How to Become a Ghostwriter for Beginners (Ghostwriting Step-by-Step)

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How to Become a Ghostwriter for Beginners (Ghostwriting Step-by-Step)

You saw that online and are interested in wanting to be a ghostwriter, but not sure what it is, how to ghostwrite, how much money you can make ghostwriting and if it’s a real way to make a living writing.

As a professional writer for a few years now, I’ve had some ghostwriting clients. All of them were influencers in their industry or small business owners wanting to start a blog on their business site.

Let me tell you right now that the ghostwriting rates you see online are highly varied. Being a ghostwriter typically means you can rate that type of writing much more than your bylined content.

But, freelance platforms take advantage of the varied rates and rate a ghostwriter as a low-paying writer.

This is not true on my end.

So, if you want to be a ghostwriter that actually makes decent money, there are a series of qualities you absolutely need to be an effective ghostwriter and a profitable ghostwriter.

Let’s first look at what a ghostwriter is and does and then go into how to become one!

Ghostwriter Definition

As a writer something that you might be interested in is becoming a ghost writer.

But, what does a ghost writer do? And what kind of ghostwriting jobs are there?

What is a Ghostwriter?

A ghostwriter is someone that writes copy like articles, speeches, books, blog posts, email newsletters, web copy, etc. and isn’t credited for that work.

The credit goes to your client or someone in that company or business that hired you.

The ghostwriter definition states that none of your work is credited to you. This means you cannot publicly share your client writing anywhere (unless your ghostwriting client gives permission).

You might be thinking – But Elna, how can I build my business without proof?

I’ll share that with you in a bit!!

First though, understand that the writing you do for a ghostwriting client will never have your name on it. Because of this, it’s known that you can rate your ghostwriting services much higher – some writer’s rate is 100% more – than your standard bylined (credited to you) rate.

I personally don’t increase my rates too much for my ghostwriting clients since most are already my clients!

Anyone can hire a ghostwriter. I have! If you have the budget and need a ghostwriter, then you can hire one. Anyone from authors to business owners to teachers and solopreneurs, the need is there.

You might also be called a ghost blogger. Ghost blogging serves the same function as ghostwriters – you write content for someone else and they credit the writing under them.

Many bloggers hire out ghostbloggers for their ghostwriting content on their blog.

Why Become a Ghostwriter + How Much Do Ghostwriters Make?

If you aren’t allowed to showcase your ghostwritten work on your writer website or portfolio site, why become a ghostwriter then?

The biggest reason is that ghostwriting jobs are more lucrative than other jobs like I provide – blog writing. You can grow your freelance writing business or take the next level by going this route.

Another reason why you might want to be a ghostwriter is that once you’re done with the work (and the client likes it), that’s it. There is no need to promote your client piece on social media.

And another big reason to start ghostwriting is that there will be less research overall. Your client has to supply you with the research material. So, you save the time from doing all that research yourself!

Finally, being a ghostwriter can help you and your freelance writing business in many ways. You get to learn how to communicate with clients better and help them open up you. Your writing also becomes better over time since you have to learn how to write in other people’s voice effectively.

Okay, so now the question is, how do you become a profitable ghostwriter?

How to Start Ghostwriting

Let me say that since I’m not a ghostwriter, the steps I lay out are what I feel would help you become blog ghostwriters that can make money. The steps are more challenging than becoming a freelance writer as you will see shortly.

1. Be a Freelance Writer First

Yes, to be a profitable ghostwriter, it’s a good idea to be a freelance writer first. This is how I broke into ghostwriting for influencers.

My high-paying clients also hired me to ghostwrite or had colleagues that needed a ghostwriter.

Being a freelance writer builds your credibility easily. You don’t have to market much on offering ghostwriting services. Prospects can see the value of your writing easily.

Being established also helps with networking.

When you are attracting your ideal client, it’s easier to land that ideal ghostwriting gig. I can’t go into detail on how to become a freelance writer, but the general steps are in my free course.

Make sure you have a writer website set up so that you can start showing your value as a high-paying writer. This is ultimately the first step (once you decide you want to be a freelance writer or ghostwriter and know the niche topics you want to get paid for).

If you need help in the tech part of setting up a website, I have Writer Website in a Weekend for you!

