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I Ain't Afraid of No Ghostwriting (and you shouldn't be either)
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Why Ghost Write?
The easiest answer to the question is...FOR MONEY!
That's right. Ghost writing lacks the glamor of being a recognized author, but quite honestly, the money is there. Not everyone enjoys writing. Not everyone is a decent writer. There is always someone who will pay to have things written for them. That's a fact that writers who are ghosting already know.
How to Catch a Ghost Writing Job
The good thing about ghost writing jobs is that they are not illusive. Until you gain some ghost writing experience, though, your pay may be low. Hang in there -- the pay increases will come with experience.
Try websites like Guru.com, Problogger,net, and Freelancewriting.com. These have job listings that freelancers can browse. Some pay as little as $1 for 200 words; but with some experience, you can earn up to $50 an hour.
The biggest challenge of ghost writing is adapting your own writing style to the person for whom you are ghosting. You must adapt their voice. Before applying or submitting a writing sample for consideration, read plenty of articles on the client's website if possible.
Also spend a little time developing your own website to advertise your ghost writing skills. Be sure to include your contact information (at least an email address) so potential clients can contact you. It's also a great idea to post a link to your website when you apply for ghost writing jobs.
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When Ghost Writing Should Scare You
If you cannot part with your writing, ghost writing will be a scary endeavor for you. Since most ghost writing pieces are bought outright, once you sell it, the piece no longer belongs to you. That means you shouldn't provide a link to it on your own website. You can't use the link on a resume. You can't post it to your social media wall and say, "Look what I did." You have to just walk away.
For this reason, ghost writing will not build your portfolio. It will, however, build your bank account if you work at it. With a little practice and determination, you will begin to build steady clients...then nothing will scare you about ghost writing!