Salwa Emerson

Salwa Emerson – Ghostwriter

I'm an NYC ghostwriter/dev editor specializing in memoir and thought leadership. Known on social media as the Ghostwriter's Ghostwriter.


My clients appreciate my ability to find the heart of their stories and the pulse behind their ideas. I'm known for my warm personality, strong work ethic, and ability to grasp and express intellectual concepts.

Memoirs and big-idea nonfiction are my sweet spot.

My last book proposal garnered my author a quarter-million-dollar deal with Penguin.

The last book I wrote received a front-cover endorsement from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

My process is organized and personal, involving streamlined interviews, regular draft revisions and open-ended communication by phone, Zoom, or email.

I will also travel to you if you prefer working in person.

Authors I've worked with include a high-profile judge, prominent educational leaders, restaurateurs, politicians, social impact experts, spiritual healers, professional athletes and CEOs.

I'm known on social media as the Ghostwriter's Ghostwriter because I've helped build a strong community among my colleagues and raise the standards in our industry.


If you'd like me to bid on your project, please email me through Reedsy to set up a time to chat so I can learn more about the scope of work involved and see if we're a good fit. There are always a number of ways to approach a project to fit your goals and budget.


Since each client's project is unique, I tailor my approach to suit those individual needs. I tailor my approach to suit your individual needs and goals.

My process includes understanding your target audience, your preferred narrative style, and researching the market for similar books to know what sells and where a particular gap in that niche exists. We begin by collaborating on a detailed outline that forms the skeleton of the manuscript.

Next, I conduct a series of 90-minute interviews with you, usually one for each chapter. I'll submit drafts to you on a regular chapter-by-chapter basis, which I revise according to your feedback and edits. Usually two drafts of intensive editing and reviewing is all it takes before my line-editing and proofreading team takes a final pass.

Let's set up a call!

Biographies & Memoirs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience


Apr, 2015 — Present

In addition to ghostwriting and editing for private clients, Emerson Ink also offers copywriting services to international social entrepreneurs, B Corporations and other change makers.

DK Publishing

Oct, 1998 — Dec, 2000 (about 2 years)

St. Martin's Press

Aug, 1997 — May, 1999 (over 1 year)


Chance Striker is a 12-year-old city kid who dreams of World Cup glory. But when Chance makes the eighth-grade soccer team, he finds himself surrounded by towering teammates and up against a lineup of scary rivals. There's Bull Pike, who holds the league recor... read more
Tio Pepe: Food and Family on West Fourth

Jimmy and Rocio Sanz with Salwa Emerson

Discover the story behind the Greenwich Village culinary legend Tio Pepe as you meet the owners Jimmy and Rocio Sanz, their children, and the intriguing cast of friends and customers who have added spice and laughter to the Sanz family s heart-warming story of... read more

Salwa has 3 reviews





Tammy T.

Tammy T.

Sep, 2022

Salwa is a magician when it comes to polishing a manuscript! She took my life experiences and helped me transform them into hilarious tales. Her insight into the deeper meaning of human interactions really took my memoir to the next level. I would recommend Salwa to anyone with a heartbeat!
Eric A.

Eric A.

Mar, 2022

So grateful I met Salwa on reedsy. Here's why I would work with her again... a) Very user-friendly and down-to-earth. b) Great energy and shared my passion for the topic of my book. c) Responsive and timely throughout the process. d) Most importantly, her writing is as approachable as she is.
Salwa E.
Eric, you are so kind. It was wonderful working with such an intelligent and passionate author. I look forward to seeing the positive impact your book will have within the world of mental healthcar...
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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

May, 2021

Salwa was very professional and competent. She communicated regularly and kept the process moving forward which was a big help!
Salwa E.
Thanks for your feedback, Andrew. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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