I am waiting for a satisfied client to file a lawsuit which permits charging back my fee to an insurance company. Unlike so many healing modes, this one is uniquely effective.
After all, the pen has always been a powerful tool for making the psyche whole. Saint Augustine sorted out his rascal past by writing the "Confessions."
To ghostwriters now come those in extreme pain. They may be struggling to figure out the world, make sense of loss, get over survivor guilt for their success, or push back on those who hurt them. But, unlike traditional therapy they exit the experience with a book, article, or opinion-editorial which is published. That's a concrete platform on which to build a future.
More and more prospects weep as they explain why they have contacted me. Increasingly, SKYPE captures the pain.
One sobbing male said he was willing to risk a lawsuit to get his story told. The tears halted as I described proven editorial tactics for preventing defamation litigation. But, just in case, he might set up through LegalZoom a limited liability company. Those suing could only seize those assets, not his personal ones.
A woman, weeping more softly, had already written more than 1,000 pages about her sexual trauma. But it wasn't publishable as is. Yes, I reassured her, I could oversee editing material into a self-published book. Billing could be by the hour.
A former priest who never could land a decent academic teaching job held back his tears. He felt it his mission to publish as survival guide for anyone exiting Roman Catholicism. His edge in approaching that book was that he wasn't bitter.
Because I provide complimentary consultations, I have the honor of bearing witness to so much human pain. Only a handful will agree to take the next step: Contract to have a book ghostwritten.
But what I am learning from this investment of time is living documentation of the function of art in civilization. Without it, we humans probably would have self-destructed. Untransformed, the pain would have done us in.