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Review: Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire

Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire Blaque Beauty and the Billionaire by Erin Lee Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To start: this is no ordinary adult novella. It’s set mainly in a ski lodge, leading with the gorgeous, youthfully attractive Black assistant to the company in charge of the lodge’s interior design. Little does she know, as she sits planning her job out in the lobby, what is to befall her. The man of her dreams enters the picture, without telling her who and what he is.

He sweeps her off her feet, and in one breathtaking sequence, takes her sexually in a long, torridly passionate loving manner. But he can’t seem to tell her the truth about what he is – the owner of the ski lodge she’s been hired to redesign! When she finds out the truth, she nearly loses her life in a winter storm, only to be rescued in time to discover to whom she owes her life. As she’s angry beyond measure, it takes a lot of effort on the billionaire owner’s part to convince her that his love for her is real, and not simply a weekend’s lustful, one-time splurge.

To finish: if you’re over 18, read this scintillating romance featuring the well-to-do and their loving schemes, dreams and antics. It’s a quickie, easy to finish in a single read. But there’s a series of Blaque Beauty books by the same author to enjoy.

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Ghostwriter for Other Ghostwriters

UT alumnus epitomizes meta-ghostwriting

Published April 25, Updated April 26, 2017

Ghostwriter for other ghostwriters
         Photo Credit: Maria Luisa Santos | Senior Videographer

A ghostwriter writing for fame by ghostwriting for other famous ghostwriters is the premise of Connor Gleim’s new book, ghostwritten for him by his friend Austin Robinson.
UT alumnus Robinson ghostwrote “The Ghostwriter’s Ghostwriter: How I Became a Ghostwriter’s Ghostwriter,” a novel chronicling the fictional ghostwriting career of his friend and advertising senior Connor Gleim. After graduating this past December with degrees in English and youth and community studies, Robinson said he was inspired to write the book when comedian Nathan Fielder employed a ghostwriter to pen a fake motivational workout book for his show, “Nathan for You.” Robinson brought up the episode to Gleim, who suggested Robinson follow in Fielder’s lead by ghostwriting a book for him. 
Gleim and Robinson met up, penned an outline on Google Drive and Robinson took the reins from there. 
Robinson said the project itself required arduous research on the logistics of writing an actual book. But when it came down to it, Robinson said writing the 136-page book took him only 10 days. 
“I was really inspired by Nathan Fielder,” Robinson said. “He only gave his ghostwriter a few days to write a much longer book.” 
Gleim said he contributed some ideas for the story and cover design, but let Robinson handle the rest. 
“The story set him ablaze with passion,” Gleim said. “He’s a great writer in general, and he has an interesting view of the world.” 
Robinson has always found wacky outlets for his creative flair and loud personality. Before becoming a published author, he said he wrote so much comedy that his friends believed he wrote for Texas Travesty, even though he had never worked for that publication. 
Robinson said he has also invested his creativity in other ventures such as his own T-shirt brand and an energy drink he marketed.
“It’s really funny because none of those things were ever in my plate of things I wanted to care about or do,”
Robinson said. “People would come to me and say, ‘You’re a genius at marketing.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god, thank you!’” 
Ads he released for the energy drink, H20, feature the drink in anachronistic settings, an element Robinson said he added because it was so funny and quirky. The T-shirt brand he started simply has his name written in bold lettering. 
“When marketing my products and my brand I think, ‘How can I make this totally me?’” Robinson said. “My personality is definitely in my brand, my marketing style and my products.” 
Robinson said he took the same approach in writing “The Ghostwriter’s Ghostwriter.” The book is filled with meta-humor and a wacky storyline that reads like an article from Texas Travesty.  
This absurdist humor is introduced with the book’s dedication, which memorializes Gleim’s roommate, mechanical engineering senior, Marshall Geyer, whom the book
falsely states was killed by a truck collision while also battling a
life-threatening illness.
“I was glad to be a part of the dedication, and if I were still alive I would have read (the book),” Geyer said. 
Before inspiration for the book stoked his passion, Robinson had been looking for a job as a case worker to supplement his study in youth and community studies. His plans haven’t changed, but he is now looking at more options including graduate school and professional ghostwriting programs in California. 
“I was all over the place,” said Robinson. “And I still sort of am, but I am getting back on my feet. Of course, I want to be a writer, but right now it’s sort of a serious hobby.”



