Call Ripley: I Just Met Someone Who’s NOT Writing a Book

Call Ripley: I Just Met Someone Who’s NOT Writing a Book

Is it just me, or does it just seem like everyone in the world is writing a book? Last weekend I attended a small social gathering and when it was brought to the attention of the group that I was a “real writer,” each guest—except for one elderly man—felt compelled to tell me about his or her book. The most common opening line was, “Everyone tells me that I should write a book. My life is just one crazy story after another.” Another common theme was, “I don’t care if I make any money. It’s a legacy I’m leaving my kids, their kids, their kids’ kids…” You get the picture. When I first came to Los Angeles I made a good portion of my income ghostwriting for doctors. Doctors are smart people. They have...

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