Steve Wozniak on Collabowriting

Rachel Metz’s August 24th Wired News interview with Steve Wozniak starts with his new book, IWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.

I haven’t read the book, but was particularly interested in what Woz had to say about working with co-author Gina Smith. The process he described sounded very familiar: he recorded a series of anecdotes which she then combined into a chronological narrative, and the manuscript went back and forth from there, including a session where they read the entire thing aloud to make sure all of it was really in Wozniak’s voice.

You can play or download the file below. The book occupies approximately the first ten minutes. It’s a nice demonstration that ghostwriting for celebrities works the same way as ghostwriting for anyone else—though it pays better.

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