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The Ghost Writer Uncovered

Updated on November 25, 2014
Peter Yexley, marketing and promoting websites since 1994
Peter Yexley, marketing and promoting websites since 1994 | Source

This is the Ghostwriter

A real ghost writer generally does the work and takes no credit. It isn't just about stringing some words together in an effort to create something worth reading. Often it all begins with an empty sheet of plain paper or indeed a blank screen and that is the platform from which the ghostwriter begins work.

Product reviews are often very interesting and somewhat surprising when a parcel arrives with something to trial and write an honest review. Some things I get to keep but the more expensive goodies have to be returned unfortunately. It is a shame but how many cars does a person need?

I was once asked to write a review about a twin baby stroller and how it performed on various terrains, When people want to have a look at your twins and discover a pair of dolls in the carriage, it takes a little explaining!

Here's a little insight into me!

My Daughters

I have two delightful daughters, both young ladies and each with their own individual challenges.

The elder is 20 years old and experiencing difficult times studying for her exams at university to qualify as a teacher, she workis when she can to make some money, usually baby sitting.

She passed her driving test over a year ago and is now in independent young lady, often the designated driver when out with friends. I'm sure I am not the first dad that is worried about their daughters driving and certainly not the last, Isn't it absolutely natural for parents to be concerned about their daughters early days of driving?.

Our younger daughter was born with special needs, she is eighteen going on five, but with teenager tendencies – can you ever imagine that?

Most parents of a special needs child will feel they are often blessed. We genuinely celebrate her achievements despite the fact that they are usually the kind of things a mainstream child does naturally, yes, there are many worrying times and personally we tend to leave them thoughts in another place for the right time to deal with them whilst we focus on the moment and take things as they come.

There is no label attached to her and the common question question is “what's wrong with her?” (Actually she thinks she's perfectly fine, its the rest of the world that has issues!). There is no known syndrome, now illness to pin on her...she is who she is!.

We were delivered a perfectly formed baby and lived with that fact for several weeks until one day after an examination we were told that she would never walk or talk.

This wasn't a sympathetic message from a caring clinical practitioner, imagine if you will, an extremely tall, elegant, but very old man, ushering you into an unused very dismal room of a hospital, after spending no more than five minutes lifting and dropping her limbs then coldly declaring that your baby will never be independent, she will constantly rely on you for all her basic needs.

Then after delivering that blow, he simply bid us 'good day' and left us alone in that miserable room to face our future. There was no follow up, not even a leaflet or in introduction to a support group.

So, fifteen years later, what of that baby who will never walk or talk? She won't stop talking!, and she walks independently too, even feeds herself!

I don't image that old man being alive now, he was ancient then but I really want to visit him and reintroduce him to our daughter. I know she could certainly teach him a thing or two about human nature and he can witness her dogged determination to achieve over and above that medical qualification that he achieved.

If it t sounds like I am bitter about the way he left us alone to ponder our future together with a severely disabled daughter, it is because I am, but onwards and upwards!

Welcome To My World

Who am I?

I'm not new to the pen, I've been writing articles and crafting copy for websites since 1994. Before the birth of the internet I was a publisher of magazines and souvenir brochures, mainly special event publications and a variety of other material.

Not too long ago we celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate, I have proud memories of the wedding of William's parents because I was involved in the official Royal Wedding souvenir guide for Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Ironically on the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate, I was staying in a hotel that was once owned by King Edward, Great grandfather of Prince William. Edward had the house built for his lover Lilly Langtree.

On the Royal theme, I was even involved with an event connecting King Henry VIII with a special souvenir brochure to celebrate the raising of The Mary Rose, King Henry VIII's flagship that had languished at the bottom of the sea after being sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. It is stressed 'accidentally' as to strenuously deny that it was sunk by the enemy!

I published the souvenir program for the Royal Premier of E.T( Extra Terrestrial) attended by Prince Charles and Diana as well as other work where both Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip have been in attendance.

I worked on the publication for the very first and now very famous London Marathon.

So, as you can see my portfolio is very extensive and is a pedigree that I am proud of.

Today, I am very busy marketing and promoting websites, SEO and writing articles and other work that a typical ghost writer would be involved.

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The Mary Rose. King Henry VIII flagship
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SEO Since 1994

I have been marketing and promoting websites since 1994. When you think that Google was not yet born when I started. Clearly the term SEO didn't exist, neither did 'website marketing'.

I recall a discussion with a sales rep from Yellow Pages wanting to sell me advertising space for my Internet Marketing business and I was willing to buy.

When it came to listing my services, I was told there was no such classification but I could go under 'computer repairs' !!

Not a lot of companies had websites and the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time was warning businesses that those who don't get a website will put themselves out of business.

It might be difficult to imagine a world without Google and working from computers that took up almost the entire desk space.

Internet access was via a thing called a 'modem' and needed to be plugged in to a telephone socket. You couldn't be on the phone and on the internet at the same time - one or the other, unless you had two phone lines.

Modems were very noisy, making a loud screeching noise at the point of connection. They were unreliable and could drop at anytime. Images took forever to load

Videos were almost impossible to watch unless you upgraded the graphics card and often had to up the RAM.

Just to put Windows 3.0 or 3.1 on your computer could taker all day.

There is no wonder why it is said that internet is measured in 'dog years' - that is one year is equivalent to seven years - and I've been marketing and promoting websites for 21 years. Multiply that by seven the math (as they say in the USA).


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      Peter Yexley 6 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed writing it and I'm looking forward to writing more.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very touching but uplifting hub. And hey? I think your youngest daughter is probably correct - it is the rest of the world who are out of sorts not her. Many thanks for sharing your story.

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      Peter Yexley 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the feedback AttemptedHumour, I really appreciate it.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Ghostwriter. Some Doctors lack empathy, bed side manners and common sense. You struck all three at once and that pompous pillock was a disgrace to an honorable profession. There are many more wonderful medical people who make up for his discrepancies who i'm sure you would have come across. It was a good idea to add a few insights, as sometimes it takes a while to get to know a hubber personally. I have two daughters too. Twenty two and twenty. They both drive, so far trouble free, so have a bit of faith. Cheers my friend, and good luck from Oz.

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      Peter Yexley 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you writer20! I think Henry VIII got the best deal from me.

      Thanks for dropping by and saying 'hello'!

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      It's great to hear a country man of mine doing so well for our royal family. I'm so glad I clicked on your intersting name Ghostwriter.

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      Peter Yexley 6 years ago from UK

      Thank you!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This was an excellent hub.