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Douglas Wight

Douglas Wight - Ghostwriter

Dunbar, United Kingdom

Sunday Times best-selling ghostwriter, capturing male & female voices across inspirational real life, true crime & celebrity.

Overview

I'm a freelance ghostwriter, author, journalist and publisher.

I've ghosted, authored or co-written eleven non-fiction books, covering a variety of genres - from true crime to inspirational real life memoirs, celebrity autobiographies and biographies.

I have provided the voice for a Hollywood actress, a former world champion boxer, a woman who survived a mother from hell, an undercover cop, a Miami-based money launderer and a woman who lives with an inoperable brain tumour.

As a completely independent writer, I am regularly approached by ordinary people looking to find publishers for their extraordinary stories. I have agented three books myself and found publishers without a third-party, while on other occasions I have used an agent to help secure a publisher. I have also co-authored and self-published a hard-backed book into the high street.

No two projects are the same, but with each I endeavour to write as true to the subject's voice as possible, while delivering a clean and edited manuscript that book buyers will want to read.

I can help with any or every stage of the book writing process:
- Developing a full proposal
- Finding a publisher
- Writing, editing and delivering the manuscript
- Helping secure national publicity on publication

My philosophy is simple - good stories find their audience.

Having confidence in a ghostwriter is crucial to a project's success and I'm happy to answer any questions or advise how best to get a project off the ground.

Services
Book Ghostwriting Book Proposal Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Music Politics & Current Affairs True Crime

Work experience

Self-employed

Self-employed
July, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Freelance ghostwriter and journalist since 2011.
Examples of previous ghostwriting projects include:

All The Money In The World - John Pearson (William Collins, 2017)
Was a pleasure to assist John Pearson in writing a new epilogue for this latest film tie-in edition of his best-selling biography on the Getty family.

John Virgo - Say Goodnight JV: My Autobiography (John Blake, 2017)
Approached by the publisher to ghost the memoir of popular former snooker star, entertainer and commentator John Virgo, charting his rise from humble beginnings in Salford to one of the top players in the world.

Nigel Benn - The Dark Destroyer (John Blake, 2017)
Commissioned by the publisher to work with former world boxing champ Nigel on an updated edition of his autobiography. Provided five new chapters for the 2017 edition.

John Pearson - The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins (William Collins, 2015)
Commissioned by William Collins to assist with an author's postscript for a new edition to tie in with the release of the film Legend.

Collette Elliott - Unforgivable (Penguin, 2014)
For years, Collette Elliott’s only outlet from her mother’s violence was writing down her experiences, however traumatic. After a landmark case against social workers who failed to protect her she contacted a press agency who put her in touch with me. I developed a proposal and attracted interest from Penguin directly. I helped shape Collette's remarkable diaries and her story was published in April 2014. Serialised in the Sunday Times, the book was a top ten bestseller and has sold over 30,000 copies and published in two overseas territories.

Ross Slater - True Lies (John Blake, 2014)
After interviewing Ross for a newspaper article, I developed a proposal and, with help from the Andrew Lownie Press Agency, attracted interest from John Blake. I ghosted Ross's story and True Lies was published in March 2014. It was serialised by the Sunday People.

Teena Lyons - The Complete Guide to Ghostwriting (Thistle, 2014)
Along with other ghostwriters, contributed tips and anecdotes to this comprehensive guide to the profession.

Christian Plowman - Crossing The Line (Mainstream, 2013)
After an initial introduction through a news agency, I developed a proposal, which was acquired by Mainstream Publishing. I took Christian's self-penned chapters and developed the manuscript that became Crossing The Line. I also helped with the serialisation, which appeared in The Sun.

Emily Lloyd - Wish I Was There (John Blake, 2013)
After interviewing the actress and former golden girl of British cinema Emily for a newspaper we worked together to develop a proposal for her memoirs, which were acquired by John Blake Publishing through the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Following a series of interviews, I ghosted her book and assisted with publicity with extracts appearing in the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine and conducting an interview with Emily that appeared in the Sunday People.

Ken Rijock - The Laundry Man (Viking, 2012)
Commissioned directly by Viking to ghost the astonishing story of Kenneth Rijock, a Miami-based money launderer caught between the Mob and Colombian drug dealers. On publication, I assisted with publicity with an extract placed in the Mail on Sunday’s magazine.

I have also been commissioned directly by publishers to write biographies of Leonardo DiCaprio and Calvin Harris and co-authored and self-published a biography of Rita Ora in 2015.

As a journalist, I regularly adapt books for serialisation in newspapers and ghost articles and interviews for publication in the press. Happy to help with short and long articles.

Books Editor

News of the World
March, 2007 – July, 2011 (over 4 years)

Books editor for the country's biggest selling newspaper, securing serialisations, adapting books for the paper, interviewing authors.

