I received some excellent questions last week about what types of ghostwriting I offer and how I work. This is a bit different from my normal article style but I wanted to highlight exactly how I work!

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1. I write in YOUR voice and style

Of course it’s not going to be 100% perfect but you’d be surprised at how much like you the writing sounds. This is a skill that I’ve been developing for years.

The writing will sound like you BUT it will also be written using proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. For one of my ghost blogging clients, we are making the transition from a prior ghostwriter who wrote in a choppy, uncomfortable manner. The writing sounded formal, stilted, and a bit like a non-native English-speaker was writing. We are making the transition to convey the “author’s” ideas and thoughts but in a writing style that is professional and conversational.

For me to write in your voice and style, I need to examine your writing. Which means I spend serious hours reading and examining your blog, book, and newsletter – stuff you’ve written in the past. The only time this falls apart is if you DON’T already have samples of your own writing; in that case, I have a great Plan B!

2. YOU direct the game

I’m the writer; you’re the author. That means that it’s not Kim’s ideas driving the book or article – it’s yours. I’ll give you my professional opinions but at the end of the day, it’s your manuscript.

This means you have to be involved! You can’t tell me (or any ghostwriter) write a book about XYZ and expect a quality manuscript. I can do research but at the end of the day, I’m probably NOT an expert at what you do so you have to be involved with the meat of the project.

I prefer to work with research you’ve already compiled and vetted. This can be 3rd party research or even working inside what you’ve already created.

3. One cook in the kitchen…

Hiring a ghostwriter is kind of like delegation — but not really. When you hire an assistant to complete a task, you don’t hand them the task with zero instructions and expect them to get started, right? When you’re working with me on a ghostwriting project, I’ve got to work directly with you.

I know it’s tempting to have me work with your assistant but I can speak from experience on multiple projects that it just doesn’t work! You have a very specific vision for your book, newsletter, or blog and we need to work together to bring that vision to reality. No matter how talented your assistant is, there’s no substitute for your genius, creativity, and expertise.

I will happily work with an assistant for images, cover design, or scheduling appointments but for the actual details of the project – we need to work together with no middle man.

4. How does research work?

I have two ways:

  1. I start with the content you already have (articles, videos, audios, worksheets, etc.) and pull it together into a book-length manuscript.
  2. We work together to create something from scratch. I give you my expert guidance to create the project and you feed me the details. I then write the book.

5. What types of projects can be ghostwritten?

  • Ghostwrite books
  • Compile information from existing sources and “massage” it into a book
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  • Articles
  • Newsletter content creation

I price any book-length project on an individual basis once I know exactly what you’re looking for. It’s important to me that you know what your final project price will be so I don’t charge hourly – it’s all a flat fee.

I also offer packages for content creation for articles and newsletter content creation.

I would love to talk to you about what I do and how I can help you!

 

 

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8 Responses to What Does Ghostwriting Look Like?

  • Thank you so much for this additional information! I’ve always wanted to write a book but had no idea how to find the time. Now I can think about a ghostwriter doing it with me. I will pay more attention to the articles and blogs I write with a full length book in mind.
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  • Great clarity on how you work as a ghostwriter! Thanks for sharing with us to help us all be better prepared.
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  • Great information! What type of challenges have you faced as a ghostwriter? I assume that examining and learning your client’s writing style and voice can be difficult.
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  • I like your take on the ghostwriter being a partner rather than someone you hand the idea off to and let them just run with it. I had this discussion with my housemate the other night while watching Shark Tank. An entrepreneur was trying to pitch ghostwriting services and he made it sound like “Hey, just give us your idea and we’ll crank out a book for you!”

    Sounded really sleazy to me and posed the question, if you have someone ghostwrite your book, does that really make you an author?
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    • Deb that’s a really valid question!

      I think that YES you’re an author if you’re still highly involved. It’s YOUR vision but not your fingers on the keys. This is the solution for the person who’s busy, isn’t a good writer or CAN’T write (dyslexic, impaired, etc)

      You’re NOT an author if you let somebody else do all the visioning, research, creativity, and writing. Then, you’re basically just buying something to put your name on.

  • Kimberly this is an interesting insider view of what you do and how you work. As the name implies this subject is a mystery for most of us. Thanks for the insight.
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  • Great information Kimberly! I used a ghost writer for my first book based on 37 hours of interviews. She decided to write it in exactly my words, with the grammatical corrections you mentioned, and I loved it! I am very conversational and it at the end of the day, it felt like me, not her.
    I think many people think it really is a hands-off process, and then blame the writer when it doesn’t go well. Thank you for clarifying the roles and how it works best for great results!