10 Guidelines for Writing Numerals & Numbers

As a writer, you should know how to properly write out or display actual numbers and when it is the right time to do so. Often times, people can easily get these confused. In this article, I will demonstrate the proper placement of both, numerals and numbers. Are you ready to learn? Here we go!

1. The Difference Between a Numeral and a Number:

A numeral is the symbol used to express the number, while the number of something is an abstract concept. For instance, the number 4 can be expressed as the numerals “4,” “IV” or “four.” Similarly, the difference between a number and a numeral is like the difference between a person and what you write down their name as.

2. Small numbers = spelling:

Whole numbers that is smaller than ten should always be spelled out, i.e. seven, eight, nine, ten, and 11. This rule is one that you can always count on to be true, while other number rules can vary person to person. The reason for spelling out small numbers is that is looks more professional. It is as simple as that.

3. There are NO standards:

Yikes, right? Experts all over have a hard time coming to one conclusion about how to write out numbers and which ones are writer worthy. Some agree that all one-word numbers should be written out, while two-word numbers should be expressed with numerals. This implies that you should write “eleven” and “thirty” but not 44.

4. The Comma:

Commas are really essential to breaking up numbers in content, i.e. “Alaska consumer 571,951 square miles” instead of “Alaska is 571951.” Also, where decimals are concerned, periods are used to break up those numbers. However, in other countries, the comma and period are opposite when using them in numeral expressions. According to International Systems of Units, (SI) they suggest adding a space between large numbers, i.e. $14 300,89. This part is left up to you to decide.

5. Never begin with a Numeral:

Your sentences should never start with a numeral. Instead, if you were using “1,000 copies were sold today,” you would write, “Consumers bought 1,000 copies today.”

6. Decades, Centuries, etc. should be spelled out:

Just as the tip suggests, eighteenth century and the nineties, should be spelled out!

7. Recipes and Percentages:

With recipes and everyday writing, you should use digits. For example, “Add 2 cups of milk” or “5% of adults.” However, when it comes to formal writing structures, you need to spell out the percentage, i.e. “11 percent of adults,” (or “eleven percent of adults,” according to your preference as explained in tip three.)

8. If you’re using an estimated or rounded number, spell it:

Numbers that are over a million and that are rounded up should be spelled out, like this: “Over 50 million people like bananas” instead of “Over 50,000,000 people like bananas.” Of course, if you’re using an exact number, you must spell it out.

9. Number that are beside each other:

If you saw “9 14-year-olds,” that would look confusing, right? Instead, to avoid confusion, write “nine 14-year-olds.” A rule for this is to pick the number that has the smallest amount of letters.

10. Consistency and Ordinal Numbers:

When writing, you should avoid expressing, “He was my 1st Pet” and instead use, “He was my first pet.”  You should also keep it consistent throughout your writing.

Four Paths That Lead to Your Writing Voice

In order to have a successful ghostwriting or freelance writing career, blog, or book, your writer’s voice is crucial to cultivate. Without a truly unique writers voice, you will end up producing plain, lifeless and boring articles which no one will want to read. Who in their right mind would want that?

Whoever your reader’s are, you need to give them strong personality, uniqueness and tastefulness so they can relate, but also enjoy what they’re reading. Typically, if they enjoy your writing, they’ll come back for more. And that is certainly what we’re trying to achieve.

So what exactly is this “writing voice” I’m talking about and how do you get it? Let’s discuss.

When I think of “voice,” several things come to mind such as people you know with awkward, strange, deep or high-pitched voices. This is similar to what I’m referring to. Since no one is actually able to hear a blog, those voice traits need to come through to the reader’s eyes, so they can perceive your personality.

Personally, being from Texas I certainly have a southern draw. In order to convey that in my writing, it would throw all sorts of red flags in my spell check and it would probably make it go haywire. Additionally, most people may not understand it either. So, you still have to be careful when putting your voice out there and use some caution.

Now, let’s talk about how you can give a voice to your writing. Here are four paths to finding it!

Find the Flow: Something that helps in order to find your flow, is giving yourself about three minutes and simply write down as much as you can in that allotted time. For some reason, the time crunch in combination with focusing on quantity produces really exceptional and personality-filled works. So, get out those handy-dandy kitchen timers and get busy writing for the time allotted! Do not focus on censoring your thoughts or editing. Just let the pen and paper take you away.

