me. “One of my aims is to invite people to join me to read the world and appreciate all those authors who are not appreciated for their work! Also, if you are a true reader, you must explore different writing styles! I’ve noticed that writers from the African continent spend a lot of time describing the country. Western authors are more about thoughts. But you cannot identify these characteristics and differences without actually reading books from different cultures! And so, I invite you all to try to read books from different nations, start with a few nations and I’m sure you will be motivated to read the world!”

I love Esbhani and her reading project. This attitude will help change the world of reading . . . and the world.

 

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