So You Want to Write a Book!

Would you like to write a book? Good! You should!

Do you need to hire someone to help you? It depends.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have the time to write a book?
  • Do you know how to structure a book?
  • Can you motivate yourself to complete it on your own?
  • In the end, can you write a book others will want to read?

If you have answered “YES” to each of these questions, there is no reason to hire a ghostwriter. You should at least try to write your book yourself. When you’re done, it would be good to hire an editor to review your manuscript. They will catch any errors and advise you on flow issues.

If you answered “yes” to some of these questions and “no” to others, you might consider hiring a ghostwriter to help you. Work with your writer to complete your book. Hire them to work on the areas where you need help. For instance, if you have trouble structuring your book (deciding how it should flow), you might hire a writer to help you create the outline.

Or if you know exactly what you plan to write, but know that you won’t finish it this year, hire a writer to write the book with you. Writers are deadline oriented. We will push ourselves to complete the project.

If you really don’t know how to write a book, don’t know where to start, you can hire a ghostwriter, give him or her a basic idea of the story or book concept, provide them with basic research material then turn the project over to them completely. This is perfectly acceptable. The book is still yours and you will be the author.

There is no reason why you cannot write a book! Wouldn’t it be great to walk into your local bookstore and see your book, with your name on the cover? Either write it yourself or hire someone to help you.

Laura Sherman (86 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.