A ghost writer is a professional writer, usually a freelancer, who creates copy for other people for which the ghost writer receives either no credit or limited credit. When ghost writing a book, a ghost writer may receive a cover credit such as an “As told to…” or even coauthor status, in which case the ghost writer’s name is usually below the client’s name. And sometimes a ghost writer receives a credit on the acknowledgments page of a book, often being listed only as the book’s “Editor” by the client.
With screenplays, the ghost writer may receive a simple screen credit near the client’s name. But credits do not usually replace pay for a ghost writer. The whole point behind ghost writing is to make money directly from the client, often through advance payments during the course of the ghost writer working on the client’s project. This is how I and most other ghost writers operate.
But I am willing to work on almost any type of book, and I send out screenplay work to talented, optioned screenwriters on our team. You see, ghost writing can be a quite lucrative profession, as it entails receiving your pay upfront as you create your client’s project. The amounts you get for your work can range from $2,000 to beyond $100,000, depending on many factors, so it’s a good money making field.
In order to become a ghost writer, you need to have some already published work, and it helps to set up a writer’s website – with a posted resume and a portfolio displaying your best work. Of course, you will need to basically be a good writer as well. It also helps to have a degree in English of some kind, and it helps to have previously published books under your own name and to have optioned scripts and possibly even received awards for your scripts and screenplays.
Being a ghost writer is fun, profitable, and above all else – you get to scare people! Just kidding, but the amount of income you can stand to make from ghost writing is indubitably scary, all by itself.
Thanks, Karen! I would love to have more of this kind of problem. I’ve had a few people suggest I become an editor, but for now I would rather exchange critiques with others as I write my own books. I’ve had two meetings with the local SCBWI group I started, and I’m starting to make better progress. But for anybody who wants to publish a book but has no desire to learn how to write, hiring a ghost writer sounds like a good choice. The same goes for anybody who lacks enough time to tackle such a big project. Just remember it’s going to take some money. Start saving now, because if you wait too long, you’ll end up publishing posthumously! Alas, poor Yorick!
Click this link to reach Karen’s Ghost Writer Information page. You’ll find a contact form to submit your project and get matched with a ghost writer today. If you desire other editing services, read all about the different types Karen’s firm provides here.
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