Importance of Computer Skills for Virtual Ghostwriting Work
When a client asks, “How does ghostwriting work?” I respond, “It works however you need it to.”
Having ghostwritten half dozen books, I can personally attest to the popularity of ghostwriters. In addition to my ghostwriting work, I also authored the book, The Unofficial Guide to Hiring and Firing People, published by Macmillan.
John neither talks about nor gives out any information on his contributions to ghostwritten work unless he has received acknowledgement or permission from the client author.
Importance of Communication Skills for Virtual Ghostwriting Work
Many people have questions about how ghostwriting works, including how much involvement is really needed from the author. When you break ghostwriting down into its core parts, itseems very straightforward. Basically, you talk, and we record. We write, youreview. We rewrite, you approve, and it’s done. But there are actually a lot ofelements that go into the ghostwriting process. The most successful bookscome out of a ghostwriting process that is viewed not only as a businessrelationship, but also as a partnership. Ghostwriters usually work for a project fee plus expenses, with prices heavily dependent on how much in demand the writer is and how much research and other work the ghostwriter must do. Fees start at about $15,000 for a shorter book and go up to above $50,000, but for a regular nonfiction work, you should expect to pay $20,000 to $25,000 for the writing, interviewing, researching and permissions alone and about $10,000 for publishing assistance and more for marketing.The second part of the process once you’ve approved the outline is this: The ghostwriter interviews you and begins to do any research needed to complete the book. The ghostwriter also works on obtaining any permissions needed to use quotes or statistics from works belonging to others.Thanks for writing about this. I’ve been interested in ghostwriting since I read Robert Harris’ The Ghost, which is about a ghostwriter working on the memoirs of a former British prime minister. (It’s a really good book and I’d highly recommend it.)It is vitally important to have clear communication in a contract with the ghostwriter before work begins. The ghostwriter likely has a boilerplate contract to customize for your project. You might want to review the contract with a publishing professional you know and trust or have it reviewed by an intellectual property attorney. Be sure the following is covered: Confidentiality Deliverables Ownership and Copyright Time Money Consequences in case of dispute TerminationMoving on, we can look at the idea that ghost writers never receive any fame or credit: They do. Ever hear of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? While composing his own work for himself, he also made ends meet and earned influential friends by taking ghostwriting work on the side.