Do you have an idea for an epic book and dream of getting it published? If you’re reading this, the answer probably is a resounding “Yes!” However, if you’re like the average author, you probably haven’t been able to find a way to complete it. You may have concluded that you might need a little help. Hiring a ghostwriter can certainly bring that dream to fruition. But how do you find a ghostwriter? It’s tough to know who could possibly be the right person to see your project through to the end.
Just doing a search in Google for the term “ghostwriter” will provide a myriad of results. Many of the top results will be large corporations that subcontract out to thousands of writers. These writers are usually paid a fraction of their worth as the middleman takes the lion’s share of the fee.
Finding someone to help you complete your book can be a bit overwhelming if you have no clear plan of action in place. Here are a few tips to help you make sense of it all and find a ghostwriter to be your voice.
Avoid cheap writers
There are freelance sites like Fiverr, where you can find someone willing to do the job. They charge much less than the market generally demands. While that might sound appealing, you should be hearing the faint echo of blaring warning sounds. If you know that the average ghostwriter bids $25,000 to $60,000 to write a full-length book, and requires six to twelve months to complete the project, it doesn’t make sense for someone to bid $500.
There’s a reason for the low bid. If you hire someone for a tenth of the price, you’ll wind up with a subpar product. Trust me, you will need to rewrite the book once it is delivered. And please check for plagiarism! By the end of the unpleasant process, you’ll probably be so frustrated that you’ll be less likely to continue. Chances are the book will never get written.
Here are a few tips to help you find a ghostwriter who will see your project through to the end.
Establish a realistic budget
Finding a ghostwriter starts by establishing your budget. You need to know what you can spend before you start looking.
Don’t be shy about discussing your budget early on in the conversation with your prospective ghostwriters. I’ve noticed that some authors hesitate to tell me what they want to spend when I consult them. Sometimes they just don’t know.
If you only have a few thousand dollars, you’ll need to write the book yourself and hire an editor. Editors range from $1,000 – $5,000, depending on what kind of editor you hire. Check out my article: Different Kinds of Editors to learn more about this area.
If you only have a few hundred dollars, you can hire a writing consultant by the hour. Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in hiring a coach.
If you know your budget before you begin your search to find a ghostwriter, it will save you a lot of time.
Check work samples
If you have a budget to hire a ghostwriter, it’s time to do a little research. Be sure to check their work samples and any books they may have published ahead of time. Do this before contacting them if possible.
There is no better indicator of the type of work someone can produce for you than the work they have already published. Professional writers have varying styles. Find a writer who writes in a style you and your readers would enjoy reading. If you don’t like the writer’s samples, chances are you won’t like how they tackle your book.
Establish a rapport
Once you get through the initial stages of research and are drawn to a particular ghostwriter, take the time to talk to her. The writing process is a very bonding experience. Most likely, you’ll be immediately drawn to the right writer. If not, keep looking.
Remember you will work closely with this ghostwriter for the next year or so. If you’re writing a memoir, you’ll need to open up to her and share very intimate details. If you don’t have a strong rapport right from the start, the book will reflect that.
It’s been my experience that whenever a client puts off a project too long, the project never gets completed. It is rare that someone postpones for more than a month and then does what is required to publish a book. Keep in mind that it will take about a year to write your book and then another few months to self-publish it. When you consider that, now is a good time to start!
Finding a quality ghostwriter to deliver your book doesn’t have to be a haunting, I mean daunting task (a little friendly ghost humor). I am always happy to answer all of your questions and give you advice about the ghostwriting process.
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