About me

I ‘m a ghostwriter, ghostblogger, freelance writer, author and publishing consultant.

Books have been my life since I joined my first publishing company at the age of eighteen. I’ve written on just about any topic you can imagine, from mutual funds to the fire-bombing of Japan in WWII; from big data to the history of the construction industry; and from baby boomers to Dungeness crab. I write under my own name and also as a ghostwriter and writer-for-hire for clients as diverse as a renowned financial advisor, a WWII veteran, an American cross-dressing Quantum physicist living in Budapest, a popular life coach, the Mayor of a fast-growing city, and the board of a capital regional district.

I co-wrote the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Built Not Born: A Self-Made Billionaire’s No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs with Tom Golisano. It was a bestseller on many lists including Amazon, Publisher’s Weekly, and with Barnes and Noble.

Harper Collins Leadership publishes my two books: How Not to Sell and How Not to Manage People (pub. August 2020).

Fire From The Sky – A Diary Over Japan won a silver medal for the best military memoir of 2005, awarded by the Military Writers Society of America.

I don’t only write books,  I’m also a ghost-blogger – you’ve probably read my words but never knew it!

My sales and marketing column appeared in Douglas business magazine for ten years. I have contributed food and lifestyle articles to YAM (You and Me) magazine, a lifestyle publication for southern Vancouver Island, and my articles on travel have been featured in Salt magazine and Adventures NW. I was also the founder of WestShore magazine.

I have more than 40-years of experience in mainstream and custom book publishing, working at many of the great publishing houses including Random House, Michael Joseph, and the Pearson-Longman group. I founded one of the industry’s first special publications divisions, publishing corporate-sponsored books and specialist publications. I subsequently became managing director and part-owner of two custom publishing houses.

I am a member of the Association of Ghostwriters.

At the age of eighteen I entered the publishing world as a trainee sales representative. By my late thirties, I’d gained experience in the roles of area manager, sales manager, head of special publications, and managing director at some of the world’s greatest mainstream book publishers. I then decided to head west and become a ghostwriter and author in North America.

For the last quarter century I’ve been a UK expat writing for authors and writing agencies across the United States from coast to coast, especially in New York City, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona, and California. I also have clients in Canada.

Today I have a major co-authored book (Built Not Born) due for publication by Harper Collins Leadership and am working on two new books for HCL that will be published solely under my name. In addition I am currently ghostwriting five books for a diverse range of authors.

In 2011, I launched Blue Beetle Books Inc. a custom book publishing house. In 2016 Blue Beetle Books Inc. brought onboard a new business partner, took a new direction, and morphed into Your Better Business Content. Today, YourBBC is managed by Paul Abra, my business partner, and I have a behind-the-scenes role as lead writer for Your Better Business Content.

If you need a professional writer with over 40-years’ experience, who loves to be creative and approach each product with enthusiasm and excitement, give me a call for a no-obligation chat!

There are thousands of good writers out there, so why hire me?

I am a rarity among ghostwriters – an author and freelance writer who also has extensive mainstream publishing experience. I understand the process from the ground up – from concept to delivery of the printed (or electronic) product. My over four decades of experience in the writing and publishing world has given me the ability to know what makes something readable, what entices the reader to enter your world and react positively.

“Very good writer with loads of great ideas, excellent research skills, and a delightful sense of humour. Mike is a pleasure to work with.
Carolyn Camillieri (Editor and Writer).

“I’ve enjoyed working with Kevin Anderson and Associates on my books and appreciate their assistance in guiding me through the publishing process. My lead writer, Mike Wicks, worked closely with me to capture my voice and ensure the writing was readable and accessible.”

Tom Golisano, Self-Made Billionaire and Philanthropist
Author of upcoming business book for entrepreneurs (HarperCollins, 2020)

“I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed working with you. You just seem to “get” the relationship thing, and how beneficial loyalty can be to all parties. Also your openness, honesty and transparency virtues serve you well.”
Gerhard Aichelberger (Printsmith Group)

“Mike is an excellent “people manager” and has dynamic ideas. Not only that, his sense of humor and true interest in people make him a creative thinker who can “move” ideas to finished products very smoothly and efficiently.”
Robert McCammon (New York Times bestselling author).

“Mike is great. He is always positive, open to new ideas, writes well, and is also a very good speaker.”
Georgina Camillieri (Publisher, Page One Publishing).

“Mike’s experience as a writer both on and offline is second to none.”
John Espley (Director of Marketing and Communications, Accent Inns).