Professional Ghostwriter… Need one?

You should write a book, but…

Unless you’re a professional writer you probably don’t have time.

I may be able to write it for you. I don’t yet know who you are or whether you want a book, blogposts or an article, and you probably don’t know much about what a ghostwriter does, so I hope this site can help. Click to find out:

If you’re looking for someone to edit your work, or research and write history for you, click on the relevant post in the Stronglanguage Blog at the very top of this page.

If you need a writer, stick with me…

Get it in Writing: Hannah’s four top tips for hiring a ghostwriter

  1. Rapport.

    Arrange an introductory meeting before you make a decision. Don’t expect your writer to have loads in common with you, but do find someone you can talk to. Ghostwriters can generally work with you regardless of your politics or past misdemeanours as long as they like you. Anything they don’t understand they will ask you to explain, in minute detail. To write your book they have to put themselves in your shoes.

  2. Confidentiality.

    Before the introductory meeting, consider carefully what you will want them to write about. If anything you have to say in the initial meeting may somehow be damaging, then ask the ghostwriter to sign a simple confidentiality agreement/non-disclosure letter (no more than a few lines) on the spot. You’ll keep a copy and so will the writer.

  3. Get it in writing.

    Begin work with the writer only when you’ve read and signed a contract. If this happens through an agent or publisher, there may well be clauses allowing the ghostwriter a share of the publisher’s advance payment, and of subsequent royalty payments. However even if your arrangement with the ghostwriter is arranged between both parties privately, for a ‘buyout’ (a set fee, usually payable in stages), please make it legal. You both need some kind of enforceable agreement about, at the very least, copyright, money, deadlines, interview arrangements and confidentiality before you start work together. If the ghostwriter has a contract at the ready, read it before you sign and if you are out of your depth, take a solicitor’s advice.

  4. Read this site!

    The links in the text above will take you to most of what you want to know. The one with its eyebrow raised, the truly magic link, is on the top line and says CONTACT.

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