Write in the same manner as you speak: Think about how you normally speak, to yourself and to others around you. Now, read something you’ve written, out loud, and ask yourself, “does this sound like me?” You may find that a lot of the time, you can answer “no” to this question. One thing you might try is recording what you’re saying. Then, transcribe your thoughts and ideas into writing and see where it takes you. Some of your quirky or insightful thoughts might not normally come out in your writing, but now you’ll be able to catch them and get ’em into your prose.

Disregard Conventions: No matter what you have learned in the past, especially from school or from someone else’s preference, forget about it. Focus on what you want to say, how you want to say it and add what you think conveys your personality. Later on, it might not be a bad idea to reflect back on the things you have learned, however, if you want to capture your voice you must unlearn traditional methods and relearn about “you.” The only area you should really focus on is that your message is being carried out concisely and clearly.

You talk about what you know, right? Get busy writing about it! A really great way to find your voice is to write about things you like or are knowledgeable about. You’ll feel more freely to move about within your word structures because your knowledge will back you up. Whether it’s a movie review, a rant, a life story or an article, your writing voice will become apparent.

You may think that finding your writing voice may be difficult; however, if you’ll just write like you talk and remember these four paths, you’ll be on your way in no time. Just remember to be yourself and don’t write like someone else. Be unique and add your wonderful personality.

In your experience, do you have any tips that helped you find your own writing voice?

10 Effective Tips for Proofreading

As a Ghostwriter and Article Expert, I’m always looking for efficient, quick and creative tips for proofreading. Unfortunately, for proofreaders and ghostwriters alike, there just is not an exact or perfect science to the madness. It is an art in itself.

Through practice and repetition is how a proofreader can become a great proofreader. Many times in our writings it’s very easy to get confused on certain aspects. It’s typical to mean one thing but say or write another. It’s hard to keep it all perfect, but with a bit of guidance, you can certainly get there.

Furthermore, being able to write and edit with efficiency and correct structure is a virtue that all writers should continually work on and perfect. If you want to become a better and more proficient proofreader, read through these tips and practice, practice, practice!

1. Concentration

Concentration is critical, especially when you’re reading through an article, paper, or email to perfect it down to the smallest of details. If you are doing the proofreading for someone else or for yourself, you need to work in an environment that allows you to concentrate; otherwise you’ll end up with an erroneous paper.

2. Take a break

Taking some time out to stop, rest your eyes and then come back to the work you are working on might be beneficial. Resting allows you to pick up on things you may have missed the first or second time. Let’s face it; sometimes you just need a break.

3. Focus on one thing at a time

To avoid becoming overwhelmed or missing out on key errors, it’s important to break up the paper you’re working on into sections and only focus on certain problems one at a time. You may find it beneficial to break up the paper in chunks and focus on problems with sentence structure, then move on to choice of words, spelling and end it with punctuation. You may also want to look out for the following, of course, one at a time:

–        Homonyms: Homonyms are the words that share the same pronunciation or spelling. Words such as “except” and “accept” and “compliment” and “complement.”

–        Apostrophes and Contractions: These include words such as “there”, “their” and “they’re,” or “two”, “to” and “too.” A key to apostrophes is remembering that they are never used to formulate plurals. Just possessives.

4.      Facts, Names and Numbers = Check: Not only should you focus on spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors but you should also make sure you have your facts correct. Double checking numbers, statistics, and formal, full names are all very important. If you are wrong, made a mistake, or typed in an extra zero where you shouldn’t, this could hurt your credibility in the future.

5.      Printed Copy: Having a copy of whatever you’re working on in a printed format, can seriously impact your ability to pick up on erroneous material. Being able to go over it line-by-line and being able to write on the paper, can help tremendously. Nice little changes like proofreading on a screen to paper can help you catch mistakes that you may have missed previously.

6.      Proofread Verbally: Not only do print copies come in handy, but also reading your material out loud can be beneficial. Some problems that you don’t pick up on visually may be picked up on verbally.

7.      Dictionary: If you’re not quite sure about specific wording or if it’s correct, a dictionary still comes in handy, even in this highly technical era. Equally as important, if you’re looking to expand your vocabulary, a Thesaurus is a great idea.

8.      Start from the end: Another strategy that may help you pick up on errors that you’ve missed previously is starting from the end of your article, newsletter, or book and working backwards. It’s another way to proofread and focus more on words rather than full sentence structures.

