“Should I hire a ghostwriter for my book?” That is the question authors frequently ask themselves. The not so simple answer is, “no, not necessarily.” But it does depend on a variety of things including:
1. Do you have time to write?
2. Do you enjoy writing?
3. Do you have a knack for writing?
4. Do you have enough discipline to finish your writing?
5. Will you put in your own research?
If you answered, “yes” to the questions above, I advise for you to give yourself a shot at writing your book and/or story. Of course, you will need to have an outline, a strict schedule, and discipline to meet deadlines. However, if you decide that this is all too much for you and you don’t think this will be a good fit after all, hiring a ghostwriter will be the next best option.
What Will the Ghostwriter do for you?
It all depends on the complexity of your topic. Ghostwriters will either write the book or they will collaborate with you. It all boils down to what you, the consumer wants to do.
If you want the ghostwriter to write the book for you, you will provide the ghostwriter with research, notes, periodicals, and any other information that you find important that the ghostwriter should know and have. Then the ghostwriter will draft chapters for you to look over, edit, and/or make suggestions.
Nonetheless, that is not the only way a ghostwriter can help you either. A ghostwriter can do whatever is convenient for you. They are there looking out for your needs because they have no stake in this whatsoever, as your name will be the one appearing on the book.
Did you know ghostwriters can be found just about anywhere? Ghostwriters are generally freelance writers who specialize in the ghostwriting niche and you can find freelance writers just about anywhere on the internet.
Did you know there are some writing companies that offer ghostwriting services too? It is the same as finding freelance writers, companies who offer ghostwriting services can be found in any corner of the internet too.
Therefore, once you found your selection of companies and/or freelance writers, you will want to see their qualifications and/or portfolios. The best thing to do is always go with your gut reaction. Never pick the cheapest one because you will always get what you pay for. You want a ghostwriter that knows the ins and outs of ghostwriting along with someone who will do the job correctly the first time.
The cost of hiring a ghostwriter is negotiable and can depend on a variety of variables. For example, one variable can be how many pages/words will the book contain? Is there research involved? How much time will the project take? Is editing and proofreading included in the writing fees? Also is there consulting and marketing/PR included in the cost?
Most of the times ghostwriters will charge by the word, project, or by the hour. It just depends on a number of things. However, like I said before, this is always negotiable.
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