What is Ghost Writing?

The ins and outs of ghost writing

Mmegi Blogs
Friday April 7, 2017

Ghost writing is when someone writes something but the credit for the writing goes to someone else. Many, if not most, of the books you see written by celebrities are in fact written by ghost writers.

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Most presidents give speeches that they have not written. Some people nowadays even have someone else writing their posts on Facebook and Twitter. Ghost writers are everywhere. But what to do if you’re approached for a ghost writing gig? How does it work?

The most common ghost writing gigs are usually a one-off writing project. Let’s say for example, a family wants to record their history in a book to be given only to other family members. I’ve heard of these sorts of jobs in Botswana.

In this case, it’s likely they will be self-publishing this book with no intention of selling it. They want the writer to put together the information that they have gathered. The writer might need to record some oral stories from members of the family and transcribe them. Then the writer would put it all together in a readable form, ready to be taken to a book designer for layout and the cover, and then to the printer.

It’s important for the writer in this instance to have the full extent of the work involved clearly written out and forming part of the contract the two parties will sign. Such a project can bleed into many, many more hours than you might have anticipated. You don’t want a situation where you have conflict with the people who hired you. Conflict is avoided by having a very clear contract. For example, three one hour recording sessions or all research materials will be given to the writer by a certain date, no research material will be allowed after that date. Otherwise what seemed like a nice, easy writing gig, can turn into your worst nightmare.

The set fee will include the complete copyright being owned by the people who hired you. You will not be able to use any of that writing because it was a work-for-hire and you will not own the copyright. This and the amount of hours you have decided the project will decide the one-off fee. I would advise at least a quarter be paid before the project begins. The remainder given as instalments as the work progresses. The final payment should be ten percent or less. Be sure to include the number of rounds of edits that you’ll allow.

This means you write, you give it to the client, they make changes, you institute the changes. Limit the number of times that the client is allowed to do that. You might want to have an outline stage, where an outline for the book is agreed. If that’s the case, then any major re-writes should be defined as well, i.e. not more than 10% of the manuscript.

If the book is a ghost writing project for a celebrity that is going to be published by a traditional publisher where royalties are earned, then there are some different scenarios. If the publisher has hired you, then again it might be a one-off payment. And again a detailed, well-defined contract is a must. And too, a one-off usually means that you are forfeiting your copyright.

Alternatively, you might be given a royalty agreement with the publisher. Though your name will not appear on the cover, and in its place the celebrity will appear as the author, you will still earn royalties as the author. This is a good deal if the person is uber-famous and you can keep your own ego out of the equation.

The ghost writing gig that you should avoid and one I’ve seen often is where a person approaches you to say: “I have a fantastic story. I think you should write it and we can go half- half on the money the book earns”. This person almost never has a publisher lined up. S/he is going to self-publish. You’ll do all of the work and get no money until the book sells, and, undoubtedly, the story is not “fantastic” and you will earn no money for a lot of work and all of the time lost with having to deal with a delusional person. Do not do this. Please.

There are some writers who only ghost write and offer themselves as such. I’ve seen people who wish, for example, they could write a novel but can’t. They will pay someone, often a very good fee, to write the novel for them just so they can put their name on the cover as the author.

The most important aspect of ghost writing is to be clear about the project. You must have a well-defined contract with no lee-way for either party and with a strict payment regime, with payments along the way as the work progresses and a substantial chunk paid at the outset before beginning the project.