Hiring a Ghostwriter

19749453_sHiring a ghostwriter is a major undertaking. You are about to enter into a long-term relationship with someone who will step inside your shoes, learning to write with your voice.

Make sure this person is a good match for you by interviewing the writer a few times, preparing questions ahead of time. Examples of topics to cover are:

  • The number of books they have ghostwritten
  • Testimonials from past clients
  • Their writing forte
  • Their current schedule

In addition you should Google their name and see what comes up. If they are a successful writer, their books, interviews and articles should pop up. If the proverbial crickets chirp (dead silence), you know they aren’t very well established (or they have chosen to keep off the internet).

It is a good idea to test your top candidates. Never ask a writer to write for free. No professional ghostwriter should agree to that (if they do, they’re far too desperate, which should be a red flag). However, you can ask them to write a few pages for you for a fee. You’re not only checking out their ability to write, but you should also observe their process. How do they respond to your feedback? How quickly do they answer your emails? These are vital points to consider when hiring a ghostwriter.

Most ghostwriters will give you a free consultation. This is a good time to talk to them about your project, giving them a chance to give you their thoughts on your book’s structure. How would they tackle the opening chapter? For instance if you’re writing your memoirs, you wouldn’t start with the day you were born. That approach rarely works, as it is typically rather boring.

You should enjoy the process of hiring a ghostwriter. And enjoy the process of turning your vision into a bestselling book!

Additional articles you might find helpful:

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Ghostwriter?

Should you hire a local ghostwriter?

Working with a Ghostwriter – What steps should you take?

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Laura Sherman (97 Posts)

Laura Sherman, a.k.a. “Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter,” is a professional ghostwriter and author. She enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and is happiest when juggling multiple projects. She recently authored “Chess Is Child’s Play” to introduce the next generation to the game of kings and queens. As a parent of three, and one of the top 50 women chess players in the United States, Laura wrote this book to teach any parent to teach any child, of any age, to play chess.