For the last fifteen years, I have provided high-quality ghostwriter services to clients all over the world. Over that span of time, I have worked as a contractor with some of the biggest agencies in the world, as well as on my own. I love the business and feel right at home in the process of helping someone like you get your story down on the page.
One of the things I learned early on is that clarity and understanding make for successful projects for both client and ghostwriter alike.
I like to be clear about how I provide ghostwriter services. I encourage a thorough interview process because when my clients Google “how to hire a ghostwriter” they’re not really sure what they’re going to get back.
This topic is so important to me, in fact, I wrote a book on the subject. Hopefully, this blog will clarify the baselines of what you should expect.
Ghostwriter Services Are Professional
I know of a few providers of ghostwriter services who moonlight. They take on assignments to fund their vacations, college funds, student loan burdens, etc… By and large however, a ghostwriter offers a professional level writing service as a prominent part of their living.
I hate to cut so quickly to the chase, but if a ghostwriter does not get paid, a vital part of the equation is missing. You wouldn’t expect your mechanic to work for free because he loves cars, would you?
Paying for ghostwriter services assures both parties of getting what they need. The ghostwriter is afforded the time and space to complete the contracted work to the best of their ability, and for the client, that professional connection assures that they get what they want.
You’re more likely to demand what you want if you’re paying for it, right?
Ghostwriting Means No Credit
This may be one of the few carte blanche statements I can make here. The “ghost” in “ghostwriting” implies invisible.
A ghostwriter gets paid. You, the client, gets the credit for the work (as well as the future payments, royalties, and any of the juicy franchise rights to follow), which ends up being a pretty good return on investment.
Often, I’m approached with offers of credit in exchange for my services. The offer usually plays out something like this… you take partial credit for the project for less (or no) money.
I understand the impulse to ask. A top notch ghostwriter costs money. Frankly, no matter how many times I hear it, I respectfully listen. But each time, I decline. Here are a few of the reasons.
I like to tell prospects that if I wanted to work entirely on spec, I would write my own book or screenplay.
Working on spec is a lot of risk, so why hand it over?
Ghostwriters Are Flexible
You’ve likely gathered that ghostwriting can look like a variety of things. I like to say, I’m not out here selling car wax (if I was, it would be a lot simpler!). Because of the broad, open definition, there is a flexibility to the scope of work, project benchmarks, pricing and agreement structures.
Ghostwriters need payment, something up front usually, but after that the breakdown is open. A freelance ghostwriter is even more flexible.
After fifteen years in the business, I have seen everything. I say that though, knowing each time I’m sure that statement is true, I find myself in a new, extraordinary project.
The moral of the story is to ask.
Ghostwriting Is A Service
A poorly organized ghostwriting project can quickly spiral out of control, for both the writer and the client. Knowing this is why all of my projects are structured on a contracted basis.
A simple “ghostwriting terms of service'” is written out, discussed with specifics negotiated before money is sent, or pen hits paper. I describe each definition, discuss industry specific “ghostwriting” terminology and spell out timelines.
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