How to Choose a Ghostwriter That’s Right for You

Posted on August 2, 2013

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Finding a ghostwriter can be an overwhelming and difficult task.  Typing “Ghostwriters” or “Ghostwriting services” into Google will yield thousands of results, so how do you narrow them down? With so many options, it is imperative that you know how to choose the ghostwriter that’s right for you. Here is what you should know before you begin your search:

Budget

To start, you should do your research and find out what the average asking price is for the kind of ghostwriter you are looking for (i.e., what a ghostwriter who has been in the business 15 years and is a published author would charge versus a recent college grad who is looking to gain experience). Planning ahead and knowing what price you will most likely be paying will help you set a realistic budget, allowing you to choose a ghostwriter based on her qualifications instead of just hiring the one who charges the least.

Samples

If your ghostwriter is already a published author, great! She already has samples you can look at to get a preview of her writing. However, be wary of ghostwriters that show you samples of work they’ve done if they aren’t listed as a co-writer on the book or project. This shows that this ghostwriter does not respect confidentiality agreements.  After meeting and discussing your book and what kind of writing you’re looking for, your ghostwriter should be able to write you a brief sample.

Voice

Furthermore, you should pay attention to your ghostwriter’s writing style to make sure it will appeal to your readers. Whether your audience is already familiar with your other published works or if you are trying to reach a target audience; your ghostwriter should be able to accurately convey your voice.

Contract

You should ask your ghostwriter to provide you with a sample contract, or at the very least, establish guidelines before working together. You’ll want to understand her writing process. You will want to ask your ghostwriter questions like: “How much time will you need to write my book,” “Can you meet my deadline,” and “If I am not satisfied with the finished product, will you be willing to rewrite it?”

Chemistry

Finally, you should meet with your ghostwriter face to face if possible. Seeing and speaking to your potential ghostwriter in person can help you decide whether or not you can have a working relationship with this person. Trust your instinct.

 Choosing a ghostwriter is like choosing a business partner; knowing whether or not you can work together requires knowing each other. Taking the time to get to know your ghostwriter and how they work can also benefit you in the long run. The invested time can bring you a ghostwriter that you are comfortable with, and know that you can work with again, offering your readers consistency.

Amy Dipre, Editor and Writer, Asta Publications

http://www.astapublications.com

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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