Helen Pollock – Ghostwriter / Book Coach

What is your specialism within book publishing? 

Non-fiction ghostwriting and book coaching.


Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?

I make people’s non-fiction book-writing dream a reality.


What led you to go freelance? 

I wanted to be in control of my working life, doing work that I love for great people.


Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix? 

Primarily for independent authors.


What’s the best part of doing what you do?

I love the fact that many of my clients have longed to write a book for years and I can help them to achieve their dream. And I just love writing for a living.


What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey? 

Don’t undercharge! Starting off as a freelancer can be scary, but we need to be realistic about our fees and make sure that they reflect our years of training and experience. If someone isn’t willing to pay the going rate for a freelancer with your skill/experience level, they’re not the right client for you.


How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually? 

I don’t even want to think about that. So many! I will get around to reading them though. Slowly, but surely.


Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

Physical books every time. I love reading in bed at night and a Kindle just doesn't cut it for that.


Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing? 

Keep at it!  It took me a long time to make the transition, but if it’s something you really want you should go for it. 


What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book? 

Is it cheating to give you three favourite children’s books? A trilogy? Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials made a big impression on me, even though I read the books as an adult. So hard to give you just one favourite adult’s book. I still love Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, which I understand is to be brought to the small screen soon, although I am often disappointed by screen adaptations. 




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