Ghostwriter's-Where Are They And What Do They Write About?

Ghostwriter's come in all sizes and shapes

This book about Ghostwriting will answer all of your questions that you may have about working as a Ghostwriter.
This book about Ghostwriting will answer all of your questions that you may have about working as a Ghostwriter.

So at one time or another you thought about being a ghostwriter. But you also wondered, who are ghostwriter's and where are they and what do they write about? Are they some celebrity or hidden entity that hides behind the scenes, staying totally out of the limelight? Just like we often envision a fictional ghost like Casper the friendly ghost to do-someone you never actually see until the next spooky cartoon. These are just a few of the many questions that may have also crossed your mind from one time or another.

Well to set things straight, Ghostwriter's for one, are definitely not ghosts, even though you may never actually see them produce their freelance work in front of you. And to add you may have never have personally met a ghostwriter either, though you may know a friend or two, who claims to do this type of freelance work. Some of you may even write for a variety of websites and on those other writing platforms, there may be a few author's there, who also freelance either during their spare time, or write full-time as ghostwriter's.

Ghostwriter's are often hired by politician's or celebrities for example to write, or rewrite an original work that has been requested of them. An illustration of this may be a memoir or an autobiography written about one of many famous personalities. The personality whether he or she be an actor, actress, or even president, is not actually written by a President or the celebrity in question. No for the most part the books and other works, you see published by some famous celebrities; are written by ghostwriter's often hiding behind the scenes. An additional example of this would be the autobiography of former President Ronald Reagan. The book "Ronald Reagan, An American Life" was ghostwritten by an author by the name of Robert Lindsey. And there are many, many more such examples too numerous to mention in this article.

Ghostwriter's are basically hired to Ghost or ghostwrite on a variety of projects or publications because the client that hires the ghostwriter, may be overwhelmed with their own work, to take on the project themselves. So in turn they seek the assistance of the ghostwriter, who is already well-established and has time on his or her hands, to start and finish the requested projects. Several months to a year of editing, writing and other researching, of non-fiction or other works; is necessary for the ghostwriter to do for their respective clients. You can also think of a ghostwriter as a professional consultant, who brings together all of the ideas requested of them from their individual clients. They constantly organize all of those ideas, write it up and compose it in such a way, that it is not only readable to the professional as well as layman. But also be marketable when it is time to sell the piece they have written for the client.

Besides being hired by celebrities and politicians for example, ghostwriter's may be hired to write-Religious articles, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Academic related ones as well. For example a University student may hire a Ghostwriter to prepare an entrance essay for them. In addition to religious and academic ghostwriting. Ghostwriter's may be be hired to write medical related articles, for both Physian's and even pharmaceutical companies. Some expert medical ghostwriter's for example who write medical papers, may not even be listed on the various medical papers they write. And in turn may not even be considered ghostwriter's. However when their respective role is identified of being a ghostwriter, than they in turn can, or will be listed as an author of the medical paper that they had just produced.

Working behind the scenes as a Ghostwriter is a lucrative writing career that should be pursued by all but the unmotivated writer. The monetary awards in terms of royalties and other returns can be somewhat handsome. As a professional writing consultant, some ghostwriter's, depending on what's involved in putting an article together. May charge by the word and usually four dollars per word, is the standard norm or fee, that a ghostwriter may bill a client to write a publication or book. Some literary agents have stated that the average up front fee for ghostwriter's is somewhere between thirty and one-hundred thousand dollars. This is monetary compensation that is earned for work produced for major publishers for example. As hard to believe as this may be, it is never the less true.

In some instances a flat fee is also paid for a 200 to 300 page book written by a ghostwriter, that fee can be as high as twenty-five thousand dollars. Depending on the country the ghostwriter resides or works in; this fee could be much lower or a bit higher. So as you may have been able to tell so far by reading this article, being a ghostwriter, is certainly no piece of cake and requires more than just a little diligence and some hardwork, on this writer's part. But it also requires a great deal of patience, persistence and especially mastery of the writing process, in all arena's, not just that of ghostwriting.

So if you are already an accomplished freelance writer, or one on the other hand, who has made this his or her future career goal. Than this could be one, if not the best career moves you may have taken as a freelancer. There are many books on the market that can help you jump-start your Ghostwriting career. One that I have included here in this article, is Ghostwriting Uncovered. There are of course many more publications besides this, that will help you get started within this lucrative career field. They can be found by researching them over some popular search engines.

Ghostwriter's like any writer will always be in high demand, as long as there are books to be written and stories to be told. If you do not have the skill or even the time to write. Than find somed downtime to develop writing skills you may have already developed. If you love to write and want to expand your writing horizons, and if there is a will,than you will without find a way. If you already have other articles or papers published on other writing platforms, you have already accumulated a nice portfolio to display. And without a doubt you have readers on those other platforms, who enjoy or find your articles of some use. So pick up a few books to read about, that have to do with ghostwriting. In addition get busy on your keyboard, continuing to develop those skills as a ghostwriter. And in the process of doing so, try not to remain too invisible to future clients, like our imaginary little friend Casper.

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GoGreenTips 5 years ago from Indianapolis

Interesting article. Wasn't aware that a ghost-writer could make that much, but i guess if you're writing for a celebrity it could be quite lucrative. I wonder if they have to sign some sort of disclosure agreement not to disclose whom actually wrote the book?

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hi GG:

After doing some research on the topic, I had found out that ghostwriter's do earn a modest living. I couldn't believe some of those numbers myself, but never the less they were documented. As I wrote in my article, it also depends on the geopgraphical area where you reside, as well who you are writing for. Doing a piece for an actress or actor, or major publishing company will certainly help you earn a more healthy income. Thanks again for your comment.


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animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

Hi there. Nice hubpage. I was wondering about the publication that you have featured at the top of your page as it's not clickable and I do not see a link for it in the content of your hub?

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello AK:

And thank you for your comments as well. I hope you found my article on ghostwriting to be at least, a good read, if not useful in some way. When you get some down time, you may send me an email and reclarify what you mean by clickable. I know you mentioned something that is not clickable? I have not included any links that relate to this article, however I always could go back later and add a few. Possibly you are referring to Ebay, or google Ads near the article. As I mentioned send me an email, and will be glad to try to answer your question in more the best I can. Take care.


The invisable writer 5 years ago

A pencil can not really move unless someone puts their mind behind it. The more one writes, the more thoughts will come more naturally to the mind that can move your readers.

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Invisible Writer:

I couldn't agree with you more about your theory. Thanks again for your comment and glad you enjoyed the read!


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Great ideas! I feel like one, without the $, with all the articles I write! I just finished a 54 article assignment with Textbroker. They were 150 words each about student assessment tests. Thank God they were all accepted with no need for revision!

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hi Susie:

Congratulations on your recent accomplishment with TB. I often feel the same way, writing here for hubpages. However I haven't managed to get off of the site because of its strong addiction. I did recently sign up with TB and also a site called Constant-Content. This is a site in particular where you can actually play the part of a ghost. Glad you enjoyed the read.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Interesting, maybe I'll check out Constant-Content. And thank you, J.

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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York Author


You are welcome-anytime, just remember and try not to get too addicted,like most of here are already addicted to hubpages. That would certainly be an unending vicious cycle. lol. Take care.


Invisible writer likes to travel 5 years ago

The more I travel the more I am moved to write about all my new incounters of the third kind.

Who wouldnt like to read articules like that. I love to share my thoughts in poetry, or write them down for a new idea for that ghostly suspense that will keep it's readers at the edge of their seat. Each reader wanting to travel through the skys of pure imagination, longing to be their sharing the same ride.

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