So, you are thinking about hiring a quality ghostwriter for your new book and want to know more about how to make the best decision.
Perhaps you are a Publisher looking to grow a self-publishing business, or you may be an Author/Business person who simply doesn’t have the time or skill to sit down and write a book. Whatever your situation may be, hiring a ghostwriter is certainly a good choice.
A ghost-writer will essentially write your book for you, but you get to keep all the rights and call it your own works. The writer will not retain any rights to the work unless you agree to share naming rights for some reason.
Hiring a ghost-writer gives you the ability to let a professional writer create a great book and it also allows Kindle Publishers who are interested in growing a successful business, the ability to scale their businesses faster by outsourcing book writing.
Now, hiring a ghost-writer is an important decision as it directly impacts the quality of your product, the brand that product is representing and the overall success of your book. For kindle publishers, for instance, it can be the difference between a long-term successful Publishing business and failure.
But in this article, I am going to teach you what to look for in ghostwriting, where to look and how to hire the best writer for your project and your needs.
What are your options?
When looking to hire a quality ghost-writer for your book, you have 2 main options:
- You can choose to hire and manage a freelance writer
- You can hire a ghost-writing service like this one, Hotghostwriter where the process is taken care of for you
We are going to delve into each one in more detail and will discuss the pros and cons of each in an unbiased way and focusing on your needs.
Freelance writers are essentially independent writers that you can hire either at a fixed cost or on a per hour basis. This can be professional writers that are self-employed and manage their own client or a single mom that enjoys writing and is doing it on the side for some extra income.
Pros Of Freelance Writers
- You can typically get lower rates.
- You can find some good writers.
- Good if you want to get really involved, up close in the writing process.
Cons of Freelance Writers
- Takes time to screen, hire and train writers (checking samples, interviewing, creating agreements, training formatting for kindle etc.).
- Managing people, you have to worry about communication, project management, following up, deadlines etc. (gets tricky when you try to scale your publishing business for instance).
- It can be a hit or miss when hiring writers.
- You may still have to hire an editor.
A ghost-writing service is a service that offers writing services. Contrary to hiring a freelancer where you work directly with the writer, with a service, you deal with a project manager and support staff that actually manage your project and all it entails for you.
Pros of Ghost-writing Service
- Professional service and dedicated customer support
- Everything is managed for you- Peace of mind
- Can house a large selection of high-quality writers – Meaning you can pursue multiple niches, simultaneously.
- Services like ours include professional editing and formatting in the service, for free.
Cons of Ghost-writing Service
- Can charge a higher rate
- You may not build a direct relationship with the writer
As you saw above, both have their ups and downs. It depends primarily on your goals, the type of project you are working on and just what feels like the best thing for you. Freelance writers tend to be better for one-off projects and for those people that have a lot of time on their hands to train, guide and work with the writer. Ghost-writing services tend to be better suited for those looking to have it handled by professional, requiring a minimum of their involvement.
For example, at Hotghostwriter we work with a lot of self-publishers and they see the benefits of working with a service for their book writing. It allows them to focus on other areas of their business that actually bring in revenue and sales like niche research, marketing their books, publishing their books and leave content creation to us who understand their needs and have a system in place to deliver a great product. It tends to be a no-brainer for our clients. For you to better understand what the right option for you is, here are some things you need to consider.
Hiring and Working with a Freelance Writer & Editor
When hiring a freelance writer, you need to consider the following:
- What is my goal for my project?
- How long do I want my book to be?
- What sort of writer do I want, do they need to be an expert in a certain subject, what style of writing?
- What is my budget?
- Do I have an idea for my outline?
- Am I looking to build a long-term relationship with the writer?
- How much of their do I need?
Once you answer most of those questions, you can decide to go with a freelance writer or a service. For the former, here are some popular sites where you can begin searching for freelance writers:
These platforms will allow you to create an ad where people can submit their application and proposal for your particular project.
Be as descriptive as you can in your post. Include:
- What you are after.
- What the requirements are.
- What skills you want.
- What you are prepared to pay.
- The length of the project and the deadline.
You don’t have to go as far as providing your entire outline but give a gist of what the project is about and what the goal of the book is for the reader (teach something, entertain etc).
