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"Benson: The Autobiography" by George Benson with Alan Goldsher (Da Capo Press, July 2014)
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"Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music, Managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson" by Ron Weisner with Alan Goldsher (Globe Pequot, June 2014)
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ghostwriter: fiction/non-fiction, editorial services :
Alan Goldsher -

Alan Goldsher is the author of 11 novels, including Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion (Simon & Schuster) and My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires (St. Martin's Press). His non-fiction titles include Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Hal Leonard) and Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read (St. Martin's).

Goldsher’s sportswriting has appeared in ESPN the Magazine and, and his music journalism has been seen in Bass Player and Guitar Player. During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

One of the most flexible, in-demand ghostwriters on the publishing landscape, Alan possesses an uncanny ability to bring a subject’s written voice to life. He has written and edited for people from all walks of life—athletes, actors, comedians, doctors, chefs, and businesspeople—and has collaborated with numerous celebrities and public figures, including actor/comedian Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), film director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and jazz guitarist/vocalist George Benson.

Alan lives and writes in Chicago.

years experience: 22
rates: Please email for a press kit and a ghostwriting/editing rate sheet.
Proofreading, Copy editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book packaging, Research, Writing, Ghost-writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Memoirs, Pop culture, Roman a clef/novelizations
"Fact: If not for Alan’s collaborating talents, I would not have been able to write my book. We did 15 two-hour Skype sessions that I can say without hesitation were invaluable. Not to mention I can't fathom being able to spend that sort of time with a single family member or long time pal.”
-Kevin Pollak, comedian/actor

“Alan Goldsher seems to know everything there is to know about music history and pop culture, but what he knows best are people. Not only did he help convince me to write a book, and not only did he help me get my book deal, but his sensitivity, kindness, and professionalism helped make the writing and publishing process both enjoyable and fulfilling.”
-George Benson, guitarist/vocalist

“Alan Goldsher is among the most professional, skilled, and knowledgeable authors I’ve had the pleasure to know. He delivers copy that is essentially ready for press, and as a collaborator he has that rare skill of being able to capture another person’s voice perfectly. When Alan’s name is attached to a project I take extra notice because I know it will be a good one.”
-Ben Schafer, executive editor, Da Capo Press

"Alan Goldsher can write about anything, whether fiction or nonfiction, and he’s always a game, creative partner who, even when he’s behind the scenes, contributes a great deal towards making every book stand out.”
-Peter Joseph, editor, St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books

“In my experience, Alan is a pleasure to work with, a speedy and agile collaborator who makes his deadlines, responds cheerfully and intelligently to feedback, and helps build the relationship between the author and publisher.” -Julian Pavia, editor, Crown Books/Three Rivers Press

“I always know that when one of my projects is in Alan’s hands, I don’t have to worry. Not only does he meet all of his deadlines but he also turns in such quality work that he makes my job so much easier. He’s also truly skilled at capturing a person’s true voice when he works with them on a memoir, which is no easy task. I would highly recommend Alan to anyone—although I wish I could keep him a secret so that he could work on all of my books.”
–Lara Asher, Acquisitions Editor, Globe Pequot Press

“Alan takes the cake—and invariably makes it better. His ghosting skills are unparalleled. He knows just what to do to get to the beating heart of a project and how to spin a good yarn into a great story, and he can do it all superbly in almost no time flat. If you need help, you need Alan Goldsher."
-James Jayo, editor, Lyons Press

“Alan is a great collaborator. He is focused, and he gets it. He just takes care of business and cuts to the chase with no ego or drama.”
-Ron Weisner, former manager for Michael Jackson and Madonna

"A combination of Obi-Wan Kenobi and my favorite English teacher, Alan was a great help in making my book the best it could be. If you need your writing edited or polished, he's a bloody good man for the job."
-Leon Logothetis, television presenter

