Just had to share this “Book Light” with everyone because it’s so incredibly clever. Kudos to Christy Birmingham for posting about her new discovery!
Many clients – and a number of writers – aren’t sure about the distinction between a ghostwriter and an editor.
So I’ve put together these brief lists outlining the specifics of each role in order to highlight the differences.
- A person who has completed a manuscript would hire an editor.
- The editor goes through the manuscript draft systematically, page by page.
- Each page is revised as needed, at the level required (light revisions to major changes).
- Light revisions may include correcting typos, substituting certain words with better choices, and fixing sentence structure here and there.
- Major changes may include revisions mentioned in #4 plus complete rewrites of large sections of text, and reorganizing portions of the manuscript (or possibly doing a complete reorganization of the draft prior to starting the page-by-page edits).
- An editor is often (but not always) acknowledged and free to discuss the project with others.
- Because she starts with a completed draft supplied by the client, the editor charges less than a ghostwriter would.
- Editors typically charge a lower fee for light editing and significantly more for an editing job that requires major revisions.
- A person who wants to author a book but has not yet written a manuscript would hire a ghostwriter.
- Prior to starting the writing portion of the project, the ghostwriter spends considerable time gathering information via various means, including interviewing the client by phone and/or email, collecting notes the client has written down, and researching the topic to be covered in the manuscript.
- Typically, the ghostwriter develops a book outline with the client before moving forward.
- Working from this mutually agreed upon outline, the ghostwriter begins the writing process, completing one chapter at a time.
- Before proceeding to write the next chapter, the ghostwriter generally waits for feedback from the client and makes needed revisions to the previously written material.
- A ghostwriter usually (but not always) cannot discuss the project with others and must adhere to a confidentiality agreement.
- Because she starts from scratch and must do a great deal of time-consuming work in many areas, including interviewing, researching, outlining, content development, writing, revising, editing, and proofreading, a ghostwriter charges considerably more than an editor does.
- A ghostwriter may charge varying fees based on the complexity of the subject being written about, the time it takes to do interviews and research, and how many revisions need to be done, among other factors.
So the next time somebody approaches you to edit or ghostwrite for them, find out what the person really needs. Factor in the time, complexity, workload, and duties involved. Then determine what your role would be – editor or ghostwriter – and charge accordingly.
If the client wants to hire you as a ghostwriter but can’t afford your ghostwriting fees, don’t lower your rates. Instead, switch roles. Suggest that he or she complete a manuscript first, which you can then edit (instead of ghostwrite) for an appropriately reduced fee.
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Hi there, ghostwriters! I hope each of you is involved in a fun and interesting project.
Just want to make a couple of announcements today.
- How did you land your first ghosting jobs?
- What are some challenges an aspiring ghostwriter might face?
- Do you see ghostwriting as an expanding market these days?
Check out the book spotlight here.
And second, I’ve just posted a second eBook at Amazon: What Does The Ghost Say?
In this concise yet informative report, three seasoned ghostwriters share how they got into ghostwriting, how they advanced, even what some of their more lucrative projects have been.
At a price of just 99 cents, it’s worth adding to your collection of writing guides.
Until next time,
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Wondering where to search online for your next (or first) ghostwriting gig?
My new eBook can point the way.
Published today on Amazon Kindle, Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs? 34 Online Markets For Entry-Level And Established Ghostwriters supplies markets for newbies and more experienced ghosts, too.
The writing job boards listed in my eBook present a broad range of opportunities from short, one-time projects to longer, ongoing gigs that will keep you busy for months.
In addition, writing firms and publishing houses that hire ghosts are listed.
If you’re feeling stuck and need help moving forward or moving up to the next level in your career, check out my guide.
Wishing you the best in your endeavors,
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Can’t believe the year is almost over. We’re about to embark upon a new year, and it’s an exciting time. It’s when many of us evaluate where we are and where we want to be, then take steps to better align with our goals. It’s also a time to see how we’ve grown in our writing, to review the lessons we’ve learned from our experiences, and to celebrate our successes, both great and small.
As you navigate into a new year with a sea of possibilities swimming before you, keep the following tips in mind:
1. Make Time To Write. You produce the written word. In order to get more of your “product” out there, you must make time to create your product. I know many of you are incredibly busy with jobs, classes, taking care of kids, and a host of other activities that need to get done. But don’t skimp on writing. Make it a priority. Write while your children nap. Write just before you go to bed. Write during your lunch break. Make it happen.
2. Pick Up Business Skills. As an independent writer, you’re also a businessperson, so it’s always beneficial to pick up a new business skill or two. Read up on writing contracts, collecting payments, paying taxes, marketing your work, and finding clients. The Internet and your neighborhood library are great resources; use them.
3. Give Yourself A Raise. Don’t over-think this one, folks. Just do it. Raise your rates by 5% to 10%. It’s time.
4. Get Yourself Out There. Advertise your services as a ghostwriter. You don’t need to invest in expensive ads; use every free avenue you can think of. Create a free blog on WordPress. Make a page for yourself on Facebook. Utilize Craigslist. Send your resume to self-publishing houses and ghostwriting agencies, and be sure to follow up. Talk to people and ask if they know anybody who needs writing services. Now is not the time to be shy.
5. Learn A New Computer Skill. So in Tip #4, I mention WordPress, Facebook, and Craigslist. Perhaps you’re new to these, which means it will take time to learn how to leverage them. How do you create a blog? How do you find people who’ll read it? How do you post a free ad in Craigslist’s services section? Don’t be afraid to poke around and figure it out. The Internet is becoming more and more accessible to everyone, even those who are challenged by technology. Dive in and learn a skill that will ultimately help you run your ghostwriting business better.
6. Respond To More Ads. Do you hold back from responding to ghostwriting posts because you feel you’re not qualified? Reply anyway. You’re probably more qualified than you think. You don’t need to be an expert on a topic to ghostwrite about it. You just need solid skills in writing, researching, and interviewing. I’m certain you’ve got a good foundation. You get better with practice.
7. Enjoy What You Do. Ghostwriting is work but it’s also fun. Get passionate about it. Enjoy the process. If every step becomes a burden, it’s time to move on to another career. But if you like what you’re doing and you want to make it work, remember to focus on that which brings you joy, whether it’s the writing process itself or interviewing fascinating people, or running your business from home … or all of the above!
One of my goals this year is to get more information out to writers and other audiences via eBooks. I’ve been wanting to do this for years but haven’t made the time to complete and release these books. Wish me luck in my endeavors!
And I wish you all the best in your writing and your life in 2014.
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Last month I was the guest speaker for a members-based ghostwriting site, the Association of Ghostwriters.
Hosted by Marcia Layton Turner, founder and executive director of the association, the hour-long teleseminar was loads of fun for me and well-received by listeners. I had the opportunity to share ghostwriting insights and talk about several online markets. Marcia was a great host! A fellow ghostwriter, she offered terrific advice that complemented the info I shared.
Through her site, you can download this free e-report: 7 Surprising Sources of Ghostwriting Income
Amazon.com also offers great freebies for ghostwriters (and other flavors of writers). If you’re like me and you don’t have a Kindle, you can still access these e-books through the “Kindle for PC” application or the Kindle Cloud Reader. Get them while they’re free – prices can change anytime:
Browse through Amazon and you’ll find more free ebooks that might help with your writing and marketing efforts.
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