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07-31-2007 10:00 PM CET | Media & Telecommunications

Press release from: Arbor Books, Inc.

(New York, NY)—Arbor Books ( is working to protect people against scams in the ghostwriting business.

Numerous companies are scamming people who are new to the ghost writing business in various ways:

1) Demanding large payments up front: A therapist paid $25,000 upfront on a $50,000 ghostwriting contract and didn't get a single word written for over 8 months. The therapist even had to resort to begging the ghostwriter and the ghostwriting firm just to get her precious diaries returned.

2) Phony Companies: A police officer was taken in by one fraudulent ghost writing firm thanks to their slick Web site and a deal too good to be true: For $7,995 the ghost writer would write an entire book—and publish it! And if the officer paid in one lump sum, he would get the same job for only $3,995. Much to the police officer's regret, he got only eight poorly-written pages over an excruciating six months—and then the company disappeared.

3) Promises of agent and publishing contracts: A nationally renowned exercise guru was nearly swindled by a fast-talking sales rep shilling for a ghostwriting firm. The salesperson, a one-time bestselling author, promised connections to her agents and publishers. The problem was that the agent knew nothing about her scam. When pressed to put her promises in writing, the fraud fell apart.

4) The bait-and-switch: A retiree was promised that a particular ghost writer would be assigned to write his book. He later discovered that the writer was only a “front” for some hack that was actually doing the writing! (It turned out to be a freshman at a local community college.)

“When it comes to protecting yourself against scams in the ghost writing business, the writer really needs to research numerous companies and ghostwriters,” says Joel Hochman, President of Arbor Books.

“When it comes to choosing a ghostwriter or ghostwriting firm, get the promises in writing,” says Larry Leichman, co-owner of Arbor Books.

Arbor Books, a member of the Better Business Bureau, is known worldwide for its ghostwriting division, which works with Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood celebrities, sports figures, politicians, businesspeople and anyone who is interested in having their fiction or nonfiction book become a reality.

Arbor Books is the only ghostwriting firm that is 100 percent insured against defamation and plagiarism and is associated with one of the most prestigious publishing law firms in the United States.

Arbor Books authors have seen their ghostwritten books become national bestsellers, have been offered movie deals and have been picked up by major publishing houses.

Arbor Books authors with their ghostwritten books have appeared on Oprah, Montel, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, and FOXNews and become columnists for major newspapers and magazines, including USA Today.

Arbor Books authors have sold hundreds of thousands of books through more than 40,000 stores worldwide, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Costco, Wal-Mart and, as well as through specialty catalogs, distributors and book clubs.

Cofounders, Hochman and Liechman are publishing industry veterans and are listed in the Literary Market Place. “The demand for editing, ghostwriting and marketing of self-published works has increased dramatically within the past few years,” says Hochman.

Arbor Books, Inc.
244 Madison Avenue, #254, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Ian Parsells
Phone: 201-236-9990

Arbor Books, Inc. is a leading provider of ghostwriting, self-publishing and marketing in the publishing industry. Arbor Books authors have become national bestsellers, been picked up by big-name publishers like Random House and have been featured on shows like Oprah, Good Morning America and The View.

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