What’s the essential characteristic of a ghost?
Well, that’s exactly what a ghostwriter is…invisible.
And, the ghostwriter is a powerful tool and a huge help to people who can’t seem to get their ideas into readable and publishable stories. Or, for people who don’t have the time to write themselves. Or, for people who don’t have the necessary skills to write a book.
The ghostwriter is kind of like a superhero in the writing world. She lifts you up and helps you create what you don’t have the time, energy, or skill to do yourself.
She is a modest gal and takes no recognition for her feat. The individual who hires her gets all the credit for the finished product. The ghostwriter gets paid for her services.
In other words, the ghostwriter can be a ‘dream fulfilling’ superhero.
Okay, maybe not a superhero, but you get the idea.
Moving quietly behind the scenes, the ghostwriter helps turn your dreams into reality.
Wait. Maybe she is a superhero!
What Can She Do?
• Does your story need a makeover?
• Do you have a story outline, but don’t know where to go from there?
• Do you have a story idea, but don’t know what to do with it?
• Fiction, nonfiction? Short story, long story? Essays? Speeches? White pages?
NO PROBLEM. There are ghostwriters to write in any niche.
How Does It Work?
The client (individual hiring the writer) may provide an idea, an outline, draft, a keyword, or topic. Or, he may need a piece rewritten.
The ghostwriter does her homework and accomplishes what is requested.
She turns whatever you have into an engaging and publishable story.
Does the Ghostwriter Ever Get Recognition?
It should be noted that in some instances ghostwriters do receive some recognition or credit. This is something the client and writer decide upon. The cost of the project may be less if credit is given. But, most often the ghostwriter remains anonymous.
In other instances the ghostwriter may reduce his fee for a percentage of the profits from the finished product.
Is Ghostwriting Popular?
According to the article, “What is a Ghostwriter?” by Gary McLaren, “Statistics are hard to come by since many people don’t want to reveal that their book or other content is ghosted. But, some industry estimates suggest that up to fifty percent of all non-fiction books are ghostwritten.”
A couple of famous ghostwriters are:
– Barbara Feinman ghostwrote, It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us by Hillary Clinton.
– H.P. Lovecraft was a ghostwriter for Harry Houdini.
– A.E. Hotchner ghostwrote the autobiographies for Doris Day and Sophie Loren
– And, you have series writers like Tom Clancy and James Patterson who share authorship with their ghostwriters.
– Even the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series have ghostwriters.
Confidentiality and the Ghostwriter
Professional ghostwriters will absolutely keep your idea, outline, draft, or other information offered completely confidential.
If you’d feel more comfortable with that in writing, s/he would certainly supply you with a NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
Obviously, it may be difficult for a ghostwriter to obtain testimonials from all her clients, so when looking for one you should ask for samples of her writing in addition to testimonials.
Another tip to hiring a ghostwriter is to check if her site is active and professional looking. Is there a helpful blog?
If you’re interested in a ghostwriter, ask for a brief phone consult or send an email to start a conversation . . . get a feel for the writer.
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Let me take a look at it. I’m a working children’s ghostwriter, rewriter, and editor. I can turn your story into an engaging and publishable book.
Shoot me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (please put Children’s Writing Help in the Subject line). Or, you can give me a call at 834—347—6700