Ghost Writing A Growing Market

One of my writing mentors has started a Ghostwriting business offering her services. She stated that Ghostwriting is a great market to get into and is quite a productive business. I have always kind of shied away from Ghostwriting and the concept of it. It did not make sense to me, but in my journey of starting up my freelance writing career again I did see that Ghostwriting is really a booming market. Nearly everyone is wanting someone to Ghost write for them. The rules of Ghostwriting are simple. You will get hired to write articles and they the buyer will hold all copyrights to that article. This mean you no longer are owner of the article you just wrote and you promise not to resubmit your article anywhere else. Those are Ghostwriting terms for ghost writing articles.

Where is the Glory?

Ghostwriting has now appealed to me since you really can not escape this growing market. One of the goals of a writer is to be good enough that someone will pay you for your work. So I grew okay with this idea, and the fact my name will not go on the piece. I got payment for my hard work so I will take that over my name on the piece. I at least got part of the writer's goal dream down by getting paid for my writing, plus making a semi job out of it. Then you may start thinking well where’s your glory? Don’t you want an article published with your name on it where everyone can see that was written by you? I did start wondering that. I was like okay I wrote this awesome article that is going to put on the web, or where ever, and no one is going to know I wrote it. How is this helping my career? I got over this quickly though. That is what Ghostwriting is, simple as that. Really all I want to do is write for a career it would be great to get paid to do something I love, and this is a start.

Ghostwriting Best Way To Make Money Online?

If you want to make money online, and who does not, well Ghostwriting may be the market for you. The pay may be small, but the pay will come quicker too than say if you are trying to write and use Google Adsense and other get paid to write markets. It all depends how fast and how much you write and how many clients you write for. I currently am writing two clients, and each pay me different amount so my income varies too. You get your payment via Paypal or some other form of online payment transaction. They will usually tell you which payment format they use. I write for the love of writing so the $54.00 dollars I had made in two weeks was a lot to me. One client loved my work so much that are keeping on for my writing services. If any other jobs finishes I know I always have this one client that has decided to keep me on as one of their writers they can count on. This is part of the writers dream to get paid for your work even though we still just write for the fact that we love this craft with a passion. As you see I still even write in between assignments, I never really stop. So if you think you got the skills then Ghost writing may be for you, and you will make money quickly. Not a lot mind you, but you will get it a lot faster than it takes for Google to deliver and some other places to deliver. No offense to Google of course.

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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Interesting, but unfortunately, the day will come when you will regret all that good work you can never claim as your own. Why? Because building a reputation that will move you on to better assignments, more profitable clients and anywhere on up the food chain requires creditability -- that portfolio of accepted work that proves you can do the job.

You may decide that few dollars you put in your pocket was peanuts compared to what may have come of slowly building YOUR name as a writer.

But best of luck!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Janny, Immartin had some good points but I also know you are trying hard to have enough money to survive and feed your children. You are getting some good experience and maybe there will be a day you will be able to write with your own name. Thanks for an interesting hub.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Immartain and Pamela for your comments. Ghostwriting seems to a growing market but like I stated how does this help your career? So I know exactly what you mean. I plan on still going up and I can now put on my resume that I have ghostwriting skills. I like to be a well rounded writer. No way have I settled. I currently also will be a soon to be writer contributor on an online magazine where my name will be on whatever I write.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Hi, Janny! Y'know, Ghostwriting is a growing market because social media demands companies blog and network more than ever before. Everyone is also told they need to publish or write an e-book to gain notoriety. Not everyone has a book in 'em, and that's where ghostwriting comes in. Writing is a way to make a living, and many people are quite successful at it.

Good information, Janny! Voted up and useful.

Mike


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

I never thought of the why Ghostwriting is a growing market but yes that sounds right. I have seen a lot of companies wanting bloggers and writers to write for their company websites to write about their new products. So interesting indeed. Thanks Mike for that cool information.


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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi janny my friend, great hub, very useful information. It would be great to be known as a Ghost writer. it is something I've thought about from time to time.

have a great night :)


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Wolfpack thank you for commenting! I am so happy to see you and hope you are doing well. And I never thought of that being known as a ghost writer cause no one will know you wrote the piece but yeah you can still be known as a ghostwriter I think so cool! I did though just get published on flyaimahmy.com and yes my name is one it!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Janny,

Good work here and very informative. You are good at sparking interests.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Voted up and useful, too. This article and many others here on Hubpages certainly lets in the floodlights as to how many writers there are out there and how competitive a world it is if we want to write for money.

Ghostwriting sounds interesting.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Coffee for stopping by. I do try so thank you!

