Gathering of the Ghosts Panels Explore Publishing, Pricing, Visibility, and AI Collaboration

The inaugural Gathering of the Ghosts convention will gather top publishing company executives, distinguished literary agents, and veteran writers to address key trends and issues facing the ghostwriting industry, including publishing options, setting fees, adopting advanced technology, and more.

ASJA and Gotham Ghostwriters are cosponsoring the one-day conference, which takes place on January 22, 2024, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.

Panels and speakers, which were announced Oct. 19, include:

How to Help Clients Choose the Best Publishing Path for Their Book

In an evolving publishing landscape, ghostwriters and collaborators find themselves in a special position — guiding authors toward the most suitable path for publishing a book. The panel shares the secrets to success in a discussion of what types of books and book proposals editors and agents want, how to evaluate hybrid publishers, and when to recommend self-publishing.

Moderator: Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press  

Panelists: Naren Aryal, CEO and Publisher, Amplify Publishing Group; Josh Bernoff, President, WOBS LLC; and Regina Brooks, CEO and President, Serendipity Literary Agency

The Money Dance

Money is a pivotal part of the author-ghostwriter relationship. This in-depth discussion of pricing strategies covers how to demonstrate the value of your work, set rates for various segments of ghostwriting projects, and unravel the complexities of compensation, including advances and royalties.

Moderator: Kevin Anderson, CEO, Kevin Anderson & Associates

Panelists: Michael Levin, CEO and President, Michael Levin Writing Experiences; Marcia Layton Turner, Founder and Executive Director, Association of Ghostwriters; and Catherine Whitney, Author, Collaborator, and Ghostwriter

Be a Visible Ghost

In a crowded market, ghosts can’t be invisible. This panel explores the techniques ghostwriters can use to showcase your skills, talents, and experiences – all the better to attract clients who fit your writing style and interests, ultimately leading to increased visibility and better collaborations.

Moderator: Fran Hauser, Founder of Bookbound

Panelists: Pauleanna Reid, Founder, The WritersBlok; and additional panelists to be confirmed.

AI: Don’t Compete with Robots. Collaborate

Artificial intelligence is changing the content creation landscape. Instead of feeling intimidated, writers can embrace AI as a valuable tool. Learn how to collaborate with AI applications to enhance your writing process and be more efficient. Panelists will also address managing client expectations, legal considerations, and more.

Moderator: Greg Mone, Founder, 509 Press

Panelists:  Nathan Baschez, Founder, Lex; Scott Sholder, Partner and Co-Chair of Litigation Practice Group, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP; and additional panelist to be confirmed.

For the full bios of confirmed panelists, click here

About Gathering of the Ghosts

The first-ever national convention of ghostwriters brings together professional collaborators for a day of conversation, education, and celebration of a profession that is expanding and evolving. The forum aims to bring the profession out of the shadows by educating the reading public about the service and value ghostwriters provide and elevate the field as a viable career path for publishing professionals and writers of all kinds.

Winners of the first-ever Andy Awards for excellence in ghostwriting collaborations will be announced at the event.

The event will conclude with a town hall session on the industry’s future needs and goals, including the urgent imperative to diversify.

Breakfast and lunch are included. Early bird registration for the one-day event is $400 through Nov. 12, after which tickets are $500.

For details and registration information visit: Gathering of the Ghosts