Kelly James-Enger is a successful ghostwriter and the author of Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books.
Today I’m sharing two of her blog posts. The first dispels ghostwriting myths and touches upon a few truths based on her findings:
Kelly’s post shows that there are many ways to ghostwrite, and many paths to this career. Most people I ghost for want me to sign a confidentiality agreement. As Kelly points out, though, not every client wants or needs confidentiality. It’s vital that you consult with your client beforehand to see where he or she stands on the matter.
The second post I’d like to share is about getting a gig even when you lack experience:
Never lie about your experience (or lack of it), but know how to word your responses to put yourself in the best, most expert light possible. Play up whatever experience you have that makes you a good candidate for the ghostwriting or freelancing job you’re going after. Both professional and personal experience count.
For example, if you’ve written a handful of articles that have been published online, edited two nonfiction manuscripts, and you grew up on a ranch around horses, you are qualified to ghostwrite an equestrian book even if you’ve never written on the subject. Combine all your qualities to increase your chances of getting the gig.
Wishing each of you a beautiful, peaceful Solstice,
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