I love getting invited to lead assemblies in primary schools as a ghostwriter, because the kids get really excited that somebody who writes about ghosts is coming in to visit them.
Sadly, writing about ghosts isn’t what I do. However, if you do have a burning desire to write a cracking book about ghouls but haven’t got the first clue how to put it all into words, that’s when you need a ghostwriter!
A ghostwriter is a professional writer enlisted by a client who already holds an idea for a book. In forming a working relationship with that client, the ghostwriter ensures that their ideas and storyline translate professionally and creatively onto the pages of a well-structured and authentic manuscript. The idea or concept can be about absolutely anything or anyone, but it’s the client’s responsibility to have carried out their own research and to ensure that they know how their idea will generally flow. If ghostwriters had all those ideas themselves, they’d publish the books themselves, too.
In a ghostwriting role, I have worked with clients to help them bring books to life via such diverse projects as ‘behind the scenes’ exposés, journeys of record-breaking triumphs over adversity, autobiographical memoirs, and even principles and practices of starting up a global movement!
Generally, a client will pay a ghostwriter for their services, and will spend a considerable amount of time with them in order to create the final product. Upon publication, the book or manuscript is then fully credited to the client, and they get all of the profits/royalties. I have been fortunate that my clients enjoy working with me very much, and so like to give me an acknowledgment, special mention or ‘shout out’ in their final published works, and I must admit that this kind of publicity helps me to keep my prices low for future clients.
Alternatively, copywriting is much more straightforward, as the publications produced via this process are purely for the purpose of advertising, marketing, selling, branding or presenting. As a copywriter, I ensure that whatever I produce for my clients is engaging, suited to their branding and vision, and most of all, professionally pristine and persuasive.
Whatever the service, my hourly and daily rates are the same, and after a free consultation, I will provide any clients with a fair and fixed quote. There’s nothing scary about the way I work.