Karin Crompton

Karin Crompton – Ghostwriter

Insightful nonfiction writer and editor with award-winning journalism background. Expertise: voice, cadence, story direction.


I recently heard someone say that ghostwriters are like expats, the folks who move to a different country and jump headfirst into a new location and culture, becoming fully immersed in it. That sounded accurate. Whether I’m writing or editing, coaching or book doctoring, I'm like an expat who's fascinated by your world.

I bring curiosity, empathy, and expertise to every project. With a journalism background, I’m able to ask smart questions and help draw out the most compelling version of your story. I help authors find more clarity and conciseness while also retaining their unique voice. You’ll also have a sounding board and be working alongside someone who’s adept at anticipating the questions future readers and editors might have.

I provide honest and tactful feedback and nudge authors into crafting their message and story in ways that reflect their unique experiences.

I've collaborated on 19 nonfiction books in the past five years, in roles ranging from author coach to editor to ghostwriter, and sometimes a mix. It's an honor to be invited into someone else's world, and I look forward to learning about yours!

Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors
English (US)
  • First place, special section category, New England Associated Press News Executives Association
  • First place, video, ’38 hurricane, New England Associated Press News Executives Association
  • First place, deadline reporting, New England Associated Press News Executives Association
  • First in investigative reporting, New England Associated Press News Executives Association

Work experience


Mar, 2016 — Present

A former print reporter with 29 years of professional writing and editing experience, I combine meticulous research with compelling narrative. Recent bylines include NBC Think, Insider, The Independent, WIRED, and Mental Floss.

Expert storyteller and tactful interviewer who can quickly put people at ease and draw out relevant and interesting details. I am also adept at making technical and dense information easy to read. Proficient in AP style, Chicago Manual of Style, Microsoft Word/Track Changes.

I've also worked as an editor or proofreader on 16-plus nonfiction books. I have a keen eye and provide insightful and tactful feedback while getting to know authors and having fun along the way. As an author coach, I support authors throughout the planning and writing of their manuscripts.

Day Publishing Company

Mar, 2002 — Nov, 2011 (over 9 years)

• Combined efficient and thorough research skills with the ability to quickly grasp new topics and to expand upon existing knowledge base. Ability to take complex subject matter and write it in concise, readable format.
• Served as a town reporter covering daily news and an enterprise reporter who wrote in-depth pieces.

Waterbury Republican newspaper/Self

Sep, 1993 — Feb, 2002 (over 8 years)

Sports writer for newspaper in Connecticut covering high school, regional, and statewide events. Breaking news, feature stories, columns.

Freelance writer 1997-2002 for a variety of publications, including statewide newspapers and breaking news (UConn games) for the Associated Press.

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