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Hi Ghostwriters,

It’s important to learn everything you can about the business of ghostwriting and practice being the best ghostwriter possible.

But sometimes, you need to step back and try a new challenge. Why? Because trying things you don’t ordinarily do expands your awareness and, ultimately, makes you a better writer.

Armed with that philosophy, I decided to take the “Spam Poetry Challenge” created by poet extraordinaire Christy Birmingham. Leave it to Christy to turn unwelcome spam into something glorious!

Riverside Walk

The challenge is to use any four lines from comments found in your blog’s spam filter as a springboard for your own poetry. At least part of each of the four lines must make it into your poem. So here goes …

These are the four lines I pulled out of my blog’s spam filter:

Hi, I think that I saw you visited my site.

Today I went to the beach.

I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone.

I suppose it’s ok to use some of your ideas.

And here’s the poem I wrote using the selected spam:

Was It You?

It was windy cold at the shore,

The kind of day for a cup of hot tea

And warm toast with strawberry jam

By the silent flickering glow of the fireplace.

But I went to the beach anyway,

And searched through the fog for answers,

For questions and meaning,

Before the breeze blew everything away.

That’s when I think that I saw you.

Was it you?

I don’t know. But what does it matter?

It looked like you.

I had to tell someone about, you know,

That thing that’s been on my mind,

For days or maybe decades,

I’m not sure anymore.

Because it was you there at the beach,

(Or was it? Who can tell?)

I decided to drop my teacup into the sand

And watch the liquid disappear.

Because I want you to know that, hey,

I suppose it’s ok, after all this time.

 

I have to admit, that was fun! Now you try it. And be sure to link back to Christy’s blog and leave a (non-spam) comment on her post.

Keep writing! Until next time,

Graciela Sholander

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Hello Writers,

I hope everyone is having a productive writing season!

I’d like to share with you a review of my eBook, Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs, written by Christy Birmingham of PoeticParfait:

Book Review: G. B. Sholander’s Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?

When you have a moment, please visit her website, www.poeticparfait.com. Christy is a delightful writer with a special talent for poetry. Her collection of poems in her book Pathways to Illumination is insightful and helps readers find the strength to overcome life’s challenges. I recommend you check it out:

Pathways to Illumination

Wishing each of you happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

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Recently I ran across two compelling posts, which I’ll share with you in a moment, that discuss raising your fees.

Both pieces encourage freelance writers to charge more. The reasons given are sound. They include:

1. Low-paying clients tend to be difficult to work with.

2. You will burn out quickly – and possibly quit writing – if you’re constantly working long hours and receiving small paychecks.

3. Higher-paying quality clients will see you as an amateur if your rates are too low, and they’ll end up hiring someone else.

4. With better rates your attitude (and your self-esteem) will improve, raising the quality of your life and your writing.

Lights

If you’d like more reasons to increase your writing fees, read the following. The first comes from the International Freelancers Academy and focuses on why you should raise your rates. The second, which I learned about through Gotham Ghostwriters, comes from Freelancers Union and explains how to charge more.

Seven Great Reasons Why You Should Raise Your Fees Starting TODAY

How To Raise Your Freelance Rates

You and your services truly are worth it. If  specialists in other fields can charge more for outstanding skills and service, why not you?

All the best,

Graciela Sholander

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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!

Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Light looks like book

Lumio light. Screenshot from Design Milk.

Lights can be more than just your typical lamp or flashlight. Now, lights come in shapes that resemble books! How much fun is that?!

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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.

Editor:

  1. A person who has completed a manuscript would hire an editor.
  2. The editor goes through the manuscript draft systematically, page by page.
  3. Each page is revised as needed, at the level required (light revisions to major changes).
  4. Light revisions may include correcting typos, substituting certain words with better choices, and fixing sentence structure here and there.
  5. 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).
  6. An editor is often (but not always) acknowledged and free to discuss the project with others.
  7. Because she starts with a completed draft supplied by the client, the editor charges less than a ghostwriter would.
  8. Editors typically charge a lower fee for light editing and significantly more for an editing job that requires major revisions.

Ghostwriter:

  1. A person who wants to author a book but has not yet written a manuscript would hire a ghostwriter.
  2. 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.
  3. Typically, the ghostwriter develops a book outline with the client before moving forward.
  4. Working from this mutually agreed upon outline, the ghostwriter begins the writing process, completing one chapter at a time.
  5. 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.
  6. A ghostwriter usually (but not always) cannot discuss the project with others and must adhere to a confidentiality agreement.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

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What Does The Ghost Say?

 

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.

First, our friends at Gotham Ghostwriters posted a terrific spotlight on my eBook, Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs. I had the opportunity to answer several questions, including:

  • 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?

WhatGhostSay

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,

Graciela Sholander

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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.

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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,

Graciela Sholander

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