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Tips for Hiring a Ghostwriter This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is almost here and with it comes an opportunity to really wow your friends and family with your amazing next project – possibly with the help of a ghostwriter! But have no fear, if you’re in need of some expert ghostwriting, we’ve got you covered this season of giving! Here are some helpful tips on hiring a ghostwriter for your next project…

What is a ghostwriter?

A ghostwriter is someone who writes books, articles, and other written works for another person or organization under that person’s name. The best part is that they can take on any project you want them to: academic papers, blog posts, press releases, or even novels. It’s often unclear who the actual author is because the additional isn’t mentioned in the credits – hence the name ghostwriter. Hiring a ghost writer can help you focus on your writing while they handle the heavy lifting of research, organization and finalizing your project. But with so many writers out there, how do you know who to choose? Here are four tips for finding the perfect ghostwriter for you!

Get clear on your vision

Clear away the cobwebs on that old project you’ve been meaning to get around to or all you need is a fresh new idea. This is probably the most important part of this process, because it will define the entire project. You can’t hire someone for a book if you don’t have an idea for one, and you can’t hire someone for ghostwriting if you don’t know what you want them to write about. Once you have your idea, start by listing off some specific details about it so that the writer knows what they’re getting into.

Know what type of writing you need

The first step in the process is deciding what kind of ghostwriter you want. You probably want their style of writing to best reflect a version of yourself. So get clear on the tone, style and edge you are looking for from your writer. Do you need an expert on technical topics or is fiction more your style? Knowing the type of work will help you find someone with experience in that area.

Find someone whose work has similar qualities as yours 

If you’re working on a children’s book, it’s important to have someone who also has children’s books under their belt. The same goes for other genres. 

Look at their previous projects

If possible, look at previous projects by the prospective ghostwriter before hiring them. Are they well-organized? Did they finish the project on time? What was their process like? How did they communicate throughout the project? If they didn’t follow directions, did they show signs of improvement after a conversation about expectations? These details are helpful in determining whether this person would be the best fit for your next project. 

Ask them about their availability

It might not seem important when you initially contact someone about ghostwriting, but if he or she isn’t available at all times, then you won’t get the full benefits of hiring a professional writer.

Where to find your ghostwriter

Once you’ve decided on what kind of ghostwright you need, it’s time to find them! Reach out to friends and colleagues or post your job ad on LinkedIn, Upwork, and similar sites. Try not to settle for the first person that responds to your request. You should be interviewing as many candidates as possible before making a decision. It’s important that you feel comfortable with this person and that he or she has experience working in your field or industry

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, then it might be time to hire a ghostwriter. The trick is finding the right ghostwriter and the treat is partnering with someone who can help you bring your idea to life. Hiring someone who understands what you’re trying to achieve, has experience with your genre, and is easy to work with will make all the difference. Reach out to us today to learn more about our ghostwriting services!