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Hi Writers,

I want to let you know that I revised my eBook, Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs, available through Amazon. As with any industry, markets come and go. Links break. So I went through and made changes as needed.

I removed several entries that either are no longer in business or have stopped posting jobs, and I replaced them with other markets I’ve uncovered.

In a few places I included new excerpts from recent ghostwriting job posts.

Links that had changed and were broken are now fixed.

In a few cases the sites’ content, structure or scope changed, so I revised the site descriptions accordingly.

If you already have a copy that reads *Revised Edition* under my byline, you have the updated version and you’re good to go.

If you have an older edition, please send me proof of purchase and I’ll be happy to send you a PDF version of the updated eBook, free of charge. You can email me at services@ghostwritingplus.com.

And if you haven’t yet purchased this title, now’s a great time to do so because you’ll get the most recent details about today’s ghostwriting markets.

To your success,

Graciela Sholander

Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs

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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?

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People unfamiliar with ghostwriting often think it involves writing about ghosts.

It doesn’t.

At least, not necessarily.

Here’s a short piece I wrote for the general public to clarify what ghostwriting is really about:

Ghostwriting Job Description

I hope your writing is going great.

I’ll have more posts for you soon.

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

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If your goal is to ghostwrite books, the day will come when you land your first assignment.

It could be a memoir for a friend, an acquaintance, or a relative of someone you know. It could be a how-to guide for an expert in some field. Perhaps it’s a work of fiction based on actual events, or a self-help book.

Whatever the project may be, you might find it intimidating – especially if you’ve never before completed a book-length assignment.

Where do you start? How do you tackle such an enormous job?

The first thing to do is create an outline. I’ve never been a fan of long outlines, so mine are not very detailed. They include chapter titles and a one- to two-paragraph description of each chapter. Other writers like to create longer outlines with chapter subheads and stream of consciousness narratives that will serve as raw data for the book. Some people’s outlines are comprehensive bulleted lists. There is no right or wrong way to write an outline; do what’s most comfortable for you. Anything that will serve as your roadmap is fine.

Before starting on the actual writing of the book, share your outline with your client to make sure you’re on the same wavelength. Make any revisions as needed.

Now you’re ready to write. The trick at this point is to treat your budding manuscript as a series of shorter pieces. If you’re used to writing articles, then think of your manuscript as a string of articles. All you have to do is write one article at a time at whatever pace you’re accustomed to – one a day, one a week, whatever works for your schedule and your client’s schedule.

Let me back up a moment; breaking up a long project into a series of shorter works (articles, posts, scenes) will help you come up with a time estimate for your project. Do the math before giving your client an estimated schedule. Figure out how much time you can devote to ghostwriting this book each week in light of your other projects and responsibilities.

For example, say you have twenty hours a week to devote to this book project, and you typically complete a 2,000-word article in six to seven hours. In a week, then, you can write the equivalent of three articles, or a total of 6,000 words. If you’re aiming for a 60,000-word manuscript (approximately 200 to 240 double-spaced manuscript pages), it might take you approximately ten weeks to complete just the raw writing.

But don’t tell your client you’ll finish the book in ten weeks. There will be lag time as you wait for feedback … or for an invoice to be paid. Until I’ve established a good working relationship with a client built on trust, I wait to receive payment of the previous invoice before continuing. Once the client has established herself as someone who can and will pay for the work in a timely manner, then I feel free to keep going without pausing.

Add three to four weeks to factor in these delays, and then add another two to three weeks for edits, rewrites and revisions, and one more week for final changes and proofreading. The estimated schedule now is 16 to 18 weeks. In this scenario, tell your client it’ll take you about 20 weeks to write the book.

If you have to do substantial research or interviewing to gather information, you’re probably looking at closer to 40 weeks. Offer this as your estimated length of time to complete the project. Always clarify that you’re providing an estimate, not an exact schedule, because too many factors are involved – some of them out of your control.

And if you get done ahead of schedule, good for you. You’ll be a hero.

So remember, treat a book project as a series of individual articles, or blog posts, or scenes, and tackle each smaller piece one at a time. This is how to get a handle on a big project. One “article” at a time, one step at a time, you’ll work through it. Four or five months later – or seven or twelve months later, depending on the scope of the project and your best calculations – you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished. You’ve ghostwritten an entire book!

Until next time,

Graciela Sholander

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