What You Need To Know Before Hiring A Ghostwriter

By on December 24, 2020

Hiring a ghostwriter can be a great way to get your book written and have a professional organize your thoughts and ideas into something that is worth reading. While some writers feel that hiring a ghostwriter is ‘cheating,’ others are very open about the fact they do and feel perfectly okay with a ghostwriter helping them become successful.

So is hiring a ghostwriter the right choice for you? Let’s look at the benefits.

There are many reasons why hiring a ghost writer might be tempting:

You can present your thoughts and ideas more clearly and professionally. If you have great ideas but find it difficult to find the words to convey them into something people will be excited to read. In that case, a ghostwriter with lots of experience can be a great option.

Frees up your time to build your brand

Nowadays, the role of an author isn’t just to write. If you want to be successful you have to invest time in building a brand. A ghostwriter can be ideal if you need someone to keep churning out on brand, consistent content so you can focus on marketing and keeping your readers interested.

Eases the pressure of completing your novel

Many writers put so much pressure on themselves to finish their novels, and this can be an overwhelming, time consuming, and lonely task. By collaborating with a ghostwriter to help take some of the workload it can feel as though a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Building a relationship with a ghostwriter means they will become familiar with your style and will be able to help you out in the long term too. 

So what do you bing to the table?

Hiring a ghostwriter doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any of the work. You will still be the creative and have to bring the ideas and share your plot, characters, your world, and anything else that will help ensure the ghostwriter creates the story you have in mind. You can’t just expect a ghostwriter to write the entire book for you - if they were willing to do this they might as well take credit for the book themselves. Rather, you need to provide them with outlines, details, and snippets of your work, and they will take all this and polish and add and recreate it to make it something better. The more you ask of a ghostwriter, the larger premium they will charge.

The kind of information you will need to agree beforehand includes:

The word count

A deadline

A contract agreement that both parties must sign before starting

A cost estimation

There are lots of places you can look for a ghostwriter such as Upwork, Reedsy, Bookwitchery, The Writers for Hire, to name up a few. Make sure you do your research and conduct a face-to-face interview before you agree on anything to make sure that your ghostwriter has the experience and ability to write for your specific need. 

Hiring a ghostwriter is a useful way for writers to get some help crafting and creating their novels. They aren’t cheap but can be a great way to achieve your goals as an author. 

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