Guest Post: Anglo-American Relations by Jenny Twist

The Union Jack and the Stars and StripesToday I am thrilled to welcome my guest, Jenny Twist. Hailing from the UK, Jenny seems to have discovered a language barrier when communicating with her American friends, and I don’t think she is alone here!

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language” – George Bernard Shaw

Until last year, when I started making lots of American friends, I had no idea how true that quote was. It not so much George Bernard Shaw -1936that we have different words for things. It’s that we use the same words to mean something completely different. For instance, an American might be quite shocked to hear an Englishman say, “I’m just going outside for a fag.” when he only means he wants a cigarette. And it can be equally embarrassing the other way round. The word fanny may be slightly vulgar in America, but it’s downright rude in England, where it is a euphemism for a woman’s private parts. The first time I heard the American usage was in a radio interview with a recently divorced starlet, in which she said she first realised her marriage was going wrong when he stopped patting her on the fanny. I was shocked rigid! She said fanny! On the BBC!

Guest Blogger Jenny Twist And then there’s all the things you have in America that we don’t have in England like Independence Day and Thanksgiving and English muffins (I have yet to meet an English person who knows what an English muffin is!).
But we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that you don’t have Pancake Tuesday, the Royal Family or faggots (a kind of meatball made from liver and served in a very rich gravy).

But the thing that worries me most is the English sense of humour. It is based on sarcasm. We often say the exact opposite of what we mean because we find it amusing, as in “Isn’t it a lovely day!” to describe a passing hurricane.

And we think it’s funny to insult each other. A dear friend of mine, on being pursued by a rather unattractive man and having tried to put him off several times, retaliated with, “I admire your taste, but I’m afraid I find you repulsive!” I didn’t stop laughing for days!
And that same friend couldn’t stop laughing when a work colleague said to her, “Haven’t you got a lot of freckles? Disfiguring, aren’t they?”

I am so afraid I’m going to get carried away and say something sarcastic to one of my lovely new American friends. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve deleted an email or a comment at the last-minute because I suddenly realised that only an English person would know it was supposed to be funny.

So I would like to say RIGHT NOW, if I have ever said anything to anyone that was insulting, blasphemous or just downright rude, that I didn’t mean it. Honest. I thought I was being funny. I can’t help it. I’m English.


Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.   She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant, she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat.

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Books by Jenny Twist

The novel Winter Wonders The novel Warm Christmas WishesThe novel SpellboundThe novel Curious HeartsThe novel Take One at BedtimeThe novel Domingo's Angel

Why Being a Ghost Writer is Wonderful! by Karen Cole

Ghost Writer Inc Guest Blogging on have hosted many outstanding and gifted writers on my Blogs, but never before have I had the privilege of introducing a ghost writer. So I am especially pleased this week to do just that and greet ghost writer Karen Cole. Welcome Karen and thank you warmly for accepting my invitation and being my guest. 

First of all, it’s a very free feeling knowing that when your own writing is attributed to someone else, if people get judgemental about the work it doesn’t come back to you!  LOL – I’m kidding of course; I feel bad anytime someone “pans” something I’ve written under a client’s name. But that doesn’t happen very often. I’m an award-winning writer, editor and poet, and my work usually receives terrific reviews and often attains best seller status as well.

Anyway, being a ghost writer is eerily spooky fun. You get to pick your own hours, just as a freelance writer does; but as the gigs are not generally steady ones, you really are free to work whenever you want. This is as long as you meet the client’s deadlines, which are usually pretty loose ones. Also, you can get some of the credit for your work – I usually ask for credit as a book’s “editor,” no matter what type of work, including research, rewriting and ghost writing, that I have actually done on the book.

And the pay can be good as well. I offer affordable ghost writing services, so I sometimes don’t take more than $5,000 USD to work on a project, if it doesn’t entail a lot of work and mostly involves editing a client’s already written manuscript or ample notes. But our company has gotten $25,000 and up for our work on various manuscripts and screenplays, and I have received great figures as well. I can’t talk much about the work I do for celebrities and well-known clients, though – that’s why I’m a ghost writer – you can’t discuss much outside of your work, and I’ve signed a lot of NDAs (non-disclosure agreements).

Finally, over the years I have learned a lot from ghost writing. Ghost writers do a lot of background research, and so I’ve found out about and added to the professional literature on a wide variety of subjects, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Holocaust to Eastern yoga practices. I learn every day from my clients, especially on how to mediate between writers and clients, as I run a ghost writing service that sends work out to writers on our team. And I learn a lot on how to get along with people on a professional basis.

But I think the best thing is how I’ve learned from editing certain book manuscripts and screenplays; there is always something new, and it’s so much fun to learn all about new things!

About Karen Cole

Karen Cole is an affordable book ghost writer, copy editor, proof reader, rewriter and book author with a team of 100+ writing field and book / screenplay workers, some of which are New York Times best-selling authors. We do inexpensive marketing, promotions and publishing or optioning assistance, and we have contacts with literary agents, commercial publishers and literary or film field professionals. We also offer ghost writers for music and composition, such as rap music and other genres, and we have ghost writing for Facebook and Twitter as well.

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