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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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The Writers Market remains an excellent resource for writers, particularly those just entering the field. In her article How Much Should I Charge, written for the Writers Market, Lynn Wasnak notes the following about freelance writers who sustain themselves on a freelance income:

“Periodically, they sit down and think about the earning potential of their work, and how they can make freelancing more profitable and fun. They know their numbers: what it costs to run their business; what hourly rate they require; how long a job will take. Unless there’s a real bonus (a special clip, or a chance to try something new) these writers turn down work that doesn’t meet the mark and replace it with a better-paying project.”

You can read the rest of Lynn’s article here:

http://www.writersmarket.com/assets/pdf/How_Much_Should_I_Charge.pdf

After reaching a certain level of writing experience and expertise, you need to be able to say no to low-paying jobs and actively go after higher-paying ones. That’s the trick to moving up the ladder in writing.

In How Much Should I Charge, you’ll find a table listing what other writers, including ghostwriters, charge for their services. The rates for ghostwriting a book run from $5,000 to $100,000 per project. Why such disparity? It has to do with the many different factors involved, from the experience of the writer to the length of the project, from how much a client is willing to pay to how good the writer is at negotiating.

The table indicates that the going rate for ghostwriting for business (such as business columns or trade magazines) is $25 to $135 per hour. And for ghostwriting articles, the rate stated is between $50 and $200 per hour.

If you’re charging significantly less than the low end of these rates, it’s time to increase your rates. The start of a year is a good time to raise your rates. You may lose some clients who can’t afford to pay your higher fees; don’t be discouraged. Keep marketing your services (there are ways to do so for free) and keep going after higher-paying jobs and clients who can afford to pay you a better wage.

This way, your fees will begin to approximate what other more experienced ghostwriters are charging (and getting), and you will be able to make a living wage as a freelancer.

Happy and productive writing,

Graciela Sholander

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How’s everyone doing?

Being productive with your writing? I do hope so. If you’re stuck on one project, move on to another. Get your creative juices flowing any way you can. Once that energy starts to flow, you’ll likely find it easier to go back and work on the project you’ve been stuck on.

And if the energy is still not there for that project … maybe it’s time to let it go.

Sometimes it’s good to put your writing aside for a moment and learn something new.

I want to share with you an opportunity for no-cost online learning I just discovered: the International Freelancers Day 2012, to be held this September 21st.

It is free, a welcome change perhaps for many, and the speakers have something to share with you. Browse through the lineup and decide which ones you’d like to hear.

You may pick up a nugget of information that will give you the motivation you need or answer a question that’s been burning within you for a while.

Who knows? It might be the jump-start you need.

Until next time,

Graciela Sholander

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Recently I read a mainstream media article related to (in part) the writing life.

It was about “careers for people who don’t like people.”

Hmm, that seems harsh, doesn’t it? I mean, do people like this really exist? To be sure, there are people who prefer working independently, or who like to be alone most of the time, or who prefer spending time with one trusted individual instead of hanging out with a horde of people.

These, however, are not “people-dislikers.” They like people enough. They just don’t need to be around them 24/7.

When I saw the description, I knew immediately that a writing career had to be on the list.

I mean, isn’t that how the world sees us? Solitary figures hunched over our keyboards in dimly lit rooms, huge “Do Not Disturb” and “Keep Out!” signs plastered on locked doors?

Sure enough, one of the six careers mentioned in the article was Technical Writer.

“Ha!” I thought. “There is NO way a technical writer would survive in this field if she or he disliked people!”

A technical writer has to communicate well with people from a variety of backgrounds, including managers, technical experts, graphic designers, marketers and salespeople. No, not constantly, but it is an integral part of the job. If a technical writer truly “doesn’t like people,” it’ll be hard for her to enjoy her job.

No, I’m not dense. I get what the author of this article is saying, namely, that certain jobs suit introverts better than extroverts. I just don’t like the words she chose to deliver her message. I don’t like perpetuating myths and stereotypes about writers (or anyone, for that matter).

Writers are not people-haters, folks. We love people! They fascinate us. We love our loved ones. We enjoy the company of others. We enjoy meeting people and making lasting friendships. We value our professional relationships.

Come on, world, get it right.

And the irony in all this? A writer wrote the article.

Surely shoe doesn’t dislike people, or does she?

Keep on writing,

Graciela Sholander

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It’s true. Publishers hire ghostwriters.

A competitive arena, no doubt. So how do you break in? Start by publishing something of your own. After you’ve written your own book (or eBook), you have something to show. You have proof that you can handle writing a full-length book.

With one or more published books under your belt, you can approach publishing houses directly … but always do so professionally. Update your website before contacting publishers. Then submit a polished resume and cover letter expressing interest in writing for the company and highlighting your accomplishments.

When deciding which publishers to contact, find the best matches to your background, experience, ability and expertise.

Traditional publishers aren’t the only ones looking for ghosts. Many book packagers and self-publishing houses utilize the services of ghostwriters. Here are three you may want to contact:

Arbor Books

Outskirts Press

Tabby House

If you get a rejection, find out why. If the company or agency is not interested in what you have to offer, move on. If the reply is that they’re not hiring right now, try again in six months to a year.

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

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