Interview with Charlee Hoffman: New York Literary Agencies and Ghostwriting Bestsellers

Charlee Hoffman is a USA Today bestselling ghostwriter of more than 25 books. After working in traditional publishing for five years, she recently moved from New York to Montana, and is loving the change of pace. She is a full-time writer, and there’s rarely a time where she doesn’t have either a cup of tea or an orange cat next to her.

Charlee took the time to talk with us about her turn from the life of the theater to the world of publishing. We discuss the secretive nature of ghostwriting, niche marketing lessons that traditional publishing can take from self-publishing, and valuing books and artists—i.e., not letting them starve!

Also, hear Emily’s voice steadily get more and more laryngitisified as we discuss the sordid affair of Mr. and his Alive Girl. It may be petty, but when a man holds your livelihood like one would hold a spider over a cooking fire, it can be pretty satisfying to read his embarrassing text messages.

(By the way, we recorded this before the Hamberdler weighed in on Twitter, so there’s no political nuance to this discussion. In fact, there’s very little nuance at all. It’s just full-on gloating. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

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