Imagine having a concept or an idea in mind but no clear idea on what to say or how to say it. A ghostwriter takes your idea(s) and does the work to place your ideas into a book, blog, website copy, newsletter or other piece of work. The best part is you retain the rights and the credit.
Sounds like a great idea right? Whether you don’t have the time, the knack or ability, your ghostwriter works with you to bring your idea to the page or screen.
By working with you, I turn the concept that you’ve been dreaming of into great writing that not simply meets your audience’s need to be enlightened, enthused or excited – but surpasses it.
Q & A with your Ghostwriter
Is there any thing I need to do before contacting a ghostwriter?
Yes. Have as clear of a picture of your idea in mind. You should know what you want written, who it’s going to be for (your audience), and why you want it written. A good ghostwriter can get you from concept to publication. Often times, a ghostwriter will help your idea become clearer and map out a plan for your writing if you don’t have one but having a basic idea of what you want helps the process go faster.
How do I know I can trust a ghostwriter?
It’s not just a ghostwriter’s job to keep your secrets but keep your best interests in mind. That includes ensuring you as the author is on the project so you may take the credit. A good ghostwriter will have no problem signing a non-disclosure contract. I have a contract that includes a non-disclosure for most projects and can be tailored to your project.
How will I contribute to this project?
Ideally you bring the concept to the table. However, your participation is a bit more involved than you might think. In order for the project to be successful you’ll be required to participate in the following ways:
- Meet regularly with your ghostwriter – either in person, over video conference or by phone or any combination. I’m pretty flexible and leave the ball in your court as to what you’re comfortable with.
- Return edits and and comments to the project in a timely manner. This is probably the hardest part and the most time consuming but it’s what keeps the project moving. However, it’s up to you, the author, to correct errors and make sure your voice is properly represented.
- This goes without saying but paying the ghostwriter in a timely fashion. Unless arrangements were made at the beginning of the project it’s not fair to assume I will work for free on the hope that your project will be published (in the case of a book manuscript). This requirement is the same even if you have a live and active website, blog or newsletter already and I’m writing the content for it. I’m fairly reasonable in payment terms and payment schedules but it’s not unrealistic to expect to be paid for services rendered.