What Is Ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter is a contractor, A person who helps you write your book, story, social media post, blog article, or whatever you need. The reason why they are called ghostwriters is there invisible for the most part. The person who hires a ghostwriter is shown as the author of the work. In most cases, the ghost writer is not given a byline and is not given credit.

Think of a ghostwriter in the same way that you would think of an architect that you hire to build your house. The architect does the work and get paid for it but doesn’t receive any special credit except in rare circumstances.They just design and build your house, and when they’re done you move in and call it yours. Of course, the analogy doesn’t totally hold up, since with the house you don’t claim that you designed and built it. In the case of a book that is ghostwritten, you claim to be the author.

It’s probable that most celebrity books that you see have been ghostwritten. Think about it for a minute. Actresses and actors are paid to act, politicians lead the government, and industrial leaders and CEOs run their companies. Most of these people couldn’t write a book to save their life. Writing a book is difficult and requires a special set of skills learned over many years. It’s highly unlikely that celebrities such as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Lee Iacocca, and so forth took the time and had the skills to write hundred thousand words of a coherent, entertaining manuscript.

How does the relationship work?

You find a ghostwriter that you believe you can work with by performing interviews, checking references and so on. The two of you negotiate a price, sign a contract, and you pay a down payment. It’s important to note that most ghostwriters get paid 25% or more upfront, and that’s nonrefundable. Once the preliminaries are out of the way, your ghostwriter and you will work together to define the book and outline it. Your ghostwriter will probably interview you several times.

The ghostwriters job is to write your book, perform interviews, and do some (but not necessarily all) of the research needed. Your role is to ensure the ghost writer understands what you want and give them the information needed. If you both communicate clearly with good understanding of each other, you’re going to get a great book.


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Richard Lowe Jr

Richard Lowe Jr

Owner and Senior Writing at The Writing King
Richard is the Owner and Senior Writer for The Writing King, a bestselling author, and ghostwriter. He's written and published 63 books, ghostwritten 20+ books, as well as hundreds of blog articles.
Richard Lowe Jr

@richardlowejr

Author of Focus on LinkedIn, Safe Computing, Surviving Disasters, Help! My Boss is Whacko!, Insider Secrets from a Professional Ghostwriter and many others
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