Michael Springer

Michael Springer – Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter, technical writer, developmental editor, with a focus on technical content from Social Sciences and Humanities adjacent areas.


With a background in academic research and teaching, I have now been ghostwriting and editing for more than ten years. The majority of my ghostwriting clients are innovators who want to reach a broad general audience. I accordingly specialize in turning technical information into accessible and engaging narrative, and finding ways to make potentially abstruse material resonate. Areas I've worked in include psychology, therapy and wellness; business culture and philosophy; visual culture, media and politics; and social media influence and marketing.

Good writing makes the reader feel intelligent. Achieving this requires that the writer have a strong grasp of the material to be communicated, and a clear sense of its relations to other topics. I accordingly approach projects with a focus on the fundamental ideas, and let form follow organically from this function (within the parameters specified by the client). In terms of practical arrangements, this usually means that each project takes shape organically, out of the dual influences of the requirements of the material and the client's vision of their own role.

I do most of the research and writing independently: clients send me relevant reference materials, and from these I search out others, and use this as a basis for the work. I follow an iterative process of drafting, review by the client, and redrafting in response to feedback. Face-to-face meetings at the beginning of the process, and sporadically throughout it, help ensure clear communication. I tend to work out the nuts-and-bolts of such arrangements according to what works best for the client: how much direct input they want, how much time they have, etc.
Buddhism Business & Management Health & Wellbeing Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sociology
English (UK) English (US)
  • PhD, Literature, University of York
  • MA, Literature, Rhodes University

Work experience


Apr, 2015 — Present

I ghostwrite for clients seeking to communicate technical information to a general audience, making potentially complex and abstruse content accessible and interesting. Areas I've worked in include wellness; therapy; trauma recovery and resilience; health and safety; business philosophy, culture and values; social media marketing and influence; and social and cultural theory.

Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

Aug, 2014 — Aug, 2015 (about 1 year)

Taught in one of the highest ranked university English departments in the UK

Management School, University of York

Oct, 2012 — Apr, 2015 (over 2 years)

Taught discursive writing skills to undergraduate Management students.


Oct, 2010 — Present

Work as a freelance writer and editor, assisting authors with every aspect of the writing process from initial conception to final delivery, with leading international publishing houses including Routledge, Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, and Brill.

Michael has 6 reviews





Daniel S.

Daniel S.

May, 2024

He was very good at making sense of my stream of consciousness that seems to flow all over the place, and makes a good opinion of all these thoughts. Thanks for the help.
Daniel S.

Daniel S.

May, 2024

He's writing followed a nice flow every sentence was a fit for the next sentence, my thoughts were woven into something that was very readable and made perfect sense. Thank you.
Sara G.

Sara G.

Feb, 2023

He is an expert in the filed, His work is higher than I expected
Serena S.

Serena S.

Feb, 2023

Michael was easy to work with. He was open and responsive to feedback and kept editing the article until it was in a state I was happy with.
Ann B.

Ann B.

Dec, 2022

Very professional and insightful.
Michael S.
Thank you. It was a pleasure working together.

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