Doug Wagner

Doug Wagner – Ghostwriter

Your voice is my guiding force. Only you can write your book, and it needs to be as distinct as you are.


I'm a ghostwriter, "deep ghost," book doctor, developmental editor and all-around collaborator looking for projects that matter. Projects that make a contribution, whether it’s to enlighten or to entertain. I've worked in a broad range of subject areas, for self-publication, partnership publication and traditional publication (Rodale, Wiley, Hachette, etc), and I strive to become an expert on whatever I'm writing about. I can translate complex information for a mass-market audience, and I can organize reams of information into a smooth-flowing narrative. But maybe my highest recommendation is my respect for an author's voice and my ability to inhabit it the same way a good actor disappears into a role. The authors’ voices that have crowded my head for decades as a reader and an editor have helped me to acquire an ear for the nuances that go into each writer’s unique voice. And if you haven’t found yours yet, rest assured that we will.

My mission is to make authors look good in their efforts to add something of value to the world. And I don’t do it by re-creating their voices in the image of my own. I do it by leading them to those voices. We all have the capacity to tell a story—putting it on paper is just a matter of using the right tools. After thirty years of writing and editing experience, I have a well-stocked toolshed, and I’m happy to share.
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Nature True Crime
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books Young Adult
English (US)
  • Semifinalist (one of twenty) in Black Lawrence Press’s 2013 Big Moose Prize competition for unpublished novels.
  • First-round winner in 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.
  • Member of Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. Won criticism and headline-writing awards in annual competitions of the Associated Press, the Colorado Press Association, Scripps Howard, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.
  • Gold Medal in the inspirational category of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2021 Benjamin Franklin Awards for "HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time," by Brad Aronson. I was Brad's collaborator.

Work experience,

Apr, 2010 — Jul, 2011 (over 1 year)

 Rewrote online content for Scripps Networks websites.

The Editorial Department

Jan, 2010 — Present

 Evaluate, develop, edit, doctor and ghostwrite fiction and nonfiction projects. Proofread all types of projects.


Feb, 2009 — Present

Ghostwrite, co-write and doctor fiction, memoir and nonfiction manuscripts. Develop, edit and evaluate book proposals, memoirs, and fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Provide coaching for fiction and memoir writers. Write blog posts and online content for clients. Also assist writers in preparing synopses and pitch packages for literary agents.

Rocky Mountain News

Jul, 1993 — Feb, 2009 (over 15 years)

 Wrote bimonthly neighborhood profiles and edited news and feature stories.

Naples (Fla.) Daily News

Mar, 1990 — Jul, 1993 (over 3 years)

 Wrote weekly film reviews and edited local, state, national and international stories.


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Doug has 4 reviews





Joseph A.

Joseph A.

Apr, 2024

Doug delivered clarity of my thoughts, which I suspected needed professional editing, but never foresaw the crystal clear communication he created to connect with my intended readers. I was given back my written thoughts with the breath of air from 15,000 feet peek looking out at the vista. Super professional. Quality is excellent. 21 year old scotch, First growth Boudreaux. I work with s...
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David P.

David P.

May, 2018

Working with Doug has been a positive experience, and an educational one.
David S.

David S.

Sep, 2017

My collaboration with Doug was both informative and helpful. His professionalism and creative talents are exceptional.
To F.

To F.

Jun, 2017

Enjoyed working with Doug communication was excellent easy going always willing to listen. Good man

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