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Rick Ross Talks Ghostwriting for Dr. Dre and His New Album, 'Black Market'


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This Friday (December 4th) Rick Ross will release his 8th studio album Black Market. The album includes features from Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Nas, Future and more. However, Ross's new album is different in that it does not feature any contributions from any Maybach Music Group artists. Rick Ross stopped by Hot 97 to talk about absence of artists from his imprint on Black Market, as well as his experiences ghostwriting for notable acts such as Dr. Dre.

According to AllHipHop, Ross explained the lack of collaboration with MMG artists on Black Market, saying, "We're actually in the middle of recording Self Made 4 that we're gonna really, really make big and special. It's really going to be built around the chemistry of all the artists that's on the team."

As we previously reported, Ross has recently claimed to be one of the biggest ghostwriters in the game. Ross has said he does not view the employment of a ghostwriter as a deficit, and believes that certain rappers are not necessarily expected to write all of their own verses. Ross told Ebro In The Morning, "I was in the studio when me, Dr. Dre and Jay Z did '3 Kings.' I was in the studio with Dre. I actually did five records with Dre in maybe two hours. I was like, 'Dre, this is the beat I want for me right here.' I went over into another room, wrote my verse, wrote Dre's verse, and sent what I had maybe an hour later to Jay Z. Jay always do his thing."

Ross also sought to downplay the alleged tension between Maybach Music artists Wale and Meek Mill. However, despite Ross's objections, it appears the two are engaged in a feud, with Mill accusing Wale of trying to steal his style.


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Realm of the Spartan Ghostwriter: Six Figure Incomes!

It's a Great Time to Be a Ghostwriter

By Anne V. | Dec. 5, 2015

Illustration by Sebastien Thibault

Business leaders need books to promote; they’ve got money, but no time.

This year, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, college football coach Urban Meyer, and former Fed chair Ben Bernanke all released books that appeared on bestseller lists. And yet it’s safe to say none of them had the time or inclination to actually sit down and write a book.
Enter the ghostwriter, a figure so ubiquitous that some literary agents estimate more than half of non-fiction titles nominally written by well-known people were not completely “written” by those people, even if they did do much of the scribbling themselves. Once stigmatized, ghostwriting and literary assistance have become routine, particularly as more non-writers seek authorship. “The expectation is that if you’re going to be a thought leader or you’re going to be taken seriously, you need to have a book,” says Dan Gerstein at New York City’s Gotham Ghostwriters, which acts as a kind of editorial employment agency, pairing would-be memoirists and gurus with wordsmiths.
It’s not hard to spot a book for which the author didn’t do 100% of the authoring. Clinton, Meyer, and Bernanke all are upfront about their collaborations. Business leaders in particular are happy to share credit, says ghostwriter Carlye Adler. “Do you really want your board to think you’re off on this other project?” Most of the time the ghostwriter’s or collaborator’s name ends up in the acknowledgements section (as in the financial crisis tell-alls by Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Alan Greenspan). It can also land on the cover (see Peter Thiel’s co-author, Blake Masters, for Zero to One). Some collaborators never appear at all (political books and celebrity memoirs often keep writers’ names off entirely). Other times, a phalanx of people get credit (Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir thanked a three-person “book team”).
Depending on how involved the writer is, the actual interviews, writing, and rewriting can take anywhere from a couple of months to several years. “It’s a very intimate process,” says Madeleine Morel, who runs 2M Communications, a ghostwriting matchmaker. “You’re trusting them with your life story.” Still, its not uncommon to hear of “authors” neglecting to read the final product.
These days business is good for ghostwriters. The median going price is around $50,000; that can easily triple for research-heavy projects. A few writers, however, command high six figures. How many ghosts get that kind of fee? “I’d say there’s 50 of them,” Gerstein says. “It’s hard to count them, though, because they don’t necessarily brag.”

Two Authors Can Be Better Than One:

The Power of Broke by Daymond John, with Daniel Paisner
For help with his upcoming book, Shark Tank star Daymond John tapped Daniel Paisner, ghostwriter to the stars. Paisner’s other co-authors include linebacker Ray Lewis and tennis star Serena Williams.
Above the LineBy Urban Meyer, with Wayne Coffey
Coffey, a New York Daily News sports reporter, also helped voice the stories of Major League Baseball pitchers Mariano Rivera and R.A. Dickey in addition to working on Meyer’s bestselling handbook.
The Courage to ActBy Ben Bernanke
Beyond what he wrote himself, Bernanke credits the “superb editing, writing, and research” of former Associated Press reporter Dave Skidmore, who took a year’s leave from the Federal Reserve Board to help with the book.
A version of this article appears in the December 15, 2015 issue of Fortune with the headline “The Ghost in the Memoir."



