If you decide to ghostwrite e-books and trade paperbacks for clients, consider the following: If a client hires you as a "work-for-hire" ghostwriter, then the client pays you for your work, and he owns all rights. Make sure:
Welcome to Bucaro TecHelp!

Bucaro TecHelp
Maintain Your Computer and Use it More Effectively
to Design a Web Site and Make Money on the Web

About Bucaro TecHelp About BTH User Agreement User Agreement Privacy Policy Privacy Site Map Site Map Contact Bucaro TecHelp Contact RSS News Feeds News Feeds

Victims of Sandy Hook

Stop the Slaughter of Innocents. Congress is bought and paid for by gun lunatics and gun promotion groups. If you want to live in a safe America, help buy Congress back for America. Send a donation to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, 909 Third Avenue, 15th Floor New York, NY 10022

Tips to Ghostwrite as a Freelance Writer

Serious freelance writers know their income may come from other sources, not just writing articles for magazines or clients. Ultimately, their freelance writing leads to writing books or e-books for themselves or as ghostwriters. If you decide to ghostwrite e-books and trade paperbacks for clients, consider the following:

If a client hires you as a "work-for-hire" ghostwriter, then the client pays you for your work, and he owns all rights. Make sure: 1. You receive a 50 percent retainer before you begin the work; and 2. You receive the balance at or right before delivery. That's it. If the book turns out to be a great success, great! That's wonderful! You should be extremely proud - but from a distance! To be a successful ghostwriter, you must enjoy your glory as a ghostwriter in the shadows. Many ghostwriters prefer it that way.

I know a great speaker in the industry who commands $10,000 or more per speaking engagement. He is phenomenal to listen to and even more dynamite to read. However, he doesn't write his books alone. He contributes to them but he never writes any of them himself. His ghostwriter, Shelly, is known only to a few writers in a close-knit writer's group.

Why does Shelly let this speaker take all the glory for her work? She is painfully shy and exceedingly talented as a writer. She once said, "I am where I need to be and he is where he should be." If you are going to ghostwrite, stay where you belong (invisible) and accept payment for the job as payment enough.

Tip Number 1: As a ghostwriter, you should always try to meet the needs of the true "author" of the work. Cover the content they want and do your best to make the client happy.

Tip Number 2: As with writing any book, ghostwriting involves lot of revisions and changes as far out as two months, especially if the book needs to go through an editor or publisher. You should make changes as needed. However, don't wait on final payment if your client hasn't received final approval from his publisher.

Tip Number 3: Always write your ghostwrites as if they are your own. Write with quality and professionalism in mind.

Tip Number 4: Never sign a non-compete contract on the subject of the book. It is crazy for the client to ask but crazier for you to do it. If a client asks for one, walk away. You have your own work to protect as well as the client's work. Remember the saying, "to thine own self be true"? Well, in writing, there's no truer statement.

Tip Number 5: You owe the client exceptional work and the client you work for owes you money for a job well done.

Tip Number 6: If your client is dissatisfied with the end result, even after he's paid you, make it right for the client. Satisfied clients usually become repeat clients; they will bring you steady work and referrals.

Tip Number 7: Consider using a pen name as a ghostwriter. Jeanine Anne, a freelance writer and ghostwriter, said she uses a pen name when she ghostwrites. She said, "I've written most of my ghostwrites and presented them to my clients under my pen name, Jeanine Anne. First, if someone decides to spam me, there's no harm done to the name for which I write my own work under.

RSS Feed RSS Feed

Follow Stephen Bucaro Follow @Stephen Bucaro

Fire HD
[Site User Agreement] [Privacy Policy] [Site map] [Search This Site] [Contact Form]
Copyright©2001-2017 Bucaro TecHelp 13771 N Fountain Hills Blvd Suite 114-248 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268