David Ferris

David Ferris – Ghostwriter

I create business books and memoirs that turn authors into leaders and earn a ROI. Author of 30+ books and former editor at a top publisher.


DAVID has enjoyed a distinguished career as an editor, ghostwriter, writing coach, and filmmaker. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and friendly demeanor has earned him a loyal following of clients, from novice writers to bestselling authors, in need of editing or ghostwriting. He has ghostwritten over 30 books for entrepreneurs, CEOs, consultants, artists, therapists, and coaches and is also an award-winning screenwriter.

He began his career years working for an academic press before working as an editor with Little, Brown and Company, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, one of the Big Four publishers. As an editor, he has worked on dozens of books that earned publishing deals, has won awards for his screenplays, and has earned extensive praise from numerous satisfied clients.

With professional experience in both fiction and documentary film, as a producer, writer, and director, David is well versed in the art of cinematic storytelling, experience that has also improved his writing skills in nonfiction, business books, and memoir.

Currently based in Washington, DC, David spent over ten years living overseas in various locations in Europe and South America. In his free time he enjoys playing piano, reading, photography, and taking long walks around the city.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST CLIENTS (more available on request):

I’m happy David was the one I partnered with on my book project. Hiring a ghostwriter made a lengthy process extremely time-efficient and the end result was an authoritative, as well as entertaining, book that is popular among clients. The investment has paid for itself by attracting new clients and winning me speaking engagements as I seek to advance into the next phase of my career as a speaker/thought leader. David was the right man for the job.

- Patrick Rush, CEO of Triad Financial Advisers and author of "Gain Big and Give Back"

"David was a strong collaborator on my book on strategy execution and had no problem handling the technical nature of the content. He had the patience to see it through at every stage of the writing and editing process until it was perfect. I am pleased I chose to work with a pro, which paid off in terms of timeliness and quality, and also helped me earn a CEO role at my current company."

- Doug Reed, author of "Start a Movement" and CEO of Meridian Associates.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Plays & Screenplays
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival - Best Horror Feature Screenplay
  • Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest - Quarterfinalist
  • PAGE International Screenwriting Competition, Second Rounder
  • Screencraft Comedy Competition, Semifinalist
  • B.A. in Political Science, Columbia University
  • M.S. in Journalism, Northwestern University
  • M.A. in Documentary Film Directing, LUCA School of Arts (Belgium)/Academy of Film and Drama (Hungary)

Work experience

Forbes Books

Sep, 2018 — Apr, 2022 (over 3 years)

Ghostwriter of business books for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in various industries.

Michael Levin Writing Company (formerly Business Ghost)

Jul, 2017 — Present

Ghostwriter of business books and memoirs.

DDF Creative LLC

Jul, 2012 — Present

Little, Brown & Company (Hachette Book Group)

Oct, 2009 — Sep, 2011 (almost 2 years)

• Read and evaluate proposals and recommend projects for acquisiton (fiction and memoir).
• Collaborate with authors to develop, revise, edit, and proofread acquired manuscripts.
• Liaise with design and marketing teams to shape and execute vision for new titles.

David has 2 reviews





Jevon W.

Jevon W.

Nov, 2023

David is amazing! He was punctual and guided how the project should be carried out for the best results.
Cindy W.

Cindy W.

Mar, 2023

I hired David for a developmental review. His seven page report and suggestions helped move my project toward the finish line. He responded to my communication almost immediately and has made himself available for additional help, should I need it. He was very professional and I would highly recommend him.

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