People often don’t understand exactly why you should use the services of a professional ghostwriter. I’ll try to answer this question within this article, at least somewhat. These ideas come from my freelance writing experience, which I’ve had since before 1980. And my online affordable ghostwriting services business experience, as of 2003 and further, involving over 300 books, films and other projects.
For one thing, in order to become a proper ghostwriter, you must start out as a professional freelance writer. Or you must begin as some type of professional writer, working for pay for other people. If not, you’ll require an English (or other language or languages) degree(s) at an established university. Unless you’ve got “mad skills” at writing by yourself. Even then, you really must work as a writer and be published several times, in many different places.
Then, it becomes a matter of setting up your shingle. Online, this is done by setting up a ghostwriting services website. Also by being on social networks, joining writer’s groups… endless finding ways to promote your ghostwriting business. There is a lot on and offline. Join lots of writing, editing, marketing, publishing and other groups, activities and organizations.
You might start out as a book manuscript editor – pretty good work. Charging much less, until you get your feet in the doors you seek. You might be able to churn out great copy that follows guidelines. Or otherwise write well enough. But your work usually needs editing as you go.
Also, that you can make pretty decent money. As a freelance writer, working as a ghostwriter. Anywhere from $24,000 to $500,000 USD or more per year. People gripe about it all the time, as though it’s such an arduous chore. It’s just a way for your author clients who don’t really write. Or who don’t have the time. Or the skills. And they hire a professional freelance writer, the ghostwriter. To work on their book, screenplay, music, business documents or other ghostwriting services project. Our agency does that all the time.
Then, the author usually takes the credit for the work. But the ghostwriter gets upfront pay. For turning out hopefully excellent written copy. The author gets the credit, the ghost gets the money. Sometimes, if marketing goes well, the author also gets payment for the work published or otherwise sold under their own name. Instead of under the ghostwriter’s name. This is not plagiarism, poor man’s work, or anything else so awful. Ghostwriters can make decent money. Helping author clients take ideas out into full fruition. how to publish a book
A lot of these authors are celebrities. There are also memoirs written by ordinary people, who need professional assistance. Sometimes, partial credit is shared, with an “As told to So and So” the ghostwriter. You can run a whole ghostwriting services agency this way. With shared credit instead of only upfront pay. But nowadays, most ghosts accept just payment(s) in advance. Check it out carefully before you hire a ghost or do any work as a ghost. You don’t want to get in over your head. Writing for someone and not getting paid for it.
The idea in general is the ghost gets paid upfront. Then the author gets professional, polished work. When the author doesn’t have time to write it themselves. Nor the skills. Or the established knowledge in their fields. At least, not enough of it for a great job of work. A lot of business people hire ghosts to write their copy. Because they simply are not writers themselves. Or they can write, but something precludes it. Time is of the essence, you know? Business people and memoir clients especially seek out our help.