Cyn Balog

Cyn Balog - Ghostwriter

Quakertown, PA, USA

Accomplished all-genre fiction ghostwriter, book doctor and author of 9 acclaimed YA novels with Random House, Sourcebooks, and Harlequin

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Overview

Your ideas, my expertise. Tell the story only YOU can with help from a pro. I am the author of 9 novels (Random House, Sourcebooks, Harlequin), mostly YA paranormal romance, dystopian, thriller/suspense, and dark contemporary. However, I am experienced in writing all fiction, including adult (thriller, mystery, steamy romance, etc), young adult, mid-grade and more. I've been nominated for a Romance Writers Association of America RITA in YA fiction. I write quickly and on deadline for numerous satisfied clients.

My main specialty is in ghostwriting novels-- all I do is write fiction! I've worked with several NYT and USAT bestselling authors to help them fill out their stable of self-published titles. I pride myself on getting "your" style and seamlessly adapting to it. I can write like Nora Roberts or Stephen King. Whatever your style, I can pull it off. I work quickly and can usually finish a GOOD 50k-word novel in 1 month, based on your outline.

If you are a writer, struggling to get traditionally published, I can help. Wondering if you have to sell your soul to attract an agent? Let me take a look at your query letter or book and give you an honest assessment as to why agents have passed you by. Written yourself into a corner? I am a born plot-whisperer who loves to brainstorm and help you find your way out. I offer coaching services, including full-novel critiques and developmental edits, as well as query critiques and career advice. I am proud that I have my name in the acknowledgments of dozens of traditionally published novels, and I would consider it an honor to help you reach your dream of publishing your novel.

Don't take my word for it! Listen to what the pros have said about my books!

"Fantastically Creepy Psychological Horror." -- Booklist
"A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride." -- Kirkus
"With a wink and a nod to Stephen King's THE SHINING, Balog provides a shocker for the young adult crowd." -- VOYA, Starred Review
"Like a PG-13 version of Gone Girl. A page-turner that will keep readers riveted, this is a treat for mystery fans and will keep readers guessing right up until the end." -- Kirkus
"Twisted, engrossing."-- Kirkus
"This first-rate thriller delivers everything a thriller should."-- VOYA
"Suspense, believable characters, and an imaginative twist on a ghost story/romance make for a lovely read." -- Kirkus
"An interesting, quick-paced, and compelling paranormal romance." -- School Library Journal
"Masterfully paced, the tension builds to greater and greater heights. Just when the reader can barely stand it, a series of incredible plot twists bring the tale to an ambiguous conclusion that will leave readers begging for a sequel. " - School Library Connection
“Full of suspense, romance, and mystery, this is a thrilling read that will appeal to fans of dystopian adventures.” – VOYA
“An atmospheric, uneasy tale of survival.” – Kirkus

I also consider my coaching, ghostwriting, and editing clients to be my friends. I often stay with them, even after the project is done, to help them navigate their way through the tricky publishing process. Here are just a few things my clients have said:

"Cyn is the best writer I have ever encountered. I will definitely rehire after the Summer. She's perfect at meeting deadlines, communication is amazing. Well worth it. I will definitely rehire. And her writing skills are off the charts! Very impressed. She's WOW amazing. Meets deadlines without a fuss. Writes what I need. Just an amazing person." – Romance Project for NYT Bestseller

"Cyn is a very talented and flexible writer. She delivers promptly, is always professional and communication with her is easy. Will hire her again!" – Romance Project

"Mind-blowingly good writing, story, and characters. If you're looking for top quality storytelling that gets under your skin, don't hesitate. Cyn delivers exactly what you want and so much more!! You get the absolute best here!" – Women’s Fiction Project

"Cyn was kind and clear, she helped me refine my pitch and make it more concise!" – YA Project

"Great writer, great communicator, pleasant and super easy to deal with. Would gladly hire again given the opportunity! Highly recommended". – Thriller Project

"Just an excellent experience all around. Highly professional, communicative, met deadlines and the writing was top notch." – Romance Project for USAT Bestseller

"Wow. This is exactly what I was thinking. How you went from loose outline to actual chapters was amazing. You worked so much detail in and managed to convey the personality of the characters while doing it. Wow. I love it. Seriously." – Fantasy Project

"I want to thank you again for your great work. You were the one I was searching for. . . and I found you. Bravo. You did everything I hope you would do and more." – YA Fantasy Project

"What you did with my first chapter alone . . . what is this magnificent wizardry?" – YA Fantasy Developmental Edit


The last thing you need to know about me is that I'm not a diva. This is business, and I don't deal in "special." When you contract with me, you can rest assured I will deliver what you want, when you want it. And I want us to have fun together, too. I love writing and put my passion and excitement into every word, because I want you to love the process and your finished book. I can't wait to work with you!