You should ask applicants to:
- Provide multiple long-term writing samples.
- Samples should be around your topic and writing style.
- Provide a cover letter describing his relevant skill sets, experience and interest in the position.
- Answer a few initial questions (example questions below).
Again, be very careful and selective with the writers you choose to work with and be diligent with your screening. Be prepared to spend some time going through various applicants, their samples and choose accordingly.
Interview questions you can ask:
– What would you define high-quality writing?
– How do you meet the requirements of my project?
– What is your availability and what other projects are you currently working on?
– What do you understand about my project and how are you going to help me, how would you tackle it?
When it comes to choosing the best writer for your project, services like ours handle writer selection based on the topic, writer style, skills and interests, and client preferences (if any), but if you choose to hire a freelancer or to hire a different service, ensure that you answer these questions when going through potential applicants.
- Does this person write in the style that I want?
- What experience do they have, and do they seem like a professional, reliable person?
- Does this person show interest in my project?
- Do they have the availability to do a great job?
- Do they have the skills that I need?
The above should help you to get down to some good potentials. Once you do hire your writer, you need to:
- Provide them with more details of the project. Means of communication, for example, project specifics etc.
- Train them on your requirements.
- Discuss formatting, editing etc.
- Provide them with the book title, outline, any templates, sources etc.
- Answer and ask questions.
- Ensure they what they are doing and ensure you know what is happening. Everything is 100% clear on both sides.
- Embark on the project.
Hiring an Editor
You may also have to hire an editor to proofread and edit your book. You can find them on the same platforms as above. Use a similar screening and hiring process and focus on finding somewhat that has experience, has attention to detail and high standards.
Working with a Ghost-writing Service
If you decide that working with a ghost-writing service is the best option for you then that is great. This service, Hotghostwriter, is one of the best book ghost-writing services. Our entire focus is on 2 key areas: 1. Delivering you the highest quality books 2. Providing you and all our client with a great and effortless experience. We specialize in book writing (we don’t do article writing, web content etc) because it is something we do well.
We have worked with many publishers and authors and helped them achieve their goals by creating some solid work and making it super simple for them. But don’t take my word for it:
“I cannot be more thankful that I have found hotghostwriter.com. I have used two other ghostwriting companies prior to this one, and they were just obsolete in every aspect. I am very satisfied and so happy that I have found these guys!”-Percy Vasquez (Kindle-Publisher)
Some things to look for or ask when hiring a ghost-writing service
- Check writing samples from a couple different writers and styles.
- Read reviews of the service
- Email them and see how quick their customer support is
- Are they professional?
- What does their website look like?
- Ask them where their writers and editors are from (if not specified). You only want native or bilingual English writers. Cheap services can house poor quality writers that sometimes are not even fluent English writers.
- Do they offer editing services?
- How much do they charge and what is included?
- What is their revision policy?
- What is the turnover? (how long do they take to deliver a project of a certain length)
- What is the company’s mission?
The above are all questions you can find answers for on our site or by contacting our support team who will be glad to help.
As I mentioned previously, our second biggest focus is making your experience as enjoyable and as effortless as possible. We do this through a simple ordering process and by handling all major research, planning, content creation, formatting, editing and more.
When working with a service like Hotghostwriter, you need to:
- Provide the topic and some description of your project. (you don’t necessarily need a whole outline or extensive description neither).
- Provide any other information or specific of the project, anything you really want to be included, any sources you may have (this is optional)
- Place your order.
- That’s it, all we need! (In some cases we may request additional information, or the writer may have a few questions).
Once you’ve placed your order with us, your order will be processed and you will get an email back confirming the following:
- Who is the writer and editor that will be working on your project(s) and why.
- Who your designated project manager is and their contact if you have any questions whatsoever- We have reliable customer support.
- When we will be sending updates and drafts if required.
- What day do we expect to deliver your project alongside any extra services you may have ordered such as cover design, paperback formatting etc).
You can expect your book(s) back and any other projects by the set deadline.
And that’s it. Hiring a ghost-writer is something important. Hopefully, this article has shed some light on how to best go about this. You essentially want to find the highest-quality writers, one that is suitable for your project and that goes in hand with your objectives as a publisher/author.
Hope you have gotten some real value from this post.