|Is it a career for you?|
Truth be told, the thrill of a byline never gets old. I admit that after many years of professional writing, and hundreds of pieces published, the “magic” has yet to disappear.
For the uninitiated, Ghost Writing is providing creative work without the benefit of a byline. The true author remains anonymous for a fee. Think of it as “role playing” on paper.
Other than copy writing, it's one of the most lucrative forms of writing around.
One friend shared how one of her first assignments paid her mortgage for seven months.
Why do people seek Ghost writers?
- Lack of time to produce quality results
- Lack of strong communication skills
- The desire to collaborate with someone who has expertise in certain areas
Here are some of the most common projects ghostwriters are often used for:
- Blog posts
The figures she provides are: book proposals going for $5000.00 to $10,000, and book projects starting at about $10,000.00.
So, if you're tired of finding new ways to fix Ramen Noodles, this might be something to explore this year. Based upon my experience here's what you can expect...
Ghostwriting projects categorically pay in advance of work being performed. If the assignment is long-term (like a book, for instance), payment is usually divided into thirds; with the final payment due upon completion.
No more chasing down the mailman, or waiting 30-90 days after publication to see a return on your sweat equity. No more "dreams deferred." It also cuts down time spent on collection efforts
and follow-up invoicing.
Clients that hire for a specific project, typically require assistance for other related written projects. For instance, someone in need of a person to help write a book quite often needs marketing and promotional work done as well.
Repeat business is usually easier to come by than cultivating new customers. It allows writers to "work smarter, not harder."
In exchange for the use of your work without a byline, ghost projects offer generous pay.
More pay means that you can be more selective about the other projects you take on. No more writing for content mills or bidding sites.
Ghosting however, is not suited for everyone.
Would you have a "ghost" of a chance at being successful in this field?
You would if you are...
- Able to keep confidences
- A person with a good work ethic
- Able to demonstrate a broad knowledge base
- Able to research well
- Good at managing your time and meeting deadlines
These are a few things to keep in mind as you seek to build your writing business and your bottom line. I highly recommend it. I think you'll find it to be love at first write!