The Chronicles of Ara has been signed by Ovation TV

Stephen Hillard and Joel Eisenberg Series On TV

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~~Incorgnito Publishing Press wants to thank you. As a colleague or personal friend of co-author Joel Eisenberg or Stephen Hillard, we are grateful to announce to you that "The Chronicles of Ara," Joel and Steve's 8-book fantasy saga, has been signed to a television deal by Ovation TV, America's premiere arts network.

We are proud that "The Chronicles of Ara" has shattered many glass ceilings in the publishing business, most especially that the series is the first time in publishing history that an independent, print-on-demand book has made such a straight-to-network deal.

To commemorate this news, Incorgnito Publishing Press has printed a limited-edition (1000 copies only) collector's item hardcover of "The Chronicles of Ara Volume One: Creation." Once these are gone, they will not be reprinted again.

First-edition copies of "The Chronicles of Ara" have sold online for as high as $2000. Our new, official collector's copies are now being sold for $40 for a limited time, and are signed by authors Stephen Hillard and Joel Eisenberg. If you are interested in purchasing this exclusive hardcover collector's item, please do so below.

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BESTSELLING GHOSTWRITER - Author for Hire Andrew Crofts

Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire

Andrew Crofts has written 80 titles and sold some 10 million copies in a 40-year career, mostly under names far more famous than his own – until now!

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Crofts: 'You get the commission, have the adventure – anywhere from a
palace to a brothel – and return to the security of your own home.'
Photograph: David Woolfall

"Behind the title of ghostwriter, I could converse with kings and billionaires as easily as whores and the homeless, go backstage with rock stars and actors. I could stick my nose into everyone else's business and ask all the impertinent questions I wanted to. At the same time, I could also live the pleasant life of a writer… "
Next week, in an exceedingly rare departure from a lifetime of tight-lipped professional discretion, Andrew Crofts, one of Britain's most invisible and yet successful writers, a bestseller you will never have heard of, will step out of the shadows and lift the veil on a trade that's almost as old as that other ancient calling. With a bit of skirt-lifting, and more than a hint of saucy revelations,Confessions of a Ghostwriter will be a timely publication.
There's an old saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. Today, perhaps, that conventional wisdom has rarely had more meaning. To a degree that might astonish the reading public, a significant percentage of any current bestseller list will not have been written by the authors whose names appear on the jackets.
Among the many mysteries of the British book world, none is quite so opaque as the life of the ghostwriter, the invisible man or woman who fulfils the vanity of those who want their name on the cover of a book but who, for the life of them, cannot write.
You may not know it, but literary ghosts are everywhere. In this golden age of reading, publishers desperate for copper-bottomed commercial titles in bestselling genres – misery memoir, sporting lives and celebrity autobiography – will not hesitate to sign up surrogate authors.

