Location, location, location!

That strategy lets the Galloping Ghostwriter cut rates and save clients money!

Because the cost of living in my corner of Asia is low, I can pass the savings along to clients.

So, you can get expert ghostwriting and editing services for only a fraction of what a writer in the US, the UK, Canada, or Australia would charge! Where else can you get the services of a bestseller-list ghostwriter for so little?

 For whatever you need written, from books to blog posts, call on the Galloping Ghostwriter at:

Email: tongsoong@yahoo.com, kwriter@asia.com,  Skype: David.Ritchie952, Twitter: @EGhostwriter

David Ritchie is author of more than 20 published books of fiction and nonfiction under his own name. His book 10 Million Tigers (Nulbom, Seoul, 2002) appeared on the Yahoo Korea bestseller list. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Writer, and many other leading periodicals. He is a member of the Royal Asiatic Society.


No, not that country. Try again.


Please read this article all the way through:


Note especially the words:  “… most of the books were destroyed.”

Perhaps that shows how badly books scare some people in a certain country.

(c) 2012 David Ritchie


T minus 2 days and counting!

On Thursday, I hope to be in the air toward Hanoi, on the way to a new career in Southeast Asia.

What I’m getting into still isn’t entirely clear, but it’s easy to see what I’m getting out of:

The radiation belt.

For details, please see thebrinydeep.wordpress.com.

Hope to post a report from Hanoi soon.

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

This may be David Ritchie’s last post from Seoul, Korea. Email is the same.

Next stop, Hanoi


It’s my pleasure to announce a planned move to Hanoi, effective 3 May 2012. Email, Skype, and Twitter contact information will remain the same. Hope to hear from you in Vietnam!


Transalright's got him

30 June, 2012 — Yahoo bestseller-list author and Galloping Ghostwriter founder David Ritchie (10 Million Tigers) has teamed with the prestigious Transalright translation service in Hanoi, Vietnam, to provide top-quality English writing on demand for clients worldwide. 

Transalright provides expert translation services in numerous languages and now can also provide professional writing of any length for hire, in English.

David brings to work with Transalright 35 years’ experience as author and editor, including authorship of more than 20 published books. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Analog, Technology Review (MIT), High Technology, Technology Illustrated, Newsday, and many other publications. 

A former Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, David can produce anything clients may require, from articles, proposals, reports, website content, and blogs to nonfiction books, short stories, and novels.

For more information or to commission work, contact CEO Dr. Le Thi Thanh Ha, M.D. at Transalright, 308 X1 TT Truong Dinh, Tuong Mai, Hoang Mai, Ha Noi, Vietnam, Postcode: 10000, Email orchid0998@yahoo.com, Skype and Yahoo Messenger: orchid0998

He'd fail

This is unusual frankness. See if you agree:


(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie posts from Seoul, Korea. He went through public schools but learned to write anyway. (Thanks, Ms. Dickerson.) Email: kwriter@asia.com.

It pays to have a frank talk with friends. The same goes for characters in your story.

In the imagination, seat a character across from you at the table, beside you on the bus, or wherever. Then chat.

If your character really is a character, and not just a bunch of traits, then there’s no telling where the talk may lead.

So take notes. They’ll come in handy later.

Just now, for example, I’m writing the “Bigfoot Tales” stories for young readers, from Darakwon Press in Seoul.  

Bigfoot gives a good interview. Even better, he doesn’t mind if you ask a personal question now and then.

Here’s an exchange with him on Seoul’s No. 7 subway line, near Nowon Station:

Guess who else is riding.

Me: Mind if I bring up a delicate subject?

Bigfoot: Go ahead. Thick skin is a Bigfoot trait.

Me: Someone your size needs a lot of food. Where do you get protein? You need meat now and then. What — or whom — do you eat?

Bigfoot: Fish, mostly. My home is near the shore. And nothing tastes better than salmon.

Me: No ethical conflicts, then?

Bigfoot: No. Fish live in the sea. It’s outside my jurisdiction.

Me: Jurisdiction?

Bigfoot: As sheriff, I’m responsible only for the forest. Of course, I wouldn’t eat anyone there. Still, that rule is flexible.

Me: How do you mean?

Bigfoot: My friend the Great Owl eats snakes. But they have a bad reputation anyhow, so I look the other way. Who’s going to miss a snake here and there?

Me: You’re the sheriff. Does anyone ever try to bribe you?

Bigfoot: With what? I’ve got a good home, a great family, and enough to eat. What more could I want?

Me: Land?

(Laughter like nearby thunder.)

Bigfoot: Land isn’t mine to own. I just happen to live on one piece of it. Your people are the ownership freaks. Remember? 

Me: Humans aren’t greedy for land. We just want what’s next to ours.

… And so forth. No other passengers know they’re riding with a thoughtful, articulate, imaginary giant who hurls 5-kilogram rocks around like marbles and must bend over to get in the subway car.

As we get off the train, Bigfoot asks:

“I’m in the mood for fish and chips. Can you get that here?”

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie posts from Seoul, Korea. He is working on a third volume in the “Bigfoot Tales” series, in which an old opponent plots revenge on the Bigfoot family.