9.      Ask for a second opinion: Asking someone else to proofread the writing that you’re working on can be very helpful. Another person can give a fresh outlook and pick up on things that you may have missed. This person can be a proofreader, but they don’t have to be. Anyone who knows how to read will be able to find errors, if there are any.

10.   Make a Proofreading list: Much like this list I’ve written for your benefit, you can use your own skills and habits and develop your own list that you can check off as you proofread. This is to make sure you don’t miss any specific areas. You can also take note of things that you regularly miss so that you catch it next time.

Whether you’re a Ghostwriter or not, now you’ve got a handy proofreading list to help improve your habits. Hopefully, you’ll find at least one of these suggestions helpful in your proofing efforts. What is something you do when conducting your proofreading efforts? Do share and we’ll add them to this list.

Things You May Not Know About Ghostwriters

For many Ghostwriters and writers in general, there are many methods of getting published in existence today. However, some writers feel they lack certain traits or components to consistently produce engaging, solid and fresh content.

So, what happens when writers struggle with publishing or content creation? They hire a Ghostwriter! It happens a lot more than you would ever imagine.

Generally, Ghostwriters handle a number of assignments and a heavy work-load. They are well-versed and experienced in handling many tasks such as single article writing, web content creation, proofing, editing, and blogging, just to mention a few, all the way up to helping with a full-length novel. The term “Ghostwriter” simply means they do not receive any credit for the writing they do for their clients, and their clients can publish the work as if it were their own, with no repercussions.

Ghostwriters specialize in many areas and can write a number of different things.

Due to the vast subjects across the web, Ghostwriters are very flexible and can fit in just about anywhere in a wide variety of genre’s and niches.  They may be summoned to create content for websites, online businesses, brick and mortar businesses and even other writers.  Some Ghostwriters may choose to specialize in certain areas, where others may be more versatile in their knowledge and experience and prefer to create content on any topic, genre or niche.

Generally they are hired to help create articles for article marketing, blog posts, newsletters, email campaigns, web pages, BIOs, press releases, white papers and eBooks, to name a few. Some Ghostwriters are experienced in helping authors get their books into print publication, proof reading and editing.  Some might even write speeches, eulogies, business plans, and other areas where technical or formatted writing is needed.

How can you find or get connected to a Ghostwriter?

Ghostwriters can be found all across the internet. Many Ghostwriters or Ghostwriting companies have websites with examples or portfolios, contact information and rates. They are also marketing savvy and create marketing campaigns through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like.  Ghostwriters also network with other writers by joining different forums and writing communities, which may lead to referrals and recommendations.  If you’re in need of hiring a Ghostwriter, finding one that suits your business needs won’t be very difficult.  However, finding a great Ghostwriter will take in-depth research or possibly even a referral from a trusted source.

With the way technology is soaring and the marketing needed for online business owners, Ghostwriters are in high demand.

What Skills is Necessary for Great Ghostwriting?

If you are interested in writing for companies within the United States, you must have a solid understanding of the English language.  In addition, you’ll need to have detailed research skills, excellent typing, spelling, grammar, ability to meet all deadlines, work in a fast-paced and stressful environment, marketing, constant contact with your clients, and knowledge of the different writing styles.

How can you be a Ghostwriter?

Becoming a Ghostwriter takes persistence, dedication, discipline, motivation and organizational skills.  It certainly helps to have a true passion for writing. I can’t imagine anyone doing this that doesn’t truly LOVE it and feel it is their “calling.” If you write without passion, then others will certainly be able to recognize it, and that could damage your reputation.

You’ll need to learn how to market yourself, your services, set your rates, set up a website, create marketing plans, perform article marketing, set limits, figure out your niche, stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technology, and most important…practice, read and write a lot.

6 Simply Awesome Tips to Get Your Articles Read

I know from experience as a Ghostwriter, there are quite a few people out there who really dread writing articles, blogs, or any online content for that matter.  Most people who are not professional writers feel that writing an article would involve too much work, or that its wasted time spent on something people won’t read.  Even readers can develop these feelings, especially if the article seems bland, boring or uncreative. The sole purpose of an article is to have it read, but also to share your important information, or something you are passionate about. In the end, if you don’t put forth the effort, it won’t be read and it will be wasted time.

Of course, for an article to be read, it must be written first! The focus should be put on making the article great and it doesn’t have to be hard or straining. You just need to pay attention to a couple of key parts and follow a few guidelines. Once you’ve incorporated these keys, and make a habit out of them, your writing can be fun and your articles can turn into profitable means for business.