“As a first-time author, I was daunted by the idea of trying to get my work published.  After connecting with Alan, I was immediately put at ease.  He was quick to respond with thoughtful answers and advice to all of my questions.  His experience as both a published author and insightful editor proved invaluable as we started editing my manuscript.  He is an attentive and thoughtful listener who was able to see things from my perspective and help me find the voice that I was seeking in my writing.Microsoft Word has spell check to scan for and correct grammatical and spelling errors.  However, it doesn't have any button you can press to turn a disjointed manuscript from a rambling string of sentences into a cohesive story that has depth.  Alan Goldsher is that button “
-Bill Keenan, former professional hockey player


"Goldsher ('Paul Is Undead') has devised the perfect book for readers who believe that 'The Sound of Music' needed more caustic vomit, lesbian vampire sex, Nazi Undeath Squads, the ghost of John Coltrane, and copious lashings of gross-out humor."
-Publishers Weekly


“Bloody brilliant.”

“Are readers ready for a world in which the Beatles just wanna eat your brains? Goldsher thinks so, and he may be right. This alternate history reimagines successes, failures, and rivalries with over-the-top bizarro charm.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Goldsher turns in a classic rags-to-riches tale of aspiration and success that would do Horatio Alger proud, punctuated by no end of gore.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A post-modern gothic classic.”
-Mick Wall, author of When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

“If you’ve ever wondered (as I have) how the story of the Beatles would have turned out if, instead of a quartet of working-class Liverpool lads, they had been a bunch of zombies, this hilarious book finally answers the question.”
-Michael Ian Black, comedian and author of Clappy as a Ham

“Goldsher imbues his broad, over-the-top, gleefully gore-flecked horror with nuance. A gag-per-minute pace.”

“Paul Is Undead portrays the Beatles as larger than life—and larger than death, but Goldsher manages to make both Lennon and McCartney sound like something they haven't been in decades: human.”
-Washington Post

“An absolute delight. 308 pages of satirical hilarity dressed up like the best Rolling Stone article ever.”
-Chicago Examiner

“Investigative music journalist Alan Goldsher has ripped the moptops off the Fab Four, revealing the wormy undead belly of godless, noggin-gobbling Rock and Roll. Read it, or die.”
-Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper and Go, Mutants!

“Brilliant and hilarious. Two decaying thumbs up.”
-Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero

“Paul Is Undead is the Abbey Road of Beatles zombie mashup novels.”
-A. J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

“Paul is Undead caused this reviewer to laugh hard enough to pull a muscle. To pass by this literary cinematography would be a mistake.”
-New York Journal of Books

“The horror mash-up publishing craze is still spreading like a plague, and while some of the most popular products seem like easy ways to digest the classics, this clever take on the subgenre will bring music nerds into its fandom.”

“I didn’t think it was possible to breathe this much fresh life into the zombie mash-up sub-genre.”
-G.O.R.E. Score

"'Paul is Undead' is quirky, gory, bizarre, funny as hell and packs in tons of music history, often brilliantly, reading like a beautifully written Rolling Stone article told as an oral history with interviews with everyone from Stu Sutcliffe to Jesus himself. The allegorical moves are impeccable—Yoko Ono is a high-level ninja lord, which seems fairly realistic actually, and Mick Jagger is a zombie hunter who seeks to take down the zombie Fab Four. To avoid copyright issues, Goldsher works song titles and lyrics into conversation. That the book isn’t much more than that—with lots of music trivia and Beatles history thrown in—easily does enough to justify Goldsher’s appropriation in his creation of gratifying, smart candy for music geeks. In short, the book makes good on the Beatles and on zombies."
-New City


• Karine Bahkoum (Food Network personality)
• Martellus Bennett (NFL player)
• George Benson (jazz musician)
• Illeana Douglas (actress)
• Stephanie Izard (2008 Top Chef winner)
• Joey Lawrence (actor)
• Michael Madsen (actor)
• Bernie Mac (actor/comedian)
• Brigitte Nielsen (actress)
• Kevin Pollak (actor/comedian)
• John Salley (NBA player)
• Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing New York)
• Sophie Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels)
• Fred Willard (actor/comedian)

Available for freelance ghostwriting and work-for-hire projects. For pricing and scheduling, contact
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