Writing isn’t for everyone. I don’t understand why anyone would want to do anything else – but thank goodness that we are all different or the world would be a dull place.
So, what do you do if you want to get a book out to your audience but don’t have the time or inclination to write it yourself? Get yourself a ghostwriter.
Why? Because we love writing! We can take the stress out of the book writing process for you. Of course, we will want to discuss with you whether – with a bit of help and guidance – you would consider writing it yourself. We know that there is an incredible sense of achievement in writing your own book. However enthused we writing coaches might be about helping you make it happen for yourself – coaching isn’t for everyone.
If you want to expand your reach; help more people; or share your story to inspire people, then consider getting a professional ghostwriter to make it happen for you.
Where do you start? What should you look for?
First look for someone who is experienced at producing book length writing projects. That’s not to say that someone who hasn’t done a book length project can’t do it – they may well be able to – it’s just that someone who knows the challenges and how to deal with them is better able to steer their way through them.
Checking their previous work is difficult – most ghostwriters operate on a strictly confidential basis – they take no credit for the published book and part of our agreement always includes a guarantee that we never will. However, there are ways around it:
If you’re busy and not sure how you are going to communicate the content to us – don’t worry we are adaptable. We can’t write the book without your content, but we have different strategies and tools we can use to make sure that your time is used very efficiently.
One of my clients wanted to do interview sessions and have me ask questions and answer them. That worked really well for him. He also supplemented the interviews with recorded monologues.
A few have been concerned about having to provide written information. One approach for those clients is to record themselves speaking on their chapter subjects and sending the recordings to me to be transcribed. The bulk of the monologues are usually completed in the first three weeks, in half an hour or one hour before work for example. Then they review the chapters after they are drafted.
Yet another had a great deal of written work and rough drafts she wanted me to pull together. I did that and then we were able to plug the gaps and complete the draft for her to review.
Every client is different – your ghostwriter will help you work out what’s the best approach for you to provide the content. They will have tried and tested methods that have worked for other clients.
We are not editors – that is not to say that we don’t proof as we go along – of course we do but any writer will tell you that it is almost impossible to edit your own writing. You see what you intended to write – not what you actually wrote. However, we work with some amazing editors, formatters and cover designers and will be more than happy to give you some great recommendations or you may have your own contacts.
Ghostwriters are as varied as the people they write for. Have a session with prospective ghostwriters – it will give you a chance to see if you feel you can work with them. We all want to work with people we connect with. Most of us offer a free session to discuss your project with you.
Check out prices – as with every other industry there are a wide range of prices and skill/experience levels. Remember that we are dedicating the time you don’t have to bring our expertise and professional writing skills to make your book the best it can’t be. Its not just simply putting words on paper – it’s finding a tone and voice that works for you; its building a story with flow and pace and its about producing a product that you are proud of.
Is it easier for us to write your book? I’m torn on this – I love the satisfaction of seeing the huge sense of achievement and delight on first time writer’s faces when they realise, they’ve just finished their book. Two weeks ago, two of my first-time writer, coaching clients, finished their non-fiction books in less than three months. I don’t think either of them had really thought that they could do it. However, if you don’t have the time or the inclination – it might be a little easier for us because we love it.
When people ask what I would do if I never had to work again – you guessed it – I’d write! Now I get to do that every day.
If you want some information on ghostwriting or writing coaching check out my website https://writingtribe.com/services/ or book a virtual coffee with me and we can talk about your writing project https://calendly.com/nicolejohnstoncomms/virtual-coffee
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