By choosing carefully, you can ensure your project has the best chance of success!
Writing can be hard and sometimes you don’t want to write it yourself or you don’t have the time. If this sounds like you, you might want to hire a ghostwriter instead — but not just any ghostwriter will do! Before you start searching online, it’s important to first consider what type of ghostwriter you need and how much work your project requires to get it done quickly and effectively without sacrificing quality. This guide will help you find the right ghostwriter for your project based on a few major factors: qualifications, expertise, availability and experience.
Decide what type of ghostwriter you need
Different ghostwriters have distinct skills. If you’re looking for someone who can help you edit and fine-tune your work into something publishable, it’s a good idea to find someone with experience as an editor or teacher. Those types of skills can be very helpful in finding ways to improve your writing.
Alternatively, if you need someone who can provide comprehensive services from start to finish, look for a writer with experience in doing that — especially since ghostwriting projects tend to be relatively short-term by nature. Make sure your ghostwriter is willing and able to tackle all aspects of your project: You don’t want them focused on just writing or researching — they should be able to do both as well as structuring and organizing your information.
It's always helpful if you outline what your project is about. This gives your writer a better idea of what you're looking for and whether or not they can help you out.
Know where to find ghostwriters
Finding a ghostwriter may be easy or difficult, depending on what you're looking for. A few great places to find writers are:
Ask if the ghostwriter knows about your topic
If you're writing a book on deep-sea diving, then you should ask whether or not your ghostwriter has had experience working with books about that specific topic. You'd be surprised at how many writers out there claim to be experts in certain subjects, but don't have any hands-on experience or training in that field. It's important to know what kind of background and expertise you'll get from your ghostwriter. Before making any decisions, it's a good idea to talk about qualifications and experience with your writer – after all, you might be hiring them for months or even years!
Is the writer available to meet your deadline?
A ghostwriter who’s booked out won’t be able to meet your deadline — so make sure you look at all of their current projects and see if they have time for yours. If not, ask yourself if you can wait until their schedule opens up or whether you might want to look elsewhere. But keep in mind that ghostwriters usually fill up quickly and there might not be an opening when you first reach out, especially if you’re working on a time-sensitive project like a book. Make sure to plan ahead!
Can the writer disclose any previous work?
Although ghostwriters are not legally required to disclose previous work, you must do your research and ask. Most reputable ghostwriters will have nothing to hide and will happily send you samples of their work so that you can judge whether they're right for your project.
An experienced writer will likely have written work ready even if it isn't specifically related to your project. Make sure that you are happy with all of their previous work before moving forward. If you're looking at a copywriter or an editor, be aware that they will probably not have much experience writing for print or online publications and should avoid anyone who does. These professions should generally stick with what they know.
Do they provide a fully rounded contract?
In most cases, a ghostwriting contract will be very detailed and will protect you in terms of your rights, as well as specify what’s expected of both parties. For example, you might need to provide at least two interviews before they can begin work on your project (they’ll want to get a feel for your personality first). Ask to see a sample. When it comes down to it, make sure that their contract is as comprehensive as possible. You wouldn’t hire an architect with no contract so don’t hire a ghostwriter without one either!
Be prepared ahead of time
Doing one's research and preparing in advance is vital. Not only do you want to have a clear understanding of what it is that you’re looking for in a ghostwriter, but also how you’ll make sure they fit with your team and your goals. It can be very easy (and tempting) to look at price as an indicator of quality, but it’s very important not to get caught up in being cheap rather than getting what you need. Asking questions before you start interviewing potential ghostwriters will help ensure that your project goes smoothly, no matter who ends up taking on your project.