2. Be a Freelance Editor First

Okay. If you feel you don’t want to market yourself as a freelance writer, why not become a freelance editor instead? Many freelance editors edit books, and it’s a great lead-in to your ghostwriting services.

Sometimes the client may add your name as one of the authors as a “with” notation or as the editor.

In any case, since you are editing your clients’ projects, it’s not a huge leap to let them know that you are more than happy to help them ghostwrite a book for them if they want to produce more books in the year or don’t have the time!

3. Get Comfortable Writing Big Projects

The most lucrative ghostwriter is one that ghostwrites books. Doctors, financial advisors or attorneys hire ghostwriters to write their books or memoirs. Kelly James-Enger is a profitable ghost writer, and she says,

In the last couple of years, my ghosting projects have paid:

$20,000 for a 60,000-word health book
$15,000 for a 40,000-word business book
$12,000 for a 55,000-word memoir (The book had been written but needed reworking.)
$25,000 for an 80,000-word nutrition/fitness book of which my client wrote about one-third of the manuscript and I wrote the rest

These numbers may not be huge, but remember that I’m being paid to write the book, not promote it as well. Once it’s completed, which typically takes four to six months, I’m done. I can ghostwrite two or three books a year in addition to writing my own books and articles, which makes for a comfortable income.

This is around $3k a month just for ghostwriting. If you mix this with your regular freelance writing clients, you can make a killing!

Writing books is a separate skill than writing blog posts or articles. Personally, I’ve only taken one book project, but it was only 10k words. I have a harder time writing more than that.

That is probably why my freelance writing course is a course and not an eBook. I enjoy writing shorter content vs. full books.

4. Write a Book or Two

Many ghostwriters are also authors. Many of them find that being a ghostwriter fits perfectly with their business. So, if you’re a freelance writer that also wrote a book, you can be a ghostwriter too!

Again, this gives you more practice on how to write a book and the steps involved in book writing.

And while there are ghost writer clients that seek out blog writing or other types of shorter content, it may not be as profitable than ghostwriting books.

5. Learn How to Write For Someone Else

This skill is one of the hardest skill for many writers. Crafting your own voice as a freelance writer or as a blogger is important for the success of your business. But, if a big chunk of your service is going to be ghostwriting, then you need to be a chameleon and fluid with your writing.

Being able to adapt to other writing styles is imperative to be a ghostwriter.

My writing voice is very conversational for my blogs and a little less for my client pieces. If I decide to hire a ghostwriter for one of my blogs, I usually give them links to the type of writing I want.

Some people or businesses will give you a writer guideline that gives you more information about the client’s voice.

As the ghostwriter, it’s up to you to familiarize yourself to the project and person. Read their content, follow them on social media, read their books, join their email list and get to know that person as much as possible.

From there, you might want to give that client a small sample of your ghostwriting to see if that client approves.

You don’t want to accept the gig and write out the first chapter in their voice, only to have them say that is not their voice.

It’s a big undertaking to adopt another person’s voice. If you don’t get it right, you run the risk of presenting your client (if it’s an autobiography for example) as more or less than what he/she is.

Take Donald Trump for example. He hired Tony Schwartz to ghostwrite ‘The Art of the Deal’. Schrawtz did a phenomenal job writing that book for Trump and it made Trump look like an expert negotiator. But, by the look at of how President Trump handles negotiations, you can see that what Schwartz wrote in that book isn’t reflective of the true qualities of his client.

I have not read the book and I don’t know the history of Donald Trump. But from the Tweets and newspaper articles of Schwartz ousting Trump, I can see how this ghostwriting project wasn’t authentic to the client’s true voice.

Just something to think about!

How Do You Market Yourself as a Ghostwriter and Gain Ghostwriting Jobs?

How can you market your services without showing your work on your writer website? There are some ways to get around this.

Guest Post Ghostwriting Content

One easy way to market yourself as a ghostwriter is to guest post about ghostwriting. For example, ghostwriter Karen Cole wrote this guest post for Freelance Writing on What is Ghostwriting.

Her author bio lets us know her ghost writing service and provides a link to her writer website.

Just like I let new freelance writers know that guest posting is the best way to build your portfolio, it’s the same for ghostwriters! Just make sure only to write content about ghostwriting.

Some blog post ideas might be:

  • How to Hire a Ghostwriter
  • How a Ghostwriter Can Create Their Writing Voice
  • How Do You Ghostwrite a Book?
  • 5 Mistakes New Ghostwriters Make

The list can go on and on.

