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At some point in your ghostwriting career, you’ll need to make the leap to the next level.

But what is that elusive next level, and how do you get there?

First of all, the next level may not be so elusive. You already know where you’d like to go next, or at least, you have an idea.

The next level might be to ghostwrite a longer work, or a different kind of work. If you ghost nonfiction, maybe you’re ready to try fiction. Perhaps the next level is to specialize in one or two areas, such as ghost blogging or speech writing.

It might be to write well faster. To break into one of the traditionally higher-paying niches, such as health or finance. To secure contracts with clients with the means to pay higher rates and the motivation to get a project done quickly. Or to have a better working relationship with your client.

Perhaps you want your writing to more closely match your client’s voice, or you’d like to engage readers better.

The next level may be to find consistent ghostwriting work and make a comfortable living in this field.

Yes, you know what the next level is … for YOU. To help you get there, try the following:

  1. Write Down Your Goal. Seeing it in writing makes it real. Writing it defines it and gives your goal power.
  2. Spend An Hour Doing Research. Once you’ve defined your goal, research it online. Google it and see what comes up. Give yourself the luxury of browsing your goal for an hour or so to learn what others have done.
  3. Come Up With A Strategy. Keep it simple for now. Write down five or six steps to take that will bring you to the next ghostwriting level.
  4. Select One Of The Steps To Be Your Starting Point. Just choose one of the steps. It might make sense to start with the first step … but not necessarily. Go with what feels right, or what excites you most.
  5. Take Action. This is the most important part. Do something to get started on the step you just selected. Do this one important thing and you’ll be way ahead of everyone who dreams but forgets that action is required to bring those dreams to life.

Don’t let the myriad of possibilities overwhelm you. Options exist to open new paths before you. Your job is to choose the path you want to take next, to take that first step, and to bring along the right tools and skills for a rewarding journey.

To your writing!

Graciela Sholander

Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?

What Does The Ghost Say?

If you’re a ghostwriter, is there a point to writing and publishing your own eBooks?

Absolutely. An eBook is a great tool to promote your writing skills. Most of the time you can’t share with prospective clients what you’ve ghostwritten (due to confidentiality agreements), but you can always show off your talents through an eBook.

When you’re communicating with a prospect who’s contemplating hiring you, include a list of your published eBooks. In addition, send her a PDF version of one of your  eBooks to serve as a writing sample.

Along with boosting your writing portfolio, eBooks bring you extra cash each month through ongoing royalties. The more eBooks you publish, the more money you’ll see come in. You may not make a fortune, but at a minimum you will offset some of your freelance business expenses.

I’ve just published my third eBook – a fun read that shines a light on our upcoming holiday:

Valentine’s Day: How We Celebrate Love And Friendship Around The World

I had fun writing this, and as with every writing project, I learned a lot from the research I did for this eBook (sound familiar?).

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day (or the newer Singles Appreciation Day holiday), I want to express my gratitude for your interest in and support of my ghostwriting blog! I value each of you and thank you for reading my posts.

Have a productive week and a beautiful weekend,

Graciela

Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?

What Does The Ghost Say?

 

 

Hard to believe the year’s almost over! First of all, I want to wish you a happy holiday season and all the best in 2015.

And second, I’d like to give you three tips to help you drum up more ghostwriting business, make more money, or both, in the new year.

Contact Former Clients

You never know what former clients are up to … if you don’t contact them, that is. Chances are, they’ve got another project in mind. Your timely email can be just the impetus they need to get it started, and you’re likely the right ghostwriter to take it on.

Raise Your Rates

How long have you been working at the same rates? If it’s been a couple of years or more, then consider raising your rates by 10% to 25%. Even if you increased your rates one year ago, go ahead and give yourself a 5% raise on January 1st.

Write What You Enjoy

If the kind of writing you do isn’t your favorite, branch out. In addition to writing what is currently paying the bills, write something just for fun. Once it’s done, figure out where to sell it. Would it work as an eBook? Can you submit it to a magazine or website? Could it serve as a guest blog post? (You can reach a whole new set of readers – and potential clients – by posting on someone else’s blog as a guest.)

Make 2015 a productive, lucrative writing year. Whether you ghostwrite full-time or on the side, always be your most professional in your interactions with current and potential clients.

One more thing – commit to learning more about the business of writing. Even if your primary strength will always be quality writing (as it should be), the more you learn about sales, marketing and strategic business decisions, the more business you’ll drum up. For starters, take a look at this intriguing strategy. What do you think?

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?

What Does The Ghost Say?

 

Reason #1: Payment

Writing for yourself is great. I encourage you to do so. Create articles, books, eBooks and reports under your own name. But if you find it difficult to get paid for your own work, then turn to ghostwriting to augment your income. Clients with funds who have something to say in print but lack the ability to write expertly will hire ghostwriters to write and polish their manuscripts. With a good, solid contract with all terms spelled out clearly, and with clients who value the services of a professional writer, you will receive payment for your work.

Reason #2: Writing

When you create your own works, you have to market them. For some writers this is fun; for many, it isn’t. If you want to focus on writing, then ghostwriting is a good gig. In the majority of ghostwriting projects, the writing and editing fall into the writer’s domain while the marketing side is the responsibility of the client.

Reason #3: Interesting People

Many people who want to write a book or an article (but lack writing skills) are very interesting people. They’ve traveled the world and want to tell their stories. They have interesting jobs and need to share their expertise with colleagues. They might be an astronaut, a rock star, or a surgeon who’s pioneered a revolutionary new procedure. As a ghostwriter hired by people like these, you first hear their fascinating stories and then come up with effective ways to write them.

Sunset

With practice and care, you can make money as a ghostwriter doing what you love (writing) working for fascinating people.

Until next time,

Graciela Sholander

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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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Find out where the ghostwriting jobs are

 

 

 

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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