Marcia Adair

Marcia Adair - Ghostwriter

Cologne, Germany

Making complicated things clear and boring things interesting since 2005. Non-fiction ghost, journalist, tone of voice coach and strategist.

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I'm a Canadian ghostwriter and journalist living in Germany. I've worked 14 non-fiction book projects (business/marketing) as a ghost and also write as me (arts/design/music) for The Economist, The LA Times and the Guardian and others.

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English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Business & Management
Finance & Accounting
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Non-fiction ghost

January, 2005 – Present (almost 14 years)

I specialise in cutting through jargon, woolly thinking and flabby writing to create a manuscript that has a clear goal, lots of momentum and speaks directly to its intended audience. Sometimes there are even jokes. I can write in my voice, yours or in the style of another author you admire.

I've not worked yet with an author that has the platform to achieve at NY Times bestseller. All 14 of my clients went the self-publishing route, which was the right decision for them.

I'm used to working remotely, though happy to travel and am open to last-minute or emergency projects.
Usually I start from a table of contents and write the manuscript from my own research and author contributions, but also happy to improve an existing manuscript.

I have experience working with ESL authors as well. Specifically German to English, but open to others.

Tone of voice/language coach

February, 2007 – Present (almost 12 years)

I started doing this sort of coaching with my ghosting clients as we discussed marketing strategy and the voice that would best reach their audience. In 2012 I continued as a freelance for a London language consultancy and this year I'm back at it, revamping all the written material for a private college in Canada.

I also help German native speakers speak more natural English, prepare for interviews and presentations and get ready for business trips and international relocation.

I can help you decide how to best reach your audience, rewrite the copy in the new tone of voice, create a style guide and training material to help your employees use the new voice and even come to the office to give some training.


March, 2005 – Present (over 13 years)

I've written more than 100 features for the LA Times and have had work in The Economist, The Financial Times, The Guardian, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and magazines like Icon, Hemispheres, Rhapsody, Listen, and Time Out New York.

I'm an experienced interviewer of celebrities as well as regular people. I always manage to get something, no matter how nervous or uncooperative the subject is.

I've also written for the architecture and aviation security trade press, covered trade fairs, symposia and conferences and wrote small features for three years of the Rolls Royce Yearbook.

A Twitter contest I started, called #operaplot, got me a chapter in the 2011 Best Music Writing Anthology.

Subjects are art, architecture, design, music and whatever else I think editors may be interested in. Violins as investments, the volume of body cavities as it relates to hiding explosives, interviews with 8 people that want to take a one way trip to Mars etc.

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club 2014 Yearbook: Celebrating 110 Years


VG condition book with dust jacket. DJ is clean, has fresh colours and has little wear to edges. Book has clean and bright contents.

VG condition book with dust jacket. DJ is clean, has fresh colours and has little wear to edges. Book has clean and bright contents.

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