The point is, if you want to start out as a ghostwriter, you can’t rely on your client pieces to market your ability to ghostwrite. But, you can market your education and knowledge about ghostwriting via guest posts.

Provide Help on Facebook As a Ghostwriter

Facebook is a great social media platform to connect with others. You can join Facebook groups for writers or solopreneurs/entrepreneurs and search ghostwriting threads or pay attention to threads about ghostwriting.

Here is one ghostwriter’s break into ghostwriting:

From there I would add my expertise as a ghostwriter if there are questions about hiring a ghostwriter, what a ghostwriter does, or if it’s beneficial to have a ghostwriter.

Say You’re a Ghostwriter for Hire

A great way to let everyone know is to market yourself as a ghostwriter for hire on social media.

From your Pinterest bio to your Facebook Page About section to your Twitter bio and more make sure to put ghostwriter in your bio. Tell others what you do on social media. This will help attract the right type of clients or just get the buzz out there that you are offering ghostwriting.

A plus is if you identify the exact service you provide like ghostwriting books for authors or ghostwriting content for small businesses.

Here is an example of using Twitter to market your ghostwriting services:

How to Land Gigs When Ghostwriting

Okay. Now, you might be wondering, how do I find work as a ghostwriter? Finding ghostwriting jobs won’t be difficult if you already laid the foundation like becoming a freelance writer or writing a book or two.

Leverage Your Existing Clients

If you are already a freelance writer, a freelance editor or an author, I suggest you look at your inner circle of contacts and network.

This is how many ghostwriters get their big break.

Don’t be hesitant to pitch to:

  • Existing clients
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Other writers
  • Authors

Cold Pitch to Small Business Owners

Remember what I said about the types of clients that hire ghostwriters are? Many are doctors, attorneys, dentists, and other small business owners.

Maybe there are some new start-up app companies in varying niches like health apps, productivity apps, organizational apps, IoT apps, etc.

See if they have a website and if they need a ghostwriter not just for blog writing, but for their email marketing or landing pages.

You can also pitch to solopreneurs like someone who has an essential oil business, or a coaching business and see if they need help with ghostwriting a book or blog content.

The point is to reach out to these businesses and offer your services. It’s probably a good idea to follow them on social media first and sign up to their newsletters. This tactic is leaning more on warm pitching than a cold pitch, but since I prefer warm pitching, I feel it’s a better way to go.

Be Picky About Job Boards

I’ll be the first to say that while I feel job boards are a good entryway for a new freelance writer, it may not be for a ghostwriter. Jobs on many job boards may want a cheap ghostwriter.

You want to be selective in the type of job boards you go to.

Contena

Contena is a paid job board, but the gigs on this platform are usually higher-paying and are properly vetted. I have a post that talks more about using Contena, but I wanted to share with you how you can find ghostwriting gigs using Contena.

Now, Contena doesn’t have a ghostwriting section on their platform, but a great way to connect with brands is to use their leads section.

Contena tracks companies that hire writers. You can feasibly find some companies to collaborate with and pitch your ghostwriting services to them (since you know they hire writers anyways).

This is also a very fast way to find companies for cold pitching as a freelance writer!

All Freelance Writing Job Board

I like this free job board because it’s been vetted and it’s selective. You know you’re only getting the best gigs on this job board. The only thing is, it’s not frequently updated and there aren’t a lot of gigs available.

There might not be any ghostwriting gigs as well, but that shouldn’t stop you from pitching. As I mentioned, if you are already an established freelance writer, then you can pitch to these gigs and let them know the types of services you offer and mention ghostwriting as one!

Types of Ghostwriting Jobs

1. Fiction Ghostwriting Jobs

While this isn’t a popular type of ghostwriter, you may find some occasional fiction based ghostwriting jobs. For example, here is one on Upwork (which is a freelance marketplace platform that I don’t recommend, but can be okay for those first few writing jobs).

2.  Song/ Rapping Ghostwriting Jobs

Did you know that you can be a ghostwriter for rappers or singer? This can be a lucrative type of ghostwriting job for you. While these types of jobs probably won’t be published on job boards, it’s best you network and get to know people in the music industry if this is something you really want to do.

