So I was invited to publish there almost two months ago, but who has time? So I missed the boat on the "first" thingy, but that's okay.
The entire point of ghostwriting is to be unseen and unnamed. Most places for whom you write will not want anyone to know that they are even using ghostwriters, let alone you specifically. So how do you get additional work when you can’t talk about the work you’ve done? Here are a few tips to help on that front:
BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO
Get yourself out there. In addition to keeping up with your own blog (which you should definitely be doing), write bylined pieces anywhere they will let you. Scratch that – write for anyone that will give you true exposure. There are plenty of reputable webzines and blogs that will allow you to guest write, with your name attached. On the flip side, avoid content mills like the plague. There’s not enough return on your time investment.
You’re better offering your services to non-profits, for example, who will love you for helping within their limited budget. You won’t get paid by these types of sites, but you’ll benefit from their traffic and readership. Also you’ll be able to say, “I’ve been published on CoolSite.com,” when people ask where they can find your work. Speaking of…
LIST THE PLACES YOU’VE BEEN PUBLISHED
Even if you can’t say which specific articles you’ve written, do list somewhere on your blog or website the places where your work has appeared, especially if they are high-profile. If you’ve ghosted a piece published on the Huffington Post, then you want to list them. You won’t be able to point to the specific piece (just link to their home page), but people looking for a ghostwriter understand how ghostwriting works. Which leads us to…
Word-of-mouth is going to be your best friend, so be sure that you not only do good work, but are easy to work with and leave a lasting (good) impression on each client, even if you don’t plan to ever work with them again. Ask each client if they’d be willing to provide you with a reference. Not everyone will, but a few good ones will be enough. Bottom line: you never know where your next job is coming from, so don’t burn any bridges.
It won’t happen overnight, but if you create enough work to show that you can actually write, eventually you’ll find people who will pay you to do it – whether publicly, or as a ghost.
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What is a social media policy?
A social media policy is a document designed to ensure that all your employees are on the same page when it comes to posting on social media. If everybody knows what the rules are when it comes to discussing work, controversial opinions and client information (and they know that you know they know what the rules are), they’re less likely to break them. Some people might not know the dangers of posting carelessly. Others will know the dangers, but will just hope they won’t get caught. A social media policy puts a stop to all this.
Why do I need one?
Remember last week’s section on social sabotage? If you or your employees say anything regrettable online, your entire business could suffer. Unfortunately, it’s easier to go viral with something you shouldn’t have posted than it is with a carefully designed campaign. People love scandal, and the Internet isn’t very forgiving.
Where can I find one?
We have one right here you can use. We’ll even help you customize it, if that’s what you need!
Next week in #SocialSpin, we’ll be covering hashtag hijacking, and how to prevent it. Have any suggestions, questions or comments in the mean time? Post them below, or let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #SocialSpin!
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