The series: My Start | 5 Ingredients I Bring To A Project | Elements Of My Contracts or Letters of Agreement | The Working Table Of Contents AKA Outline | Is Ghostwriting Fair? Ask Anne The Pro Writer | Interviewing To The Working Table Of Contents
I stumbled into ghostwriting books ages ago. I was the editor of a magazine for a well-known metaphysical minister. I knew she was working with a publisher that had hired a ghostwriter, but I had no idea the arrangement wasn’t working.
The minster burst into my office one morning and said something like, “Anne, can you finish my book. That ghostwriter doesn’t get what I teach.”
I gulped because I knew I knew nothing about getting a book written, but instead of say that I said “yes.”
I negotiated a contract that gave me some money up front and some royalties and began.
That book already had a purpose and a working table of contents. Even maybe 10 or 15% of what had been writtin was, if not perfect, formed a foundation I could build on.
As it turned out, the fact I didn’t know books aren’t always written front to back, or that I’d never written anything longer than 2000 words (that book came in at about 50,000 words as I recall, fairly typical) didn’t mean I couldn’t get it done.
Not only did I get it done, I liked the process. But I didn’t have a clue how to market myself as a ghost. As I look back, I know I should have picked up the phone and/or written agents, but I didn’t know that then.
As it turned out because of the first book I got an editing job on a second book. Oh how I wish I’d gotten royalties on that one.
Little did I know that years later I’d be earning darn good money as a ghostwriter. A book ghostwriter. It’s fairly recently that ghostwriter has expanded to include people writing SEO articles. Sigh.
The takeaway from this article is be willing to say yes when the opportunity arrives. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. If you can write a decent article, you can write an article series, and if you can write a series you can probably write a book.
Over the next few weeks I’ll write more about ghostwriting, including finding clients, contracts and how to get the writing done.
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