3. Ghostwriting eBooks

As I mentioned before, the best type of ghostwriting job you can pick up is writing eBooks for others. Companies have ebooks, coaches, authors, teachers, etc… There will be no shortage of work if you decide to focus on eBook ghostwriter jobs.

4. Ghostwriting Speeches

One way you can land a ghostwriting gig is to write a speech for a family member. If someone you know has to publicly speak in their town, why not offer to help them write the speech?

You can ask them questions, get to know the ghostwriting project and create a heart-warming – or powerful – ghostwritten speech!

Can You Make a Living as a Ghostwriting?

I mean, how common is ghostwriting? You would be surprised.

There are just as many ghostwriters as there are freelance writers. Many freelance writers are ghostwriters and vice versa. Does that mean is ghostwriting common?

I feel freelance writing is more common in the online writing world, but ghostwriting songs might be hugely common.

But, is ghostwriting illegal or ethical? No it is not illegal and it is considered ethical. The only exception is if you are paying someone to take a test for you or do your homework for you as a student. It would also be illegal if you forged your writing when it was someone else’s. With ghostwriting clients they pay for your ghostwritten work and assume it as their work. That is not forgery.

So, can you make money ghostwriting? Yes, you can, but it may be harder to get to that point – depending on your clients.

In the beginning you may pick up ghostwriting gigs on writing blog posts or articles. While this may be lower-paying, it does give you experience writing in someone else’s voice.

If you can get in the author circle, then you can ghostwrite for authors. This is very lucrative. But, if you just look at job boards and find any ghostwriting gig, you won’t grow your business or make this a go for very long.

What I’m trying to tell you is to really hone down on the type of client that seeks out ghostwriters. While I do mention that anyone hires ghostwriters, only pair yourself with the ones that are high-paying!

I feel the most successful way to break into ghostwriting is to already be an established writer, editor or author.

This at least shows credibility in your craft and you may have a small network of clients you can lean on for more work or referral business.

Common Questions About Ghostwriting (Q/A)

1. How much money do ghost writers make?

The market for ghostwriters varies and the rates for ghostwriters fluctuate as well. For example, you may find a ghostwriting job to do blog posts but the pay is minimal – $50 a post.

Or, you may find a huge brand needed ghostwriters to write gift guides and the pay is $800 per gift guide.

So a lot of the time, it’s the type of client that dictates how much money you will make ghostwriting. Of course, as I stated in my post, the best type of ghostwriting job is ghostwriting books.

2. Is being a ghost writer worth it?

That’s a great question! For me, it’s not.

Why? Because I’m a freelance writer and a blogger and I want to grow a community or following. My brand is me and that means I need to be known.

As a ghostwriter you don’t disclose who your clients are, making it hard to show credibility.

But, if you want to be anonymous or just don’t care to be known all around the internet, then ghostwriting would be worth it for you.

3. Who uses ghostwriters?

Aside from celebrities or singers using ghostwriters to write songs or autobiographies, authors need ghostwriters, blog owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, dentists, lawyers, and other service providers.

If someone isn’t a great writer, they can hire a ghost writer to help them create content – a book, an online course, an email and more.

Ready to Ghostwrite?

The path to being a successful ghostwriter is similar to the path to being a freelance writer. The main difference is how to prove yourself as a great ghostwriter. In the post, I do mention some marketing tactics like calling yourself a ghostwriter for hire.

In any case, don’t shy away from taking freelance writing jobs with a byline! This is great for marketing your business that can even grow your ghostwriting business!

