Miss Ghost - Book Editor, Ghostwriter, Bookcoach & Freelance Writer

Scottsdale, AZ

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I believe there is a user-friendly rhythm and voice to every author. I like to help my writer's discover and fine tune their strengths. Their writing has a better hook, and style when I've edited it. It's usually a fast and exciting read that pulls the reader along to turn the pages and wanting more. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, a Simon & Schuster suspense author, ghostwriter for years and owner of a publishing company. Benjamin Franklin Literary & Design Book Judge for 16 years, so I know excellent writing, publishing, and I have had many years of doing it. I'm a strong developmental editor, as well as, copy editior, line editor, and proofreader.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Select me as a coach or editor for your project. I love pleasing my clients by helping their work stand out. I can also help you with different publishing paths, book design & promotion, and help you decide what is in your best interests.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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3 Reviews
  • Melissa H. Dec 6, 2016
    Writing Services
    Verified Review
    Hard working, positive and so helpful and kind!! = )
    Colleen worked long and hard on my project which was to get to know me as well as possible on short notice and then create a convincing letter I needed to present to an immigration attorney on behalf of my husband for whom I am petitioning. She was able to capture the depth of how much we want him home and our family to be reunited. Thanks Colleen!!
    Colleen H. May 1, 2017

    Melissa...was thinking about you the other day...how are things going. Did the letter work for you and your family? I know these are such hard times..was just wondering if you were all back together. Keep in touch. I want to hear great news! Warmest Regards, Colleen Hitchcock

  • Brian M. Nov 4, 2014
    Writing Services
    Verified Review
    Colleen is very knowledgeable and has a vast background of experience to backup her credentials. Her ideas for improving my project are outstanding and I cannot wait to finish my project under her tutelage. Thank you, Colleen!
  • Geri H. Sep 20, 2012
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    Colleen is so easy to work with. She is very knowledgeable in what she does. I am a new writer and I found that her editing and advise really polishes up my work. She makes me feel like a real writer. She is very supportive of me and what I am writing. I always feel encourged to continue on. I am still working with her and I will continue to do so until I finish my book. Then I'm sure she will help me with my next one.I feel she is genuinely dedicated to her work of helping others become successful. I really enjoy working with her and you will too.
    Colleen H. May 1, 2017

    Geri, How are you doing...was just thinking about you and wanted to make sure you didn't spontaneously combust...or something. I hope you are well, Warmest Regards, Colleen Hitchcock


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
While I often earn $75-125/hour for my time, I often bid a special deal on ghostwriting projects, because i love to breathe life into someone else's idea for them.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I talk with client about the project and we come up with a timeline and plan that is considerate of author's needs and a workable budget for the author.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a huge reference library in my home on writing that is constantly updated and cherished. I attend writer's groups.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was the CEO of a publishing company when Tom Clancy read my work and published it in the forwards of Executive Orders, and Without Remorse. That experience pushed me to sell my company and move to Los Angeles to study screenwriting and writing.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I often work as a ghostwriter, screenwriter, co-author, editor, and book coach for both author clients and students.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just completed a high concept suspense novel that will be a series, a trilogy series by a young author, 3 books by a young writer, and a medical thriller.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When you hire a ghostwriter/coach, there is a little bit of a marriage going on. i often meet with someone for up to 2 hour session for $100, to talk about their project. I want them to walk away with more than $100 of lessons from me, and after that decide if you want me on your project, or I want to work on your project. Ghostwriting a book, if you do it right, takes commitment, time, effort, and it should be done as masterfully as writing my own books.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
When Picasso sketched something in 10 minutes, a viewer said, 'That took you must minutes to do, and now its worth thousands." Picasso said it took, "All his life," to do the sketch. To be able to write with great depth, it takes life experiences and years of observation and life, to make the writing have the depth where it touches the readers' souls.