Simply stated, your articles must be about something related to your interests or something that you have knowledge about. Whether it’s your business, hobby or something new you are learning if you know about it and/or are interested in it, this will make the writing much easier.

The bottom line is to create interesting content with creativity.

Here are 6 simply awesome tips that will make your articles enjoyable to read.

1.  Create short paragraphs. When you write a paragraph that is lengthy, the words get all cluttered in the reader’s mind. Sometimes it can cause confusion, and worse, they might quit reading it. So, when you write a paragraph, go back through it and chop the excess off. Make it short, sweet and simple, and don’t forget to get to the point, that’s what readers are after anyways. Also, having 10 paragraphs that are a sentence or two long, is also an acceptable format.

2. Use some bullets. And I don’t mean those from a gun! (Being from Texas you have to watch what you say when you are talking about bullets).  Definitely try to compose your main points into bullets or a numbered list. Overall, the reader will be able to grasp and remember all the main points, tips, or keys you’re addressing. When readers see those bullets, they know that is where the tips start and they know they can get answers fast. Remember to indent them, so they are spaced separately from the paragraphs.

3. Sub-Headings = Sub-divided paragraphs.  See here, how I have each tip in bold letters? This really helps to break up the paragraphs, or in this case, tips, so that it flows quite nicely. It also makes it easier for the reader to navigate through the article, from one point to another. This creates a smooth and efficient transition which will keep the reader’s attention.

4. Create an AWESOME title or header. If a reader is interested in your article just by the title alone, you are off to a great start, my friend. Titles are what inspire people to read. Think about all those trash mags you see at the grocery line counter, its trash, but you’re still interested aren’t you? Your titles should remain short, but enticing! They should describe your article, but again, in a simple yet creative way.

Examples: Reach out to your reader’s emotions or provide something interesting, such as, “Tips to make her want you now,” “How to give her goose-pimples,” or more commanding titles like, “Get her to say “I’m yours” in 6 easy steps.”

5. Keep the “Interesting” rolling. From start to finish, your article should contain things that are very interesting.  You want the reader step back and say, “Oh, now that’s interesting.” Of course, you don’t want to overdo it and throw facts left and right, but you know, let the “interesting” flow. Real life situations are always great to engage readers because people can relate. Descriptions, details, metaphors can guide the reader’s imagination through your article. Remember, making their reading experience exciting, fun and pleasurable will bring them back for more.

6. Use facts and figures. Throwing in a few statistical facts, some numbers, or a graph or two can really drive your article. This is because it presents an authoritative presence.  By no means do you want to make it too formal, but something light and easy will be engaging and it can help to back up whatever you are writing about.

Taking the time to really use these few steps will do wonders for your articles. Just give all of them or some of them a try and see which ones may work best for your article marketing efforts.

What are some of your tips that you have found work for you?

10 Content Marketing Ideas to Enhance Your Business

When having a business that is based solely online, providing excellent creative content is usually a general rule in your marketing plan.

Content marketing is the creation of something that intrigues your end users, and can give them something to benefit from, or the mere joy of reading. More importantly, content marketing can drive traffic to your website, provide prospects, and engage clients, new and old.

Below are 10 tips that can help you in your content marketing:

1.       Provide an e-newsletter.  Structure a newsletter that will benefit your customers. Include tips, news, events, and special offers that relate to your industry. Also, you might want to include things that pertain to your own company. However, send e-newsletters on a schedule, possibly once a month basis so that you don’t get labeled as spam and lose subscribers.

2.       Develop a white paper.  Research a problem that occurs in your industry and address those issues in your white paper.

3.       Publish a “how-to” guide. Research ways to do things better pertaining to your industry or niche and make a “how-to” guide.

4.       Provide educational postings on your blog. If you come across a topic related to your field that is lengthy in information, develop several blog postings on the topic as an educational series. This can drive people back to your blog over and over. Everyone enjoys learning, don’t they?

5.       Use Squidoo to create lenses. You can showcase your know-how and expertise by making lens on a topic of your choice. This will certainly send abundant traffic to your site.

6.       Make an eBook. Take an interesting topic, or several, and turn it into a short eBook. If you have done an educational blog posting in a series format, you can put these together and make an eBook as well.

7.       Make a video. You don’t have to be a professional to make a short video. For example, Windows movie maker would work great. Get several photographs together and insert into a movie maker program, add some voice-overs with a Sound Recorder Tool and Bam! You have a video to post.

