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.

Freelance Writing, Ghostwriting and Article Writing Jobs

Here are the jobs listed for today. Happy hunting and enjoy!

Thanks to Anne!

http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/2010/06/freelance-writing-jobs-for-friday-june-11-2010/?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_content=64+jobs+-+resend+with+working+links&utm_campaign=abwn

Freelance Writing Opportunities-May 21, 2010

For all you Freelance Writers seeking opportunities.  I thought I’d start adding writing opportunities in hopes it will assist you in locating and landing a perfect Freelance Writing opportunity.

I may just link to a particular site I come across, or add specific details about a particular opportunity.

Today’s link is from Anne Wayman at AboutFreelanceWriting.

Please feel free to explore the many freelance writing opportunites she posts frequently on her web site.

Thanks Anne!

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!

Balance Your Business with Freelance Opportunities

Have you ever considered yourself a client? Most freelance writers don’t. They just take on as many viable projects as possible, hoping to keep the work coming in so they can pay their bills and sock some extra away for an emergency or for fun.

But with your writing skills, there’s no excuse for not creating your own info product empire and setting yourself up for a lifetime of automated profits. Wouldn’t you prefer that to just continually seeking out the next project over and over again?

I worked for years as a freelance writer, always balking at those marketers who told me they made $10,000 a MONTH without working anymore. But then this summer (with two main eBooks on the market and a site that sells private label rights content), I took off for an entire month and without lifting a finger, I made $200 a day. Well, $198 and some change, to be precise. That’s over $6,000 a month fully automated.

Right now, you’re working. I want to teach you how to balance your income by creating a business that will work for you like mine does. Now as a freelance writer, you’re probably more cynical and skeptical than your average consumer because you see how the marketers operate – often in an unethical manner, like sending you an eBook and asking for a “knock off” or spying on their competition and asking you to beat them to the punch with a project on the exact same topic.

Your view of eBooks may have been skewed, but let’s wipe away the tarnish and see how this opportunity could change your life. If you created an eBook with your name on it, you’d make sure it was of the very highest quality, wouldn’t you? You would conduct ample research and you would ensure it was unique from your competitors.

Just those two elements will set you apart from the mass of marketers who rehash information and spin their wheels trying to build a solid reputation. Let’s say you’ve picked a niche topic to work with and written a solid, 50-page eBook. The next steps are what always stopped me – the technical details.

All you need to know are these steps and you’ll have an eBook empire generating income for you every day of the week:

1.) Compile and secure your eBook in the right format 2.) House it on a domain with a sales letter designed to convert (this will be hard for you because you’re going to have to write sales copy like a marketer) 3.) Set it up with a shopping cart and on an affiliate marketplace 4.) Promote it and attract others to promote it for a share in the profits

Now of course each of those steps above has some detail involved, but it’s not as hard as you think. Your biggest hurdle is in balancing your workload from clients with your workload in setting up your own business.

When I was ghostwriting, I used Excel to map out what tasks I had left to complete for a client. The top row had their name (so I had several columns depending on how many projects I was working on), and each row below the name had a task to complete, which I deleted once I finished it.

One day, fed up with working for others, I added a column to the end of the spreadsheet. It was titled, “Tiffany.” Although I was Tiffany, I tried looking at myself in the third person, making her a client with deadlines and a task list of her own.

Whenever I worked on projects, even if it meant pushing a prepaid client to the backburner, I worked Tiffany’s tasks into the day’s workload, knowing that although she didn’t prepay for the work, she was going to pay me even more once the project was complete.

Balancing your own projects with that of clients is often how Moms in a family operate. They take of everyone else but themselves. We all know a Mom (maybe even yourself) who start getting sick, but instead of going to the doctor, they spend their time and money on the kids’ needs. Then they wind up with pneumonia or something worse because they couldn’t see the logic in putting themselves first.

By constantly focusing on clients and ignoring your own business needs, you’re hurting your financial future. Don’t put it off another day. In fact, do it right now – add your name to your client list and map out a task list for yourself of what you need to do to set up an automated income. The relief you feel one day waking up to sales with zero work to be done is a feeling unlike any other.

Bio:

Tiffany Dow is the author of Building an eBook Empire, which teaches you in a step by step manner how to get your own info product on the market. She used a guinea pig student to determine what needed to go into the guide from a complete newbie perspective so no stone is left unturned.

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