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A ghost in KC: After years of writing for others, author now has a book of his own

If you ever meet Tim Vandehey, resist the urge. “I get this all the time,” he said, “‘What do you do, Tim?' I'll be at a party or whatever. ‘Oh, I'm a ghostwriter.' ‘Really.' “The same question follows 90% of the time. ‘Who have you written books for?' The next thing almost always follows, ‘If you can tell me.' It's supposed to be this big hush-hush thing.” It's not. The Waldo resident said he had ghostwritten more than 60 books, of which only one or two included a nondisclosure agreement. He said the “hush-hush thing” is among several misconceptions his profession. “I haven't written for anybody big enough for that to be an issue,” Vandehey said. “That might change if I did a Prince Harry or something like that.” Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer (best known for “The Tender Bar: A ”) has spoken openly about ghosting this year's “Spare” by Prince Harry, although his name doesn't appear on the cover. That is usually the case for Vandehey, whose books are mostly in the or business categories, with subjects including parenting, wilderness survival, financial planning and beyond. Among them was the 2017 New York Times bestseller “The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love” by then-husband and wife Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin and actress Meagan Good. That book credits “With Tim Vandehey” on the cover. He also has collaborated with former […]

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