Ten thousand hours is 1. At that rate, it will take you My story witnesses to this Gladwellian opinion. I began to take my writing seriously as a freshman in college at the age of Every one of my post-college jobs was related to reading or writing, but I also suffered serious doubts about my abilities and so let the blinking cursor blink for long stretches at a time. Sixteen years later, I was offered my first ghostwriting gig.
By no means do I believe myself an expert. Hemingway, who one could argue was an expert, said it well: In my case, I proofread bills and laws for the Texas Senate, directed communications for a large church, wrote copy for a law firm, edited a content marketing website, and became a self-employed editor before breaking into ghostwriting through a fortuitous referral.
At the time, I thought I was lucky to have earned the opportunity to write for someone else and be paid for it. That job has led to two more direct referrals, which makes me feel even luckier to have been granted that first step into the world of ghostwriting. But before getting lucky, I gained experience and practiced patience.
The luck would never have been achieved without them. If you want to be a ghostwriter, what questions do you have about finding ghostwriting opportunities? This ebook by John Soares will show you why and how. Are there levels of being involved with a person who wants something written, instead of doing the entire book. I am very creative. What do you call that type of work description? I guess that this would like be helping someone to get started to write their own work.
Helping them with an approach, a vision for their writing, a story line and an tentative outline to match the writing goals. I really appreciate your tips and the Jane Friedman link. I studied screenwriting in film school where I discovered I have good fiction-writing chops as well. In short, I write proficiently and comfortably in multiple mediums including web content, of course.
Yet, alas, I have not ventured into the book publishing world. However, book writing is the natural next step. So I have several questions:.
How can I leverage my skills and experience and segue into the publishing world? Given the range of my skills and experience, what ways can I snag ghostwriting gigs? Who might be my target?
Any ideas as to how I might go about it? I currently write for an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and a Miami-based art curator. How do you recommend someone transition from the journalistic life into the book publishing and ghostwriting one?
Define your target market. What kind of people do you want to write for? Where do your particular talents and interests meet the needs of would-be clients in search of a ghostwriter? Ask if they need writing help, or if they know of anyone who does. My first ghostwriting gig happened because a friend of mine knew I was looking for those kinds of jobs.
The subsequent gigs happened by word-of-mouth. Would love to hear your recommendations for resources to find these types of gigs!
I have been writing in various forms since I was young but only got serious about it as a career path about 5 years ago. As for establishing clientele, it involves a lot of selling yourself and letting people know what you do. My first ghostwriting gig came as a referral. If you have the time, offer to write an article for free.
Thanks for the great post. But when the business closed, I made the giant leap to figure out how to feed my family writing. Just as you wrote about, luck played a big part of my first GW gig. But I had written for fifteen years for myself and some notable television personalities. Never able to sustain a life as a writer until the rug was pulled out.
The other excellent point you made is to cast a wide net. Let everyone know, because you never know who knows someone looking to tell their story and needs a writer to guide them. Thanks for commenting Andrew, and good on you for involuntarily jumping into full-time writing.
And thanks for being a prime case study of what the article talks about: No experience, I have some patience but certainly no luck.
So how I supposed to be a better writer. I am stuck and frustrated. Really need some expert advise. Consider reading one or all of these books: A great choice and I have read it and his other books.
I receive his newsletter and he always answers my emails. He even asked me to send him one of my books. I have learned much from him. I love writing and write something everyday. This is a great website, thanks for sharing the information. Blake, thanks for this great post. He was taking on a new client for a set of ghostwritten articles, and asked if I would take on a few of the articles. But prospective clients normally understand that, too. Great points Jessie, and thanks for sharing part of your story here.
I struggled with marketing myself as a ghostwriter early on. Ghostwriting is a venue that has also fallen into my lap. I just finished a book and someone has inquired about me ghostwriting their story. I am so honored with the opportunity, however do not have any resources on how to jumpstart GW as a career path.
Since this event I was approached to ghost write a book for an author who wrote a book that has a translation problem.
She is an immigrant and her grammar etc. They pay her to speak on the subject She wants me to ghost write her book and is offering me half her speaking income. Can you cast any light on this for me? Pricing is often challenging. If she approached you, ask upfront what half of her speaking income is. You will have to weigh the benefits of what ghostwriting this first book could do for you. Do you want to charge less so you can gain the experience? I often refer to the Editorial Freelancers Rates page for help: I broke into ghostwriting by offering to ghostwrite a book for someone for free.
It was a huge investment of time and energy, Butit also got me the experience and the testimonial I needed to launch my ghost writing business. Hi Blake, great post! Also, is it possible to break into ghostwriting more intentionally than a stroke of luck with a big-name connection?
Ghostwriters for celebrities and well-known figures can earn much more. The rates are maddeningly variable though, as you said. Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough response, Blake.
I will check out those books you listed. While I have always had a passion for writing and many have told me as far back as I can recall, to write, as I capture others hearts through my writting; I am, well, I guess intimidated. I had previously gathered contact information on greeting card companies, however, with my own whirl pool of life changing experiences, it set me back on pursuing this avenue as a stepping stone. Everyone has a story! Everyone has written a book!
Everyone has similar or same occurrences that took place! So, how would one make their story, thoughts or outlook on life at various levels shine above others? Is it in the content itself, the words used to express, the title, what?
What makes one story better then the other? What suggestions can you provide, that will give me a better insight on how to become a successful writer?
I wish there were an easy answer to your question JoAnne. About 50, copies of that book are still sold every year. He had to become a disciple of the craft of writing.
Even then, there was no assurance of success. So whatever you do and whatever you write, just keep writing. Listen to what people say, but listen to what your heart says more. Find your unique voice, or keep writing until you do. Then tell your story the way only you can tell it. So I put an ad in a local paper to ghostwrite and copyedit, realizing I could make more money writing for others than myself. Very quickly I got my first ghostwriting job and the book won an award, so I was encouraged.
Of my three major ghostwriting projects to date, all three were referrals and, as far as I know, never posted online. Thanks for an interesting post. I ghostwrite fiction and have done for around a year and a half. I never was that cheap! Thanks for sharing part of your story Shah.
Are you working with self-publishing authors who have an idea for a story and want you to turn it into something worth reading?
Pricing is often a pain, and much of it depends on what your client has allotted to spend, what they think it should cost, and how well you sell yourself. Yes, my clients are mostly self-publishers who need a quick turnaround and high output.
Sometimes they provide a very basic outline, other times they provide just a genre, a word count, and I do the rest. This work teaches me about writing, specifically about planning ahead and outlining with story beats, and to write fast while avoiding redundancies and fluff.
In many ways, this is a great area to begin ghostwriting. But of course, I do want to move on to better things. Thanks Blake for sharing this post with us. I am just starting out in the world of freelancing. I recently did a small ghost writing job for a client on Elance and at the end of it I had conflicting thoughts.
For a while I felt like a surrogate mother who had carried a baby throughout the nine months gestation only to hand it over to another woman and earn no credit for her effort.
What is your experience with search conflicts and what do others say? Nice metaphor, and true. I tend to look at it as pure business. I stand to make more from ghostwriting than I do from royalties off my own books. Now, that may not always be the case, as you never know when a book may go big. But, we do not fake it at any cost. This is because, when we claim to be brand, we have enough proof to prove the same. With all these benefits in MyAssignmenthelp.
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