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❶Alternatively you can read resources on my own blog about ghostwriting in music on dypublishing: Then you have to have enough skill to write in the voice of the person your ghosting for.

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Find her on Twitter stacyennis. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. My friend just wrote a book and did it by hiring someone else.

I had no idea that ghostwriting even existed! Thanks for the advice about how it works and that you should find a writer that works best with you. But you need to be willing to put in the time and energy to develop an intimate relationship with your client to make it work. You need to take the […]. Thanks for the overview of the steps. This will be valuable to many clients. Initial meeting phone or video conference: The client and ghostwriter meet and see if they have the right chemistry for working together.

During this conversation, the ghostwriter often asks several questions to get an overview of the project. The ghostwriter sends a project proposal. Once the proposal is signed, the project is a go. The ghostwriter conducts one to three recorded interviews by phone or video conferencing, which are then transcribed. From those interviews, the ghostwriter puts together a two- to ten-page or so book outline, which the client then revises.

Over three to five days, the ghostwriter interviews the client, again recording for transcription. This will sometimes result in more than single-spaced pages of transcripts! After the interviews, the ghostwriter creates an expanded book outline, anywhere from fifteen to fifty pages in length, depending on the complexity of the book. So I put an ad in a local paper to ghostwrite and copyedit, realizing I could make more money writing for others than myself.

Very quickly I got my first ghostwriting job and the book won an award, so I was encouraged. Of my three major ghostwriting projects to date, all three were referrals and, as far as I know, never posted online. Thanks for an interesting post. I ghostwrite fiction and have done for around a year and a half. I never was that cheap! Thanks for sharing part of your story Shah. Are you working with self-publishing authors who have an idea for a story and want you to turn it into something worth reading?

Pricing is often a pain, and much of it depends on what your client has allotted to spend, what they think it should cost, and how well you sell yourself. Yes, my clients are mostly self-publishers who need a quick turnaround and high output. Sometimes they provide a very basic outline, other times they provide just a genre, a word count, and I do the rest. This work teaches me about writing, specifically about planning ahead and outlining with story beats, and to write fast while avoiding redundancies and fluff.

In many ways, this is a great area to begin ghostwriting. But of course, I do want to move on to better things. Thanks Blake for sharing this post with us. I am just starting out in the world of freelancing. I recently did a small ghost writing job for a client on Elance and at the end of it I had conflicting thoughts.

For a while I felt like a surrogate mother who had carried a baby throughout the nine months gestation only to hand it over to another woman and earn no credit for her effort.

What is your experience with search conflicts and what do others say? Nice metaphor, and true. I tend to look at it as pure business. I stand to make more from ghostwriting than I do from royalties off my own books. Now, that may not always be the case, as you never know when a book may go big. Plus, for me, ghostwriting keeps me on my toes and keeps me writing consistently and with high standards.

I enjoy the process and consider myself fortunate to be in such a position. When their book does well whether in sales or in helping others , I celebrate with them, albeit quietly and in the shadows. Thanks for this article, Blake. Always great to hear how others are breaking into such fields. I, myself, have been freelancing editing for the past decade or so, probably much longer really, and have recently expanded my business to include writing content and communications materials.

I have also been lucky to have been ghostwriting several blog posts for local marketing companies. Would you mind sharing how you landed those gigs for other people that might be reading these comments?

Getting serious about writing at age Writing fiction for years and freelanced for local newspaper but never considered ghostwriting. Maybe good writing is good writing. And how much research is necessary for either genre?

Is the ghostwriter ultimately responsible for factual content? Interested in your thoughts. I do think you need particular talents and experience to write for each. Today I teach other writers how to be ghostwriters as well. Your mind and your heart will be stretched, and your tolerance and compassion will grow. In order to write as someone else, you must understand them on a deep level. You will learn how others think — even others radically different than you.

Like actors, ghostwriters play many roles, just on the page instead of the stage. Unlike an actor, a ghostwriter is not constrained by their gender, age, race or culture. I am a middle-aged white American woman from the West Coast. And guess what I discovered? Could you share some insight, re: By the word, or hour or? I tend to bid on projects, I get them, and the work takes much longer than expected.

Quoting is always a challenge. Use a tool like Toggl. Build in checkpoints in your contract, i. The client owes so much after three chapters have been written, etc. This could help prevent scope creep.

Either way, you should know that these speed bumps are more than likely going to happen—so build in time for that and be sure you get paid for that time.

Excellent article and equally excellent responses to those who commented. I do some ghostwriting as a secondary function of my main writing job. I write for a non-profit — copy, position papers, board presentation, fundraising letters, etc.

But the fun part is ghosting editorial pieces for legislators who wish to support the cause. I look up voting records, newspaper articles, etc. To me, the best part of ghostwriting is the chance to get completely out of yourself — forget about yourself and help someone else shine. Then you have to have enough skill to write in the voice of the person your ghosting for. And THEN you have to get out of your comfort zone and make those connections.

All salient points Brian. Yet I also think that a lot of the writing life is spent in that purgatory between deep pride and utter self-loathing: Like many others, I fell into it by accident. I lost my job, unemployment ran out and I needed to make money fast. I applied to a ghostwriting gig on Elance. Thanks for sharing your story, Kristen.

There are few success stories quite like being able to do what you love and being able to support yourself while doing it. It was really thought-provoking to me. Thanks for that and for the useful tips. I appreciate the help! A Lucrative Niche for Writers: How to Become a Ghostwriter by Blake Atwood.

No more waiting on royalties like you would for writing your own books! With the right clients, you can earn substantially more than other writing services you provide. No need for marketing. You can keep emotional distance. The subject matter is fascinating. When you choose the right clients, you learn as you write: It will make you a better writer. Ghostwriting consistently challenges your writing skills. Be patient Ten thousand hours is 1.

Mike Loomis started in multimedia curriculum development and book and product marketing before realizing he could help authors through offering ghostwriting services. Such a amazing article. If anybody interested in ghostwriting so, read A Complete Guide to Ghostwriting. I think this is a good read and informative.

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