Over to you – are you a ghostwriter? Do you offer ghostwriting services?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Hi Elna, your article is exactly what I needed. Iā€™m a certified life coach and I have my own blog that has four years worth of personal growth content (so people can see my writing). I love writing and would like to ghostwrite blog posts for coaches. How would you suggest I reach that specific market? Your input I much appreciated!Reply to Ellen
Hi Ellen, That’s great you have all that content and credibility in your writing niche. To secure ghostwriting clients I would start outreach or warm pitching. You can also do cold pitching. This is when you find companies or solopreneurs like other life coaches and reach out to them letting them know of your ghostwriting services. I do have more marketing tips in my course Write Your Way to Your First $1k too! šŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Thanks for the helpful guide. I’m doing a little ghostwriting, but would love to do more and go full-time with it.Reply to James
Hi James, That’s a great goal to have! Good luck finding ghostwriting clients!Reply to Elna
hi… Thx for the write up. I was just thinking about doing some ghostwriting work and your write up cleared a lot of those empty spaces… I’ll probably be doing it as a part time job, conveniently at the comfort of my small office at home. Anyways, beside Upwork, can u recommend better option for me to explore? Thank again and may God bless u..Reply to eddie
Hi Eddie, That’s great you want to be a ghostwriter and do some ghostwriting online! I would stay away from Upwork. I don’t promote using Upwork on my site or with my students. The best option is reaching out and having a writer website that sells your services (this is lead generation tactics). Here’s my video on using your website to sell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV48i4aEvH0&t=200s As for actual job sites, Problogger and Blogging pro are free job boards so their ghostwriting jobs will probably not be high paying. I would invest in something like Contena, a premium job board for high paying clients and ghostwriting jobs. I do have a post on Contena here: https://elnacain.com/find-freelance-writing-jobs/Reply to Elna
Hi… Thank You soooo much. I’m looking into it as we speak.. as i wrote this actually šŸ™‚ Thx again ElnaReply to eddie
You managed to clear up a lot of questions I had about ghostwriters, I have a daughter who has a YouTube channel and I’m thinking about the launch of her book thank youReply to Bora
Hi Bora. I am a ghostwriter for coaches, consultants, and entrepreneurs, and would love to help with your daughter’s book if you haven’t found a writer for it yet.Reply to James
Hi Bora, So glad this post on ghostwriting was helpful!Reply to Elna
Thanks for all this! I really want to get into ghostwriting and actually had someone reach out today. Iā€™m excited !Reply to Caitlin
Hey Caitlin, Thanks for coming over! Glad you enjoyed this post about ghostwriting! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna, I’m very grateful for these expositions, thank you. I’d love to start writing and make a living from it too, but I’m not a native English speaker and ISO not not how to get started. I would be glad to get some assistance on that.Reply to Precious
Hi Precious, Thanks for stopping over and learning how to become a ghostwriter. If you want to know if you can ghostwrite even if English isn’t your first language, check out this post: https://www.freelancerfaqs.com/freelance-writing-jobs-non-native-english-speaker/Reply to Elna
Great work ! The way this article described everything about ghostwriting is really informative. I am in the initial stage of ghostwriting and used to spend lots of time looking for the right information about many things like can i also make living out of it, right platform to connect to other ghostwriters. I am pretty sure others will also clear all their doubt after reading this .. Clarity about everything whether its related to freelancing platforms , mindsets for ghostriders , portfolio management etc made me feel like why didnt i get this article earlier? Keep sharing! for a person like me its of great importance. Just read and you will proceed with the steps you were not sure about . Thats a big thing. Thanks !Reply to PULKIT
Hi! Thanks so much! Glad you found all the information about being a ghostwriter in this little post! Thanks for your comment!Reply to Elna
Great work Elna! The way you have described everything about ghostwriting is really informative. I am in the initial stage of ghostwriting and used to spend lots of time looking for the right information about many things like can i also make living out of it, right platform to connect to other ghostwriters. I am pretty sure others will also clear all their doubt after reading this .. You have covered everything whether its related to freelancing platforms , mindsets for ghostriders , portfolio management etc . Keep sharing! for a person like me its of great importance. Just read and you will proceed with the steps you were not sure about . Thats a big thing. Thanks Elna!Reply to Reeta
Fantastic information! This was very helpful to me as I’m only just beginning to look into freelancing and ghostwriting. I’m definitely going to poke around the rest of your site! I was wondering if you had any suggestions about questions to ask when you’re taking your first few gigs. If I apply for a ghostwriting position and they email me about a contract, are there any specific questions I should ask before moving forward? I hope you don’t mind my asking!Reply to Eve
