Find the Best Ghostwriting Method for You


Which ghostwriting method works best for you as a writer?

If you’re new to ghostwriting and wish to hire someone to help you write your memoir, novel, or business book, you might be wondering about the various options open to you. When I interview a prospective client, I find the ghostwriting method that best suits them. This applies to ghostwriting a book or a series of articles.

My ghostwriting process is often the same, but the method for getting the information varies. Since my client is my writing partner, and each relationship is quite different, it’s important to determine the best ghostwriting method early on.

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 from my client. The author has ideas but hasn’t had the time to form the words. After all, writing fifty thousand words is time-consuming. It usually takes me a year to complete a book.

With this method, 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 sending pages as I complete sections.

Ghostwriting Method 2: Your ideas, your words

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 can 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 a first draft. They submit the pages to me to be rewritten. Their words help me create a good written voice for them. I can sometimes use some of the passages directly, but typically I need to start over from scratch as the flow and structure aren’t quite there.

Some clients hire me on an hourly basis to be their ghostwriting consultant. In this case, they often feel it is important that they write their own book, but understand they need a friendly safety net. I’m happy to coach them through the writing process and teach them the rules of writing while encouraging them to complete their books.

Ghostwriting Method 3: My ideas, my words

This option is 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 content. This applies to business books and novels. 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-grandparent’s journey to America. He wanted a fictionalized account of their possible adventures as they struggled to make it across our great land. I hired outside help to uncover his family’s history using the information I had. It was fascinating! 

Even with this method, the finished manuscript still belongs to the client. They are the author and I’m just a ghost.

Method 4: Researched ideas, my words

I’ve also had clients hire me to write short eBooks about a subject to do with their business. In those cases, the client often gives me a few notes on the topic and points me in the direction of good source material. Then I can write a book or series of articles based on the information I research.

To start I often know very little about the subject. Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to do research using the internet and the library. 


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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