Vanessa Mickan

Vanessa Mickan – Ghostwriter

As the writer of 10 successful books, I help entrepreneurs and thought leaders share their messages with the world


I began my career by working in book publishing, holding senior editorial jobs at Random House and HarperCollins. My first ghostwriting project was the autobiography "Mahboba’s Promise" (Random House, 2005), about acclaimed humanitarian Mahboba Rawi. Since then I have ghostwritten nine more nonfiction books in these genres: business, biography, parenting, self-help, and popular culture. There are many other genres I would like to explore.

I also ghostblog, and several of my posts have appeared on the Huffington Post. My own work was selected for the book "Best Australian Science Writing 2012" and Acuity magazine, and I am the co-author of the book "Gratitude: A positive new approach to raising thankful kids."

I believe HarperCollins Head of Nonfiction, Fiona Henderson, sums me up best:

"a master at finding creative solutions to what seem like insurmountable problems . . . Whether she is helping to coax the best out of an author or helping someone who has a great story to tell but no idea of how to tell it find their voice, she never loses sight of what’s important, or her sense of humor."
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Entertainment Health & Wellbeing History Humanities & Social Sciences Nature Parenting & Families Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel Writing & Publishing
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Aug, 2006 — Present

Ghostwriting, co-writing, developmental editing, and book doctoring a wide range of books for publishing houses and self-published authors, including: Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, American Planning Association / Planners Press, New York Times best seller Tom Connellan, The Cadence Group, LA Times Book Prize winner Paul Freiberger, skirt! books, Lyons Press, Globe Pequot Press, and The Orton Family Foundation.


Mar, 2002 — Aug, 2006 (over 4 years)

Performed developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading of nonfiction and fiction. Acted as a consultant on libel and copyright. Wrote a biography of humanitarian Mahboba Rawi, "Mahboba’s Promise," published in 2005 by Random House Australia.


Mar, 2000 — Mar, 2002 (about 2 years)

Supervised a team of 10 project editors who were responsible for approximately 200 adult trade books per year. Ensured the smooth, timely, and cost-effective running of the department. Ensured that all materials produced by the department, including final proofs, picture sections, book jackets, and catalogs, were free from error. Recruited new editorial staff and developed editorial training programs.


Jan, 1998 — Mar, 2000 (about 2 years)

Performed project management, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Wrote cover copy, and sales and marketing material.


Jan, 1995 — Jan, 1996 (about 1 year)

Project-managed a high volume of large-format, four-color cookbooks, natural history guides, and health, architecture, and sport and recreation books. Performed developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.


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