Hi Eve, That’s great to hear! Glad you enjoyed this post on being a ghostwriter! As for your question, if they give you a contract just make sure to read it over before you sign it. Usually by then you would have already talked to them about the ghostwriting project!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna, Thanks for your generous insite. I’ve just completed my first ghostwriting journey. It was something that happened out of the blue and I’ve now written an essay, “My First Ghostwriting Journey.” Do you accept guest blogs? If not, where would you recommend I try to get my essay posted and get paid??? Thanks, again.Reply to Auset
Hi Auset, That’s great you wrote a post about becoming a ghostwriter! This site isn’t a contributing site but FreelancerFAQs is! Go visit my write for us page and follow the instructions:https://www.freelancerfaqs.com/guest-post-guidelines/Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I understand it’s recommended to write my own book first. Im unsure and not very confident in my skill set. Would it be a good idea to maybe ghostwrite for someone to see and understand what it takes? My thought is I’ll love it or hate it. Thank you! Tim JusticeReply to Tim
Hi Tim, Yes, you can write your own book first to become a ghostwriter, but it’s not necessary. I think I mentioned other ways to become a ghostwriter like becoming a freelance writer first or do some editing first. For sure, try ghostwriting books for others to see if that helps!Reply to Elna
Wow, very informative! I have a question though, as a ghostwriter, isn’t one supposed to maintain confidentiality? Do both parties sign an agreement with a lawyer when it involves big bucks? So how do I maintain an impressive portfolio when I’m supposed to keep quiet about the work I’ve done? ThanksReply to Georgia
Hi Georgia, You definitely can involve a lawyer and contract for huge ghostwriting projects. As for confidentiality, this is a must as a ghostwriter. For your portfolio, I did mention guest posting about the act of ghostwriting. You can also ghostwrite about the topic you are niched down. So, for example, if you ghostwrite for entrepreneurs in the tech space, you can guest post some tech-related content to show your credibility in this niche topic.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna. Wow. To think that I have written and self-published over 30 book projects that include 5 full length novels but mostly eBooks and workbooks, I lacked the self-confidence to put myself out there and market my materials. As a result, I remain a starving artist. However, I will look into the freelance courses that you offer and consider Ghostwriting. I am certain that once I overcome the hurdles of getting started, this could become a lucrative opportunity. Thank you!Reply to Brenda
Hi Brenda, Wow, that’s a lot of books and novels! Good for you! I don’t think I could ever go that route and I admire those that do. Good luck with ghostwriting for clients!Reply to Elna
This has been one of the most touching motivational article i have read about ghost writing. I am a fiction author and this article has made me realize that i am just sitting on my talent and its not helping me. I think now that i have read this then i have the confidence to make a difference in both my life and the lives of others who need my help. Thanks Elna.Reply to Jonnywaita
Hi Jonny! Wow! That’ is amazing to hear! So glad you realized that you can put your writing skills into action as a ghostwriter! It really is a great service to offer and make money on the side of your fiction writing! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I’m just getting started in this business and have found your articles and videos to be of tremendous help. I took your free course and thought it better than most other free courses I’ve taken. It’s given me the confidence to create my writing website, however I haven’t yet pitched for work – it’s a bit scary! One idea for sharing your writing is to have a separate website. This is how I’m sourcing my samples. Also I use extracts from my published books. Anyway, thanks again Elna.Reply to Wendy
Hi Wendy, Thank you so much for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed my free course on getting paid to write. Ghostwriting is a great way to make more income as a writer! Glad you are taking action and getting out there!Reply to Elna
Nice piece on ghostwriting Elna. It’s really motivational. I’ve been ghostwriting pieces for most clients. I’d love to get into writing books for clients as well.Reply to Lawrence
Elna Wow! Great information that’s timely for me! I have been thinking about hiring a ghost writer now I have how to information!Reply to Ira
Hi Lawrence, You’re welcome! Glad you found some helpful tips to becoming a ghostwriter! Yes, ghostwriting for books would be a great service to boost your income for sure!Reply to Elna
Amazing post! Everyone else on the whole internet beats around the bush when you ask this question… they’ll just throw random hints about maybe social media and a website and basically end with “You’re on your own kid…” But this is very comprehensive and helpful! I’m gonna poke around your website to see if you mention anything about how to set rates… I’m a romance fiction writer myself and I can hardly find any posts or advice catered specifically to fiction writers. The only ones I have found are from 2014 and older. But I like this, I’ll use it in terms of fiction writing and my niche. I’m not interested in freelance writing because in fiction no one actually highers a “freelance writer…” not that I know. The reason why I want to break into the ghostwriting industry is to actually do something I love. when I first started the whole online business thing, I tried blogging and running a website and guest posting and all of these other things…. it felt so academic and I hated it. I’m just a fiction writer and I want to leave it at that.Reply to Grey
