Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Hiring a Ghostwriter. A Possible Option for Newbies?

    No time to write? Don't want to learn up the technicalities of writing? Or simply not a born writer? Hiring a ghostwriter is the perfect solution for you!

    It is assumed that everyone can write. After all, we were taught the skill ever since we are in schools. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Many of us find it difficult to even write a sentence, not to mention a whole book. Or you might not have the time to learn up the technicalities of writing a good ebook. If you are one of these people, then you might want to consider hiring a ghostwriter.

    What is a ghostwriter? And why would you need them?

    To put it simply, ghostwriters write on the behalf of their client without taking credit for their work. The extend of a ghostwriter's work varies. Some ghostwriters take up the task of researching to completing the book, others may take upon your ideas and rewrite on your behalf. Once you have paid for the ghostwriting service, you retain the copyright to the completed work. You are officially the author of the ebook and, thus, can use it in anyway you like.

    Hiring a ghostwriter is a perfect solution if you simply do not have the time to write the ebook yourself. You may have the ideas for the ebook, but lack the skill to pen down the ideas in a presentable manner.
    Or you simply want to outsource your writing, so that you can focus on other aspect of your business, such as promotion and advertising. This is especially relevant if you are new to the game and want more time to focus on other important issues such as getting your website up and driving traffic to it. By outsourcing, you save a lot of time.

    Where can you find a good ghostwriter? Aren't they expensive?

    Yes, hiring a ghostwriter can be expensive. After all, ghostwriters are the ones doing all the hard work and you are getting credit for it. However, if you know the way and with a little bit of luck, you may just find a reasonably good ghostwriter at an affordable price. For a newbie, you do not need to hire ghostwriters who has produced a 500-page best seller, of which can cost as much as $15,000 for one ebook. What you need is someone who can research and write what you have in mind with reasonably good book of 30 to 40 pages.

    To find such ghostwriters, you can go to freelancing sites such as, or to post for a writing project. Any writer who are interested can bid on your project and you can choose the writer which best suit your needs and budget. Established writers charge more for their service, while some budding writers may offer their service at a much lower rate. English major undergraduates are another alternative if you are looking for cheaper ghostwriters. While you may be taking a certain risk in hiring new writers, some new writers do deliver good work as they want to build their reputation. So if you want to hire ghostwriters for a lower price, don't be afraid to check out all the possibilities.

    Before you decide on the writer, ask for their sample work, or testimonials from their previous clients if possible. After deciding on the writer, you may want to provide a sample of your writing to the ghostwriter, so that she can inject your personality in the ebook. Any good ghostwriter should write the way you do

    Another important issue is the deadline which should be made very clear in the beginning so you know what to expect. A professional ghostwriter will usually deliver before the designated deadline to allow room for editing and improvement. Also, you should dictate the content to be included in your ebook in the format you prefer. A good ghostwriter should be flexible and accommodate your requirements.

    Hire a ghostwriter is a good option if you do not have the time to write the ebook yourself or you would prefer to focus on more important issues, such as promoting your websites or product research. Hiring ghostwriters need not be an expensive or complicated process if you know where to source for such writers.


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