Christopher Richards

Christopher Richards, business book ghostwriter at Christopher Richards Ink
Christopher Richards, business book ghostwriter at Christopher Richards Ink

Twelve years ago, an author friend of mine asked if I’d like to ghostwrite a business book. I said yes. I didn’t set out to be a business book ghostwriter. Yet that’s how it happened. I’ve been ghostwriting ever since.

I grew up near Oxford in England. After graduating from Winchester Art School I moved to the United States.  As there were no job listings for a degree in fine art and philosophy, I got a sales job. At first, I was bad at it. I got fired. But three days later I found a better sales job in San Francisco. This job allowed me to grow, and after a while, I became interim corporate CEO.  Interim doesn’t mean forever, so I started a multimedia business focusing on corporate storytelling.

Since 2005, I’ve specialized in ghostwriting business books for business leaders.

Learning

I love to learn. Three non-professional experiences have helped me bring a fresh perspective to my work as a business book ghostwriter.

  1. I was part of a theatrical improvisation group where I learned to be a spontaneous collaborator. “Improv” teaches you to think on your feet.
  2. For five years, I moderated a  weekly Socratic philosophy group. This was enormous fun, and boosted my critical-thinking skills.  I learned to listen and ask more insightful follow-up questions. And that’s relevant because interviewing is an integral part of the ghostwriter’s job. I believe that asking the right questions— and listening to the responses— just might be the secret of life.
  3. I joined Toastmasters, a non-profit organization dedicated to communication and leadership. I’m currently a founder member and president of Warehouse Evening Toastmasters in Oakland, California, where we have a lot of fun, and I continue to hone the art of speech writing and delivery.

When not ghostwriting business books, I’m a constant reader, play frequent club-level badminton, swim, and continue with my 20-year daily meditative practice of qigong. It (almost) keeps me calm.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with Lynnette Rogers, who’s such a good editor that I married her.

If you’d like to know more about me, just ask.

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