8.       Podcast anyone? If you have the know-how or the tools to do this, they can be quite interesting and fun.  These can include updates from the work office, interesting things about your hometown, or anything related to your industry. Providing interesting content is number one.

9.       Public speaking.  Get involved in local marketing conventions or seminars that are in your area. Volunteer to speak about your business and strategies. Make sure you have a business card to hand out and in-turn, get email addresses from others attending the conference.

10.   Creative headlines. When composing articles or content for your website or blog, make sure each article has a well-developed, short and creative headline to go with it. Creative headlines grab people’s attention and make them want to read the article. Think of all the headlines you see passing through your local grocery store check-out aisle. Use some of those for inspiration.

These tips are surely a great help for ideas to incorporate into your marketing plan and they definitely help to drive traffic to your business website. There are also many other things you can do, but this is a great start. Good luck!

What are some your techniques for driving traffic?

5 Elements Every Ghostwriter Should Possess and What You Need to Know When Hiring One

Ghostwriters can be your life saver for your online business.  They are there when you need them and never miss the recognition or the accolades of their work being blasted all over the internet.  We all know it takes a certain type of writer to give up those rights and continue to perform in the highest professional manner.

I believe that is one reason it is a highly sought after profession.  Tons of people use Ghostwriters on a daily basis and if you are in fact thinking of hiring one of these dazzling writers, I’ve got a few things to consider that will help you make a great decision.

Below are 5 elements that I believe that every Ghostwriter should live by consistently:

1. Fresh and Creative Content

A Ghostwriter who is a professional will come up with their own original and creative content. They will not plagiarize or copy other people’s information. This act is very unethical and illegal. A ghostwriter may use other people’s information to gain insight into what they are writing about, but that’s it.  Ultimately they should construct their own creative material.

2. Content Should Contain Information

By this I mean, when a Ghostwriter is responsible for writing articles published to your site, they need to know that a visitor is only coming there to gain insight on a product or feature you have. Thus, a professional ghostwriter should make the readable content interesting and informative. They will do this by researching and providing information that is fresh or new and relatable to your product. They should however, avoid just cramming an article full of keywords and repetitive information.

3. Speak to me Style

Most people hire Ghostwriters to promote or inform visitors of their products and need their information written as such. It should not be just a “who, what, when, where, and how article,” but rather it should engage the reader as if we were all sitting together sharing an idea. Journalists and fictions writers can give you the run down, but a Ghostwriter needs to have a sales approach, while at the same time not making it into an infomercial type content or too “salesy.”

4. SEO

A Ghostwriter should be well knowledgeable in the area of search engine optimization. Today, with the increase in technology and business on the web, SEO is important, and an article without it is pretty much senseless. The practice of SEO is to place keywords into an article in a strategic manner. If you add too much, your search engine visibility will not increase, and if you add too little, well, you get the point. A ghostwriter, who has experience, will know exactly how to help you in this area.

5. Efficiency with Deadlines

Any writer out there should know the obligation and significance of deadlines. If a Ghostwriter is a professional, they will meet all deadlines in a timely and respectable manner. Acknowledging and efficiently meeting a deadline from a client should be their top priority and they should always follow through and respect that.

Now that you know the five elements a Ghostwriter should possess, the next time you are in need of hiring a Ghostwriter you will know what to expect.  Make a list of questions such as, “How do you feel about copying other people’s work?” and “What is your turn around time on an article or blog post?” Or, “How do you go about performing research on a specific topic?”  Knowing what to ask and these key elements will make your search for a Ghostwriter less stressful and more efficient.

Have you hired a Ghostwriter before? What are some of your questions or key elements?

8 Successful Tips on Hiring the Perfect Ghostwriter for Your Online Content

Hiring a Ghostwriter, Copywriter or Article Expert can be a difficult task.  You may not have the slightest notion of where to start.  You may not know what questions to ask, or where to find a writer, or you feel it is task difficult to outsource, or you feel you need to remain in control, or you may not know how to qualify a good writer, and there many other questions that run through your mind.

Online business owners need fresh and consistent content for many business needs.  Give yourself that well-deserved time and hire a Ghostwriter to help you, and then you go and enjoy the things that are important to you.  As your business grows, and if you want to remain competitive and successful, you will have to outsource some of your tasks and projects.  Go ahead, give up just some of that control and focus on what you do best for your business, while the Ghostwriter works their magic.

