Recommendations For Those Who Want To Become A Top-Class Freelance Ghost Writer


A ghostwriter can make between ten thousand dollars and eighty thousand dollars for a novel. And prolific ghostwriters can write several novels a year, since they’re not spending any time promoting what they’ve done, unlike novelists who go on book tours and waste time at round after round of interviews. If they’re well-organized, a top-class freelance ghostwriter can easily make a half-million dollars a year. That’s quite a sum when your name isn’t even on the cover.

It’s no wonder, then, that so many people are curious to know just how to break into this elusive field. It’s a lot of hard work, some luck, and, strangely, recognition--but only within the industry.

Without further ado, here are my tips for how to become a top-class freelance ghost writer.

  • - Focus on your own novels first before you pitch your services to others. While your novel may not make the millions that a celebrity’s does, you can’t pitch yourself to a celebrity when you’ve done nothing. You should have published at least one novel and several articles.
  • - Network. Even though no one outside the industry knows your name, everyone inside does. That’s how you get jobs. So join freelance networks, have a presence online, and go to conventions.
  • - Speaking of your online presence, you should also have a blog. You can represent yourself as a freelance writer and novelist. Who knows, you may be able to get some gigs this way.
  • - Start small. Don’t try to get the big job working as a ghostwriter yet. For the moment, focus on scoring small jobs, such as writing articles, guest blogging, and ghost writing for little companies. Build your portfolio as you work on your novel.
  • - It doesn’t matter if your novel is self-published. Your future clients just need to know that you can string words and plots together. If you can prove that to them in a professional-looking book, they’ll be happy. As a ghost writer, you provide the talent, and they provide the marketing.

If you’re interested in being a ghostwriter, it’s definitely possible. Unlike a real celebrity, who’s dependent on a fair share of luck, timing, and charisma, in addition to raw talent, you just need talent as well as meeting the right people in the industry. Start networking and presenting yourself as a serious freelancer, work on your portfolio, including at least one novel to showcase your writing abilities, and you’re well on your way to becoming a top-notch behind-the-scenes novelist.

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