Tips for Being a Successful Ghostwriter
Ghostwriting can be a very profitable career if you follow a few essentials when applying for writing jobs, completing them, and working with clients. This will ensure they are happy and give you good reviews, which in turn will lead to more jobs and more money.
Here are some tips for each of these tasks.
1. Applying for Jobs
Use the popular freelance sites. Be picky. Only apply for things you can write well about or are genuinely interested in. The more research you have to do, the longer the task will take, so you might wish to specialize in a particular topic.
2. Read Each Job Listing Carefully
If anything is vague or sounds suspicious, pass on it. Chances are there will be plenty of other listings that will be clearer and created by people who genuinely want to hire a ghostwriter.
3. Check the Reviews for the Clients
See how many listings they created, versus people they hired. If they hired very few people, something is fishy.
4. NEVER Give Customized Free Article/s
This is against the terms of service in most marketplaces and is a scam to get free content out of eager writers. By all means put together an impressive portfolio of your own work, such as blog posts and articles, but never work for free.
5. Communicate with the Client before Starting
Make sure everything is clear. You don?t want to waste time going back and forth or being told you have misunderstood something.
6. Beware of Scope Creep
This can happen when a client starts to ask for more and more things that the original agreement did not include. You might give in once if it is not going to be a great hardship to fulfill the request, but if there is a major change or too many requests, it is best to rewrite the agreement and adjust the pay accordingly.
7. Stay in Regular Communication with the Client for Longer Projects
If you are undertaking to write a book, for example, a quick note at the end of each day or two telling them how things are progressing should reassure them and keep you on the right track.
8. Be Clear about Their Style and Tone
If you are ghostwriting for a website or a person, try to keep your writing consistent with their style and tone. This is especially important if you are ghostwriting an autobiography for a client.
9. Don?t be Afraid to Ask for More Information
If you are writing anything in-depth or highly personal, don?t be afraid to ask questions. But do be sensitive regarding privacy. If they hesitate to answer, don?t push.
10. Treat All Information You Receive as Confidential
Even if you are not asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement or a non-compete clause, treat everything you are told or given with the utmost security-consciousness. If you?re not sure something should go in the work, ask, and abide by their answer.
11. Create a Regular Schedule
The schedule will usually include applying for jobs, writing, and administrative tasks such as invoicing, email and so on. It is important to continue looking for work even when you have gigs so you don?t have peaks and valleys in your income.
12. Remember That You Are Running a Real Business
Ghostwriting is a real career, a real service business that is in high demand. There are many potential clients out there looking for people like you to create content for them. Keep track of all your paperwork such as receipts in a filing cabinet or accordion file, and organize all of your work related to each project in a separate folder – named something logical so you can find your work easily.
Ghostwriting can be an enjoyable and lucrative career. Follow these tips to become successful in your venture.