Journalist

News of the World/New York Post
January, 1998 – March, 2007 (about 9 years)

Journalist, covering news, features, politics and investigations.
Reported on world news events including the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine and the aftermath of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks while on secondment for the New York Post.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

John Virgo: Say Goodnight, JV - My Autobiography

John Virgo

Famous for his hilarious impersonations of snooker's biggest stars, JV is a household name thanks to his razor-sharp BBC Snooker commentary and the much-loved quiz show Big Break.A fascinating insight into British sporting life, taking readers from John's childhood in Salford, through smoky snooker dens, to tournaments and championships all over the world, as he relives travelling on Concorde,... read more

Famous for his hilarious impersonations of snooker's biggest stars, JV is a household name thanks to his razor-sharp BBC Snooker commentary and the much-loved quiz show Big Break.A fascinating insight into British sporting life, taking readers from John's childhood in Salford, through smoky snooker dens, to tournaments and championships all over the world, as he relives travelling on Concorde,... read more

The Dark Destroyer: The Autobiography Of Nigel Benn, Britain's Most Destructive Fighter

Nigel Benn

Known to his fans as the Dark Destroyer, all of his first 22 professional fights ended with him knocking out his opponents - half of them before the first round was over. In this book, Nigel Benn tells it like it is. From the grim days he spent in the army in Northern Ireland, to his notorious battle with Chris Eubank. From the women of his past - including the girl who took his virginity when... read more

Known to his fans as the Dark Destroyer, all of his first 22 professional fights ended with him knocking out his opponents - half of them before the first round was over. In this book, Nigel Benn tells it like it is. From the grim days he spent in the army in Northern Ireland, to his notorious battle with Chris Eubank. From the women of his past - including the girl who took his virginity when... read more

Hot Right Now: The Definitive Biography of Rita Ora

Douglas Wight, Jennifer Wiley

The FIRST and ONLY proper biography of Rita Ora. Jam-packed with exclusive revelations and fresh insight from people who have known and loved Rita for her entire life. She's the hottest pop star in Britain, with four number one singles, a number one album. She is credited with attracting an extra four million viewers to BBC1's The Voice and is one of two new star judges on The X Factor. But wh... read more

The FIRST and ONLY proper biography of Rita Ora. Jam-packed with exclusive revelations and fresh insight from people who have known and loved Rita for her entire life. She's the hottest pop star in Britain, with four number one singles, a number one album. She is credited with attracting an extra four million viewers to BBC1's The Voice and is one of two new star judges on The X Factor. But wh... read more

Calvin Harris: The $100 Million DJ

Douglas Wight

He's made $100 million, is the hottest DJ in the world and has worked with the pop royalty - but who is Calvin Harris? And how did he go from stacking shelves in his local supermarket to such astonishing global success? He's come a long way from making music in his bedroom in his native Dumfries but since bursting onto the music scene with 'Acceptable in the 80s' in 2007, he has broken Michael... read more

He's made $100 million, is the hottest DJ in the world and has worked with the pop royalty - but who is Calvin Harris? And how did he go from stacking shelves in his local supermarket to such astonishing global success? He's come a long way from making music in his bedroom in his native Dumfries but since bursting onto the music scene with 'Acceptable in the 80s' in 2007, he has broken Michael... read more

Unforgivable

Collette Elliott

Crossing the Line: Losing Your Mind as an Undercover Cop

Christian Plowman

Crossing the Line As he rose through the ranks of various departments of the Metropolitan Police, the author dreamt of being an undercover cop. When he finally achieved his ambition, becoming one an elite group of officers, the reality of covert work turned his life into a nightmare. This title offers an account of what it really takes to be an undercover cop. Full description

Crossing the Line As he rose through the ranks of various departments of the Metropolitan Police, the author dreamt of being an undercover cop. When he finally achieved his ambition, becoming one an elite group of officers, the reality of covert work turned his life into a nightmare. This title offers an account of what it really takes to be an undercover cop. Full description

Wish I Was There: I Was the Golden Girl of British Cinema... and Then My Life Fell to Pieces. This is My Story.

Emily Lloyd, Douglas Wight

When Emily Lloyd burst onto the movie scene as a teenager, she was hailed as the next Marilyn Monroe. Her stunning performance as precocious Lynda Mansell in David Leland's Wish You Were Here thrust her into the spotlight, winning her, among other awards, a BAFTA nomination. Hollywood beckoned and Emily landed high-profile roles alongside A-listers like Bruce Willis and, notably, Brad Pitt in ... read more

When Emily Lloyd burst onto the movie scene as a teenager, she was hailed as the next Marilyn Monroe. Her stunning performance as precocious Lynda Mansell in David Leland's Wish You Were Here thrust her into the spotlight, winning her, among other awards, a BAFTA nomination. Hollywood beckoned and Emily landed high-profile roles alongside A-listers like Bruce Willis and, notably, Brad Pitt in ... read more

The Laundry Man

Kenneth Rijock

Leonardo Di Caprio the Biography

Douglas Wight

'I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD' That was the cry from Leonardo DiCaprio as he stood astride the bow in Titanic - the movie that would go on to smash all records, raking in a whopping GBP1.1 billion worldwide. Now, few Hollywood movers and shakers would dispute that statement as Leo has rocketed to become one of the highest paid actors in the world. And his position looks set to be secure after an ... read more

'I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD' That was the cry from Leonardo DiCaprio as he stood astride the bow in Titanic - the movie that would go on to smash all records, raking in a whopping GBP1.1 billion worldwide. Now, few Hollywood movers and shakers would dispute that statement as Leo has rocketed to become one of the highest paid actors in the world. And his position looks set to be secure after an ... read more

True Lies

Ross Slater

When ex-soldier and police officer Ross Slater took on a close protection security job he got more than he bargained for. His job was to provide security for leading members of Greenpeace. But when he mentioned his new career to contacts in Special Branch they came up with an even juicier role for him--as a double agent spying on the activities of the environmental group. With split loyalties,... read more

When ex-soldier and police officer Ross Slater took on a close protection security job he got more than he bargained for. His job was to provide security for leading members of Greenpeace. But when he mentioned his new career to contacts in Special Branch they came up with an even juicier role for him--as a double agent spying on the activities of the environmental group. With split loyalties,... read more

A Stone in My Shoe: The Caroline Macdonald Story

Caroline Macdonald, Douglas Wight

Stone in My Shoe

Stone in My Shoe

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