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Like any job, ghostwriting comes with drawbacks. Knowing them in advance will help you manage them so they don’t become stumbling blocks.

Underestimating The Scope Of The Project. There’s a lot that goes into ghostwriting one page. It isn’t just about the writing. You have to do research. Conduct interviews. Review whatever material your client provides. Develop an outline. Look up meanings of words and idioms. Check facts. Look up the correct spelling of names of people, places, departments and agencies. Check timelines. Proofread. Do revisions based on your client’s feedback. Then do more revisions to repair the writing flow that inevitably breaks when you insert new information.

The final written page that your client sees is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t underestimate all the research, fact-checking, phone calls, emails, reading, structuring, editing and rewriting you’ll have to do to create one perfect page. If you’re writing a book, multiply this process by 200 or so. Only then will you start to grasp the real scope of your project – something you must know for scheduling purposes.

Ending Up With An Income That’s Too Low. In general, ghostwriters don’t charge enough for the projects they complete. Adding up all the hours that the writer spends on tasks beyond straight writing, like research and revisions, it can easily come to multiple hours to finalize a single page.

Let’s look at a simplified example. Say a ghostwriter is aiming for $25 per hour, working 40 hours a week and taking three weeks off per year. This would yield an annual income of $49,000.

She decides to charge $25 per double-spaced page. But if it takes her 30 minutes to study material pertinent to that page, 15 minutes to look up information about the places that will be mentioned on the page, 30 minutes to write the first draft, 15 minutes to edit and proofread it before sending it to her client, and 30 minutes to revise and finalize the page after getting feedback, then she’s earned $25 for two hours of work. Her actual hourly rate is $12.50, yielding an annual income of $24,500.

An actual income that’s significantly less than what you’re expecting is a recipe for financial failure. You might have to charge more per page, per hour or per project to avoid this pitfall.

Not Getting The Client’s “Voice” Right. The best ghostwriters are like chameleons, able to change their writing style and tone to sound like the client. The writing must be top-quality and eloquent, but it can’t sound generic. A reader has to hear and picture the author, not the writer in the background. A good ghostwriter, then, must be able to inject a dose of the client’s personality and flair into the writing.

Undoubtedly, capturing the author’s voice in writing can be tricky. It takes practice. Learn to really listen to your client in order to capture all the quirks and nuances that come through. Revise your writing until it sounds more like your client, less like you.

Trying To Hit A Moving Target. In the beginning, your client may not have a good grasp of the scope or direction of his book. He may ask for a memoir only to change his mind a couple of months later and want a fictionalized account of his life instead. Or he’s constantly tweaking the outline or asking for revisions.

It can get difficult and frustrating when the parameters are constantly changing. One way to protect yourself is to charge per page that you write, and also to charge for revisions (beyond one or two). This way, whenever your client changes his mind and wants something different, it’s on his dime, not yours. If you have to write one page five times simply because your client hasn’t figured out what he wants, then you’re really writing five pages, not one, and you should be paid accordingly.

Avoid Pitfalls With A Solid Contract. The best way to protect yourself from all ghostwriting pitfalls is to draft a thorough contract that clearly addresses these cases. Before starting a project, go over the contract with your client and make sure both of you sign it. A well-drafted contract will protect you and your client in the long run.

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

Discover where to find ghostwriting jobs.

Read what real ghostwriters say about the field.

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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

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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.

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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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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?

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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.

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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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In the world of ghostwriting, there’s always a gig to match your level of experience and writing skills.

Here are two places that offer ghostwriting jobs:

Gotham Ghostwriters, www.gothamghostwriters.com. They seek writers with considerable experience. Many of the positions available here are for speechwriters.

Ghostwriters For Hire, www.ghostwritersforhire.com. Solid writers who are new or intermediate ghostwriters will find job opportunities here.

Good luck!

Graciela Sholander

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