“Should I hire a ghostwriter?”
Is this a question plaguing you late at night?
Perhaps you have a great book idea but don’t know how to go about starting it. After all, writing a full-length book takes hundreds of hours and a lot of expertise.
After talking to countless prospective clients, I’ve discovered that most people are mid a book project. Some have been spinning their wheels for a few months, while others have been stuck for a few years. A few people even tell me that they’ve been working on a book for more than a decade!
Writing a book is often a goal that burns deep within a writer. People ache to hold that completed book in their hands. I can promise you, that desire will not disappear over time. It might just strengthen.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why shouldn’t I just write the book myself? Why should I hire a ghostwriter to write it for me?”
Well, if you hire a ghostwriter to write your book, you’ll receive quite a few benefits. Some may surprise you. Here are 10 good reasons to hire a ghostwriter:
Hiring a ghostwriter saves you time
Give an honest look at your life. Do you really have time to write a book right now? Even if you gave yourself another two weeks, that probably won’t make a difference.
Most of my clients are busy CEOs or successful businessmen and women. They have trouble carving out a few hours a week to spend time with their family or go out to dinner with friends. For these people, I would imagine that setting aside hundreds of hours to write a book would be impossible.
Most likely, if you can’t budget the time to complete your book now, you won’t find the time in a few months. It just won’t happen without a little help.
Many authors hire ghostwriters
Many books that you know and love have been ghostwritten. Check it out on your favorite search engine. You may be surprised!
If you can, look through books at your favorite bookstore. How many mention a writer in the acknowledgment section? Most likely that person was the ghostwriter.
Some people fear that it isn’t quite ethical to hire a ghostwriter. That’s a very personal decision and I wouldn’t presume to advise you on your own moral code. However, it might help you to know that there are many freelance writers out there helping busy successful people find their written voice.
You gain writing experience when you hire a ghostwriter
If you talk to an accomplished writer, you’ll find that they found their voice, their style, after they penned a few hundred thousand words. It takes experience, dedication, and drive.
You may not wish to invest the time required to write your own book. There is nothing wrong with that. You probably have an area of expertise that I couldn’t even begin to touch.
Remember, writing a book isn’t just a matter of collecting the right number of words. You need to follow the basic rules of writing and storytelling so that you can captivate your readers’ interest.
When you work with a ghostwriter, she will teach you her craft. You will learn a lot about writing, which will help you in the future.
You Can Avoid Writing about Painful Subjects
So many people write to tell me that they have lived an amazing life, but can’t possibly tackle writing about it because it is too difficult to face on their own.
You may be too close to the subject to be able to write about it. I would guesstimate that three-quarters of the people who write to me, asking for help with their book, want to write their life story. Most get very emotional about the subject and can’t write objectively.
Discover new things about yourself
A ghostwriter is trained to interview you, pulling information from the depths of your memory. You may discover new tidbits of information about your past as we progress through your book.
My clients routinely remark, “Wow, I’d completely forgotten all about that!” Their memories of incidents become sharper and they are often very grateful for that side benefit.
You will be an author of a well-written book
If you hire a ghostwriter, you’ll receive full credit for your book. You’ll also own all the rights.
You will be able to attend book signings and hand potential clients your book. No one will know that a ghostwriter gave you a helping hand. We all sign confidentiality agreements, making sure your secret is safe.
You get the benefit of a full author’s credit without having to put in the hundreds of hours needed to write a book people won’t want to put down.
A ghostwriter will get the job done efficiently
When you hire a ghostwriter, you’ll be able to get your book written and published quickly. If you wait until the time is right, it could take decades. Or your book will stay within the confines of your mind and never see the light of day.
You should get your book written as soon as possible. Why wait? There is no benefit to holding off, but there is a very real danger that someone else will come up with your idea and write the book themselves.
You will be a published author
Once your book is available to readers, you are a published author in every sense of the word. There is a beautiful sense of accomplishment when you have completed and published a book. No one can ever take that joy away from you.
Imagine seeing your name on the cover of a book at your local bookstore.
Remember, your book will live forever, entertaining and educating your readers throughout future generations. It’s quite an achievement.
It’s rewarding to receive great reviews
When you have a well-written book, people will write lovely reviews. This is such a rewarding experience for a new author.
Imagine reading a review about how your book changed someone’s life. What greater feeling is there?
Most authors want to move people with their writing. They wish to help others who are experiencing certain difficulties or facing particular challenges.
You will enjoy the ghostwriting process
The ghostwriting process is a lot of fun. It’s a bit like sitting in the back of a stretch limo with a friendly driver upfront guiding you to your destination.
You’ll enjoy watching the pages of your inspiration unfold before your eyes. Just imagine what it would be like to receive the first chapter of your book in your email inbox within a month.
If you’d like to hire me, please contact me today and we’ll chat about your project!
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