PLEASE NOTE: I usually book out about 3-6 months ahead of time and regular novel-length ghostwriting projects start at about $20,000. Book doctoring, where I take your book and revise it, and any combination of doctoring and ghostwriting, can often cost MORE as it's more time consuming! Please keep this in mind before inviting me to quote for your job. Thank you! :)

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Dystopian
Horror
Middle Grade
Psychological Thriller
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Awards

  • RWA - RITA Nominated
  • Scholastic Book Club Selection
  • VOYA - Starred Review
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List

Work experience

Novelist and Ghostwriter

Self-employed
June, 2009 – Present (over 12 years)

Writer

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Alone

Cyn Balog

This must-read for lovers of Stephen King's The Shining will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. Get ready for what Kirkus calls "A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride." When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda's almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it's ... read more

This must-read for lovers of Stephen King's The Shining will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. Get ready for what Kirkus calls "A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride." When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda's almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it's ... read more

Unnatural Deeds

Cyn Balog

Called "a PG-13 version of Gone Girl" by Kirkus, Unnatural Deeds is a novel of infatuation and obsession with an electrifying ending that readers won't see coming."Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of me... read more

Called "a PG-13 version of Gone Girl" by Kirkus, Unnatural Deeds is a novel of infatuation and obsession with an electrifying ending that readers won't see coming."Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of me... read more

That Night

Cyn Balog

The perfect teen thriller for readers of One of Us Is Lying and The Darkest Corners!Some secrets are best left buried...It's been a year since Hailey's boyfriend Declan died, and Hailey is still far from okay. She's lost almost all her friends, her grades are falling, and she pretty much lives wrapped up in bed. Everyone says Declan's death was a suicide-after all, his father's gun was found n... read more

The perfect teen thriller for readers of One of Us Is Lying and The Darkest Corners!Some secrets are best left buried...It's been a year since Hailey's boyfriend Declan died, and Hailey is still far from okay. She's lost almost all her friends, her grades are falling, and she pretty much lives wrapped up in bed. Everyone says Declan's death was a suicide-after all, his father's gun was found n... read more

Sleepless

Cyn Balog

Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest. But he can't deny that he feels something ... read more

Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest. But he can't deny that he feels something ... read more

Touched

Cyn Balog

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn an... read more

Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work.But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn an... read more

Fairy Tale

Cyn Balog

A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobod... read more

A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobod... read more

Drowned

Nichola Reilly

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival. Until the day their King falls ill, lea... read more

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival. Until the day their King falls ill, lea... read more

Dead River

Cyn Balog

My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River. I thought it was going to be just us.I was wrong. Nothing is what it seems in this creepy paranormal thriller by Cyn Balog.

My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River. I thought it was going to be just us.I was wrong. Nothing is what it seems in this creepy paranormal thriller by Cyn Balog.

Starstruck

Cyn Balog

Gwendolyn "Dough" Reilly doesn't think she has much going for her--she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman--or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 1... read more

Gwendolyn "Dough" Reilly doesn't think she has much going for her--she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don't seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman--or "Wish." He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 1... read more

Hot Water

Callie Sparks

Cicily Chase can't stand the idea of spending her last summer before college in a cramped office. But that's exactly where she'll be, as summer intern at a stuffy investment firm.Caden Williams is brilliant, gorgeous, and much older. Not to mention that he's Cicily's boss, and very, very taken. A relationship between them can't happen. But some things are simply unavoidable. Soon, they're both... read more

Cicily Chase can't stand the idea of spending her last summer before college in a cramped office. But that's exactly where she'll be, as summer intern at a stuffy investment firm.Caden Williams is brilliant, gorgeous, and much older. Not to mention that he's Cicily's boss, and very, very taken. A relationship between them can't happen. But some things are simply unavoidable. Soon, they're both... read more

Playing with Fire

Callie Sparks

At 22, Alex Bliss is the first female who might be able to break the glass ceiling that’s been firmly in place at Williams and Williams, and she isn’t about to give that up. Not with an autistic brother and a disabled mother to care for. But the man who has been appointed to teach her the ropes isn’t just a chauvinistic jerk . . . he’s much, much worse, and only she knows it.Rhys Bradley doesn... read more