Much love to you and yours


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Very much indeed Pamela. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am so happy you found it useful. Im enjoying ghostwriting so far plus I also write where my name does get credited for my piece so its a good thing so far. Hahaha


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

This sounds interesting, I will have to look into it more. Thank you for this informative hub.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks daisyjae for stopping by glad you found it and interesting read.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

again a interesting article, I have experience with Ghost writing and while it seems to be great at the start there are drawbacks, but still another excellent hub. Bravo rated up and useful


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Happy to see you visited Rebecca thank you so much. And you are very right and I hope I conveyed that in my hub too.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

JannyC, thanks for sharing info on ghostwriting. I've often thought about doing some if I had the time. I however does that for my company, the only difference is that I don't think of it as ghostwriting. LOL!

Thanks for the inf.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Welcome for the info Dynamic! So you ghost work where your body there working on auto pilot and your mind taken a vacation. Lol


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Janny very interesting I had no idea about the rise of ghost writing. You have well highlighted the pros and cons as has the discussion you got going.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Whew! Thanks so much billy I was hoping that I did convey the pro's and con of ghostwriting properly. There is a lot to consider when deciding to become a ghostwriter,but that does not mean that is all you have to do you can still write articles for others that have your name on it where you do get credit.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

As always my friend, GOOD INFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Bless you drpastorcarlotta. Thank you so much my friend.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Janny, I think this is a great idea. If someone wants to go on to be successful in the writing field it is good practice, but if you are just trying to earn a living for your kids, this is just great. thank you for the information, great stuff. cheers nell rated up


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Nell for stopping by. Happy you liked it.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I heard about ghost writing many times. But I found something new here. Thanks Janny, you open my eyes about ghost writing. I learn much from you. Have a good day! I rate this Up.

Prasetio


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Prasetio you are welcome, and thank you my friend for reading. Take care as well.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

hello my dear- dugg for traffic blessings hope that helps you.


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe

Dear JannyC, thank you for sharing another great informative hub with us! You have managed to mention some very important points that should be taken into consideration.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Aww thank you Rebecca. Double blessings for you!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you nikipa. So happy you found it informative.


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MMMoney 6 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

very nice hub lot of nice points


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks MMMoney


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Wow Janny, sounds like a dream come true! When you're in demand I mean. I will try to come back and reread this later again, thank you!

Ben


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Ben.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Also voted up! Hey Janny, I'm seeing slow and steady adsense growth so I try to think of it as the side business I've always wanted to start. Very small profits at first, but eventually I think it'll pay off. I was impressed to hear Dolores Monet say so in one of her comments somewhere here on hubpages.com

I'll look at your links for ghost writing too, best of luck, I look forward to watching your projects grow!

Ben


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

I like the way you put that. "side business I've always wanted to start." That perfect way of putting it. Thank you again.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Of course we don't want to offend the gods of Google. :-)

Thank you for this interesting Hub. I might give this a try—after I finish my own book.


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JannyC 5 years ago Author

Thank you James thank you for stopping by. Again Much luck on the book!


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WorkinItOut 5 years ago from North Carolina

Ghostwriting does help your career and you can make good money doing it. I strongly disagree that the money made through ghostwriting is trivial. I have been raising two children alone in an expensive town for two years now, and ghostwriting online is my full time job. The difference is I work through a service and have tons of clients who use the service and bring on others just to use my writing. I get a paycheck every week this way, so it's not a few bucks here and there...that's the goal if you want to really make a living doing this. It is my WORK, so I do other writing under my own name for play :)

You can do BOTH, it's not an either/or thing. You write what your clients want for your clients then you write what you want for things that go out in your own name.

The problem is once you realize how much $$ you can make writing for the clients it is difficult to stop that and make time for the personal stuff that may not pay right away...at least, that has been my experience so far.

You can gain a great reputation in ghostwriting which leads to articles with your name on them. Word of mouth travels fast when a client finds an honest ghostwriter who can actually write well, follow directions, and turn work in on time. I get emails all the time from people who have been referred by my past clients. Most of them want ghostwriting but every now and then I get someone who wants something for a website and I get the byline.

I just got two long essays put up in my name on a new website and they will have my byline. This is for a long term client from the writing service I work for and I'm happy to have my name out there. Yet, I don't depend on this. I still put out my own stuff under my own name.

For me the challenge of ghostwriting has been getting so absorbed in the money making ghost stuff that I neglect my personal stuff which is where my passion really is. I am working on correcting that now.


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JannyC 5 years ago Author

Thank you for Posting Workingitout. Very insightful and powerful thank you for that. You are awesome Bravo!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Nice hub - I didn't know what ghostwriters went through until I saw the movie: The Ghost Writer


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Janny C..loved, I mean, LOVED this hub. This, the Ghostwriting, is for ME! How do I get in the game the easiest way? It has been said that the talent of any hub writer can easily be judged by the number of comments . . .need I say more about YOUR talent?


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JannyC 5 years ago Author

Thanks Kenneth. Glad you like my article. A good site that has a lot of ghostwriting offers is freelancer.com

Hope that helps.

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