Do you often dream of being a writer, but you’re scared of putting yourself out there? There is a way for you to be a writer and not have to put your name on projects. Ghostwriting, that’s writing you’ve heard of this before. Ghostwriting is how you can create your very own writing service without having to put yourself into the world.
As a writer myself, I understand how hard it is to work on something with your heart and soul only for someone to rip it apart or ignore it altogether.
Not only is it painful but it makes you wonder why you even began writing or thought about having a writing service at all.
Ghostwriting is the answer to all of this, and a great way to launch yourself into a writing career that is both exciting and creative.
The greatest part is more businesses and companies want or need ghostwriters to write marketing copy and website content. So buckle up and get ready to launch your ghostwriting adventure.
What is Ghostwriting?
When it comes to ghostwriting you get to create something for someone else. As the title suggests you are the “ghost”, meaning you do not have a byline, nor do you get credit publicly.
You write on behalf of the client who hired you. Their name or the name of the business appears in the byline or takes the credit.
All in all, it is as though “they” wrote the piece themselves.
When writing for your client you also need to write in their voice, not yours. Why? The project is supposed to come from them. For whatever reason they were unable to write the piece themselves, it is your job to make it appear as though the project came from them.
Is Ghostwriting freelancing?
Ghostwriting is a freelance writer, and you can work on various projects on behalf of a client.
Types of projects
As a Ghostwriter you can work on a ton of different projects such as:
- Nonfiction books
- Public speeches
- Online content
- Book proposals
- Magazine articles
5 Ultimate Reasons to Become a Ghostwriter
Aside from being able to stay behind the curtain and having a fantastic writing career, the other benefits of being a ghostwriter can be:
1. Working on interesting subjects-
The exciting subjects and interesting clients are limitless.
2. Large and wide audiences-
You can also use ghostwriting as a way to get into the publishing world if you want to get that much sought-after book deal.
Many people use Ghostwriting to prove they can sell books and their writing is profitable.
3. Payments for your work-
Ghostwriting is often a flat fee, not hourly, which can mean a lot more money than what you would make if you only worked on articles (which can be from $0.10 a word to $2.00 a word)
4. Not having to promote the project:
You only have to write; you don’t have to do readings of the book or the speech.
You don’t have to attend press junkets or worry about social media posts. (for introverts like myself, this is a win!)
5. Great writing experience-
You get a chance to build your writing skills and apply that to your projects.
How to Become a Ghostwriter
Many writing jobs require that you are at least an entertaining writer, with Ghostwriting you need writing skills and listening skills. You also need to be able to “sound” like the person you are writing for. A successful ghostwriter will be able to manifest the client through the writing.
When thinking about becoming a ghostwriter you also want to think about if the job is remote or in a physical location.
Many of the publishing companies are located in New York, London, or even Paris. (Although you can find more in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and the Bay Area in California.)
Though the location isn’t necessarily the way to become a successful Ghostwriter, it is having access to clients in need to have their projects written.
Ask for Recommendations
Word of mouth is the greatest form of marketing you can ever get. If you are looking for word as a ghostwriter, you want to let people know.
Make sure your ambitions are known to the publishing industry connections, for instance, if you know a freelance editor or an author, they could be your connection to put in a good word about you.
Build a network
Networking is essential as a writer. Not only for research, friendship but business. Personal connections are incredibly powerful in helping you meet the right people, and of course, get the word-of-mouth marketing you want.
LinkedIn is a great source for networking, as is writing groups on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out our previous blog post on How to Tackle Networking Using These 3 Tips
Perfect your craft-
You have heard the saying “Write everyday!”, this is one way to keep your skills of writing sharp, another way is to work on getting your samples out into the world.
You could do this in the form of a blog, or self-publishing books on platforms such as Kindle Publishing. You could even do this with podcasts. Write up the script and record!
Develop your Own Personal Style
While you enjoy the anonymity of Ghostwriting, some of you may want to write for yourself. As with perfecting your craft (the tip above) you want to carve out time for your own projects.
This way you can maintain your voice and personal writing style while enjoying the financial benefit of ghostwriting.
The best part of both worlds is you get to enjoy the artistic rewards!
Whether you are looking for your dream writing career or one that gives you the opportunity for writing, Ghostwriting could be your backdoor into your dream writing career.
A freelance ghostwriting career can be rewarding both for the ability to be able to write and to be creative.
So, think about ghostwriting and enjoy an awesome writing career.