Hi Grey, Thank you so much for that compliment! I LOVE writing helpful pieces, but and some might think I’m giving away soo much free help, but I know that if I was new to freelance writing and ghostwriting, I would want this help! Thanks for poking around my blog. I do have some posts on rates but not sure if it will help you! Enjoy them though! Fiction writing is awesome. My friend Alicia Rades began as a freelance writer and eventually broke into fiction writing and now she’s a USA bestseller! So you can totally become a ghostwriter and use that to help you become a successful fiction writer!Reply to Elna
I needed to read this today (huge thanks!). I’ve been a ghostwriter for other bloggers for a while now and really want to ramp up that part of my business. You definitely mentioned some things that I’m not doing that I need to implement to get the ball rolling. Thanks again for all your great info. I’ve learned so much from you!Reply to Melissa
Hi Melissa! You’re welcome! Cool that you’re a ghost writer! Yes, being one can be tricky to market so I hope these ghostwriting tips are helpful! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Impressive! I’m really motivated by your writeups here. I am a journalist and I plan to start ghostwriting. I hope your further advice will help to build courage in this line. Kudos to you Elna!Reply to Adeleke
Hi! Thanks so much! Happy to hear you want to get into ghostwriting! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I love the idea of ghostwriting. Partly because it sounds like a great way to make some income, and practice writing in different styles; Also because if you told a 6-year-old you were a ghostwriter they’d think you were a cool comic book character. Thanks for writing this Elna, I have it bookmarked for future reference.Reply to Max
Hey Max, Yes! I love that. I’m sure my six-year old twins would totally think that if I told them I’m a ghostwriter!Reply to Elna
A great post Elna. I always look forward to your next post. To the point and informativeReply to Martin
Hi Martin, Thank you so much! How to become a ghost writer is a great service to offer as a freelance writer. I hope to create more content like this for sure!Reply to Elna
Great information! Very helpful in my journey to become a ghostwriter šŸ™‚Reply to Ashley
Hey Ashley! You’re welcome! Glad you found this info on becoming a ghost writer helpful! I never how profitable it could be!Reply to Elna
I had never thought of ghostwriting until I stumbled across a job lead almost a year ago. I’ve been ghostwriting for a blogger pretty regularly, and I love it! It definitely is frustrating to not be able to use my work for them in my portfolio, though, so these tips for gaining clients should be helpful! Ghostwriting books eventually sounds right up my alley, too. That would be an adjustment, but a fun challenge!Reply to Kate
Hey Kate1 That’s awesome! Yes, ghostwriting is something I’m not that interested in as I do love promoting myself šŸ™‚ But to each their own! Have fun ghostwriting books!Reply to Elna
This a fantastic post about ghostwriting. šŸ™‚ Most people don’t realize you can get paid big bucks (like SERIOUSLY BIG bucks) to ghostwrite!Reply to Lorraine
There are a lot of factors in determining cost. For example the expertise of the ghostwriter. A ghostwriter on the subject of say astrophysics may be more costly than say a romance novelist. And even within the same genre the expertise, experience and other factors regarding each individual ghostwriter will and should impact how much they charge to do work for you.Reply to Maddison
Hey Lorraine! Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, ghostwriting is very lucrative for sure!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! I’ve been leaning on your blog (as well as a couple others) to transition my business from a side hustle to full-time. Thank you for experience you share! I feel in-person networking is important for ghostwriters as well. I got lucky and a freelancer friend approached me to ghostwrite a book for her. Since then, I started mentioning I ghostwrite in conversations with friends, network connections, and even family. I’ve found many people have something to say, but have never considered writing about it because they dislike writing and didn’t know ghostwriters exist. Plus, I enjoy adopting the voice of someone I’ve known for a while and we already have a layer of trust. The hardest part is building that elusive portfolio, but thanks to your encouragement, I finally started a professional blog.Reply to Renee
Hi Renee! That’s a great strategy for sure! That’s awesome you got your break into ghostwriting from your friend! So glad you built your portfolio!Reply to Elna
Thank you Elna, this is so eye-opening! I’ve just started doing ghostwriting (I use Upwork to gain clients right now) and it looks like I’m being severely underpaid. I’m going to start re-evaluating my process and using some of the tips you mentioned here. Thanks again for this. It’s going to be really helpful in growing my freelancing business!Reply to Kate
Hey Kate! That’s awesome you figured out you are being underpaid! Yes, ghostwriting books is where you can really make money!Reply to Elna