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:
- Write Down Your Goal. Seeing it in writing makes it real. Writing it defines it and gives your goal power.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!