This may be the first time you are coming across the word “ghostwriting” or you may have heard it before and you want to understand what it means. So, the question you have now may be “how does ghostwriting work?”
First, let’s start by explaining what ghostwriting is.
What Is Ghostwriting?
Ghostwriting means hiring someone to write a copy (including books, articles, sales letters, emails, songs, poetry, etc) for you without them receiving credit for it.
In simpler terms, it means that you hire someone, agree on a rate and the person writes a copy for you and the copy is in your name or the name of the brand hiring the writer.
Advantages Of Hiring A Ghostwriter
Hiring a ghostwriter is beneficial to both you and your business in certain ways namely:
- It saves time. Writing a book takes between 1 month to 6 months. If you are someone who is quite busy and have little extra time to sit and write, it could take you more than 1 year to complete a book. So, what do you do? You hire someone who has already created the time to do the job. Then, you have the time to do other things while someone else does the writing for you.
- You enjoy the expertise. Maybe you have never written a book before. You have read certain books and loved the way the book sounded and you wish your book would sound that way, however, you do not know how to go about it. Ghostwriting gives you an opportunity to get someone who is already an expert writer to make your book sound exactly how you want it to sound.
- Proper outlining and mapping of your book. What you have in mind may just be an idea or even a topic that you want to write about. A good ghostwriter knows how to extract all your thoughts from your head and put it on paper.
- You become an author without writing. At the end of the project, you are the person whose name is placed in front of a book. No one is going to ask you whether you wrote the book by yourself or not. The most important factor in the whole thing is that you are an author and that’s all that counts.
How Does Ghostwriting Work?
If you are like most people, you would have wondered how Ghostwriting works; how does someone else take the thoughts in your head and mind and convert them to a book?
Different ghostwriters have different ways or systems they employ to carry out their ghostwriting services. In this article, we would be looking at how ghostwriting work here on iwrite.
We get on a call with you to understand the scope of what you want to achieve with the ghostwriting. We would need to understand if it’s an ebook, a full book, a blog post, an article or a speech. If it’s a book, we would also find out if it’s fiction or non-fiction, how many words you are looking at and the overall aim of the book.
We would give you our cost and if it’s agreed on, we send you an agreement to look at and sign.
When we receive the signed agreement and a 50% down payment on the agreed price, we would send you a questionnaire that would capture the basics of the book. This would help us understand your target audience, the purpose of the book and your marketing plan.
We would send you an outline based on the discussions we’ve had and the answers from the questionnaire. We would await your feedback and approval for the outline.
Now, the book writing proper begins. If it is a book that we need to research and write with little input from you, we would go ahead and create the first draft and send it out to you for your input and feedback. However, if it is a book that needs to convey your thoughts and ideas, we would give you a WhatsApp number to record voice notes and send to us. This would help us to capture your voice and tone and reflect that accordingly in the book. The voice notes are easier because we can always return to them and listen to them over and over again. We would also send the finished first draft to you for your input and feedback.
After your input and feedback, we would work on whatever corrections or adjustments you have suggested ensuring that it meets your requirements. Then, we would send it back to you. At this point, you are free to send the book to whoever you may want to have a look at it and give any feedback.
We would receive the adjusted second drafts and implement all corrections and adjustments and then send back to you.
We would receive the final draft and make corrections and then send the book to an editor who would proofread and edit the book ready for publishing. This final edited copy is sent to you for your approval.
If you would want to publish your book on Amazon, we take up the service from there. We create your book cover, get your ISBN (from Amazon), publish your book and share all the details with you.
You can now walk around boldly knowing that you have become an internationally published author.
Now that you understand how ghostwriting works, I believe that it is no longer as strange as it was when you first started reading this article. What is the next step to take? Go ahead and send us a message so that we can start working on your first (or next) book as an author.