How Ghost writing Articles and Books Can Earn You Big Money!
Do you want to make $5000, $10,000 or more every month as a freelancer? Does your current
published materials earn you that much or are you still struggling looking for new jobs
every month? Well, ghost writing articles and books for businesses could earn you a lot
of money and end your painful quest for writing jobs.
Making money as a freelance writer can be tough especially for newbies with no samples or
prior experience. Most editors want published writers with a proven track record. And the
few acceptances you will receive may get you paid $50 or $100 an article. With these
figures you can only imagine whether you can make a living freelancing.
Well, its not all doom and gloom as there are other better alternatives. One of these, is
ghost writing of articles, books, manuals, e.t.c. for business for fees ranging from $500
to $5000 or even more for big work. A single how-to article could be ghost written for
businesses for a fee of $1500 or $3000 depending on the work involved writing and the
publications placed in. Surely this is much more than many magazine and newspaper editors
pay for single articles from newbies. Sell four or five articles per month and you can
consider going full time into freelancing.
To begin with, you need to identify a niche area of you expertise. It could be in medical
writing, business writing or a narrow area which you are knowledgeable in or you can make
easy inroads into. Not that this limits your market potential but having a niche area of
specialization would make it easier to operate, as you will be constantly drawing ideas
from a rich and ready knowledge base.
Next, you should research a few ideas and convert them into a few how-to articles in your
market niche. Post the finished articles to article submission databases such as:
Use the published articles as samples of your writing ability and work. At the same time
the articles will be picked and published in hundreds of ezines and high traffic sites,
thus gaining free publicity for you and your business.
To get business you will need to send letters or e-mails to your local businesses and even
those beyond with proposals to write articles for them. Explain to them the benefits of your
business such as boosting their business's image and credibility as well as generate leads
for later follow - up. Enclose a few samples, a tentative contract agreement and a cover letter.
You can also purchase or rent business names and addresses from direct mail list brokers,
fish out names from your business and yellow pages directory.
Before writing to them, you could do some background check and find out the status and
details of the business. If they have a website, you could check it out and get the name of
their marketing executive. Address your letter to him/her and offer to call or visit for a
detailed business presentation. For businesses which are far away, you could refer them to
you website or offer to send them more information by post or e-mail.
Writing the Article
Once you have secured the business's acceptance and you have signed a contract, you should
ask them to send to you brochures, press releases, manuals, e.t.c. Write down a list of
questions and send to the marketing executive seeking answers about the business or industry.
You can also do further research at the local library, online libraries and databases and
read trade and industry publications for further information to write an outline for a how to-article.