The concept of ghostwriting makes perfect sense. It allows for those who have expertise in an area, but are not the most proficient writers, to express themselves in well honed, well written books and articles. It also allows for writers to make money behind the strengths of well known names, since celebrities and experts can sell books based on their name recognition and, or, expertise in a field.
Writing is one of the few professions where you can actually pay someone to do the work for you. In fact, the position even has a name – ghostwriter. Sure, others have tried to use the same strategy, such as Mili Vanilli and numerous politicians, but it is not quite the same thing. Ghostwriting is actually a means by which an expert in a field or a well-known personality tells his or her story through the crafted words of a professional writer. The difference, however, from a collaboration, is that for marketing reasons, and/or egotistical reasons, the writer simply remains invisible.
A chaplain I know has approached me about ghostwriting a book on his experience in overseas last year. I’ve never ghostwritten professionally before, and I’m concerned that websites I’ve surfed for information on ghostwriting may be money-making businesses rather than true ghostwriting sites for real writers. Do you know where I can find some valid information on going rates for ghostwriters, how they get paid, if the proposal costs extra or should be included in the total cost, etc.?
The previous article I wrote for WritersWeekly.com, The Good Life of Ghostwriting, brought a wave of email questions, most of which were from writers wanting to know how to market their services as a ghostwriter. Ah, the $64,000 question: where do I find clients? How do I let them know what I do? How do […]
One of the primary reasons I first became a book ghost rather than a freelancer writer has to do with statistics. Book industry insiders estimate that 50% or more of all traditionally published books in today’s market are worked on by one or more ghost/book doctor/line editor. In the self-publishing world, the percentage is probably […]