At 22, Alex Bliss is the first female who might be able to break the glass ceiling that’s been firmly in place at Williams and Williams, and she isn’t about to give that up. Not with an autistic brother and a disabled mother to care for. But the man who has been appointed to teach her the ropes isn’t just a chauvinistic jerk . . . he’s much, much worse, and only she knows it.Rhys Bradley doesn... read more

Down to Earth

Callie Sparks

Is there no such thing as a match made in Heaven?Cicily and Caden are made for each other. Even if they’re the only ones who know it.Caden is busy in the City, working on building his family’s investment business, while Cicily is now off at her first semester at college in New Jersey. Nobody seems to think they stand a chance. So when thrill-seeking Cicily gets involved with a group of college... read more

Is there no such thing as a match made in Heaven?Cicily and Caden are made for each other. Even if they’re the only ones who know it.Caden is busy in the City, working on building his family’s investment business, while Cicily is now off at her first semester at college in New Jersey. Nobody seems to think they stand a chance. So when thrill-seeking Cicily gets involved with a group of college... read more

Up in the Air

Callie Sparks

Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned . . .The last thing Hannah Bliss wants to do this weekend is go to her perfect aunt Alex’s engagement party. She’d rather get high. Hole up in her bedroom, turn on her webcam and make some money.After losing the love of his life to cancer, Sean McIntire will not get involved with anyone else, ever again. So when he accompanies his friend Cicily t... read more

Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned . . .The last thing Hannah Bliss wants to do this weekend is go to her perfect aunt Alex’s engagement party. She’d rather get high. Hole up in her bedroom, turn on her webcam and make some money.After losing the love of his life to cancer, Sean McIntire will not get involved with anyone else, ever again. So when he accompanies his friend Cicily t... read more

Lost Cause

Callie Sparks

“It doesn’t matter how many times I tell them I’m fine. They don’t believe anyone can possibly go through what I’ve gone through and come out okay. And the more they tell me that, the more I’m starting to think they’re right.”Shy, awkward Noah Templeton will always be the stuff of water cooler gossip now. Ever since that fateful day when he was thirteen, when he and his stepmother disappeared ... read more

“It doesn’t matter how many times I tell them I’m fine. They don’t believe anyone can possibly go through what I’ve gone through and come out okay. And the more they tell me that, the more I’m starting to think they’re right.”Shy, awkward Noah Templeton will always be the stuff of water cooler gossip now. Ever since that fateful day when he was thirteen, when he and his stepmother disappeared ... read more

Cyn has 7 reviews

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Justin Bell
Cyn was a consummate professional, a great communicator and clearly did the work. It was a pleasure working with her and as I go through her suggestions in my book I can see the immediate dividends of her suggestions.

Justin Bell, May 2021

Cyn Balog
Thanks, Justin! It was a thrill to work with you on this project, and I absolutely love your devious mind! You definitely have a new fan in me and I wish you a lot of luck, both with this book and ...
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JJ Wolfe
Cyn is a pleasure to work with. She understood my projects (one Sci-Fi Fantasy and one YA novel), and my requests very well, leaving little for me to do other than sit back, relax, and let Cyn complete the novel. She is quick, too, which is amazing, and her fees are entirely reasonable. I highly recommend her for any of your ghostwriting needs. Forever grateful!

JJ Wolfe, April 2021

Cyn Balog
Thank you so much, JJ! I enjoyed working with you too. I absolutely love all your ideas and it's been such a pleasure to help bring them to life! I look forward to future projects.

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Matt Lorenzo
It was a pleasure working together. Cyn is fantastic to work with and I leaned a lot.

Matt Lorenzo, January 2021

Cyn Balog
Thank you so much, Matt! I loved working with you too and really fell in love with the characters in your novel as we went along. You're a gifted storyteller and I am grateful to have worked with you.

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Angus McKinnon
Thank you, Cyn! You took what was a very rough chapter and made it sing. Your writing is fresh and lively, bittersweet and poignant, and captured the mood Iskra and I were after. You are hereby officially part of our team! ;) Until the next chapter, be well. Iskra and Angus

Angus McKinnon, December 2020

Cyn Balog
Thank you so much, Angus! I am honored! And looking forward to seeing how this wonderful adventure plays out. You and Iskra have definitely created something special here and I am thrilled to be a ...
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Vaughn Feighan
Cyn was absolutely amazing and incredibly timely. As a first-time author, she went out of her way to make sure I was understanding everything appropriately and was engaged with the process. Though this is a short review, she also taught me the importance of brevity. Thanks Cyn!

Vaughn Feighan, October 2020

Cyn Balog
Thank you so much, Vaughn! It was wonderful working with you!

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