Want to become a published author but don’t have time to write your own book. This is the time when you should start searching for a ghostwriter. This is the first reason to do so, but as we move forward, you will find more to hire one. Your book will be completed on time without getting involved in the tiring process of developing creative and quality content.
Sharing your ideas to a person to write a book for you can be a pretty intimate experience. You can’t afford anything to go wrong. It’s not easy to find someone trustable for your book which has expertise with experience to deal with your project. But if you know what to expect, you will find the perfect ghostwriter in no time.
Hiring a ghostwriter can be daunting, so here is a list of seven important things that you should know before choosing a ghostwriter.
Before putting your hard-earned money into premium ghostwriting services, you should know what you want from your book. This will actually help you to achieve the goals of your project in the later parts of the process. By explaining your objectives clearly to your project manager and ghostwriter, you already get the job half done. The idea should be communicated clearly enough to form a picture inside the writer’s mind about what you are looking forward to. Do you want to influence people? Leave a message for them to learn and change their lives? Entertain them? Divert their attention towards a heated issue? Just think and let your writer and coordinator know about it. With that, define the impact you want to create along with the audience you look forward to the target. Is that a specific community or an age group? Or your ultimate goal is to make it to New York Times? This is important for your book since it defines the value of your content.
Are you on a short deadline? Do you want to release it on someone’s birthday? Or do you plan to release it on New Year’s Eve? Don’t forget to inform your project manager regarding your plan for the book launch. This will help them to align your project accordingly, so your book is ready before the deadline.
Every book has a specific structure, tone, and style. You will need a writer with a specialized skillset depending on the genre of your book. Let the project manager know the subject and theme of the book before signing up. This is a really important step because he will be assigning a team of writers as per your project needs. Why? Just think for a second. You want to write a book on business leadership and the project manager assigned it to the writer of a children's book. I know you don’t even want to imagine it. So, the solution is to keep it simple and direct. Let your contact person know about the niche your want to write about then and there.
Writing a book requires expertise and skills. A professional ghostwriter has the skills to process a large amount of information and organize it into an interesting book for its readers. The right ghostwriter will be able to capture your voice, style, and tone as well. With that, he or she would have a strong grip on your subject.
Upon first interaction, ask them to rate any potential ghostwriter. A professional publishing agency will be tuned in to some of the finer nuances, and this actually makes a difference. Writers with traditional publishing records are the most experienced professional in their fields. This doesn’t mean a new writer couldn’t produce good content. But how can you judge them? This leads us to the next point.
If you are planning to sign up for a publishing house or ghostwriting agency, then ask them to show their writing samples first. Read it through to find consistency, knowledge, and if it sounds convincing. Ask them about the topics they have written for apart from the sample and the number of years they have worked as a professional writer. This way, you can go through the work they have done till now as well as what they can’t mention. The trick lies in understanding the scope of their work.
You can also check their website to find out about their projects or simply ask them for their writer’s profile. Even if the person is new in the field, he or she should have worked on at least two or three renowned books. Furthermore, you can evaluate their performance by the reviews and listing of their book. If he mentions that he has worked on bestsellers, then ask them to provide you their names. The term is used by many book writing agencies today. If one of their works has been mentioned by New York Times, then this makes them more credible.
No one wants their book to sound like someone else. Ghostwriters are experts in choosing words, style, and pacing similar to that of clients. An experienced writer who has worked on a number of manuscripts can easily capture your writing style and voice. You can’t assess this with their previous samples since those were written in a different tone. This doesn’t mean that they will nail the voice and style at the first shot, but you will find them making progress in two or three drafts. Schedule a call or recorded interview with the writer. This will help them to develop your style.
If you can’t find a voice, then a professional writer can help you to develop one, especially when it comes to fiction.
Every agency has a specific payment plan and charges for their charges. Some of them charge for their writing services, and revisions or research are included separately. Some charge a small amount for formatting too. Before you sign up for someone, you should know all the charges, services included in your plan, and due dates for the payment. This will help you to keep yourself prepared financially as well as mentally about what to expect from the project in return for your payments.
We, as a publishing house, charge clients on completing a milestone after signing up. Moreover, edits and revisions are free of cost. This ensures client satisfaction and trust for their money at the same time.
Communication is the key. Make sure you tell the ghostwriter what and what not should be the part of the project. Be clear if you don’t like them to deviate from your plan, are not open to feedback, or add details to it since the start. Even if you want them to experiment with your content to improve it, let them know. It is important to define boundaries in the process.
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