I can technically classify myself as a ghostwriter. I’ve come to this conclusion because I have written several manuals and was never able to put my name on them or truly discuss what was inside of them. They belonged to the companies who paid me to write them or edit them. Unfortunately, I never got any kind of notation from these employers, except for one, that stated I had actually done any kind of writing for them at all. Shame on me. I’ve since learned to get a letter of recommendation as proof.
I read a blog recently titled Dollars and Deadlines by Kelly James-Enger and she offers tips for becoming a well paid ghostwriter. I hope you enjoy the links and information.
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by Kelly James-Enger
Do you ghostwrite? You should. Sure, you write without a byline or recognition. But I’ve found that I can make more money ghostwriting books for clients (including Pros with Platforms
) than I can writing my own books
The reason is simple. When I ghostwrite, that’s all I do. I don’t have to market and promote the book (the most time-consuming part of authorship). That’s my client’s job. I get paid to write the book and then I move on to the next project. And remember, too, I don’t run the risk of wasting my time writing a book proposal that may not sell the way I would with my own books. My client pays me upfront to write the proposal.
But writers don’t just ghostwrite books. They ghostwrite articles,blog posts
, and content marketing pieces
. Rates for this kind of work vary, but in general, you’re looking at rates of $0.50/word to $1-2/word.
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