Let’s be real, writing is hard. If it wasn’t, ghostwriting wouldn’t be the profitable niche it is right now. Neither would you be on Google looking up info on how to hire a ghostwriter.
In fact, don’t say you heard it here, but even some of the biggest names you know in fiction and non-fiction genres work with ghostwriters regularly. Of course, we can’t tell you who these people are because then we’d have to kill you. But the point we’re getting at is ghostwriting is more “normal” than you probably think.
There are two main reasons authors seek to hire ghostwriters. And yes, we call them authors because even though you’re hiring someone to write out your idea, the message isn’t the writer’s, it’s still yours.
So, two reasons people think of hiring ghostwriters.
One is that not many people have the time to write.
Look, you have a life that consists of your family, a full-time job, and other passions. And things are never as easy as putting all these things on hold just so you can write the next New York Times Bestseller.
There are people, however, who have made this their day job. Outsourcing to them helps you kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, you get to actually write your book rather than postpone it until you abandon ship altogether. At the same time, you also get to remain involved in all the stuff that matter in your life, like your friendships and your family.
Another reason to hire a ghostwriter is that the author simply does not have enough writing experience.
Look, you can have a great story in your head. But finding the right words to tell that story such that it creates the same excitement in the minds of your readers as it does in yours isn’t that easy. And the intimidating scowl of a blank, white screen does not help much either.
A professional ghostwriter has experience with stuff like this, however. So, they can take your idea and turn into an enthralling narrative that your readers can’t put down.
But then again, it does not end at writing, does it? You’ve got to publish, and that opens up another rabbit hole that could literally swallow first-time authors alive.
Again, a good ghostwriter has had tons of experience doing this and so they can help you and even show you the ropes.
So, now you know. Hiring a ghostwriter is perfectly normal and even, in many cases, needed. But how do you find your perfect ghostwriter?
How to Hire the Best Ghostwriter
You can’t just hire any random ghostwriter. Obviously, you’d need someone that’s highly skilled, experienced, and is a whiz at research.
But you’d need much more than that. Whomever you work with as your ghostwriter, you’d have to build a relationship with. One that’s built on trust. Hence, in addition to hard skill, your ghostwriter should also be mature, empathetic, and a great listener too.
Honestly, trust your instinct on these things, they won’t lead you astray.
And so with that foundation laid, here are 9 things you want to look out for when hiring a ghostwriter.
1. First Impressions Matter
After your first contact with a potential ghostwriter, you should feel good inside. Remember you’re entrusting your brainchild to this person. Plus, you guys are going to be communicating a lot in the future. If there’s friction on first contact, it can’t be a good sign.
2. Request Samples
You’re hiring a ghostwriter first for their skill. So, make sure you request samples of stuff they’ve written before. Of course, they can’t show you jobs they’ve ghostwritten for other authors. That would be a copyright violation. But experienced writers always have portfolios of other works they can show potential clients. So, make sure you request samples.
3. Talk About Budget
Professional ghostwriters typically have fixed fee schedules. So, make sure you have your deliverables ready for them. Because it is based on your deliverables, that your ghostwriter would give you a budget. Naturally, of course, the more your expected deliverables, the higher the budget. So, keep that in mind.
4. Hire Someone Who’d Give You Constructive Criticism
Yes, you want your ghostwriter to be great at listening. But you also want someone with enough experience to critique your ideas and give you constructive feedback.
Authors are often too close to their ideas which is only natural. Unfortunately, it also makes them blindsided to obvious errors that could end up becoming the pitfalls of their project.
Trust us, you don’t want a yes man. You want an independent thinker to bring the best out of your idea.
5. Your Ghostwriter Should Have a Process
Make sure you ask your ghostwriter for their process. It has to be logical and organized. Equally important, it has to be one that works for you as well.
6. Confidentiality is Important, as is a Contract
Make sure you draw up a contract with your ghostwriter. That contract should contain, in specific detail, what you expect from your ghostwriter as well as what your ghostwriter expects from you.
You don’t want to know how dirty and complicated relationships like this, sometimes, get. Contracts can help you avoid all of that.
As for confidentiality, your ghostwriter should be willing to sign an NDA.
7. About Copyright
This is very important. Don’t forget that ghostwriters don’t get to have any claim to your work after it’s finished. That’s the very point of ghostwriting. So, make sure that you have a written agreement in place that assigns all copyright back to you for whatever your ghostwriter produces. Again, very important.
8. Finally, Hire a Ghostwriter You Can Trust
Especially if you’re stuck between choices of equally competent ghostwriters, it’s time to follow your heart. Yes, it sounds cheesy but it’s true. Go with a ghostwriter you trust, one you can bond with on a personal level. It always pays off.
Conclusion On How To Hire A Ghostwriter
Well, there you have it. You’re now ready to pick your perfect ghostwriter partner! Go on and knock yourself out! No, not really.
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