Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fantasia’s Autobiography Proves People Who Can’t Write Still Have Way With Words

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fantasia Barrino’s new autobiography, Life Is Not A Fairy Tale (Fireside/Simon And Schuster), is not only raising awareness of illiteracy, it’s also scaring up new interest in the use of ghost writers.

That’s the word from ghostwriting guru Mahesh Grossman, who says the success of Fantasia’s book is proof that “people who can’t write still have a way with words.”

Grossman says Fantasia credits ghostwriter Kim Greene for helping the American Idol winner get her words on paper but admits writing in the “voice” of someone who “is not particularly grammatical can be easier than writing for someone whose grammar is spot on.”

He thinks Fantasia may inspire other functionally illiterate people to tackle book projects but admits they’ll need more than not being able to read or write in order to get published.

He says that’s because “the publishing world wants someone who succeeds despite their problems.”

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