A ghostwriter writes your book or blog, but you get all the credit. Sounds pretty good, does’t it? Of course, you’ll pay for the service, which is why it can be a good deal for the ghostwriter too.
Your ghostwriter takes your creative ideas and turns them into the book (or other product) you would have written if you’d had the time, the inclination or the skill. You’ve got the idea, the story, the dream you recognize should be turned into a book.
Working closely with you I turn that idea into great writing – writing that fulfills and even exceeds your reader’s need to be informed, moved, entertained and excited.
Here’s what one satisfied customer of mine said:
Over a five week period of time I would meet with Anne once a week. Each week she would give us her writing based on the conversation we had the previous week. Each week I marveled at her result. The only thing I could think of saying was, ”did you write that or did I? That was exactly what I wanted to say”; and she said it better than I could have said it. THANK YOU!!!”
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What kind of relationship is ghostwriting?
Ghostwriting is an oddly intimate relationship. Your ghost has to be able to get in your head enough so the final words sound as if you’d written them. A good ghostwriter leaves their own personality behind and steps, in a way, into yours.
How can I trust a ghostwriter?
Good ghostwriters are good at keeping secrets, including the fact that they wrote your book, blog, article, etc. They should offer, or at least be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Here’s a sample of the one I use, which can be amended to suit you.
How do I get the information from my head to the ghostwriter’s?
There are all sorts of ways for you to get the information needed to the ghost, including:
- If you’ve given a class, the class notes can be a good place to start. If there’s a recording that can be transcribed into text.
- The ghost interviews you either by phone (the most efficient) or face-to-face to get the information.
- You write (or maybe already have written) rough drafts of all or most of the information that the ghost takes and works with.
- You’ve written the whole manuscript, but it needs fixing. This is often called book doctoring and isn’t quite ghostwriting.
Or some combination of these and other methods.
What do I need to have in place before I hire a ghostwriter?
It really helps if you have a clear Vision for your book. That is, you know what you want to write about, who you want to write it for and why you want to write it. If you need help getting clear on these elements before deciding you want to proceed I offer Get Clear About Your Book Coaching.
What can I expect from a ghostwriter?
There are several things you can expect from your ghostwriter, inculding:
- Guidance through the book writing process.
- Help in making the trade publisher / self-publish decision.
- Of course, the writing.
What will I have to actually do?
Although you are hiring someone to do the writing for you, you need to participate if the project is to be completed successfully. Such participation probably includes:
- Regular attendance at meetings with your ghost – on the phone (the most efficient), or face-to-face or a combination.
- Timely return of manuscript drafts with edits and comments. This is probably the most time consuming from your point of view. But it is up to you to correct errors of fact and of tone and to make sure the whole book reflects what you want it to reflect.
- The ability to pay the ghostwriter. Unless you’ve already got a publisher lined up for your story it’s unfair to expect a ghostwriter to work on only the hope that the book will make money. There may be rare exceptions to this ‘rule,’ but they are indeed rare.
You may also be asked to pay someone to transcribe tape recordings, pay for final proofreading or copy editing (both you and your ghost will be too close to the project to do a truly excellent job of proofreading,) and if you’re self-publishing, to provide cover design and even interior book design if you want something fancy.
I’ve Got Questions
As well you should. Hiring a ghostwriter can seem daunting, but I’m pretty easy to talk with, either by phone or email. Contact me and we’ll find out if I’m the right person; if I’m not I’ll try to point you in the right direction.