American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and Gotham Ghostwriters co-hosted the first-ever national convention of professional ghostwriters on January 22, 2024 at the New York Academy of Medicine, in Manhattan. The Gathering of the Ghosts was held to highlight and promote the ghostwriting profession and elevate it as a viable career path for writers, bringing them together for a one-day, in-person event with education, awards, and networking.
The convention featured the inaugural "Andy Awards," honoring the spirit of collaboration in non-fiction book writing. The first award for ghostwriters and paid collaborators, the Andy Awards bring collaboration out of the shadows and into a well-deserved spotlight. Both Author and Paid Collaborator had to jointly submit the book for consideration and agreed to share the award.
BUSINESS AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Ginni Rometty, Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World
In collaboration with Joanne Gordon
Harvard Business Review Press
MEMOIR AND NARRATIVE NON-FICTION
Kimberly Shannon Murphy, Glimmer: A Story of Survival, Hope, and Healing
In collaboration with Genevieve Field
Harper / HarperCollins
Joy Harden Bradford, Sisterhood Heals: The Transformative Power of Healing in Community
In collaboration with Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
Ballantine / Penguin Random House
"Collaborative projects are a mainstay of nonfiction publishing, often earning acclaim and securing spots on bestseller lists, and consistently captivating readers," said ASJA President Emily Paulsen. "Collaboration not only elevates the quality of the work but also brings to life narratives and ideas that may have otherwise remained undiscovered."
Gotham CEO Dan Gerstein added: "The Andy Awards were created to bring collaboration out of the shadows and into a well-deserved spotlight. The winning titles represent the breadth, depth, and quality of collaborative projects in today's publishing marketplace. We look forward to this becoming an annual event."
About Gathering of the Ghosts:
Gathering of the Ghosts is the first-ever national convention of ghostwriters. Sponsored jointly by Gotham Ghostwriters and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the GOTG will bring together professional collaborators for a day of conversation, education, and celebration of our evolving and expanding profession. The immediate goal is to build a greater sense of community within the field and start an ongoing dialogue about the trends shaping our work and the common challenges ghostwriters face.