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I have two ongoing ghostwriting gigs that entail twice-weekly blog posts. One of them is for the CEO of a consumer service company that I am 100 percent positive you have heard of. Another is for a savvy entrepreneur who provides marketing services to others. They love that my voice becomes their voice.
For some reason when you achieve even the tiniest modicum of public exposure for anything, millions of strangers contact you and tell you all the wonderful things they’re going to do for you. Don’t believe any of them. I was promised ghostwriting gigs, consulting gigs, screenwriting gigs, columnist gigs, reviewing gigs, offers to write liner notes, offers to be interviewed for documentaries as an expert on flamethrowers, an interview with the BBC(!), offers to consult for documentaries on flamethrowers none of it panned out. Not a single promise was kept. I agreed to them all and never heard from anybody again.
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Of course, you are always balancing between the two: if you remain faithful to your principles and turn down too many ghostwriting jobs, you may fail financially. You might also lose some excellent writing contacts. If your client is well-known in the literary field, or he has hired other ghostwriters before, he can presumably fix you up with future ghostwriting gigs or funnel high-paying work towards you. The choice is yours. Consider what is important to you and what feels unworthy to you, and say yes to jobs accordingly.Don’t shy away from high-paying vanity ghostwriting gigs. Perhaps the Fortune 500 CEO who lives in your town wants to self-publish a book of his life. It may not be a life-changing book but he will be prepared to pay a serious fee and if you can take some ho-hum material, dig deep, and create a knock-out book, you have all the experience you need to convince a publisher that with a compelling story you will knock it clean out of the park.There are a lot of opportunities for ghostwriting gigs and the Internet presents a great place to find those opportunities. You can find many gigs online, through methods such as:For as long as I can remember, I’ve gotten jobs I wanted by pushing my way in. That’s how I became a published writer for women’s magazines, scored ghostwriting gigs for celebrity books, and worked for an award-winning magazine before I had a college degree. It’s also how I got a job earlier in my career as a paralegal, and stacked up raises along the way. And it’s the same strategy I used to position a company I co-founded in 2000 to look like it was already long established.