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Hard to believe the year’s almost over! First of all, I want to wish you a happy holiday season and all the best in 2015.

And second, I’d like to give you three tips to help you drum up more ghostwriting business, make more money, or both, in the new year.

Contact Former Clients

You never know what former clients are up to … if you don’t contact them, that is. Chances are, they’ve got another project in mind. Your timely email can be just the impetus they need to get it started, and you’re likely the right ghostwriter to take it on.

Raise Your Rates

How long have you been working at the same rates? If it’s been a couple of years or more, then consider raising your rates by 10% to 25%. Even if you increased your rates one year ago, go ahead and give yourself a 5% raise on January 1st.

Write What You Enjoy

If the kind of writing you do isn’t your favorite, branch out. In addition to writing what is currently paying the bills, write something just for fun. Once it’s done, figure out where to sell it. Would it work as an eBook? Can you submit it to a magazine or website? Could it serve as a guest blog post? (You can reach a whole new set of readers – and potential clients – by posting on someone else’s blog as a guest.)

Make 2015 a productive, lucrative writing year. Whether you ghostwrite full-time or on the side, always be your most professional in your interactions with current and potential clients.

One more thing – commit to learning more about the business of writing. Even if your primary strength will always be quality writing (as it should be), the more you learn about sales, marketing and strategic business decisions, the more business you’ll drum up. For starters, take a look at this intriguing strategy. What do you think?

Happy writing,

Graciela Sholander

Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs?

What Does The Ghost Say?

 

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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:

6 Ghostwriting Myths, Dispelled

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.

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The second post I’d like to share is about getting a gig even when you lack experience:

Lack Experience? Never Admit It!

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,

Graciela Sholander

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