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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Post Round-Up, Redux: 8 Great Ghostwriting Posts

I was talking with a fellow freelancer last night about how and why I got into ghostwriting, and it made me realize how many misperceptions there are about the field. It's true than when you ghostwrite, you give up a byline. But I've found that I can make more money ghostwriting books for clients (including Pros with Platforms) than I can writing my own. 

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. 

That's why ghosting is the subject of this post roundup:
What's that? You want to know even more about ghostwriting and how to succeed in this lucrative niche? Then you'll want to readGoodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer's Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books (Kindle version). From sample contracts to marketing advice to tips on setting fees and working with clients, you'll find everything you need to know to get started.


  1. Kelly, I worry that potential client has no idea about the publishing business and what is required to get a book published. I'm afraid they'll blame me if it doesn't go anywhere. Should I be worried?

  2. I think that's a genuine concern, Carrie Anne, especially with clients who are unrealistic about their chances about creating a "bestseller" or who don't understand how competition publishing is, especially today. I'm always very upfront about the fact that I can write a stellar proposal but I cannot guarantee the book will sell, or guarantee a specific advance, and make sure clients understand that. You should always do the same from the get-go.

    Hope this helps!