What does it mean to be a ghostwriter?

Ghostwriting is one of those terms that many people hear at some point in their lives, but never fully understand. Those who know the definition might not know most of the details, even those who are seeking to be or hire a ghostwriter.

So what exactly is a ghostwriter?

Put simply, a ghostwriter is a person hired by a book’s “author” to write it for them. Perhaps the client has an idea for a book but doesn’t have the time or writing experience to put in the work. Or, perhaps they just want to see if they can make money from selling books and therefore want to release many within a short period of time.

There are many other factors involved that determine how one gig ranges from the next, such as credit (the client is not legally obligated to give the ghostwriter credit for the book, no matter how popular it gets) and the rate (some ghostwriters will charge a few hundred per project, while others might charge 100k or more). Even the way that ghostwriters are paid varies greatly; some charge by the hour while others charge by word count (either by individual words or by thousands).

One thing that is true in almost every case that I’ve heard about is that ghostwriters work for a flat fee. Most get paid for the final project rather than getting royalties once the book is published.

I hope that this post was helpful to you, and if you have any more questions please feel free to leave a comment. If you’re interested in hiring me as a ghostwriter, you can find more info on my ghostwriting page. If you’d like, you can request a free 30-minute phone call to discuss your project with me and see if it would be a good fit.

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