Find the Best Ghostwriting Method for You

Find the ghostwriting method that works for you

If you’re looking to hire a writer, you might be curious about the various options. There are a variety of ghostwriting methods I use when helping someone write a book or a series of articles. I select the process based on what the author needs and how developed his idea might be. After all, in the end, my client is my writing partner, and each relationship is quite different. If you’re interested in hiring me, please pop me an email and tell me which ghostwriting method makes the most sense to you.

Ghostwriting Method 1: Your ideas, my words

The most common request I get is to write a book based on a rough sketch or outline of a book concept. The author has ideas, but hasn’t had the time to form the words. After all, writing fifty thousand words is time consuming. It can take over a year.

In this case, I take all the written material my client has compiled and then I interview him or her. After that phase, I’ll do independent research and write a detailed outline. Once my client approves that, I’ll start writing and send pages as I complete sections.

Ghostwriting Method 2: Your ideas, your words

This option is surprisingly rare. Most people who have never written a book don’t know how to structure their ideas or material into a complete manuscript. They also have trouble communicating their thoughts so that others can understand them. And while some are able to write, most don’t have the time, which is why they’ve come to me.

However, there are times when a client has found the time to write but will submit pages to me to be rewritten. I use their words but restructure the flow and fix any other issues the author has been struggling with.

Some clients hire me on an hourly basis to be their ghostwriting consultant. They really want to write their own book, but need a friendly safety net. I’m happy to teach them the process and rules of writing, while encouraging them to complete their books.

Ghostwriting Method 3: My ideas, my words

This option is also rare, but once in a while a client will give me a broad topic and a few scattered ideas, and asks me to provide all the rest of the material. I know it may sound strange, but if the topic is within my scope, I can write an entire book based on my researched knowledge. A few years ago, a client handed me two pages of notes about his great-great-grandparents journey to America. He wanted a fictionalized account of their possible adventures as they struggled to make it across our great land.

In this case, the book still belongs to the client. It always belongs to them because it is their concept and therefore they are the author.

Method 4: Researched ideas, my words

One common request I get from clients is to write a book or series of articles about a specific non-fiction topic. I often know very little about the subject. Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to do research. You can learn about practically anything these days using the internet.

I like to ask my clients to provide websites they recommend, so that I follow their philosophy and can work from accurate data on their niche market. Once I have the starting point, it’s easy to navigate through the rest.

 

I have twenty years of experience working with clients using these four different ghostwriting methods. I’m comfortable with any of them. Some clients hire me for multiple projects, using a variety of methods from one project to the next. If you’d like advice on the best ghostwriting method for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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    What Is a Ghostwriter?

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    What is a ghostwriter?

    I’ve learned it is a rather unusual concept for many people, so I wanted to clarify a few points.

    Let’s start with a basic definition: Ghostwriters are professional writers who write for other people.

    Who hires a ghostwriter?

    Most of my clients are business men and women who don’t have the time to write a book themselves, but have something important to share. Many want to share their personal life story, while others want a business book to teach others what they know. Sometimes people want to write a best-selling novel and need a little help.

    Who owns the book in the end?

    Ghostwriters hand over the rights to the book when the project is completed and become a “ghost.” Sometimes, we get a “with” credit on the cover or an acknowledgement inside, but other times we are sworn to secrecy.

    What do ghostwriters write?

    I have been hired to write many books and articles. Sometimes, people need help with blog articles, too. I enjoy helping my clients find their writer’s voice!

    It might surprise you the varied requests I receive. One client hired me to write a letter to an older gentleman who was on his death bed, while another asked me to pen a letter to the editor regarding a highly controversial subject.

    Ghostwriters are most often asked to write books. Some specialize in a particular genre, while others write books in many different genres. I have written fiction, memoirs and prescriptive nonfiction (which are typically how-to books).

    Isn’t it unethical to take credit for a book written by a ghostwriter?

    No, not at all! It would be if you stole my work (that is, if you took my words without my permission). That’s plagiarism. This is different, because they are your ideas and you’re hiring a ghostwriter to present them.

    My clients and I usually have a contract, where we spell out the details of the relationship. It’s always very clear that the book goes to the author, the person hiring the ghostwriter. Yes, you ARE the author. Without you, there would be no book.

    Are some of the bestselling books really ghostwritten?

    Yes! I just read a figure that states an estimated forty percent of published books are ghostwritten. It makes sense. Most people either don’t have the time to write a book, since they take hundreds of hours a piece to write!

    Okay, now for a pop quiz…

    What is a ghostwriter?

    A. A writer who writes scary stories.

    B. A recently deceased writer who completes a book postmortem.

    C. A person who writes for someone else.

    D. Casper!

    If you have an answer E, please email me and let me know!

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