Behind such brand names as Sir Alex Ferguson, Jordan, Andy McNab and Victoria Beckham lurks the shy figure of the ghost. Sometimes, there is no deception.Keith Richards's Life was written by James Fox. Katie Price (aka Jordan) boasts that she does not do her own typing, and relied on Rebecca Farnworth to launch her career as a novelist with Angel. Further down the food chain, even the infuriating meerkat from the adverts has had A Simples Life put together by Val Hudson, formerly of Headline books.
The top category of ghosted titles remains the misery memoir, books such as Tell Me Why, Mummy or Please, Daddy, No, or Sharon Osbourne's Extreme: My Autobiography. At its peak, this genre accounted for almost 10% of the UK book market, closely followed by celebrity autobiographies (Russell Brand's My Booky Wook), true-crime memoirs (Dave Courtney's Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off), sporting lives (Wayne Rooney's My Story So Far) and tales of derring-do (Bruce Parry, Bear Grylls, et al).
Ghostwriting in the English-speaking world is big business. The term was coined by an American, Christy Walsh, who set up the Christy Walsh Syndicate in 1921 to exploit the literary output of America's sporting heroes. Walsh not only commissioned his ghosts, he imposed a strict code of conduct on their pallid lives. Rule one: "Don't insult the intelligence of the public by claiming these men write their own stuff."
Walsh's code lingers. The acknowledgments page of many ghosted books will thank partners, children, even family pets, before making a discreet, sometimes grudging, nod to the invisible man or woman who quarried the angel from the marble. Alternatively, and more transparently, the book will be credited "as told to", or "written with", or "edited by".
Those innocuous phrases often mask a world of private pain: tearful interviews, angry confrontations, threats of violence, shocking revelations and interminable waiting, waiting, waiting. In France, ghosts are known as nègres, and there is a kind of slavery implicit in this transaction. The ghost's world may be one of jeopardy, but it's probably less perilous than it is depicted in Robert Harris's thriller The Ghost, a book credited by many with outing the ghost's tradecraft.
As with any book, the struggles of the ghosted book are all to do with love and money. First, there's the inevitable contract tussle. Traditionally, the ghost receives 33% of the advance (plus royalties). In recession, this has been squeezed to as little as 10%, a figure the better class of ghost will disdain.
Often, battles over the money pale into insignificance next to the titanic clash of egos involved in taking on another's voice and character.Some ghosts, who generally speak on conditions of anonymity, report that the subject they approach with utter dread is the fragile personality with pretensions to authorship.
Who, after all, is not vulnerable to the tug of amour-propre? The ghost, who starts out as a hybrid of therapist, muse and friend, enters a psychological minefield. Accordingly, the ghost is advised never to forget that, at the end of the day, he or she ranks somewhere between a valet and a cleaner.
I recall, some years ago, a female pop star attending a book trade prize-giving for which her ghosted bestselling memoir had been shortlisted. Before this honour, she boasted she hadn't even opened, still less actually read, the book that bore her name. When she duly won, she left her ghost at the table and graciously collected her prize, all smiles, modesty and gratitude, the model author. When she returned to her publisher's table, the woman who had actually written the book reached out, instinctively, to touch the trophy. Bad move. The star snatched it back, clouting her ghost across the cheek to remind her who was boss. When you pay the piper, you call the tune.
Crofts has written some 80 books, sold more than 10m copies and appeared a dozen times in UK bestseller lists. In a rare interview with the Observer, Crofts described some 40 years of ghosting. An easygoing, youthful man in his early 60s, Crofts was educated at Lancing College, but says he was "too arrogant" for university, and stumbled into ghostwriting because, he says, "I didn't want to have a permanent job".
Ghosts, notes Crofts, lead episodic lives: "It's a perfect arrangement. You get the commission, have the adventure – anywhere from a palace to a brothel – and return to the security of your own home." Crofts is a child of the 1960s who seems to have transformed a secret vagrancy into a way of life. At 17, on leaving school, he nurtured vague literary ambitions, wrote a novel ("more Robert Harris than Virginia Woolf"), suffered the inevitable rejection and began writing PR copy. With typical English self-deprecation, he describes himself as "an opportunistic hack" who would "do anything I got paid for". When pressed, however, he admits to taking pride in his craftsmanship and in having made "a good living as a writer for 40 years".
When he started, he recalls, "'ghostwriting' was a dirty word". In 1984, with the chutzpah of youth, he launched himself in business. His approach was simple and direct. He placed a three-word ad – "Ghostwriter for hire" – in The Bookseller, and waited for the phone to ring.
Crofts was lucky, with impeccable timing. Book publishing would be turned inside out by the IT revolution. Ghostwriting, similarly, was transformed by the web. "The internet made all the difference", says Crofts, who was one of the first ghosts to launch his own website. Now, he gets three or four approaches a day. "I'm writing all the time," he says.
Under his own name, and from a certain pride in his trade, he went on to publishGhostwriting, a how-to manual. When Robert Harris read this as part of his research for The Ghost, he sought permission to quote some of Crofts's obiter dicta("Of all the advantages that ghosting offers, one of the greatest must be the opportunity to meet people of interest") as chapter-heads. The Ghost, says Crofts, was "a gift from the gods. Harris did us all a huge favour."
Since 2007, Crofts has become the ghost's ghost, the go-to spook in a now-booming market. "I charge a lot," he admits, and concedes that his fees average six figures. Crofts, who currently earns more than most professional UK writers, is sought after by overseas celebrities, politicians and stars, especially in India. He also works with Russians, Africans, Arabs, and South Americans. "Everyone loves London," he says. "This is soft power in action. London is seen as the home of publishing, a place that's kosher, where Dickens walked the streets."
His rule for accepting a new client is that they must have a good backstory. He took on Alexandra Burke (of The X-Factor) because of her mother's career sacrifice. "She was in hospital watching her daughter on TV, living her life," he says, and confides a special interest in tales of childhood abuse. Sold, the shocking rape story of Zana Muhsen, has shifted 5m copies and, Crofts believes, created a new market for books such as Jane Elliott's The Little Prisoner. Crofts also took on Big Brother's Pete Bennett, an acute Tourette's sufferer, out of respect for "an extraordinarily attractive character", and ghosted Pete: My Story, another bestseller.
Is there anything he wouldn't do? "I have to be interested", he says, conceding that he could happily coexist with monsters. "I have a horrible feeling that if I'd got the call from Germany in the 1930s I would have hopped on that plane like a Mitford."