Hiring a Ghostwriter will help you gain traffic, build back-links, convey your expertise, build trust, increase visibility, showcases you as the “go-to” resource and expert, reduce stress, save you money, and overall, a much simpler and enjoyable life.

Here are a few tips when hiring a Ghostwriter.

1.  Define Your Needs

It’s imperative that you define your needs to determine exactly what it is you are hoping to accomplish.  Do you need web content, article marketing, blog posts, newsletters, press releases, special reports, email campaigns, eBooks or white papers?  Not only will this give you a clear picture, but it will also help in describing it to your potential Ghostwriter.  Writers need as much information up front in order to give you a fair and accurate rate for your tasks. So, be ready with some clear objectives, schedules, and deadlines.

2.  Interview the Chosen Ghostwriter

Okay, so you’ve done your research and located some potential ghostwriters, now conduct an interview with them.  Have a list of interview questions already set up and ready to go.  Ask specific questions related to your niche, services, or industry.  Ask for references from previous clients, and/or samples of their work.  Don’t be afraid to ask tons of detailed questions.  You need to be sure you are comfortable with what they can produce, and if they have the experience you seek.

3.  Pricing and Rates

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is choosing a Ghostwriter based only on their rates.  Remember, you get what you pay for, and this is a reflection on you as well.  Ghostwriters just write the content; however, that content represents you as if you wrote it, and shines a light on you as the expert in your niche.  So be careful when choosing someone with the lowest rates.  I would recommend getting rid of the lowest and highest bids you have received.  Work within the middle range and you are more apt to find that perfect match to produce your content.

4.  Writing Samples and Portfolios

Always ask for writing samples, clips, links to published work, and references.  You may not need all of those to determine the best Ghostwriter for your needs, but figure out what would represent their writing style the best and go with that.  After they have provided all of that and you’re still not sure, ask them to write a short sample of the sort of content you specifically need.  You might even consider hiring them for a short trial run to determine if they can consistently provide the right content.  Have them possibly create two or three blogs posts or a couple articles for a couple weeks with the understanding this is a trial run with no further commitments.  This will show you what sort of “voice” they use and if it will fit into your niche and industry.

5.   Ownership of Written Material

Very important to set clear and detailed objectives as to who will own the work once the writing is completed.  Ghostwriters should know that the content they produce will be owned by you with no reference to them at all.  There are some variations to this though, and that certainly needs further discussion with your Ghostwriter.  Make sure you convey what you are expecting.  This is also something you may consider adding to your service agreement contract or your non-disclosure agreement.

6.  Warranty or Guarantee

You might consider having a support clause or warranty to ensure you have continued support once the project is completed.  You might need some slight changes, updates or corrections to your completed project.  These are terms than can be negotiated by specifying a certain amount of free support, or discounted rates for any modifications you may need within a reasonable time frame.  This will save you money, time and stress in the future.

7.  Service Agreement

In most cases, the Ghostwriter will provide a service agreement before work commences.  It is critical to be protected and have in writing specific details of the writing project.  Things like a cancellation policy, change policy, non-disclosure, warranty clause, payment intervals, work ownership, and rates.  If there happens to be changes, make sure to get it in writing and both parties agree.  Additionally, keep records of emails, service agreement modifications, and any other correspondence pertaining to your project.

8. Etiquette and Housekeeping

Always be considerate and respectful of your Ghostwriter’s time.  In most cases they have other clients they service in addition to your project.  We know there are going to be things come up that are totally out of our control and cannot be helped, but keep in mind and try to avoid the following: adding more to your project once it has already been determined, changing a deadline (especially moving it up), asking for additional services for free, calling at odd hours of the day (adhere to their office or working hours), emailing every time you think of something (wait and send one email with everything you need).

Above all, be honest, kind, dependable, understanding, ethical, and respectful.  With those attributes, you and your Ghostwriter will have an outstanding long-term relationship that will ultimately result in increased sales.  That’s what we are all aiming for right?

Take time to incorporate these eight steps into your Ghostwriter search and you’ll end up with the perfect fit for you and your business.  Finding, hiring, and assembling the right outsourcing staff is worth the time and investment.  It will save you tons of headaches down the line.

What are some of the guidelines you go by when seeking outside help? Do you outsource any writing projects?  Leave a comment and share some of your expertise.  Thanks for your time!