How to Choose a High-Quality Ghostwriter

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Whether you want to write a novel or your memoirs, if you’re not a writer yourself, you’ll need the services of a ghostwriter

But how do you know what to look for when it’s time to hire a ghostwriter to tell your story? 

That’s a great question and I’m excited to answer it for you today. 

What is a Ghostwriter?

Before we go too far, let’s talk about what a ghostwriter is, shall we? 

A ghostwriter is a person you hire to write for you. Sometimes this can refer to writing articles or blog posts, but it’s a term most people equate to writing books. 

When you work with a ghostwriter, you have the right to set a few expectations, such as: 

  • Not having to name them as the author of your book; you are the author
  • Making sure they capture your voice in their work so your book sounds like you, not like them
  • Having the flexibility to work at a pace and with methods that fit your needs

How do You Choose the Best Ghostwriter for Your Book? 

You may know several people who know how to write and who are actually good at it too. 

But ghostwriting is different than writing a paper for a college course or an article for a newspaper. 

If you’re new to working with a professional writer, how do you know who to pick to partner with you for your book project? 

Here are a few things you should look for. 

An Easy-to-Understand Process

Every ghostwriter has their own process, but if the way they work doesn’t fit your style, your partnership probably isn’t going to work. 

One of the first things you should ask a ghostwriter is, “What’s your typical book writing process like?” 

If they have to work from notes or if they need you to have written your first draft before they can begin working, they might not be the best fit. 

Whenever I work with an author, I take a much more flexible approach. 

I can work in the way that helps them the most. Many of the authors I’ve worked with have had me interview them and take notes. 

This allows me to assemble all the information I need for their books so I can organize the information, create an outline for them to approve, and then begin writing chapter by chapter. 

In my experience, authors appreciate that flexibility. 

Adaptable Writing Ability

Any ghostwriter you work with should be willing to spend some time with you so they can capture your “voice.” 

This is important because the last thing an author wants to hear when friends and family members read their book is, “That doesn’t even sound like you!”

An excellent ghostwriter knows how to take the information an author presents to them and turn it into something that sounds like it came directly from the author. 

This is critical because your book is your book

The Ghostwriter’s Undivided Attention

Please understand that this is only my opinion, but I think it’s a solid one. 

When you work with a ghostwriter, you have a right to have their undivided attention in the sense that they should only be working on your book

If they’re also working on 2 or 3 other books at the same time, it’s far too easy to conflate those stories because the projects are often similar. 

This has been my policy ever since I started ghostwriting books. I will only work with one author at a time. 

I believe my authors’ work is important and I owe them this courtesy for entrusting their books to me. 

Ready to Get Started? 

If you’re ready to start working on bringing your vision for your book to life, now is a great time! 

All you need to do is get in touch with us at Colwell Creative to set up a meeting. 

You and Nicole, our CEO and Head Ghostwriter will sit down (either in person or by Zoom) and discuss your book idea. Once we have a good idea of what your project will involve, we’ll provide you with an estimate. 

Whether you have a first draft or you’d just like us to interview you for your story, we’re all about making this process as easy for you as possible. 

Contact us today! 

…because the world needs to hear your story. 

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