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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!

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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.


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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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.


  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.


  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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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?


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.


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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Hi Writers!

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.

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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.

Happy Writing,

Graciela Sholander

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